Today we published our 2006-2007 annual report that details some of what we have been up to over the last year. The following is taken from the introduction to that report.


In May this year the Open Knowledge Foundation celebrated its third birthday. Much has changed in that time and the last year is no exception — if anything, the pace of change both at the OKF, and in the wider ‘Open Knowledge space’, has been even greater than in previous years. This annual report serves to document highlight our activities as well as presenting a chance to step back and take stock of where we are and where we are going.

We’ve had some significant developments in our existing open knowledge projects and tools, and have commenced work on several new ones. Much focus has gone into new releases for three of our central projects: the Open Knowledge Definition (OKD), and the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) and KForge. The first of these is to help make sure knowledge is openly licensed, the second to make sure open knowledge can be easily found, and the third to provide knowledge users and producers with tools for storage, retrieval and development. Our two ‘exemplar’ projects – Open Shakespeare and Open Economics have also been launched and significantly developed.

We’ve also been hard at work campaigning to protect and promote the legislative and institutional conditions under which an infrastructure for open knowledge could flourish. As well as campaigning on the INSPIRE directive, we’ve responded to consultations from OfCom and WIPO, and had research published by the IPPR. Our two main events of the last year – the Forum on Civic Information No. 2 and Open Knowledge 1.0 – brought together people from across the open knowledge spectrum for talks, discussions and workshops.

In September 2006 we were pleased to welcome Peter Suber and Benjamin Mako Hill onto our advisory board. Peter is a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and the Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge. Benjamin Mako Hill is a technology and intellectual property researcher, activist, consultant, and has been an active member of the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) community for over a decade.

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Rufus Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge.

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