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OKCon 2013 Guest Post: Open Data Portal on Land Rights

Cross-posted from the OKCon Blog. Introducing a series of guest posts by OKCon 2013 speakers that we will publish over the coming weeks. This first post is by Laura Meggiolaro, Land Portal Coordinator, International Land Coalition, who will be speaking on the main stage during the Open Development and Sustainability session on Wednesday 18th September […]

Building the foundation for an Open Data Directory

**Open (Government) Data as it is understood nowadays can still be considered a new concept**. It started to gain traction worldwide since the [Obama memo in early 2009](http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/TransparencyandOpenGovernment/) and the launch of [data.gov](http://www.data.gov/) a few months later. Following successful leading examples of the US and [UK governments](http://data.gov.uk/) we have seen Open Data flourishing all over […]

The new PSI Directive – as good as it seems?

A closer look at the new PSI Directive by Ton Zijlstra and Katleen Janssen image by European People’s Party [CC-BY-2.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons On 10 April, the European Commission’s Vice-President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, [announced that the European Union (EU) Member States have approved a text for the new PSI […]

Boundless Learning demands a jury trial

We’ve been following the case of [Boundless Learning](https://www.boundless.com/?utm_source=pr&utm_medium=release&utm_campaign=feb13-pr) on the OKF blg (see [here](http://blog.okfn.org/2012/05/10/boundless-learning-got-served-what-does-it-all-mean-for-open-textbooks/) and [here](http://blog.okfn.org/2013/01/24/boundless-releases-all-its-textbooks-under-open-license/)), in which the world’s most prominent producer of Open Access textbooks online is being sued by the world’s biggest producers of physical, copyrighted textbooks. In the latest twist to the tale, Boundless have filed their answer, requesting a trial […]

Sovereign Credit Risk: An Open Database

**This blog post is cross-posted from the Open Economics Blog. Sign up to the Open Economics mailing list for regular updates.** Throughout the Eurozone, credit rating agencies have been under attack for their lack of transparency and for their pro-cyclical sovereign rating actions. In the humble belief that the crowd can outperform the credit rating […]

One Graduate Student’s Commitment to Open Knowledge

  *The following post was originally published on [Alex Leavitt’s website](http://alexleavitt.com/oa/).* Fed Up I have been a PhD student for less than two years. On the other hand, for six years, I have been a member of the free culture movement, which emphasizes the importance of access to and openness of technology and information. Recently, […]

Citizen Science Can Produce Reliable Data

*The following piece is cross-posted from [The Conversation](http://theconversation.edu.au/citizen-science-can-produce-reliable-data-10815).* Citizen science occurs when data for scientific research is collected by members of the public in a voluntary capacity. Public participation in environmental projects, in particular, has been described as a global phenomenon. But there is a stigma associated with these types of projects. The data collected […]

My Environment App Competition

Natural England, in partnership with the Environment Agency, is launching a new web-portal service called [My Environment](http://www.myenvironment.org.uk/). To celebrate its launch, My Environment [is running an Apps competition](http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/advice/myenvironment/appcompetitionlaunch.aspx). From the announcement: Could you create an app that will appeal to mobile device users and help them to engage with nature? The app that best helps […]

Urban Data Challenge

**Calling all Transport Hackers!** The [Urban Data Challenge](http://urbandatachallenge.org/) has launched, a semi-competitive open transport data hacking spree featuring datasets from San Francisco, Geneva, and Zurich. The idea is to merge and compare the mobility datasets, and see what new insights can be drawn. From their website: Buses, trams, bicycles, pedestrians, and cars zoom about modern […]

Wikimedia Launches Open Travel Guide

The Wikimedia Foundation has just announced its newest project, [Wikivoyage](https://www.wikivoyage.org/), a free, online travel guide that anyone can edit. Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, said of the launch: >“There’s a huge global demand for travel information, but very few sources are both comprehensive and non-commercial. That’s about to change,” said Sue Gardner, […]