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2021 Civic Hacker Summit

Virtual Event | November 5-6, 2021

Jan Ainali

Using Wikidata to Connect Constituents With Their Government

Day 2: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 11:00 AM PST

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Jan Ainali
Jan Ainali


Jan has a bachelor of science in innovation and design engineering from the University of Karlstad. Currently, he is working as a codebase steward at the Foundation for Public Code in the Netherlands, where he is helping public organizations collaborate when developing software.

He has been a policy advisor on digital issues in the European Parliament for a Swedish green MEP. The focus was on the copyright directive but also include 3D-printing, AI policies as well as regulation such as increased transparency for lobbying. Before that he ran a consultancy called Open by Default, through which he helped public organizations use open licenses to publish open data and make open source software. It took him on an epic walk from the southern edge of Sweden to Stockholm, 1,217 km in 71 days spreading the word of open data and the global goals to all municipalities along the east coast.

Previously he was the CEO of Wikimedia Sverige after co-founding the chapter and being its chairman, and he has been an active Wikipedian since 2006 and is still an admin on Swedish Wikipedia. Besides the current project with the Govdirectory he is also the co-founder of Wikimedians for Sustainable Development, a user group in the Wikimedia movement coordinating sustainability efforts across languages.

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