Open Data Day in Minsk

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The Open Data Day first took place in Minsk on February 22nd. The organiser of the event was the youth organization "Falanster" that thus joined the international Open Data Festival, which simultaneously takes place in different parts of the world.

Programmers, volunteers, journalists and other interesting and interested young people had started to gather at the business club Imaguru before 4 pm. The event started with the introduction of "Falanster". Mikhas Volchak inspiredly talked about the history and the prerequisites of its beginnings, the aims and the tasks it sets, and also about the software tools it uses.

Falanster. How we opened data. from zabej

Then the editor of the website opendata.by Alyaksei Myadzvedski related what the beginning of Open Data means, and presented the "Safe city" project that analyzes the causes of fire and runs the map of fires in Minsk based on The Ministry of Emergencies' data.

After that a foreign guest Martin Kliehm, the representative of the German Pirates' Party and an Open Data activist, appeared on the stage. In the presentation he narrated the situation with the Open Data and interesting programs on this subject in Frankfurt, Vienna, Barcelona and other European cities. Martin's talk was purely in English. A pretty volunteer Julia wonderfully acted as his interpreter, but what was rather interesting and pleasing is that almost all the listeners understood him without any translation.

Martin Kliehm. Open City Data. from zabej

After the break that passed in lively talks at tea and coffee with biscuits, a project nagrady.by was introduced by Raman Bydniy, one of "Falanster's" activists. The project is dedicated to the analysis of the governmental policy in the sphere of order rewards.

Then the participant introduced projects zvarot.by that runs the data base of Belarusian governmental establishments' electronic addresses and helps users with the aids of special form to create and send a request to the required establishment, and e-gov.by, which accumulates the ideas of the electronic government for Belarus.

It all was continued with the Pirates Centre's presentation. It introduced who pirates are, what they do an why. A little accent on the logo - a bug, meaning the destruction of copyright. The participants also watched a little video clip about the pirates' centre: who are pirates nowadays, what are their goals and what they do.

The last one who introduced his report was the lawyer Alyaksei Kazlyk, who divulged some law aspects and as well as some issues concerning the laws of data protection and intellectual property.

I would like to point out that even after the official closing of the event no one was in a hurry to leave. A hot discussion about the problems of copyright ran high with the initiative of Anatoliy Babenya. The journalists interviewed the most active participants. Apart from this there was a lot of people willing to talk privately with Martin Kliehm. The discussion slowly moved to the closest cafeteria, where the guest told how he arrived in Minsk from the Frankfurt's airport enveloped with the strike just two hours before the beginning of the conference.

The other presentations from the conference:

Open Data for Belarus. Situation and perspectives.

Electronic government for Belarus.

Piratic movement in Belarus.

Open Data. Law aspects.

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Original (English): Дзень Адкрытых Дадзеных у Мінску

Translation: © Julia_Bialokoz, violence .

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