Welcome to the first Open Knowledge Foundation newsletter. Following is a
glimpse of what we’ve been up to in recent months.
OPEN KNOWLEDGE 1.0
Open Knowledge 1.0 took place on Saturday 17th March at Limehouse Town
Hall in London. Over 70 people came to hear the panels and participate in
the open space. There were three main sessions on Open Geodata, Open Media
and Open Civic and Scientific Information. Speakers included:
- Ed Parsons (Open Geomatics, ex- Ordnance Survey)
- Steve Coast (Open Street Map)
- Charles Arthur (Guardian)
- Paula Ledieu (Magic Lantern)
- Susana Noguero and Olivier Schulbaum (Platoniq)
- Zoe Young (Transmission)
- Tim Hubbard (Sanger Institute)
- Peter Murray-Rust (Cambridge University)
- John Sheridan (Office of Public Information)
Links to write-ups, blog posts, audio files and other material are
We are starting to plan next years OKCON. If you have any suggestions or
would like to be involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
PUBLIC DOMAIN WORKS
Public Domain Works is an open registry of artistic works that are in the
public domain. The project aims to provide a database of metadata in a raw
and reusable form.
In January, the kindly people at BBC Archives supplied our project with
1.8 gigs (over 1,000,000 items) of data, which includes, in particular,
listings of antique recordings. In March the Open Rights Group joined the
Open Shakespeare was first released just over a year ago, and reached
version 0.4 in April. The idea is to have the complete works of
Shakespeare, ancillary information and a web interface in a form that is
open in accordance with our Open Knowledge Definition
(http://okd.okfn.org/). Recently our efforts have focused on improving its
annotation system and concordance. To explore visit:
We are currently looking for public domain material to supplement the
works with, commentary on the texts, and help with the code and the web
Version 0.4 of Open Economics was released in April. It consists of a data
store, a web interface, a python library, and a graphing tool. Currently
you can explore figures related to patent registrations, crop prices,
music sales, interest rates, price index and population growth.
Our main priorities are to add more data, and to work on the web interface.
If you would like to know more about our activities over the past year,
you can look at our annual report and our active projects page. If you are
interested in participating in any of the OKF’s projects, please see our
participate page, or join the OKF discuss list.
- Annual Report 2006-7 http://www.okfn.org/wiki/Annual_Report_2007
- Active Projects http://www.okfn.org/projects/
- Participate http://www.okfn.org/participate/
- OKF Discuss List http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/okfn-discuss
Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.