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Open Data Day Barcelona

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The cool cats over at http://opendatabcn.org/ are putting together the Open Data Day Barcelona as part of the International Open Data Hackathon 2011. Their first contribution has been to translate the open call by event founder David Eaves to Catalan and Spanish. Last year they got the event together in no time at all and even though (like this year) it clashed with one of the many extended bank holidays in Spain, some of the most dedicated #opendata peeps in Barcelona showed up. Hopefully this year, with the call being far earlier, there'll be a bigger turnout and hopefully some "official" particpation from all these spanking new Open Data projects of Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat – it will be great if these peeps take the opportunity to get down & dirty with some citizen hackers for a change.

Here's an interview I recorded with @codehead form the Open Data Day Barcelona team for Kfé Innovación, where he talks about the importance of open data (in Spanish):

PodCamp Barcelona update

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Tal vez sea por la época del año pero, últimamente, ha habido un gran interés por si se organizará o no PodCamp Barcelona 2011.

A continuación nuestras reflexiones:

PodCamp Barcelona 2008 se organizó, sobre todo, porque hacíamos podcasting y pensábamos que sería muy interesante ir a un evento relacionado con ese tema. Al no encontrar ninguno lo suficientemente cerca como para poder ir, decidimos organizar uno nosotros. En ese momento había muy pocos eventos en torno a los llamados "nuevos medios", "web 2.0" o "medios sociales" pero ahora hay un montón de ellos. 

Hay una tendencia a hacer eventos "Porque toca" y es algo con lo que estamos profundamente en desacuerdo. Organizar eventos con el mismo formato y con los mismos temas una vez más, no le vemos el sentido. Teniendo en cuenta lo sucedido en las #acampadas, las ocupaciones y la reutilización del espacio público en España y otros lugares durante este año, creemos que un PodCamp es bastante redundante.

Reconocemos que los eventos son importantes para las comunidades y uno de los objetivos iniciales de PodCamp Barcelona (junto con el Barcelona Social Media Café) era crear comunidad. Sin embargo, con el uso extendido del social media y las herramientas "web 2.0", la gente se ha centrado en comunidades específicas como periodismo, gastronomía y vino, open data, open gov, marketing,  etc.

Estamos orgullosos que cada PodCamp Barcelona ha sido diferente. Hubiese sido fácil y sinceramente aburrido, repetir el mismo evento cada año, pero tuvimos la suerte que la comunidad estaba inspirada y añadió ideas y acciones, por ejemplo la contribución espontánea de @Moof  con @PBCNTweetlation en el 2009 y su posterior desarrollo en 2010 por @Moof y @pdavenne es un brillante ejemplo que dio una nueva dimensión. En la última edición hubo menos presentaciones y como novedad se organizaron talleres durante una semana,  creando espacios para proyectos como el nuevo enfoque de Kfé Innovación que se está extendiendo por todo el mundo.

Además ya no vivimos en Barcelona ni cerca de ella. Andamos por el norte de Europa: nueva vida y nuevos proyectos. ¿Significa esto que nunca vamos a organizar otro PodCamp Barcelona? No lo sabemos. ¿Significa que no vamos organizar nada más en Barcelona? Pensamos que sí. Pero no vamos a organizar PodCamp Barcelona 2011.

Así que gracias a todos los que habéis preguntado, y gracias a todo el mundo que ha participado en PodCamp Barcelona desde 2008. Son los participantes que hacen que cualquier evento sea un éxito y si la gente ha estado preguntando acerca de PodCamp Barcelona 2011, entonces parece que sí ha sido un éxito 😉

 

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Potser sigui per l'època de l'any però, últimament, ha hagut un gran interès per si s'organitzarà o no PodCamp Barcelona 2011.

A continuació les nostres reflexions:

PodCamp Barcelona 2008 es va organitzar, sobretot, perquè fèiem podcasting i pensàvem que seria molt interessant anar a un esdeveniment relacionat amb aquest tema. Al no trobar cap a prop com per poder anar-hi, vam decidir organitzar un nosaltres. En aqueix moment hi havia molt pocs esdeveniments entorn dels anomenats "nous mitjans", "web 2.0" o "mitjans socials" però ara hi ha un munt. 

