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Oleg @ OpenDataBeer 12
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  1. Tonight, our subject is Open Data
  2. Let us maintain an open exchange
  3. All opinions are valuable and welcomed
  4. We are not here to promote stuff
  5. Nomen est omen


Annotated still from the 1964 film Dr. Strangelove


Bonjour #OpenDataBeer !

Je suis ...

... and I ๐Ÿ’“ to code & tinker with friends

Photo of Oleg at a hackathon

Let's talk about a well-known local data practice

Image of a Mondaine digital wristwatch


Photo from a hackathon


Hackdays are a kind of e-sport where participants make playful use of tech resources to stretch their data within strict time constraints. ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Photo from the first hackathon

We started keeping time for open data in 2011

Screenshot of the make.opendata wiki

This precursor of, our MAKE wiki became a treasure trove of information about data resources, various attempts to develop applications, and the people in our community.

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The old projects have been archived, and can now be searched and downloaded at

dribdat logo

dribdat is the new black.., er, wiki ;-)

Since 2016 the community mostly documents at, along with a number of other sites linked at

Why MAKE dribdat?

  • Swiss made software :flag-ch:
  • Open source goodness ๐Ÿ
  • Open Data in the kernel ๐Ÿ“‚
  • Multiplatform to the bone ๐Ÿ–
  • More awesome hackathons ๐Ÿš€
  • It's fun to "dribble" with "data" ๐Ÿ€

But wait! Why not just use


Screenshot of CKAN showcases

Illustration from OGD Handbook

Screenshot of dribdat API

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How does it work?

Screenshot of MakeZurich 2020

Sign your work to get street cred.

Look for this button (OAuth FTW!) to create a profile. Sign in with Slack button

Find your group's project (or start it), then take the blue pill. Join button

Post progress reports and Sync or Edit the docs. Editing buttons

Screenshot of Optimization of District Heating

The Sync feature is a lightweight harvester, federating documentation content from git repositories, wikis, cloud editors, or practically any open Web location.


Screenshot of Lenzburg Altstadt

Shared text documents, a folder full of sketches, new datasets, a code repository, slideshows and any other online materials can be showcased in this manner. The most actively developed prototype is shown at the top, links to any relevant materials in the readme and log.

Get the data:

There is an API plus built-in export and visualization tools, as well as proven integrations like Discourse & Disqus for quick evaluation and commentary to motivate sustained development.

Keep an eye on that clock!

Photo of MZ signage

Use the platform to keep focused on the essential work of opening and promoting data sources, not worrying about whether your efforts will count. For organizers, this is a powerful instrument to accelerate their teams and boost overall impact.

๐Ÿ… THERE IS MORE ๐Ÿ… We could keep talking about:

  • Streamlining people processes on- and offline
  • Assuring tolerance & promoting diversity
  • Making issues visible to solve them better
  • Making a bigger impact on policy and planet
  • Not losing focus on the essentials
  • Acknowledging participation
  • Digitalizing sustainably

But our time is up.

Don't panic

Everyone's a winner! โค๏ธ

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Wrap up

๐Ÿ‘ Fair competition through cooperation and content

๐Ÿง Let's hack on open data with people at heart

๐Ÿ€ I maintain dribdat so you get awesome data


We are not here to promote anything tonight, but if you want to support some of the things you heard about, you can do so at,, GitHub, OpenCollective or AlternativeTo.

Thank you to everyone who has already helped to make this hack into something more.

1 more thing

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We want you to join on December 11-13, 2020

Cheers! ๐Ÿป

This presentation is shared under CC BY 4.0

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