TOPIC 01: Open Data, Government and Governance

Many governments around the world are opening up data and publishing open data on regional, national and international portals. But how do we ensure that opening up data is a commitment for the long term, and that open data is fully embedded into processes and policies? We also welcome demonstrations of the practical uses of open knowledge within governments, discuss the current challenges to achieving global transparency, and the fundamental role of civic society.

 Main Speakers:

Programme Advisors:

  • Sarah Schacht, transparency technology advisor and author
  • Anders Pedersen, Community Coordinator, OpenSpending, Open Knowledge Foundation

Opening remarks Tuesday 17 September, 9:00 – 09:45 @ Main Stage

09:00 – 09:15 – OKCon Opening RemarksRufus Pollock, Founder and Co-Director, Open Knowledge Foundation, Hannes Gassert, Vice President,, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission  (video message)

Session 1 Plenary TalkTuesday 17 September, 09:15 – 09:45 @ Main Stage

Open Data Movement Gaining Power – Ellen Miller, CEO, Sunlight Foundation

A review of success of the open government movement and the challenges that lie ahead.

Session 2 From Government to Governance

Tuesday 17 September, 09:45 – 11:15 @ Main Stage

Moderator: Sarah Schachttransparency technology advisor and author


  • Open Data – not just good, but better – Chris Taggart, Co-founder, OpenCorporates
  • Data: Opened for Action – Andrew Alspach, Senior Information Management Officer, UNHCR
  • Exploring the Demand of Open Financial Data – Samuel Lee/Felipe Estefan, The World Bank

Session 3 Opening up Procurements – Panel

Tuesday 17 September, 11:45 – 13:15 @ Room 5, Floor 3

Moderator: Anders PedersenCommunity Coordinator, OpenSpending, Open Knowledge Foundation

Panel members:

Session 4 Human Centered Data: What Should Public Spending Data Tell Us? – Workshop

Tuesday 17 September, 14:45 – 16:00 @ Room 14, Floor 2

Coordinator: Kaitlin Devine, Senior Developer, Sunlight Foundation

Session 5 Raising the bar for ambition and quality in OGP: workshop to develop a ‘Civil Society National OGP Review’ – Workshop

Tuesday 17 September, 14:45 – 16:00 @ Room 5, Floor 3


  • Daniel DietrichChairman and Project manager, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany
  • Anders Pedersen, OpenSpending Community Coordinator and Christian Villum, Open Government Data Community manager, from the Open Knowledge Foundation


Session 6 Code for Europe: a showcase of open source solutions to civic/city challenges – Workshop Tuesday 17 September, 11:30 – 13:15 @ Room 6, Floor 3 Demonstrating lessons learned through the first pilot year of Code for Europe. Summit for fellowship 2013/2014 launch.

Hosts: city of Amsterdam, Economic Department

Session 7 Collaborations with government, civil society and technology providers for successful open data – Cross-disciplinary panel

Tuesday 17 September, 14:15 – 16:00 @ Room 13, Floor 2

Moderator: Irina Bolychevsky, Open Government Data and CKAN Manager, Open Knowledge Foundation Panel members:

  • Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-Founder/Lead Director, BudgIT (remote connection)

Session 8 Opening Government – Session

Tuesday 17 September, 17:00 – 18:00 @ Main Stage Room 2

Panel – Open Data Standards


  • Ton Zijlstra, Independent Consultant on Change, Complexity, Knowledge Work, Learning

Panel members:

  • Timothy Vollmer, Manager of Policy and Data, Creative Commons

  • Andrew Stott, UK Transparency Board / / former UK Government Director of Transparency & Digital Engagement

  • Monica Palmirani, Associate Professor of Legal Informatics, University of Bologna

  • Tomoaki Watanabe, Executive Research Fellow, GLOCOM / Co-Founder at Open Knowledge Foundation Japan, CCJP


Talk – Is open data truly opening government?– Sarah Schacht, transparency technology advisor and author

Session 9 Follow The Money -Workshop

Wednesday 18 September, 10:30 – 11:30 @ Room 8, Floor 2

Moderators: Alan Hudson, ONE and Jonathan Gray, Open Knowledge Foundation 

We want to see a world in which citizens are able to hold decision-makers to account for the use of public money, using information about where it comes from, how it’s spent and what results it delivers, to drive improvements in service delivery and accelerate progress against poverty.

To this end, ONE and the Open Knowledge Foundation want to support and strengthen the community of activists and advocacy organisations pushing for the transparency that is needed if citizens around the world are to be able to follow the money (for further details, see this blog post.)


