**Bliki** **Open Data Day 2020: From Bogopedia and Air Quality to Coronapedia** Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas Tags: **Covid-19 | Open Data Day | Grafoscopio | Solarpunk | Commons | Descentralization** ![](https://imgur.com/43uh7pN.png) ![](https://imgur.com/O2g64Yd.png) ![](https://imgur.com/ph8jcRG.png) ![Coronapedia screenshots for some subsection and main page (rotated). Click on each image for full size or [**click here**](https://mutabit.com/repos.fossil/coronapedia/) to visit the web site.](../../../uv/bliki/img/coronapedia-horizontal.jpg) > We, at the [Grafoscopio][gf] community, started our usual celebration of the Open Data Day > 2020 prototyping a project to create a self contain and simple [Minipedia][mp], about Bogota > city and its air quality, bridging two Colombian originated hacktivist and digital citizen > projects: [Canair.io](https://canair.io/) and [Grafoscopio][gf]. > Such proposal was also a winner of the global microgrants provided by the > [Open Knowledge Foundation][okfn]. > > But as the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic spreaded, we reporpused our endeavours, practices > and infrastructures to create the [Coronapedia][cr] > > This is my story of how we did it. As usual since 2016, we, the [Grafoscopio][gf] community did a celebration of the [Open Data Day][odd] 2020 (ODD), which is a global event scheduled in the first Saturday of March (with some flexibility in the dates according to particular local circunstaces). In our case, [HackBo](hackbo.co/), our hackerspace had a garage sale the same date of the ODD, So we moved to the second March Saturday and it extented until the third one. As long participants of this celebration, we try to keep the event open and lean, using what we have practiced all this years since early [Data Weeks][dw] organized in 2015 and the shorter versions, called Data Rodas. Because of this, we need mostly minipal preparations, as is just an interation of our usual workshops and hackathons, which happen to occur in early March. So, since last year, our "extra" setup is focused in applying to the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) microgrants, that make huge difference, particularly for communities located in the Global South, as ours. And we won for the second year the microgrant :-). Our [winnig proposal][okfn-microgrant] was related with "bring together two citizen science communities working on air quality issues and reproducible research, data activism, visualisation and storytelling". The guest community was Canair.io and the idea was to create a [Minipedia][mp], which is kind of a Minimalist take on Wikipedia infrastructures on two principles: * Simplify infrastructures to amplify/diversify participation. * Fork infrastructures to bifurcate the futures. Our emphasis on infrastructures is related with what [Susan L. Star](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Leigh_Star) called the infrastrutural inversion and is related with puting what is in the background (infrastructures) in the front and viceversa (this was also a main concern of my PhD thesis about "_how can we change the digital tools that change us?_" and this setup part of the permanent ethos in the Grafoscopio Community). This concern for infrastructures would become even more important just after our first, ODD Saturday meeting, as the pandemic makes suddenly also this infrastrutural inversion but on a global wide scale (do we have proper health care food, work insurance, Internet connectivity, open learning materials, privacy respectful telepresence tools? --and so on). We started on March 14 introducing ourselves, the hackerspace and the Minipedia. As usual the presentation was (novice) friendly and tried a dialogue between the technical and the social aspects of our project and approaches. ![[Minipedia slides][mp-slides], used to introduce the project to future participants.](../../../uv/bliki/img/minipedia-presentacion-horizontal.jpg) [mp-slides]: https://mutabit.com/repos.fossil/minipedia/doc/tip/wiki/es/Minipedia/slides.md.html We used [Docutopia](https://docutopia.tupale.co/), our CodiMD community hosted instance to do the workshop notes and memories and showcased how our current prototype was able to import the history of any desired Wikipedia article, using [Fossil](https://fossil-scm.org/) for storage and [Pharo](https://pharo.org/) for interactive programming. At the end of our first Saturday (March 14th) we finished our celebration discovering a bug in the Minipedia importation algorithm, just at the end of the day, so we just called it a day and went for some beers. Corona virus was already a topic in the bar (which has kind of normal attendance) as just one week before and just two days after one of the biggest political scandals in our coutry, because of call recordings indicating money from drug cartels in the election campaing of the current president. Talks