Offene Daten Für Alle

Service Toolkit design
Location Accross Germany
Client The Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Open Data can be an incredibly powerful tool for the NGO and charity sectors which can genuinely improve the capacity of their work. The problem is, they just don’t know about it.

Conversely are Local Government departments aiming their outreach and narrative to the wrong target groups when tailoring their engagement policy regarding Open Data? Is it all a bit too academic and technocratic?

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Open Data can be an incredibly powerful tool for the NGO and charity sectors which can genuinely improve the capacity of their work. The problem is, they just don’t know about it.

Conversely are Local Government departments aiming their outreach and narrative to the wrong target groups when tailoring their engagement policy regarding Open Data? Is it all a bit too academic and technocratic?

Our work centring on opening the conversation regarding making the language around Open Data more understandable to third sector organisations and communities, came to the attention of The Bertelsmann Stiftung who commissioned New Union to run a similar workshop in partnership with the City of Münster Government in Germany as a pilot for future projects.

After the success of the pilot workshop, and taking into account the feedback from participants, we took the next step to turn the project into a downloadable workshop that any city government in Germany can access, download and facilitate themselves, even without the need to have any knowledge of Open Data and that is how #ODFA was born.

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Offene Daten Für Alle (#ODFA) explains what Open Data is in clear and simple terms including live examples of what it can look like, how to use it and where to find it.

There are also a series of activities that Local Government can use to gather samples on how NGOs already use data and drivers to influence future policy or create outreach strategy in regards to getting more uptake from the community sector.

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Another point of the workshop is for Government and third sector staff to learn together, without the need to to interpret what they think Open Data is and learn together from a blank canvas. This is important as it addresses the fear to ask questions, especially from professional staff who feel they should already be knowledgeable about a certain subject.

This process eliminates that fear in regards to Open Data and creates a consensus from across Local Government and the community sector.

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In the toolkit you will find a guide on how to run the event, the workshop presentation , a manuscript for every slide, together with promotional materials such as graphics, to share on social media, eventbrite text and two blogs that can be edited and shared.

The toolkit has materials and guidelines to set up a steering group to continue the conversation, including how to run meet-ups and networking events. There is also a bitesize version of the workshop that the facilitator can email to all of the participants post event, alleviating the need to print and share chunky handouts There is even a new activity the participants can run with their colleagues and give feedback into the city’s Open Data agenda.

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#ODFA also has detailed guidelines on how cities can set up their own Open Data and Communities Steering Group, including meeting plan materials which have deemed successful within cities keeping the conversation going in regards to the issues and making sure policy is on point.

It is designed so anybody can facilitate the workshop, particularly those with no experience of Open Data. All the facilitator needs to do is to follow the manuscript and guidelines. There are even prompts to answer any potential questions. The main USP is the toolkit is truly accessible to everybody, as that’s the point of the whole workshop and Open Data itself: it should be open to everybody.

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