Hi ha una tendència a fer esdeveniments "Perquè toca" i és una cosa amb el que estem profundament en desacord. Organitzar esdeveniments amb el mateix format i amb els mateixos temes una vegada més, no li veiem el sentit. Tenint en compte el succeït a les #acampades, les ocupacions i la reutilització de l'espai públic a Espanya i altres llocs durant aquest any, creiem que un PodCamp és bastant redundant.

Reconeixem que les trobades són importants per a les comunitats i un dels objectius inicials de PodCamp Barcelona (juntament amb el Barcelona Social Media Cafè) era crear comunitat. No obstant, amb l'ús estès del social media i les eines "web 2.0", la gent s'ha centrat en comunitats específiques com periodisme, gastronomia i vi, open data, open gov, marqueting, etc.

Estem orgullosos que cada PodCamp Barcelona ha estat diferent. Hagués estat fàcil i sincerament avorrit, repetir el mateix esdeveniment cada any, però vam tenir la sort que la comunitat estava inspirada i va afegir idees i accions, per exemple la contribució espontània de @Moof amb @PBCNTweetlation al 2009 i el seu posterior desenvolupament al 2010 per @Moof i @pdavenne és un brillant exemple que va donar una nova dimensió. A l'última edició va haver-hi menys presentacions i com a novetat es van organitzar tallers durant una setmana, creant espais per a projectes com el nou enfocament de Kfé Innovación que s'està estenent per tot el món.

A més ja no vivim a Barcelona ni prop d'ella. Caminem pel nord d'Europa: nova vida i nous projectes. Significa això que mai organitzarem un altre PodCamp Barcelona? No ho sabem. Significa que no organitzarem res més a Barcelona? Pensem que sí. Però no organitzarem un PodCamp Barcelona 2011.

Així que gràcies a tots els que heu preguntat, i gràcies a tothom que ha participat a PodCamp Barcelona des del 2008. Són els participants que fan que qualsevol esdeveniment sigui un èxit i si la gent ha estat preguntant sobre PodCamp Barcelona 2011, sembla que sí ha estat un èxit 😉

 

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Maybe it's just the time of the year, but there's been a lot of interest recently in whether there will be a PodCamp Barcelona 2011.

So here's our thoughts on the subject:

When we began PodCamp Barcelona in 2008 it was primarily because we were doing podcasting and thought it would be really interesting to go to such an event. As we couldn't find any close enough to get to, we decided to do it ourselves. At that time there were very few events around the so-called "new media", "web 2.0" or "social media" but now there are plenty of them.

There is a tendancy to do events "porque toca" (because it's now a ritual) which is something we profoundly disagree with. If there's nothing new or interesting to do or say, if it just the same format and speakers refritos we don't see the point. In the light of the #acampadas, the occupations and reuse of public space in Spain and other places this year, we feel that a PodCamp is pretty redundant.

We recognise that events are important to communities and one of the initial aims of PodCamp Barcelona (along with the Barcelona Social Media Café) was to create community. However as the use of social media and "web 2.0" tools has spread, peeps have become more focussed on specific communities such as journalists, food & wine, open data, open gov, marketing etc.

That each PodCamp Barcelona was different is something we are proud of. It would have been easy, and frankly boring, to repeat the same event every year – but we were lucky that peeps were inspired and added considerably to the mix. The spontaneous contribution by @Moof of @PBCNTweetlation in 2009 and the subsequent development of it in 2010 by @Moof and @pdavenne is a brilliant example which gave a new dimension. Last year we added workshops and cut down on presentations which led in part to the development of a new iteration of Kfé Innovación which is now spreading around the world.

The other thing is that we no longer live in or near to Barcelona. Right now we're off in northern Europe sorting out our next destination. Does this mean we'll never do another PodCamp Barcelona? We don't know. Does it mean we'll never do anything else in Barcelona? We doubt that. But we won't be doing PodCamp Barcelona 2011.

So thanks to everybody who has been asking, and thanks to everyone who has participated in PodCamp Barcelona since 2008. It's the participants who make any event a success and if people have been asking about PodCamp Barcelona 2011, then we think we can qualify it as that 😉


Ana & Chris

Teething troubles

Hola – I've just moved this site to new servers and am working out some teething troubles with images (which kind of buggers up the post I'm working on "Snapshots from an extraordianary summer") – "normal service" will be resumed ASAP. In the meantime the rest of the site IS working 😉

ChokePoint Project selected as 2011 winner of [the next idea] of Prix Ars Electronica

 

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Very happy to announce that the Choke Point Project has been selected as 2011 winner of [the next idea] voestalpine Art and Technology Grant as part of the Prix Ars Electronica 2011.

