Together with over 400 sites around the world, we celebrated Open Data Day 2018 - the annual global celebration of open data - in Bern, Switzerland on this first weekend of March. Impressions in brief.
On Saturday we got together at the Effinger underground lab, ducking out of the snowstorm to hang up our coats and warm up to workstations and tablets running with open data projects, hot drinks and snacks. Our 15 participants made a circle. Introductions made, we took a look at projects like the open finance visualisations started at past Bern events, then split into three groups for discussion and hands-on activity.
Led by @andreasamsler, one group discussed the sociopolitical and business landscape, talked about the Fun and Profit of Open Data, and brainstormed improved ways of building up the network in Switzerland. Plans were discussed for this year's annual Opendata.ch conference and work going on in various channels. One result was an updated community calendar.
Happy #OpenDataDay everyone! If you are in Switzerland in 2018, save - at least - the following dates https://t.co/SptOYg5Goa An open data related event is missing? Mail to email@example.com - thanks!
In the Makers corner, we booted up Raspberry Pi's, converted elevation models to 3D printed "tangible statistics", worked on smart+open city initiatives, and collected sensor data on open networks - producing a CSV recording of our ambient sound levels.
The third and quietest group was busy polishing their applications and data visualisations, getting ready to release early, and release often.
proximap - a responsive web app for finding nearby fountains
We had @rosacastilloPhD walk us through a compelling climate data analysis and visualisation, from the deep end of filtering meteorological tables, to bias-challenging insights and publication formats.
Processing data from @NASA in R explained by @rosacastilloPhD in #OpenDataDay in Bern
To round it off we collected takeaways from everyone in a spreadsheet. The complete data seen in the tweet below is shared in a CSV file here: opendataday2018-ch-bern.csv
Getting to the takeaways of today with @loleg in #OpenDataDay in Bern
Big thanks to everyone who came out and contributed in support of our little big occasion!