On Friday 2/10 the first OKFN Greece meetup was successfully held in Thessaloniki. We started with a short introduction on OKFN’s vision and activities, and following we discussed about the specific objectives of the Greek local group.
The assessment of the current situation in Greece, regarding open data, was the outcome of projects carried out by students of the Webscience Master Program.
We then discussed and demonstrated applications available in other countries, and reached the conclusion that Greek Open Data, being an innovative initiative started by opengov.gr before a couple of years, are positioned in the 2-3 ranking of Tim Berners Lee’s 5 star schema (5 star schema in Greek). This results in fewer applications, and a limited added value for the existing application, in social and economic aspect.
Having in mind the enhancement of Greek open data, the meet-up included a Greek CKAN datahub import marathon, where the Greek open data, including 5 datasets in the beginning, now exceeds 50.
OKFN Greece is collaborating with opengov.gr to increase the utility of the Greek open data, and is developing applications in order to promote open knowledge activities in Greece.