were related with the strange coincidence of events and health information about the Covid-19 where not much spread. ![Memories for the ODD 2020 first part and [Data Roda 42][dataroda42].](../../../uv/bliki/img/dataroda42-horizontal.png) ![Our Data Roda 42th and the 2020 Open Data Day celebration](../../../uv/bliki/img/odd-2020-hackbo.jpg width="35%") The week arter the 14th was pretty sureal for me. After a kind of normal Sunday, in which I started the importation bugfixing, followed a Monday (16th) with the gathering places started to become emptier, but (air and land) trafic was normal. By Tuesday (17th) you could see people wearing mask on streets and land trafic was sparse, as I could see while traveling to my parents house in a town near to Bogota, the capital city. News about the quick spread of the virus in several cities of the country where more and more frequent, as recommendations to stay at home. That same day I send a [message to the Grafoscopio mailing list](https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/grafoscopio/2020-03/msg00004.html) with a new proposal: repurpose our Bogopedia and air quality project towards the "Coronapedia", a Minipedia focused in curated information about the Coronavirus, that could use our "pocket infrastructures" to provide agile and resilient information for places with non/low/intermittent Internet connectivity (like Colombia). Several members answer in that same thread and others in our [Telegram Channel](https://t.me/grafoscopio/) The rest of the week I was modularizing Wikipedia to Minipedia importation code to make it easier to debug, launched a poll about the name of the project and statted collecting/curating the base information for the Coronapedia. The next long weekend in Colombia, the Bogota Major, Claudia López, launched a Stay at Home simulacrum. In the afternoon of Saturday 21th, we where again gathering (this time virtually) for the second part of the Open Data Day (and the 43th Data Roda). For this second part, we have even more attendance that the previous weekend. Silvia, Leonardo, Constanza and Me, where there again, but we have (from Bogotá) Camilo, Carlos, Natalia, Juan Felipe and (from Germany) Iván, a missed old timer. We did a recap of the previous session, welcoming the newcomers and reconnecting the intermittent participants and we deployed the base infrastructure while explaining how and why. We finished the workshop with a public Fossil repository and the base Docutopia document for the Coronapedia hosted there and cloned between participants. As closing we get feedback about the good and "friction points". On the last ones it seemed important to use semantic versioning on the project and to make clear the reach and rhythms for the project. ![Memories for the ODD 2020 second part and [Data Roda 43][dataroda43].](../../../uv/bliki/img/dataroda42-horizontal.png) With that information I spent the rest ot the long weekend implemeting versioning (which required the revision to be dynamically included in the page using a Nim script exported to JavaScript) and writing the real content over the base skeleton left on Saturday. It was a demanding process, and I was almost totally focused on it until Wednesday (25th), despite than [Coronapedia][cr] is more a medium long term project for a world that will be changed forever after pademic, instead of quick reponse one. But current times require such kind of commitment and burst of energy and attention, as the world becomes stranger and hopefully will allow us, humanity, to find common ground, solidarity and better worlds in the cracks of the worlds behind. Now, I'm finishing this blog post... thinking in what is comming (but that would be for other post). I'm here between tiredness and a strange hope, because, as some say, hope in times of crisis, is also a political act. [cr]: https://mutabit.com/repos.fossil/coronapedia/ [dataroda42]: https://docutopia.tupale.co/s/dataroda42# [dataroda43]: https://docutopia.tupale.co/s/dataroda43# [dw]: https://mutabit.com/dataweek/ [gf]: https://mutabit.com/grafoscopio/en.html [mp]: https://mutabit.com/repos.fossil/minipedia/ [odd]: https://opendataday.org/ [okfn]: https://okfn.org/ [okfn-microgrant]: https://blog.okfn.org/2020/02/20/meet-the-organisations-who-have-been-awarded-open-data-day-2020-mini-grants/ [browsers]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_browsers [datafem]: https://mutabit.com/repos.fossil/datafem [documentaton]: https://mutabit.com/repos.fossil/documentaton/ [grafoscopio-man]: http://mutabit.com/repos.fossil/grafoscopio/uv/Docs/En/Books/Manual/manual.pdf [markdeep]: https://casual-effects.com/markdeep/ [panama-papers]: https://mutabit.com/offray/blog/en/entry/panama-papers-1 [pharo-web]: http://books.pharo.org/enterprise-pharo/ [scuttle-atlantic]: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/meet-the-counterantidisintermediationists/527553/ [ssb]: https://scuttlebutt.nz/