Session 10 Build a Better Transparency Technology Project: Lessons from the Transparency and Accountability Initiative mentors  – Panel

Wednesday 18 September, 11:45 – 13:15 @ Room 7, Floor 2

Moderator: Sarah Schacht, transparency technology advisor and author

Panel members:

Session 11 Open Finance and OpenSpending – Workshop

Wednesday 18 September, 14:45 – 16:00 @ Room 7, Floor 2

Moderator: Pierre Chrzanowski, Open Knowledge Foundation France


  • CERN Institutional Data – collecting, opening, visualizing spending data – Jiri Kuncar, CERN

  • Insights in Global Public Spending – Michalis Vafopoulos, Adjunct Professor of Web science, National Technical University of Athens

  • Open Finance in Switzerland: Examples of open budget apps and our plans for the future – Matthias Stürmer, University of Bern /

  • Using open budget data to create meaningful stories (BudgetStories) – Victoria Vlad, Economist, EXPERT-GRUP

  • Collecting and Analyzing Local Government Financial Disclosures – Marc Joffe, Principal Consultant, Public Sector Credit Solutions

  • Freeing, Speaking and Visualising Financial Transaction data – Ismail Chaib, TESOBE


The workshop space can accommodate up to 30 people. To sign-up, express your interest in the topic and get in touch with the coordinator please write to [email protected].

Session 12 Plenary Talk Wednesday 18 September, 17:00 – 17:30 @ Main Stage

Five Guaranteed Ways to Squander the Open Government Partnership Opportunity – Rakesh Rajani, Head of Twaweza

Additional Workshops and Satellite Events on Monday 16 and Thursday 19 September In addition to the main programme we are holding a number of workshops, panel discussions, hackathons and satellite events on the pre-conference and post-conference days – Monday 16 and Thursday 19 September – which you are invited to join.

Session A From Code to Sense: Bringing the Law to the Public  – Law Mining Hackathon

Monday 16 September, 10.00 – 17:00 @ CICG, Room 8, Floor 2

Thursday 19 September, 10:00 – 17:00 @ Centre Universitaire d’Informatique Université de Genève, Open Innovation Lounge, Groung Floor

Facilitators: Christian Laux, Laux Lawyers and Jean-Henry Morin, University of Geneva

Session B Challenges of Open Data– Panel

Monday 16 September, 14.00 – 15:00 @ Room 13, Floor 2

Moderator: Matthias StürmerUniversity of Bern /

Panel members:

Session C Open Government Data Around the World– Short Talks

Monday 16 September, 14.00 – 15:00 @ Room 6, Floor 3

Moderator: Daniel Dietrich, Chairman and Project manager, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany


Sandor Lederer – K-Monitor Watchdog for Public Funds, Hungary Samih Abid & Inès Hammami – OpenGovTn, Tunisia Waltraut Ritter – Knowledge Dialogues, Hong Kong Everton Zanella Alvarenga – Open Knowledge Foundation, Brazil Regards Citoyens, France Oleg Naumenko, Russia Pia Waugh – Australian Government, Australia Bibhusan Bista – aidinfo, Nepal

and more to be announced!

Session D Open Data Census– Workshop

Monday 16 September, 14.00 – 17:00 @ Room 19, Floor 3


  • Ton Zijlstra, Independent Consultant on Change, Complexity, Knowledge Work, Learning
  • Christian Villum, Open Government Community Coordinator, Open Knowledge Foundation

Session E Open Government Data: New Territories– Short Talks

Monday 16 September, 15.30 – 16:45 @ Room 13, Floor 2

Moderator: Giorgio Pauletto, Founding Board Member, Talks:

Session F Opening up the United Nations – Event Thursday 19 September, 10:00 – 13:00 @ International Environment House 2

The event will bring together the community of open data users from the Open Knowledge Foundation with open data practitioners from across UN agencies for a three hour event with two distinct panel sessions. The event is part of OKCon 2013 and organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation in partnership with UNDPUN-HabitatUNOPS and UN-OCHA.


Introductory session

  • Anders Pedersen, Community Coordinator, OpenSpending, Open Knowledge Foundation


Getting the data out of the beast: how UN agencies have begun publishing open data – Panel


  • Irina Bolychevsky, Open Government Data and CKAN Manager, Open Knowledge Foundation


Enabling collaboration between UN agencies and the open data community – Panel


  • Oluseun Onigbinde, Founder, BudgIT


  1.  One week to #OKCon – see you there! | O/ blog
  2.  Co-creating a tool to measure ambition and quality of OGP at OKFCon | The OGP Civil Society Hub
  3.  Previewing OKCon in Geneva, 16-19 September | The Transparency and Accountability Initiative
  4.  Live blogging – #okcon – Session 1 | The Cultural Heritage Web

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