Here’s what the Ars Electronica post says about the project:

“As an upshot of recent revolts in the Arab world, the Choke Point Project raises the question of who actually exercises control over the internet. The WWW is generally perceived as a decentralized medium, and many people hold the opinion that it can be used as a means of  communication beyond the reach of power relationships and unimpeded by authoritarian structures. Recent events, however, reveal that this view doesn’t correspond to reality at all. Rather, individual politicians are able to cut off internet access on the part of an entire nation. The declared aim of this project initiated by the P2P Foundation is to locate nodes of the internet and to demonstrate how simple it is to prevent large segments of the populace from getting online. But this project is much more than the visualization of a “map of the Web”; it also collects strategies and opportunities to evade just such weak spots in order to free th internet from the clutches of power structures and turn over control to the individual.”

The prize consists of a 3 month residency in the Ars Electronica Center and a cash stipend in the amount of €7,500.

In the meantime James & yours truly are have been putting together the team, looking for funding and learning tons of stuff. We'll be having the first meeting of most of the team on June 16th in Amsterdam, just realised it's 25 years since I last went there!

ChokePoint Project – towards a distributed internet infrastructure

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Right now, I'm mainly spending my time on doing stuff for the P2P Foundation – one of the main things being coordinating the ChokePoint Project along with James Burke.

Here's the video presentation of the project, along with the transcription.

 

Chokepoint project introduction from Choke Point Project on Vimeo.

 

Video transcription:


On Janurary 27th, 2011, the order was given to “turn off” the Internet in Egypt, limiting communications and voiding commerce conducted online. Egyptian Internet services resumed on February 2nd. Fastforward just a few weeks later, this time Libya commences its disconnect February 18th, with a blackout occurring March 4th.

Shutting down the Internet in two countries sent shock-waves across the world. We also  heard people like American Senator Liberman asking for access to a similar kill switch. These actions force us all to ask ‘Who owns The Internet?” and what are the implications of the said controls over connectivity and scenarios for their use?

If you believe the Internet is not something that can or should be soley controlled by politicians or people inside the higher echelons of nation states, resulting in situations like Egypt and Libya, we’d love to tell you about what we are building.

The Choke Point Project addresses the events of recent months with the clear aim of mapping nodes of Internet connectivity and who maintains their control and what this may mean. We believe there is the need for a more decentralized Internet beyond the complete control of nation states and corporate influence.

So let me tell you a little bit about us? The Choke Point Project team are members of the Peer to Peer Foundation, and some of our friends, comprised of web researchers, software developers and data visualization experts.

So some of the projects aims are:

to gather data from across the web to show control points,

and clearly explain the complex issues involved including the history of who owns the Internet, the current legal situation, and where are identified choke points, and possible strategies for decentralization, reasons for and against kill switches.

The Choke Point Project site will function as a living record of Internet ownership and control, documenting the key areas from domain name registration to traffic gates

We will use the site to:

– create an interactive data visualization to identify choke points, showing vulnerabilities

– document the related open projects and point to articles with analysis and strategy

– release datasets and tools used to track down Internet choke points.

#breakoutbeceite

 


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I'm at  #breakoutbeceite in my role as "facilitator/catalyst" helping people to experiment with new models of working:

 

“¿Hacia dónde va el turismo 2.0?, ¿Hasta qué punto Internet ha cambiado nuestra forma de viajar?, más viajes sí, pero más cortos, ¿es el city break el turismo del futuro?, elegir un destino u otro, ¿de qué depende?… ¿qué soluciones innovadoras se plantean en épocas de crisis para un turismo de calidad? Para resolver éstas y otras cuestiones, el hotel La Fábrica de Solfa de Beceite (Teruel) ha organizado para los próximos 23 y 24 de marzo, el primer breakout de Turismo 2.0.

 

El objetivo es reunir a un grupo de profesionales vinculados al turismo y la red fuera de su hábitat natural para intercambiar de forma conjunta experiencias, ideas y modelos de trabajo en un entorno diferente al de este tipo de encuentros.

