Training

At the Open Knowledge Foundation, we have a range of training programs for governments, civil society organisations and others to enable you and your team gain the awareness and skills they need to understand, publish, and benefit from open data.

Our training programs are designed and delivered by our team of open data experts with many years of experience creating, maintaining and supporting open data projects around the world.

Please contact us for details on any of the these courses, or if you’d be interested in discussing a custom program tailored to your needs.

Open Data in One Day

Who is this for?

This course is a short introduction to open data suitable for anyone interested in open data and a great fit for teams from diverse functions across organisations who are thinking about or adopting open data for the first time.

Topics covered

Everything you need to understand and start working in this exciting new area: what is open data, why should institutions open data, what are the benefits and opportunities to doing so, and of course how you can get started with an open data policy or project.

This is a one day course to help you and your team get started with open data.

Course prerequisites

None – we’ll start from the ground up.

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Open Data Management (5 days)

Who is this for?

Those specializing in open data, whether as policy experts, open data program managers and similar roles in government, civil service, and other organisations.

This course is for non-technical staff who are responsible for managing Open Data programs in their organisation. Such activities typically include implementing an Open Data strategy, designing/launching an Open Data portal, coordinating publication processes, preparing data for publication, and fostering data re-use.

Topics covered

Basics of Open Data (legal, managerial, technical); Success factors for the design and execution of an Open Data program; Overview of the technology landscape; Success factors for community re-use.

To get the most out of the course, participants should bring information about their own projects and be ready to share and discuss with other participants. (More in the PDF).

Course prerequisites

None, although a basic understanding of the digital environment will be valuable. Min. 5 participants.

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Open Data Portal Technology (5 days)

Who is this for?

Those specializing in open data, whether as software or data experts, open data delivery managers and similar roles in government, civil service, and other organisations. Technical staff who are responsible for maintaining or running an enterprise Open Data portal. Such activities typically include deployment, system administration and hosting, site theming, development of custom extensions and applications, ETL procedures, data conversions, data life-cycle management.

Topics covered

Basics of Open Data, publication process, and technology landscape; architecture and core functionality of a modern Open Data Management System (CKAN used as example). Deployment, administration and customization; deploying extensions; integration; geospatial and other special capabilities; engaging with the CKAN community. (More in the PDF).

Course prerequisites

Experience of web application services and infrastructure and database management, basic programming and knowledge of software development and deployment practices. Min. 5 participants.

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Data Skills and Data Use

We also run the School of Data, which helps civil society organisations, journalists and citizens learn the skills they need to use data effectively, through both online and in-person “learning through doing” workshops. The School of Data runs data driven investigations with a focus on learning through doing, and data clinics and workshops from “What is Data” up to advanced visualisation and data handling. As well as general training and materials, we offer topic-specific and custom courses and workshops.

Get in touch

Please get in touch using the form below or by calling us on +44 (0) 1223 422159

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