The Open Knowledge Foundation has announced its second annual Open Knowledge conference, at the London School of Economics on March 15, 2008. The OKF is a wonderful institution, bringing together people from many disciplines to work out the politics, ethics, and the nitty gritty practicalities of knowledge sharing and collaboration.
'Open Knowledge' is material that others are free to access, reuse or
re-distribute and may be anything from sonnets to statistics, genes to
geodata. In recent years we've seen the growth of successful open
knowledge projects – from peer reviewed journals to community edited
encyclopaedias – but what impact can open licensing have in education,
research and commerce? Is sharing the key to scaling? What kinds of
business models are available to open knowledge distributors and how is
open knowledge applied in different institutional and professional contexts?
There now exists a vast amount of open content and data but what kinds
of tools are available to analyse and represent this wealth of material?
How can we sort, search, store it to maximise its visibility and
We've also witnessed the rise of web-based services — from social
networking sites to online spreadsheet packages. While we have
definitions for open software and open knowledge, what is an open
service and what kinds of new services can be built using open knowledge?