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Second open data meet-up held in Skopje

The Metamorphosis Foundation organized the second Open Data Meet-up (held in Skopje) as part of the “Open Data Civil Society Network” project. Last Friday (13.03.2015) more than 30 open data enthusiasts met in the Cresha cafe, where they had the opportunity to discuss and share their views and experiences related to open data. The meeting lasted for three hours, with participants sharing excellent ideas.

Representatives of the British Embassy in Macedonia attended the Meet-up, as well as the director of the Metamorphosis Foundation – Bardhyl Jashari.

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The event started with a brief presentation by Dona Djambaska from Metamorphosis (fellow from the School of Data program of the Open Knowledge Foundation). She introduced the open data concept, shared inspiring stories about the use of open data, and presented several tools for (open) data processing.

Among the participants was Kostadin Mishev – member of the Regional Centre for Social Innovations which is part of the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering (FINKI) in Skopje, as well as part of a team from the same faculty, working on semantic and web applications. He shared his experiences with the development of a number of open data based mobile and web applications, as well as many useful tips for the process of open data use.

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Another participant who shared his experience during the meet-up was Gorjan Jovanovski, developer of the My Air mobile (and web) application. The app provides data about the air quality/pollution in various areas in Macedonia, at the same time providing an excellent visual representation of the data, for a better viewing experience.

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The goal of the project implemented by the Metamorphosis Foundation in cooperation with the Open Knowledge Foundation and supported by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, is to provide capacity building for civil society organisations for the promotion of the open government agenda via the establishment of School of Data – Macedonia.