A Map of Openness?

We’ve recently been in conversation with various individuals about starting a project to map open projects and groups. People who have been particularly keen include:

* [Panagiota Alevizou](http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/media@lse/whosWho/PanagiotaAlevizou.htm), [London School of Economics](http://www.lse.ac.uk/)
* [Michel Bauwens](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Bauwens), [P2P Foundation](http://www.p2pfoundation.net/The_Foundation_for_P2P_Alternatives)
* [Juan Carlos De Martin](http://demartin.polito.it/blog), [COMMUNIA](http://www.communia-project.eu/)
* [Heather Ford](http://hblog.org/), [iCommons](http://icommons.org/)
* David J Patrick, [Linuxcaffe](http://linuxcaffe.ca/)
* [Mark Surman](http://commonspace.typepad.com/), [Shuttleworth Foundation](http://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/) and soon of the [Mozilla Foundation](http://www.mozilla.org/foundation/)

We’ve put a few notes about the project on the OKF wiki at:

* [http://okfn.org/wiki/MapOfOpenness](http://okfn.org/wiki/MapOfOpenness)

A tentative description of the projects reads:

> A versioned database of open projects, open initiatives and the organisations and individuals behind them. A publicly editable directory and knowledge base of information about these projects and groups. A visual interface to explore and analyse the material.

Related developments include:

* Michael has blogged a bit about the initiative [here](http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/the-open-everything-initiative/2008/08/17), and has made [an ‘Open’ category](http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Open) on the P2P Foundation wiki – including “descriptions of nearly 400 open concepts and initiatives, a list of open definitions, a directory of podcasts on the topics to learn more (and soon: a directory of video webcasts)”.
* Heather has put a [diagram](http://hblog.org/2008/08/22/mapping-open/) – which she used in her [iSummit ’08 keynote speech](http://www.slideshare.net/hfordsa/isummit-08-keynote/) – on her blog.
* Mark started [a page on the Open Everything wiki](http://openeverything.wik.is/Mapping_Open) for starting to gather examples of different kinds of open projects.

We’d love to have a wiki-like registry (like [CKAN](http://ckan.net/)) with a visual interface for exploring the material – perhaps using something like [Prefuse](http://prefuse.org/) or [Processing](http://processing.org/).

If you have any thoughts – or you’d like to get involved – please get in touch on our [discuss list](http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/okfn-discuss) or at info at the OKF domain name!