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Apply to attend OpenCon2015

Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 are now open. OpenCon 2015 is the student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 14-16, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), […]

OpenCon 2015 is launched

This blog post is cross-posted from the Open Access Working Group blog. Details of OpenCon 2015 have just been announced! OpenCon2015: Empowering the Next Generation to Advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data will take place in on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium and bring together students and early career academic professionals from across […]

Open Data Empowers Us to Answer Questions that Matter

*This article by Rufus Pollock, Founder and Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation, is cross-posted from [“Telefonica Digital Hub”](http://blog.digital.telefonica.com/2013/12/05/open-knowledge-foundation-rufus-pollock/) released on 5 December 2013.* Every day we face challenges – from the personal such as the quickest way to get to the work or what we should eat to global ones like climate change and […]

New petition to fix the EU lobby register

The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), a coalition of over 200 civil society groups concerned about the effects of corporate lobbying on the EU (including the Open Knowledge Foundation), have recently launched a petition to fix the EU’s official register of lobbyists. The current register is voluntary, incomplete and unreliable – giving […]

What’s the point of open data?

I’ve been puzzling for a while how the open data community can help the many great groups that have been fighting for transparency of key money flows for the past decade and more. I think one answer may be that open data helps us go beyond simply making information available. If done well, it can […]

An Open Letter on the UK’s Proposed Lobbying Bill

The following is an open letter to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister about the UK’s proposed Lobbying Bill, initiated by the Open Knowledge Foundation and signed by organisations working for greater government transparency and openness in the UK and around the world. A version of the letter was printed in today’s edition of […]

EC Consultation on open research data

The European Commission held a public consultation on open access to research data on July 2 in Brussels inviting statements from researchers, industry, funders, IT and data centre professionals, publishers and libraries. The inputs of these stakeholders will play some role in revising the Commission’s policy and are particularly important for the ongoing negotiations on […]

Shakespeare review: analysis

We welcome the Shakespeare review as a time to reflect, coming as it does at a time of great growth in open data in government and the public sector. The UK has lead the way with government taking a pioneering stance on open data policy in recent years, and this report sets out key recommendations […]

We need open carbon emissions data now!

Last week the average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere [reached 400 parts per million](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22486153), a level which is said to be unprecedented in human history. Leading scientists and policy makers say that we should be aiming for no more than [350 parts per million](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_mitigation_scenarios#350_ppm) to avoid catastrophic runaway climate change. But what’s in […]