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SjokoladesamlingInspired by my passion for fine dark chocolate I began spreading the love a couple of years ago by holding chocolate tastings for my friends and colleagues. The feedback I received was extremely positive, most participants really enjoyed my sessions and some even claim that their chocolate habits have been changed forever after attending my course. With such potential I sensed a fun and rewarding business opportunity that could bring the joy of fine chocolate to a lot more people, so last year I created the website sjokoladesmaking.no to promote my concept, and slowly but surely the demand for my events began growing.

Recently I reached a threshold for keeping this activity as just a hobby, so I would either have to start declining requests or step it up and get properly organized. With the potential for building a business on something I love I naturally chose the latter, so I have now registered an official business through which my future events will be organized!
Since owning a business involves costs and overhead this also means that I can no longer just idly wait for clients to find me, so I am now looking for partners and promotion opportunities that will get more people aware of my courses. Hopefully this will allow me to grow my chocolate tastings as a side business and maybe make it a full time venture one day... well at least I can dream :-)

After reading this, would you perhaps be interested in having one of my chocolate tastings held at your company or for your friends, or do you have suggestions for partners or promotions? In that case get in touch at post@sjokoladesmaking.no for bookings or to get or provide more information!

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ChocolatesBased on my interest in fine chocolate I'm holding chocolate talks and tasting as a side-business. In the chocolate tasting events that I'm doing on request you get to listen and taste your way through the history and geography of chocolate.
Recently I've held several reserved tastings for my co-workers at Itera Consulting and other companies, but I'm also available to give chocolate talks and hold chocolate tasting events for any businesses and organizations that are interested in a tasteful team-building session out of the ordinary! If this sounds like something your company could be interested in, check out more details on my fine chocolate appreciation page.

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This week the volunteer run Communities in Action unconference was held in association with the GoOpen conference, allowing the open communities to intermingle with paying conference attendees and getting the best of both worlds. This year there was a separate track for Open Data during the GoOpen sessions it was fitting that there be someone at Communities in Actions to take up the slack during the after hours sessions. To achieve this on short notice the Oslo Open Data Forum that I organize joined forces with Oslo Semantic Web Meetup to host one of the community tracks to introduce new faces to both groups and show the differences between them. The SemWeb-organizer Pia Jøsendal and I held the opening talk of our track on the difference between semantic web and open data, before we had a series of notable open data speaker from Norway present some of their recent work. The event was a great success with our largest number of attendants thus far, filling our assigned room to overflowing.

The past year I've been speaking about open data at a bunch of different conferences, and I'm even organizing the Oslo Open Data Meetup, but what is this open data really all about?

A common answer is that data paid for by public money should also be openly available to the public that paid for it, but how do we define and ensure such loose terms as open and available? One way to do this is by publishing your data using open licenses, meaning licenses that adhere to the Open Knowledge Definition. This definition is available in a bunch of languages, including a Norwegian version which I helped translate. For practical use they also provide reviews of conformant licenses, including several of the well known Creative Commons and Open Data Commons licenses.

And for those that are interested in the processes behind this work, please join in at the 5th Open Knowledge Conference taking place in London this April 24th. Maybe I'll see you there :-)


As a result of the talks I have been giving on open data I was recently contacted by the Open Knowledge Foundation to talk about current developments around open data in Norway. They came to me because it turned out that I was the only source talking about Norwegian open data in English that they could find, and when prompted it turned out I didn't know very many people in this field myself either. This got me thinking that Norwegian open data activists really needed a meeting place to get together to share and aid with each others work. After discussing this idea with some other open data enthusiasts, I decided to do something about this myself, and thus the Oslo Open Data Meetup was born!

I scheduled the first of these meet-ups to take place this Wednesday and we ended up having a great informal gathering of about a dozen people from both the technology, media and government sectors. It was really amazing see the lively exchange of information that began taking place by simply putting such diverse people together, and especially how much of what each of us had to say that was news to the rest of the group. Thanks to the media presence you can even read an overview of some of the topics that were up for discussion at this NONA blog-entry (in Norwegian).

For more voices on open data in Norway you can visit the Origo-group for public infrastructure and search, read the Vox Publica section on public data, or follow the #altut hashtag on Twitter.