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Working Group Stories: Public Domain, Open Sustainability, Open Education

Working Groups Stories, a blog series we started back in May, is our way of showcasing the incredible work being done in all different domains across the Open Knowledge Foundation Network. Working groups are domain-specific groups, promoting, defining and producing open knowledge in everything from Archaeology to Shakespeare. Public Domain Working Group The Public Domain […]

Carbon emissions transparency should be at the heart of the global open data agenda

This week [eight](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G8) of the world’s most powerful nations [made unprecedented multilateral commitments](http://blog.okfn.org/2013/06/18/g8-highlights-open-data-as-crucial-for-governance-and-growth/) to open up their data: * the [Open Data Charter](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-data-charter/g8-open-data-charter-and-technical-annex) says that that public information should be published in accordance with open data principles by default; * the [Lough Erne Declaration](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/g8-lough-erne-declaration/g8-lough-erne-declaration-html-version) emphasises the importance of increased transparency in cracking down on tax […]

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 […]

Data Explorer Mission on Carbon Data

**Sign up now for next week’s Data Explorer Mission on Carbon Emissions Data, a pilot initiative of our [School of Data](schoolofdata.org) and [P2PU](https://p2pu.org/en/), to help people explore a topic, while at the same time building their data skills through experimentation and doing.** Image CC-By-SA J Brew on Flickr At the School of Data, we teach […]

Sustainable energy policy demands sustainable open data

What kinds of energy are we producing, and what kinds are we consuming? How much comes from renewable sources? What is our energy dependency on other countries? Energy policy is today at the heart of every country’s agenda, but can citizen discuss it fairly? Do even policymakers have enough reliable information to implement new energy […]

An Open Knowledge Platform on Building Energy Performance to Mitigate Climate Change

Buildings account for more than 30% of final energy use and energy-related carbon emissions in the world today. This sector has the potential to play a crucial role in mitigating the global challenge of climate change. However, the building industry is a local industry and the sector is fragmented at all levels, from planning to […]

“Carbon dioxide data is not on the world’s dashboard” says Hans Rosling

*[Professor Hans Rosling](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Rosling), co-founder and chairman of the [Gapminder Foundation](http://www.gapminder.org/) and [Advisory Board Member](http://okfn.org/about/team/board/#professor-hans-rosling) at the Open Knowledge Foundation, received a standing ovation for his keynote at [OKFestival](http://okfestival.org/) in Helsinki in September in which he [urged open data advocates to demand CO2 data from governments around the world](http://blog.okfn.org/2012/09/21/demand-carbon-dioxide-data-says-hans-rosling-to-open-data-advocates-at-okfestival/).* *Following on from this, the Open Knowledge […]

Launching the Open Sustainability Working Group

This blog post is written by Jorge Zapico, researcher at the Center for Sustainable Communications at KTH The Royal Institute of Technology and Velichka Dimitrova, Project Coordinator for Economics and Energy at the Open Knowledge Foundation Sign up to Open Sustainability [mailman list=”open-sustainability”] Sustainability is one of the most important challenges of our time. We […]