Next week an interesting event takes pace in 0: The Open Knowledge Festival. OKFestival will have strong focus on sustainability and the connection between Open Data and clean energy development.

The several streams that will be on-going from September 17th to 21st include:

  • Transparency and AccountabilityAccountability is the responsibility for the use of resources and the decisions made, as well as the obligation to demonstrate that work has been done in compliance with agreed-upon rules and standards and to report fairly and accurately on performance results vis-a-vis mandated roles and/or ...
  • Open Cities
  • Open Development
  • Open Geodata
  • Open Journalism, Data Journalism
  • Open Knowledge and SustainabilityIn order to survive, all life, including human life, depends either directly or indirectly on the natural environment. Sustainability is a principle where current requirements are met while the livelihoods of future generations are not threatened.

REEEP/reegle will be part of a panel discussion within the Open Knowledge and Sustainability Stream. I will also present our portal and explain how the integration of Open Data philosophy has really been a turning point for us.  Our examples of Open Data mash-ups such as our country energy profiles  are really state-of-the-art in terms of semantic web technology, and our Linked Open Data thesaurus is a prime example of how controlled vocabularies are elementary to enjoy the full benefits of LOD.recycle.gif

The Open Knowledge and Sustainability Stream panel will consist of

Karthikeya Acharya studies material consumption in domestic environments within the context of vertical housing. William Heath is an entrepreneur, currently co-founder of Mydex Community Interest Company which seeks to restore control over personal data to individuals and let individuals realise the value of their personal data.

It will be interesting to see how this focus on more personal, anonymous data will connect with our work that relates more to Open Government Data and the likes.

Velichka Dimitrova is a projectProject is an intervention designed to achieve specific objectives within specified resources and implementation schedules, often within the framework of a broader program. (Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group and UNAIDS) and community coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation, and will moderate our discussion.

The  Green Hackathon is another highlight of this exiting event. It is part of a series of events taking place across Europe and it will comprise two days of working hands-on to improve and disseminate sustainability data. It will begin with a short presentation on Wednesday morning (Sept. 19) and end with a Show-and-Tell of the results (Sept. 20). Again we are closely involved in this and my college Thomas from Semantic Web Company and I will present a couple of challenges we think are a great example of open energy data applications.  

On this post I  share with you my experience of the event and the key meesages of the conference!