Awarding open knowledge
Nominations are now open for the Open Knowledge Awards. The awards will cover categories such as transparency, entrepreneurship, open science, ministry/municipality and business initiative.
The Open Knowledge Awards will help raise awareness on how society, including authorities, businesses, organizations and other entities can benefit from open knowledge. It is arranged by Open Knowledge Sweden, a non-profit association which encourage increased usage of open data in all forms. The association was founded in 2015, when the chairman Serdar Temiz was elected as Sweden’s ambassador of Open Knowledge Foundation.
Last year, Helsingborg, Anslagstavlan and Westander were three of the winners of Open Knowledge Awards in Sweden. This year, the seven award categories are the same as last time and includes “Best data journalism award”, “Best public servant award” and “Best transparency award”.
Each category in which organizations, companies and authorities could be nominated, will be determining the most exemplary initiative working in favor of open data, open knowledge and transparency.
“We believe that Open Knowledge Awards is providing recognition to change makers that push for innovation as well as transparent and accountable democracy. It also raises the bar every year for all open knowledge stakeholders in Sweden”, says Serdar Temiz, chairman of Open Knowledge Sweden.
”We are supporting the Open Knowledge Awards since there is such a huge potential in open data”, says Christer Berg, CEO of Dataföreningen.
The 2017 jury consists of Jessica Cederberg Wodmar, a sustainability coach and communication expert, Terrence Brown, a writer, researcher, consultant, entrepreneur and lecturer, Peter Krantz, an open government advocate and the CIO at the National Library of Sweden, as well as Helena Löfving from Sveriges Television, a journalist with a special interest in data journalism and digital development, and Isobel Hadley-Kamptz, the new chairman for Dataföreningen.
”The Open Knowledge Awards have the purpose of recognizing achievements within its field and also puts a quality stamp to awardees. We hope to motivate stakeholders to perform better and that open knowledge will be an inspiration for new actors”, says Asmen Gül, supervisor in Open Knowledge Awards and board member in Open Knowledge Sweden.