Author Archives: Open Knowledge Hub

Open Knowledge, kezako?

Written by Lorie Decung, Genre en Action “Open knowledge”, much talked about in the ‘Open Access’ movement circles: is it an emancipatory utopia or a liberal trap that we must be wary of? Facilitating access to knowledge, democratising academic knowledge, enhancing local knowledge: this has always been the mission of Genre en Action. We believe that empowerment happens through information, but not any information; information that is helpful to us, the ‘oppressed’. This knowledge informs us about our realities, our capacity in a context where power relations are increasingly oppressive. Is the Internet a chance to democratise knowledge? Resources produced in the global South, especially in Francophone Africa, are not always accessible via the Internet. This is due to various Continue reading →

Towards a common vocabulary for climate change – reflections and next steps

Tree view of SPREP’s vocabulary using SKOS Play.   By Alan Stanley (IDS) with contributions from Denise Recheis (REEEP), Michelle Lopez (CCCCC), Timo Baur (CCCCC) and Makelesi Gonelevu (SPREP) As the Open Knowledge Hub project has evolved we’ve seen a number of exciting new ideas and collaborations emerge from among the project partners that really push forward the Open Knowledge agenda. A good example of this came from a subset of partners with a shared interest in climate knowledge sharing. The project partners – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) had identified an opportunity to learn from each other to improve how the climate change Continue reading →

Using data to respond to climate change

During her recent learning visit to the Caribbean, IDS Editorial Coordinator Amy Hall explored the challenges of addressing climate change. She shares her experience: *** For people tasked with responding to and preventing climate change data is often essential. It can help track climate patterns over time and make predictions which in turn have a vital impact on people’s lives. Getting hold of the right data is one of the challenges faced by many of the people working at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in Belmopan, Belize. In January I spent two weeks at the Centre as part of a learning exchange through the Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) project. CCCCC, or the ‘five Cs’ as it is also Continue reading →

Zim varsities install OKhub widgets

One of the Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) partners, the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), recently held an Open Knowledge and Implementing the OKhub Web Widget workshop. The workshop was jointly offered and co-facilitated by UZ’s Librarian Elizabeth Mlambo, and OKDS’s Information Systems Project Officer Simon Colmer. The main objectives of this two-day workshop (19-20 January) was to improve understanding of the OKhub amongst members of the Zimbabwe University Librarians Consortium (ZULC), and guide participants in creating and installing OKhub widgets onto their respective institutional websites. Continue reading →

Towards a common vocabulary for climate change

This blog article has been written collaboratively by the project team. Locating good quality and relevant information to help address climate change can be a challenging and time consuming task. Paradoxically, in an increasingly interconnected and information rich world, the sheer volume of information being produced globally and the multiplicity of possible sources can make identifying and accessing the right information for your own particular context and needs increasingly difficult. Continue reading →

Visualisation as storytelling: adding ‘process’ to the ‘pretty’

By Simon Colmer (OKDS Information Projects Officer) The prevalence of data visualisation has grown enormously in the last 5 years – in part due to the increase and availability of big data, open data and open source software and tools. Visualisations now, rather than supporting text-based stories with evidence, appear as the evidence themselves, telling the story with graphical representations of numbers and words. In this interpretative process, there is a danger of misrepresenting the data to fit the story, so a clear decision-making process needs to be in place to ensure the right visualisation techniques are used to accurately represent the data, explore your research findings and create a compelling visual narrative. We recently used visualisation techniques to explore Continue reading →

Agreement signed with KDI School of Public Policy and Management

By Alan Stanley (OKDS Senior Thematic Convernor) IDS was pleased recently to sign an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, the education arm of Korea Development Institute (KDI). The MOU details the commitment of both organisations to work together to address inequalities in the visibility and accessibility of diverse and credible research knowledge and was signed during a visit to IDS by KDI School staff who took part in the Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) partner meeting. Continue reading →

‘ICT´s have to be a tool for all the people’

By BRIDGE As soon as Kemly Camacho starts talking about her work, it’s clear to see how passionate she is. Now the General Coordinator, she was one of the founding members of workers’ cooperative and social enterprise Sulá Batsú in 2005. Sulá Batsú is based in Costa Rica and works to strengthen Central American social enterprises, community networks and social movements. Continue reading →

SERP-P team participates in an open knowledge event at IDS

By the SocioEconomic Research Portal for the Philippines (SERP-P) Two representatives of the Socioeconomic Research Portal for the Philippines (SERP-P), together with 24 other participants from regional and international knowledge organizations, partook in the partnership meeting of the Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH)—an open knowledge initiative of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)—on October 21–23, in Brighton, United Kingdom. The event, which centered on the theme “Engaging in Open Knowledge through Partnerships”, brought together delegates from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. To kick off the three-day seminar-workshop, Kelly Shephard, head of the Open Knowledge and Digital Services of IDS, stressed the importance of evidence-based research and the will and capacity to share evidence and knowledge. In this line, Continue reading →

Sulá Batsú de visita a IDS

By Sulá Batsú One of the OKhub global partners Sulá Batsú describes their experience of the partners’ learning event recently held at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). *** El viaje viene como invitación al Global Open Knowledge Hub. Parte del equipo de la cooperativa Sulá Batsú partió en un viaje como destino Brighton, Inglaterra, esto con el motivo de trabajar en el marco del proyecto Anacaonas, como parte de la reunión de socios de BRIDGE en el Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) ?del Institute of Development Studies? (IDS) de la University of Sussex. Cada uno de los proyectos invitados se está desarrollando bajo la temática a Open Knowledge (conocimiento abierto), Open Content (contenido abierto) respecto a los temas de género a nivel global. Continue reading →