Brazil

  • Last fall, as a follow-up of my participation to CONSEGI 2011 in Brasilia, and in the context of my Open Data for Education proposal, I asked several Brazilian teachers to share if and how they were using Open Data to teach. These are, in no particular order, the first answers I got. I hope they will stimulate more contacts and exchange of experiences and best practices in this field, among them, and all other teachers worldwide who are interested in this topic.
  • Last October I was at the 2nd Brazilian Information Technology Meeting to speak about the current state of Open Data in European Union countries. Due to some hardware-related problems, I couldn’t publish anything about this conference earlier, but several reports are online anyway. A small part of the notes I took back then, however, may still be of general interest, so here they are. One point worth noting is not news, but the confirmation, even during this conference, of the Brazilian interest for Public Software.
  • Last October I was invited to the first Brazilian National Meeting on Open Data. One of the things I brought back is lots of thoughts about the potential of Open Data about crime. A laudable and not negligible part of this potential is in crime prevention. Another, equally important part is how much complete Open Data about crime can help: public administrators to plan and justify effective social policies
  • I’ve just come back home after CONSEGI 2011 in Brasilia. It’s been an interesting and intense week. I met great people and carried home lots of beautiful pictures of Brasilia and of ideas and information for my work on Open Data and Digital Inclusion. Definitely, the link between these two things and their relation with poverty, equal opportunities and social change remain the most important concepts floating around at CONSEGI, as I’ve already mentioned in my other reports from this conference.