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 →

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 →