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ORDF – the OKFN RDF Library

Some months ago we started looking at how we might possibly use an RDF store instead of a SQL database behind data-driven websites — of which OKF has several. The reasons have to do with making the data reuseable in a better way than ad-hoc JSON APIs. As we tend to program in Python and […]

CKAN v1.0 Released

We are pleased to announce the availability of **version 1.0 of the [CKAN software][ckan]**, our open source registry system for datasets (and other resources). After 3 years of development, twelve point releases and a several successful production deployments around the world CKAN has come of age! [ckan]: http://knowledgeforge.net/ckan As well as being used to power […]

Public Domain Calculators at Europeana

**The following guest post is from Christina Angelopoulos at the [Institute for Information Law (IViR)](http://www.ivir.nl/) and Maarten Zeinstra at [Nederland Kennisland](http://www.kennisland.nl/) who are working on building a series of [Public Domain Calculators](http://wiki.okfn.org/PublicDomainCalculators) as part of the Europeana project. Both are also members of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s [Working Group on the Public Domain](http://wiki.okfn.org/wg/publicdomain).** Over the […]

CKAN 0.11 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of version 0.11 of the CKAN software, our open source registry of open data used in ckan.net and data.gov.uk. This is our biggest release so far (55 tickets) with lots of new features and improvements. This release also saw a major new production deployment with the CKAN software […]

New report on sharing aid information is now open for comments

We’re pleased to announce the publication of a new report, [Unlocking the potential of aid information](http://www.co-ment.net/text/1612/). The report, by the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org/) and [Aidinfo](http://aidinfo.org/), looks at how to make information related to international development (i) legally open, (ii) technically open and (iii) easy to find. The report and relevant background information can be found […]

CKAN 0.9 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of CKAN version 0.9! CKAN is the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network, a registry of open knowledge packages and projects. Changes include: Add version attribute for package Fix purge to use new version of Versioned Domain Model (vdm) (0.4) Link to changed packages when listing revision Show most recently […]

Open Data and the Semantic Web Workshop, London, 13th November 2009

We’re currently organising a workshop on ‘open data and the semantic web’, which will take place in London this autumn. Details are as follows: * **When**: Friday 13th November 2009, 1000-1800 * **Where**: London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, London, WC1N 3QS. ([See map](http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=51.5215&lon=-0.11833&zoom=16&layers=B000FTF)) * **Wiki**: * **Participation**: Attendance is free. If you are planning […]

Data.gov goes live!

The US governments new data.gov site (which we [blogged about last month](http://blog.okfn.org/2009/04/07/us-cio-kundra-plans-datagov-site/)) is now live! There are currently a selection of core datasets available – from information about World Copper Smelters to results from the Residential Energy Consumption Survey. Raw data is available in XML, Text/CSV, KML/KMZ, Feeds, XLS, or ESRI Shapefile formats. As well […]

Launch of Open Data Grid

In the last couple of months we’ve had several threads on the [okfn-discuss list](http://lists.okfn.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/okfn-discuss) about distributed storage for open data (see [here](http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-discuss/2009-April/001339.html) and [here](http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-discuss/2009-May/001374.html)). Last month we started a [distributed storage project](http://wiki.okfn.org/projects/Distributed_Storage), aiming to provide distributed storage infrastructure for OKF and other open knowledge projects. After [researching various technical options](http://wiki.okfn.org/projects/Distributed_Storage/Research), we’ve launched an Open Data […]