**The following post is by Theodora Middleton, the OKF blog editor.**
Fantastic news from our fledgling Austrian chapter, the [Open Knowledge Forum Österreich](http://gov.opendata.at/okfo/)! The cities of Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, and Graz, together with the Chancellor’s office, have established the “Cooperation OGD Austria” – a new alliance bringing together federal, state, and city governments, as well as local communities, to forge common standards and develop conditions in which OGD can flourish to the benefit of all stakeholders.
OKF Austria will be acting as the advisory member to the new group.
Already the members have made some great steps towards the promotion and standardisation of OGD in Austria. All public administration will be free under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0 GB), meaning it can be reused and shared for any purpose, with only attribution necessary. And excitingly for us, [CKAN](http://ckan.net/) will be used as the default data registry for all OGD and software!
Martin Kaltenböck from [OKFO](http://gov.opendata.at/okfo/) and the [Semantic Web Company](http://www.semantic-web.at/) says:
Read more [here](http://www.open3.at/2011/07/cooperation-open-government-data-osterreich-gegrundet).