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Submission no. L0016
Title of your submission

Lobbying for Open Data

Type of submission

Lightning talk

Author of the submission

Eric Luth

Language of presentation


E-mail address



User:Eric Luth (WMSE)

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Sverige

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Most comparisons show that Sweden is desperately lagging behind in open data. Through our project Offentligkonst.se and Wikidata, we have spent 2016 and 2017 trying to influence local decision makers to invest more in open data, and convince them of the public interest in getting access to information. We met politicians and public officials in 46 municipalities – from urban Stockholm with close to a million inhabitants, to rural Aneby with just a very few thousands. The goal has been to make an inventory of work on open data around in Sweden, to propose policies and decisions that would enhance the level of open data.

What will attendees take away from this session?

During the presentation we will present how we structured our work and what success and failures we had. The goal being that the listeners will be able to design their own national initiative.

Theme of presentation
  • Legal & Free Culture
Length of submission

All lightning talks are 5 minutes.

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
  • You can find the slides here: [1]
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