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title: Open Interests Europe
layout: events
location: London, UK
textdate: November 24 & 25, 2012
upcoming: false
teaser: How EU money is spent is an issue that concerns everyone who pays
taxes to the EU. As the influence of Brussels lobbyists grows, it
is increasingly important to draw the connections between
lobbying, policy-making and funding.
permalink: /events/hackdays/lobbying.html
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#oi12 | Open Interests Europe
<small>Who sways money flows in the EU?</small>
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How EU money is spent is an issue that concerns everyone who pays
taxes to the EU. As the influence of Brussels lobbyists grows, it
is increasingly important to draw the connections between
lobbying,
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<p class="teaser span4">policy-making and funding. Journalists and activists
need browsable databases, tools and platforms to investigate
lobbyists’ influence and where the money goes in the EU. Join us
and help build these tools!
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<h2>Working Resources</h2>
<p>These are some resources that we will use through the day to
coordinate and find data:</p>
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<li><a href="http://bit.ly/oi12-notes">Shared Notes, Scratchpad, Datasets Overview etc</a></li>
<li><a href="http://ddj.okfnpad.org/lobbying-group-oi12">Challenge 1 (Lobby Transparency) Etherpad</a></li>
<li><a href="http://ddj.okfnpad.org/fish-subsidies-oi12">Challenge 2 (Fish Subsidies) Etherpad</a></li>
<li><a href="http://ddj.okfnpad.org/EU-tender-oi12">Challenge 3 (EU Procurement/OpenTED) Etherpad</a></li>
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<a href="http://www.campuslondon.com/">Google Campus Cafe</a>, 4-5
Bonhill Street, London &mdash; November, 24 &amp; 25 2012, 10am -
7pm:
Please <a href="http://openinterests.eventbrite.com/"
class="call-to-action">register on Eventbrite</a> by November
15.
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Open Interests Europe brings together developers, designers, activists, journalists
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<p>and other geeks for two days of learning, fun, intense hacking and app
building.</p>
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Organised by the <a href="http://okfn.org">Open Knowledge
Foundation</a> and the <a href="http://ejc.net">European
Journalism Centre</a>, sponsored by
<a href="http://www.mozillaopennews.org/">Knight-Mozilla OpenNews</a>
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<a href="http://www.mozillaopennews.org/"><img
src="/img/mozilla_wide.png" width="130px"></a>
<a href="http://ejc.net"><img src="/img/ejc.gif"
width="130px"></a>
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<h2>Outputs</h2>
<iframe width="750px" height="1000px" frameborder="0" src="http://okfnlabs.org/listify/embed.html?url=https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aon3JiuouxLUdGQzUDlHWTVXMl9pbGR6cFRYdlNja0E#gid=0"></iframe>
<p><a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aon3JiuouxLUdGQzUDlHWTVXMl9pbGR6cFRYdlNja0E#gid=0">Source spreadsheet</a></p>
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Challenge 1: Lobby Transparency
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<p>Within any political process there are many interests
wanting to be heard - companies, trade unions, NGOs - and Brussels
is no exception.
<a href="http://www.corporateeurope.org/">Corporate Europe
Observatory</a>, <a href="http://www.foeeurope.org/">Friends
of the Earth Europe</a> and
<a href="http://www.lobbycontrol.de/blog/">LobbyControl</a>
have begun to data-mine the <a
href="http://europa.eu/transparency-register/index_en.htm">lobby
registers</a> of the
European Commission
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<p> and of the Parliament to find out who the
lobbyists are, what they want and how much they are investing.