Desde La Fábrica de Solfa queremos ofrecer precisamente un paquete turístico innovador destinado a personas que no necesiten estar vinculadas a una oficina u otro espacio continuamente y que, al mismo tiempo, entiendan que la combinación entre ocio y trabajo puede potenciar tanto la creatividad como la productividad, además de aprovechar la interacción con otras personas en un entorno favorable, como es un pequeño hotel rural. Con la ayuda de los participantes y seguidores del evento queremos ajustar la oferta a las necesidades de las personas interesadas, en lo que sería un diseño 2.0, abierto a la participación de los potenciales clientes. Esta es un borrador de la propuesta que queremos debatir:

“¿Quieres escapar por unas horas o días de la oficina para compartir una experiencia de trabajo colectivo o simplemente para disfrutar de un entorno adecuado donde desarrollar tus proyectos profesionales o personales? ¿En qué consiste Breakout Beceite? Reúne X personas o apúntate con un grupo multidisciplinar de profesionales que necesiten trabajar en un entorno de paz y, al mismo tiempo, conectarse la naturaleza y disfrutarás de nuestros servicios, todo incluido. No tendrás que preocuparte de nada, os cuidaremos mientras trabajáis relajadamente y programaremos actividades des-estresantes a tu medida y en la medida que decidáis: bicicleta, 4×4, masajes, senderismo… Una oferta de lunes a viernes para freelancers, autónomos y, en general cualquier persona o equipo que no necesite estar vinculado continuamente a un lugar concreto…”

Invitados que participarán:

José Antonio Donaire , geógrafo, profesor de la Universidad de Gerona, director del Instituto Superior de Estudios Turísticos

Joan Planas , videoblogger, creador especialista en comunicación audiovisual

• Pedro Jareño, responsable de comunicación de la plataforma Minube

• Chris Pinchen (Cataspanglish ), comunicador especialista en medios sociales, dinamizador de los eventos Breakout organizados por el Citilab de Cornellà.

• Óscar Hernandez es periodista y jefe de la sección Distritos de El Periódico de Catalunya desde 2009. Postgrado de Periodismo Digital en la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) y autor del blog Metatecla .

• Cinta Massó, manager en Hotel Consulting

Cristina Ribas , consultora, profesora de periodismo en Internet, Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona.

Modera: Sandra Oñate, periodista”

Kfé Innovación #kfe03 City projects

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Kfé Innovación #kfe03 from chris pinchen on Vimeo.

 

Forgot to mention in the video that people who can't be in any of the venues today can still participate via twitter and chat

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Kfé Innovación Facebook discussions

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NetworkedCity is a new project we're working on but the sites aren't really ready yet – watch this space

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Previous posts about Kfé Innovación

Kfé Innovación interviews: Peter Corbett

The folks over at Kfé Innovación asked me to do some interviews for them with movers, shakers & innovators, so here's the first one with Peter Corbett, CEO of iStrategyLabs and founder of Apps For Democracy. The post over on the Kfé Innovación site has a transcript in English and links to a Spanish translation – check it out here.

Coming up soon in the serie: Codehead, Frank Kresin, Chris Ward and many more…

A Dance for the Republic (and other uses for blogs)

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So one day way back last summer, my friend Pep tells me about this book he’s recently published, Un ball per la República, which is the story of the Spanish Civil War and the Republic in the village of Alcampell where he grew up. And so we get talking and I ask if he’s going to do an English version, but he says it’s impossible because it’s published by a small Catalan publisher, and I suggest blogging about the book and, you know, making it more than a “book”, with hyperlinks and maps & photos and all the sorts of stuff that a small publisher can’t afford to do, even if they had the vision. Pep loved the idea and A Dance for the Republic was born.

I’m sure “the author” will excuse me for saying that he had a very linear & chronological approach to writing and it took him a few meetings to get his read around the idea of using the blog structure as a platform, the use of categories etc. Check it out if you’re at all interested in the subject matter or how an “online book” can work.

#ict4rd

Ricard Espelt is well known to visitors of this blog for both his role as councillor for new technology in the village of Copons, as well as interviews & posts for TalkingAbout. Right now Ricard is doing a Phd on technology & rural communities and I’ve been helping him a little on his English language blog which he describes as:

“This blog is a platform to communicate with the rural communities and develop a research space for my Phd. My intention is to  use this blog to help my Personal Learning Environment to find more connections and more dialogues with the rural-local researchers.”

So here we have blog repurposed as a publicly available academic research document and communication vehicle. Check it out here

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[gfa] is the working title of a blog which we are using to document the investigation into the fascinating and obscure of life of Ana’s grandfather, Gerardo Fernández Agüadero. Read the post about it here or go to the blog itself