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Libraries in Cologne open up bibliographic data!

The following press release is reproduced with permission from Adrian Pohl and Felix Ostrowski, who are both at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center and who are both members of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data – launched earlier this month. We’ve added a koeln-library-data package to the bibliographic data group […]

Clear Climate Code, and Data

**The following guest post is by [David Jones](http://drj11.wordpress.com/) who is, among other things, a curator of the climate data group on [CKAN](http://www.ckan.net/) (the OKF’s open source registry of open data) and co-founder of Clear Climate Code (which we blogged about back in 2008).** Clear Climate Code have been working on ccc-gistemp, a project to reimplement […]

Data.gov.uk goes public – and its using CKAN!

[Data.gov.uk](http://data.gov.uk/data) goes public today, and we’ve very proud that it is using [CKAN](http://www.ckan.net), our open source registry of open data, to list official UK government datasets (as we [announced in October](http://blog.okfn.org/2009/10/08/datagovuk-launched-and-its-using-ckan/)): * We’ve been working closely with the Cabinet Office team to get this out the door, and over 2500 datasets have been released via […]

Open Street Map community responds to Haiti crisis

There has recently been a [flurry of activity in the Open Street Map community to improve maps of Haiti](http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Haiti) to assist humanitarian aid organisations responding to the recent earthquake. In particular mappers and developers are scouring satellite images to identify collapsed and damaged buildings/bridges, spontaneous refugee camps, landslides, blocked roads and other damaged infrastructure – […]

The Open Knowledge Foundation is seeking an Editor for Open Text Book!

We are seeking an **Editor** for [Open Text Book](http://www.opentextbook.org/), one of the highest ranked sites on the web for finding textbooks that you can [freely use, reuse and redistribute](http://www.opendefinition.org/): * This is a volunteer position requiring a one to two day a month commitment. If you are interested in contributing to the world of open […]

OpenFlights data released under Open Database License (ODbL)

[OpenFlights](http://openflights.org/) is a site for “flight logging, mapping, stats and sharing”. We’re very pleased to hear they’ve [just released their data](http://openflights.org/blog/2009/10/13/comprehensive-airline-route-data-released/) under the [Open Database License (ODbL)](http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl/): > One of OpenFlights‘ most popular features is our dynamic airport and airline route mapping, and today, we’re proud to release the underlying data in an easy-to-use form, […]

Fields of Gold: short film about open data on European farm subsidies

[Farm Subsidy](http://farmsubsidy.org/) have recently released a short film called [Fields of Gold: Lifting the Veil on Europe’s Farm Subsidies](http://vimeo.com/6184633). The film tells the story of a campaign to open up data about where money from the Common Agricultural Policy goes – from national Freedom of Information requests from the likes of [Jack Thurston](http://jackthurston.com/) and [Nils […]

Where’s my nearest postbox? Open data for UK postbox locations

Where is your nearest postbox, and when is the post collected from it? Now you can get [open data](http://www.opendefinition.org) showing the locations and collection times of over 116,000 postboxes in the UK. You can browse relevant datasets on [CKAN](http://www.ckan.net) at: * The story behind this data reads like an inverted version of [The Little Red […]

Opengov.se – a registry of open government data in Sweden

[Opengov.se](http://www.opengov.se/) is a registry of open government data in Sweden: > Opengov.se is an initiative to highlight available public datasets in Sweden. It contains a commentable catalog of government datasets, their formats and usage restrictions. It makes a note of what percentage of the datasets are fully [open](http://opendefinition.org) – i.e. material that is free for […]

Where is the nearest bus stop? UK Department for Transport adds NaPTAN data to Open Street Map

The UK’s [Department for Transport (DfT)](http://www.dft.gov.uk/) has recently released data from the [National Public Transport Access Node (NaPTAN)](http://www.naptan.org.uk/) database to be put on [Open Street Map (OSM)](http://openstreetmap.org/). As it says on the [NaPTAN website](http://www.naptan.org.uk/overview.htm): > NaPTAN provides a unique identifier for every point of access to public transport in the UK, together with meaningful text […]