ODHK.meet.28: DATA.GOV.HK & OGCIO

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For the next ODHK meet we are pleased to cover one of the hot topics in the Hong Kong Open Data scene, the newly launched Hong Kong public sector information portal: DATA.GOV.HK.
We have some of the senior team at the OGCIO (Office of the Government Chief Information Officer) on hand to give us a quick run through of the new platform, and then stick around and answer some of our questions. If there is anything you want to know about the new portal and access to public sector information in Hong Kong, now is your chance to ask. Please bring your questions, or just come along to see the demo, and have a beer and a catch up. Old timers at ODHK may remember some of these presenters from our previous meets, and we’d like to welcome and thank the following OGCIO team members for offering up some of their precious time to present directly to us:
Kimmey Ho
Senior Administrative Officer (Strategy Development)
Jessica Lo
Systems Manager (Strategy Development)
Russell Tang
Executive Officer (Strategy Development)
What public sector information datasets do you want, and do you think is missing? Come to the meet and let OGCIO know.
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For more on the new data.gov.hk platform see the recent piece in SCMP.

Date:

Tuesday 21st April 2015

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  • Location: Delaney’s Wan Chai, One Capital Place, 18 Luard Road Wan Chai.
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ODHK.meet.27: Birthday.2

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Come along to Delaney’s Wan Chai to help ODHK celebrate our second birthday. For our 27th ODHK meet we will celebrate our second anniversary, looking forward to the year ahead, and as well as looking back at the highlights of the last 12 months. We’ll have a have lots of topical things to showcase in our overview of the year (Budget! New Data.Gov.HK portal!), but come expecting cake, drinks, merriment and more. See the pics of last years event to get an idea of what to expect.
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Date:

Tuesday 31st March 2015

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  • Location: Delaney’s Wan Chai, One Capital Place, 18 Luard Road Wan Chai.
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Meet.26: Open Science, Hardware and Environment

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The 26th ODHK gathering was a “meet the Open Science working group” special, with Cesar Harada as guest speaker on the topic of “Open Hardware for the Environment”. Cesar’s work covers many many flavours of open: open hardware, citizen science, open education, open environmental data collection, crowdsourcing, biohacking and more. Open Science probably is probably a good catch-all for many of these activities, so Scott Edmunds (the ODHK Open Science working group lead) started proceedings with an introduction (or rant) about where these areas fit in the Open Data pantheon, and what the “open” situation is in Hong Kong.

Cesar Harada (31 French-Japanese) is an inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur working in Hong Kong.
Cesar is the CEO of Scoutbots, recently listed by Fast Company as one of China’s top 10 most innovative companies, is building shape-shifting sailing robots to collect ocean data. Cesar developed this new sailing technology on the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, after resigning from MIT where he was a Project Leader. Cesar will speak about his expeditions in Fukushima Japan to collect seabed radioactivity data, his teaching activities, working with young students in Hong Kong to develop plastic pollution sensors, DIY water contamination spectrometers and spectrofluorometers. Cesar is currently busy building Hong Kong’s largest makerspace MakerBay.org: a shared workshop / lab for Artists, Designers, Engineers and Scientists. Most of Cesar work both academic and commercial is Open Hardware, and we were fortunate to get a #101 on that topic, as well as hear about the other amazing work he has been doing. You can see Cesar’s slides here.


For more see this profile on Cesar in SCMP, as well as his TED talk on shape shifting robots and Protei.

Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, we welcome you all to come to our regular meetups. No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts. Meet.27 will be on 31st March at Delaney’s Wan Chai, so watch this space for more details.

