Sinar Project - Newbies

Landing page for active Sinar contributors/staff

Our tagline

The Sinar Project is an initiative using open data, technology and applications to systematically make important information public and more accessible to the Malaysian people.  It aims to improve governance and encourage greater citizen involvement in the public affairs of the nation by making the Malaysian Government more open, transparent and accountable.

Open Government

The four main goals are all interconnected, and one may not be possible without the other. Sinar partners or supports other organizations working on all points, but our expertise lies in enabling environment reusing & building tools for electronic communications and access via Open Technologies and methodologies.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ursu7GP85qs

Promoting a Culture of Openness

  • Open Technology
  • In short, being able to share is good. Not being able to share freely is bad. The controls to make sure you can’t share knowledge and ideas freely however is complex and cuts across all industries.

    Open Data

    Open data is digital data that is made available with the technical and legal characteristics necessary for it to be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone, anytime, anywhere.

    International Open Data Charter (intro to principles of Open Data)

    Malaysian status for Global Open Data Index (key areas)

    http://index.okfn.org/place/malaysia/

  • Open Source/Free Software
  • Licensing provides freedom to copy freely, study and modify.

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/FOSS_A_General_Introduction

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/FOSS_Licensing

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw8K460vx1c

  • Open Access & Open Content
  • Open access is about people being able to access knowledge and information freely (and also share it freely with others)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DKm96Ftfko

    Creative Commons, A2K or Access to Knowledge Movement

    Reading: Free Culture http://www.free-culture.cc/freeculture.pdf

  • Open Standards
  • SIM card, Word Document, electrical power point are all forms of standards, when standards are not accessible to others freely, they can prevent use or access to devices and information. Malaysian example. MyKad reader. Because it’s proprietary, people are not able freely build devices using MyKad authentication.

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/FOSS_Open_Standards

  • Open Government
  • A combination of all of the above in terms of access, but also aspects of meritocracy and transparent engagement in development process (such as new legislature, problem reporting etc.)

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     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq_ZWl1ZXA0

    Access to Elected Representatives and Decision Makers

    Tools

    Social Audit

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHU93TqTwd8

    Making Government Information Transparent

    Open Data Portal

    http://data.sinarproject.org Malaysian CSO portal for sharing datasets email team@sinarproject.org for account to upload individual or organization data. Look here if looking for Sinar data.

    Sinar Project API’s

    http://sinarproject.org/en/api

    Parliamentary Documents

    http://pardocs.sinarproject.org

    http://billwatcher.sinarproject.org (submitted Bills to parliament)

    Open Spending/Budgets

    Is a project to make Malaysian government budgets available as open data and browsable on openspending.org.

     

    Human Rights Framework

    Our goals and projects are also within human rights framework, as such knowledge of Human Rights and collaboration/support of other organizations in this area is important.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD3OjgBi-EU

    Digital Rights

    Due on-line and technical nature of Sinar work, we work in defending digital rights to ensure that our work work continues to be able to be accessed, used and discussed in on-line and digital space without restrictions.

    http://sinarproject.org/en/areas-of-work/digital-rights

    How do we work?

    Asking questions the smart way

    http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

    Communications

    IRC

    chat.freenode.net #sinar - webclient http://webchat.freenode.net

    Linux client, windows client

    Slack

    If you are public community member, feel free to email team@sinarproject.org for invite to join our community and project chat groups.

    Hangouts

    Hackpads - for notes https://sinarproject.hackpad.com

    Trello - for day to day project management

    Google Drive

    Community

    We are a community project, be mindful of engagement, Ubuntu Code of Conduct is a good baseline:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/about/about-ubuntu/conduct

    Please join subscribe/following communities:

    Sinar Project (Us)

    Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, Mailing List, GitHub, IRC

    Local

  • UndiMsia 
  • Mailing List, Facebook, Twitter

    International

  • Poplus
  • Mailing List, IRC, Twitter

  • Opening Parliament
  • https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pmo-network