You will have the exclusive opportunity to work with this data
before it is made public in their upcoming portal. What can you do with this data?</p>
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<h3>Topic expert</h3>
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<p><a href="https://twitter.com/erikwesselius">Erik Wesselius</a> is one of the co-founders of Corporate Europe
Observatory. In the past few years, Erik has focused on issues
related to lobbying transparency and regulation as well as EU
economic governance. In 2005, Erik was active in the Dutch
campaign for a "No" against the EU Constitution.</p>
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<h3>What others have done</h3>
<p>Here are some projects that might serve as inspiration:</p>
<ul>
<li><a
href="http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/lobbying/">Sunlight
Lobby Tracker</a></li>
<li><a href="http://whoslobbying.com/">Who is Lobbying?</a></li>
<li><a href="http://littlesis.org/">LittleSis</a></li>
<li><a href="http://mapa76.info/">Mapa76</a></li>
<li><a href="http://greenpeace.fr/facenuke/">Facenuke</a></li>
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Challenge 2: Fish Subsidies
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<p>Subsidies paid to owners of fishing vessels and others
working in the fishing industry under the European Union’s
common fisheries policy amount to approximately €1 billion a
year. <a href="http://eutransparency.org">EU Transparency</a>
gathered data relating to
payments and recipients
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of fisheries subsidies in every EU member state from multiple
sources, from European Commission databases to member state
government databases and inter-governmental fishery
organizations such as <a
href="http://www.iccat.int/en/">ICCAT</a>. What can you do with this data?
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<h3>Topic expert</h3>
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<a href="http://jackthurston.com/">Jack Thurston</a> is policy analyst, activist,
writer and broadcaster. He is co-founder of <a
href="http://farmsubsidy.org">FarmSubsidy.org</a>, winner of a
Freedom of Information Award from <a
href="http://ire.org">Investigative Reporters and Editors</a>.
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<h3>What others have done</h3>
<p>Here are some projects that might serve as inspiration:</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="http://fishsubsidy.org/map/">Vessel Subsidy Map</a></li>
<li><a href="http://fishsubsidy.org/eff/">European Fisheries Fund Database</a></li>
<li><a href="http://fishsubsidy.org/infringements/">Illegal Fishing Database</a></li>
<li><a href="https://fishreg.jrc.ec.europa.eu/web/datadissemination/home">JRC Scientific Fisheries Data</a></li>
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Challenge 3: Tender Information and Procurement
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Each year governments of EU member states spend between 9 and 26 per cent of GDP
on private contracting. Private contracts on public services such as infrastructure
or health care are recorded in the European tender register. <a href="http://opented.org">OpenTED.org</a>
has scraped, parsed and released procurement data
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on 700,000 contracts from 2006 to
2011. Join us for a deep dig into this bulk of procurement data. We expect investigative
stories on no-bid contracts, government outsourcing trends and what companies
benefitted from the Greek public construction boom before the crisis.
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<h3>Topic expert</h3>
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<a href="https://twitter.com/anpe">Anders Pedersen</a>
is a data journalist and co-founder of OpenTED.org. He is the winner of the Nordic Newshacker and a Robert Bosch Stiftung Journalism Fellow.
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<h3>What others have done</h3>
<p>Here are some projects that might serve as inspiration:</p>
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<li><a href="http://znasichdani.sk/l?l=en">ZNasichDani / From Our Taxes</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.open-contracting.org/">Open Contracting Initiative</a></li>
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<h3>Prizes &amp; Jury</h3>
<p>All participants will get the satisfaction of contributing to a
cause that affects us all!</p>
<a href="http://www.thebrusselsbusiness.eu/"><img
src="http://www.thebrusselsbusiness.eu/at/images/logo.png"></a>
<p>Not only that, the winning team will be
awarded a 100 EUR Amazon voucher, pre-ordered copies of the movie
<a href="http://www.thebrusselsbusiness.eu/">The Brus$els Business –
Who Runs the European Union?</a> (to be released
this autumn) and copies of <a href="http://www.datajournalismhandbook.org">The Data Journalism
Handbook</a>.</p>
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The Jury members are <a href="http://rufuspollock.org/">Rufus
Pollock</a>, co-Founder and Director of the Open Knowledge
Foundation, <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/alastair-dant">Alastair Dant</a>, Lead
Interactive Technologist for the Guardian and <a href="http://danbri.org/">Dan Brickley</a>, Developer Advocate at Google.
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<h3>Contact</h3>
<p>If you have questions or suggestions please get in touch with <a
href="mailto:sprints@okfn.org">Velichka Dimitrova</a>.</p>
<small class="dark">Image credits:
Corruption designed by United Unknown, Question
designed by Martin Delin, Fish Skeleton designed
by Gilad Fried, Written Document designed by Thomas
Le Bas (all from The Noun Project).
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