Date:

Monday, March 9, 7:15pm
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Meet.25: Open Data & Legislation

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  • Date: Monday, February 16, 7pm
  • Location: Delaney’s Wan Chai, 2/F, One Capital Place, 18 Luard Road, Wan Chai

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ODHK meets are back. At our first event of 2015 we look at the “Right to be Forgotten” legislation and other legislation and policies as they relate to Hong Kong. If you’re into politics, or you’re a policy wonk, or an engaged citizen interested in improving access to information, come out to Meet.25.
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The “Right to Be Forgotten” policy is under review by various governments around the world, and has been adopted broadly by the European Union, Argentina, and the United States. Recently Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner has recommended adopting the legislation for Hong Kong, and there’s been push back. Frankie Chu of InMedia will discuss how this legislation has implications for how information is managed online, as well as for open data and transparency.
We will also have a short discussion about other legislation that would help bolster open data in Hong Kong: Archive Law, Access to Information, and an Open Data Policy.

Agenda:

  • 7:00 Networking
  • 7:15 Opening up – what is Open Data, about ODHK (Bastien)
  • 7:30 “Right to be Forgotten legislation” – Frankie Chu (30 mins.)
    • About the legislation;
    • Relevance to HK
    • Q & A or moderated discussion
  • 8:00 Discussion: Open Data policies (Bastien)
    • Archive Law
    • Access to Information
    • Open Data Policy
  • Open Data News Roundup, Announcements & short demos of anything
  • Networking, mingling.

Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, come to our regular meetup. No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts.

Date:

Monday, February 16, 7pm
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Location:

Delaney’s Wan Chai, 2/F, One Capital Place, 18 Luard Road, Wan Chai
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Greater China Open Data Meet.01

A Google Hangout webconference call with Open Data / Taiwan’s T.h. Schee is on Monday Feb 9 at 5:30pm to share our insights and practices across Greater China. Join the call! One key topic is finding out how the heck they got the Taiwan Government to endorse Open Data!
See our agenda of topic discussions and sign up to stay informed here at this link. We intend to make this a regular discussion maybe every 3 weeks for at least the first 3 calls.
  • Aim: To share updates, insights, practices and foster collaborations among Open Data groups across Greater China.
  • Date: Feb 9, 5:30pm HKT (UTC +8)
  • Link: Google Hangouts

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Meet.23: HK Gov – Open Data & Efficiency

 
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Two staffers from the Government Chief Information Officer will discuss what the HK Government is doing with Open Data, the opportunities, the challenges, the roadmap, as well as the outcomes of the recent Data.One competition, and other topics. Staffers will outreach and discuss with ODHK members.
Edit: I regret to inform that the Deputy Government Chief Information Officer Joey Lam will not be able to make it. Two other staffers will attend in her place. 
Our second speaker Kim Salkeld and his staff from the HK Gov Efficiency Unit will briefly discuss the role of his department to modernise government services. The unit is “tasked with pursuing the Government’s commitment to transforming the management and delivery of public services so that the community’s needs are met in the most effective and efficient manner. The unit works in partnership with bureaux and departments across the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to identify opportunities for performance enhancement, design practical solutions, develop compelling business cases, and secure effective implementation.” 
 

Agenda:

  • 7:00 Networking
  • 7:15 Opening up – what is Open Data, about ODHK (Bastien)
  • Miss Joey Lam, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer (45 mins.)
    • GovHK & Open Data
    • Q & A or moderated discussion
  • Kim Salkeld, Head – Gov HK Efficiency Unit (45 mins.)
    • Role of the Efficiency Unit
    • Potential and possibilities of Open Data for public service modernisation
    • Q & A or moderated discussion
  • Open Data News Roundup, Announcements & short demos of anything
  • Networking, mingling.

Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, come to our regular meetup. No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts.

Date:

Tuesday 24 June, at 7pm
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LOCATION


DIFFERENT Location : Good Lab @ Prince!
5th floor of Le Prabelle Hotel, literally a 2-minute walk from Exit C2 of Prince Edward MTR. LITERALLY (click here for a Google Map location).
Address:
372 Portland St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Thanks to The Good Lab 好單位 for sponsoring the venue at their co-working space!
Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, come to our regular meetup. No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts.