If you’re currently around in Barcelona and interested in open data, citizen data and related topics then I’ll be joining people from the EU H2020 funded Making Sense project for an informal meetup at the bar of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona) at 7pm on Wednesday 7th December 2016.
Another good reason to come along is to catch one of the last days of this interesting looking exhibition at CCCB on The Thinking Machine: Ramon Llull and the “ars combinatoria” to mark 700 years since the birth of Llull (if you’re interested in this area, I also coincidentally recently wrote an article on Llull’s legacy for the Public Domain Review).
If you know anyone I could talk to about the history and current state of open data in Barcelona, then please do get in touch. More broadly I’m interested in the development of open data as a policy issue in Spain – as well as any examples of how different groups have mobilised not only to open up data, but also to intervene around data infrastructures (you can read about examples of this in the recent “Changing What Counts” report which I led as a collaboration with Open Knowledge International and CIVICUS).
Later in the week I’ll be catching up with an interesting new initiative called the Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty (BITS), about which I’ll post more soon.