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Open Education

Session 1 The facets of open education. Resources, data and culture – Panel & LinkedUp Awards presentations

Tuesday 17 September, 11:45 – 13:15 @ Room 13, Floor 2

11:45 – 12:30 The facets of open education. Resources, data and culture – Panel

Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone. Many institutes offer Open Educational Resources (OER) online. Education can benefit highly from open and linked data approaches.

Moderator: Doug Belshaw, Badges & Skills Lead, Mozilla Foundation

Panel members:

12:30 – 13:15 LinkedUp Challenge Award Presentations

Moderators: Stefan Dietze and Eelco HerderL3S Research Center

The LinkedUp Veni Competition is the first in a series of three competitions on tools and demos that analyse or integrate open web data for educational purposes.

In this session, the shortlisted entries will present their outstanding demos and tools for using open data for education. More information on the tools and their creators can be found here.

  • DataConf – a mobile mashup that enriches conference publications.
  • Globe-Town – rich information and infographics on issues regarding society, environment and economy.
  • Knownodes – enables defining and exploring connections between resources and ideas.
  • Mismuseos – browse and explore relations between objects from multiple Spanish museums.
  • Polimedia – connects transcripts of the Dutch parliament with media coverage.
  • ReCredible – a browsable topic map with infoboxes next to it.
  • We-Share – a social annotation application for educational ICT tools.
  • YourHistory – a Facebook app that shows historic events that are related to your own life.

Find out more about the LinkedUp Project at

Session 2 LinkedUp Award Ceremony

Tuesday 17 September, 17:45 @ Main Stage Room 2

Prizes for the LinkedUp Veni competition to be awarded by Philippe Cudre-Mauroux, Professor at University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Director of eXascale Infolab and LinkedUp Advisory Board Member

Open Transport Data

Session 1 Urban Data Challenge – Exhibition + panel and vernissage

A 3-city transportation data challenge between the cities of Geneva, Zurich and San Francisco.

Exhibition: Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18 September, 09:00 – 18:00 @ Room 4, Ground Floor

Panel and vernissage: Tuesday 17, 18:45 @ Room 4, Ground Floor. With an opening speech by Sami Kanaan, City of Geneva Counselor. Co-organized with swissnex San Francisco.

Panel members:

  • Christopher Pangilinan, Associate Engineer San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SMTA)
  • Antoine Stroh, Project Manager at Transport Public Genevois (TPG)
  • Bruno Mändli, Senior Engineer at Trapeze Switzerland

The vernissage is hosted by Sylvie Reinhard (Lift Events) and Johann Recordon (swissnex San Francisco) and will be followed by drinks for everyone.

Session 2 Transports Publics Genevois Sketchaton – Workshop

Wednesday 18 September, 09:00 – 13:15 @ Room 14, Floor 2
The Geneva Public Transport will be hosting a workshop to discuss ideas around the newly launched Open Data platform. This workshop is held in French; we thank you for your understanding.


  • Simon Chignard, Open Data Expert
  • Antoine Stroh, Project Manager at Transport Public Genevois (TPG)
  • Abir Oreibi, Lift Events

Session 3 Open Transport Data: the next step – Workshop

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

Coordinators: Pieter Colpaert, Ghent University / OKFN Belgium and Chloé Bonnet, co-founder, Five by Five

Open Geodata

Session 1 Panel & Meetup (presented by Esri)

Tuesday 17 September, 17:00 – 18:00 @ Room 20, Floor 3

Moderator:  Hannes Gassert, Open Knowledge Foundation Switzerland


  • Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Crisis Mapper, Internews Media Innovation Advisor.

  • Barbara J. Ryan, Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), former Director of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme.

  • Francesco Pisano, Director of Research United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), responsible for UNOSAT.

  • Emanuele Gennai, Esri Global Affairs Executive.

Geographic data has become key for a wide range of applications: almost everything people do happens in space. Understanding a city, a refugee camp, or an illegal settlement would not be possible without well managed geodata. Such geo data thus is very valuable indeed, and is considered proprietary, although it’s usually captured and managed with public effort. On the other hand everybody with a GPS device can become an online map maker almost instantly, and powerful community efforts have already created impressive results.

During humanitarian or environmental crises, readily available open data and data sharing is needed urgently, and at scale – better data fast literally saves lives, and collaborative efforts are very much needed for an effective disaster response.

This meetup will bring together four panelists, each of them having unique geo data stories to share. We’ll ask how open geodata is important to their activities, how they managed to achieve open geodata goals, and what challenges they faced while developing open geodata policies and systems. With our distinguished panelists and an active audience we’ll explore the interplay between governments, corporations and civil society organizations in drawing tomorrow’s open maps!

Session 2 Put your data on the map! – Workshop

Thursday 19 September, 14:00 – 17:00 @ University of Geneva, Uni Mail Campus, Room M R030

With the widespread adoption of cloud solutions, geo data sharing and collaborative mapping is becoming easier each day. Still, a lot of data that actually should be profiting from easy-to-use geo data tools lies dormant – but with a little effort and the right expertise they could provide much valuable insight just by being visualized geographically. This workshops solves that problem: bring your data, and we’ll put in on the map!

During this 90 minutes workshop you will learn, using specific scenarios and best practices, how to:

  • unlock geo data wherever it is located

  • mash it with other data types, in order to build your own map

  • build, or simply configure GIS apps

  • geo-enable your data using your legacy systems (like MS Office, IBM Cognos, Sharepoint, SAP…)

  • collect field data and make it available to everyone

  • crowdsource geodata and populate a shared geo database

  • use ArcGIS Online content, and other sources leveraging open standards

Bring your own data, bring a laptop and profit from the geo data experts on site to make your very own map app!
The workshop space can accommodate up to 50 people. To sign-up, express your interest in the topic and get in touch with the coordinators please write to [email protected].

Digital Social Innovation

Digital Social Innovation Open Workshop

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

Moderator: NESTA

At this open workshop we will present emerging findings from a major new study on digital social innovation (DSI) in Europe. The research is commissioned by the European Commission, DG Connect and run by Nesta, in partnership with the Waag SocietyESADEIRI and Future Everything. The study looks at grassroots civic innovations that use mass collaboration to tackle societal challenges.

At the same time that we have big global challenges we are also able to harness collective intelligence via ICT to solve global-scale problems so that citizens can develop awareness and map actions in real time.

The DSI research is identifying examples of Digital Social Innovations (DSI) that are exploiting the network effect of the Internet and merging technology trends such as open data crowdmapping, open hardware, and open distributed networking to bring people together to solve social challenges.

A brilliant example of DSI is Safecast, the crowd-led global sensor network for collecting and sharing radiation measurement that was created following the nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011. To date volunteers have mapped radiation levels of more than 3 million data points, providing an accurate real-time data streams that was inconceivable before the Safecast project.

We will share with you what we have learned to date about the actors that enable and support digital social innovations. We want your input and challenges to inform our thinking and to influence our recommendations to the EC on how to foster emerging digital social innovation research and policy across Europe.

Join the workshop if you are an academic, practitioner, policy maker or a social innovator interested in learning about DSI.

To find out more information about the research and the open workshop, please see the project fact sheet or email [email protected]


The workshop space can accommodate up to 45 people. To sign-up, express your interest in the topic and get in touch with the coordinators please write to:

  • [email protected] for the “The potential in digital social innovation” panel
  • [email protected] for the “Who are the digital social innovators?” panel
  • [email protected] for the “Supporting and growing digital social innovation in Europe, what needs to change?” panel.


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