Welcome to the second Open Knowledge Foundation newsletter. Scroll below
for information about:

  • Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN)
  • Guide to Open Data Licensing
  • Open Text Book
  • iCommons 2007


Last week we launched the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN
for short) which you can find at:


CKAN is a registry of open knowledge packages and projects — be that a
set of Shakespeare’s works, a global population density database, the
voting records of MPs, or 30 years of US patents.

CKAN is the place to search for open knowledge resources as well as
register your own. Those familiar with freshmeat (a registry of open
source software), CPAN (Perl) or PyPI (python package index) can think
of CKAN as providing an analogous service for open knowledge.

We’ve got over 40 items listed so far. If you come across any useful open
knowledge packages, or you maintain an openly licensed resource that you
would like to share, we hope you consider registering it on CKAN.

CKAN http://www.ckan.net/


Over the last month we’ve been working to produce a Guide to Open Data
Licensing. As the name should make clear this is a guide to licensing data
aimed particularly at those who want to make their data open.

At present it is roughly divided into two sections. The first section
deals with the practical question of how to license your data. The second
section discusses what kinds of intellectual property-like rights exist in
data in various jurisdictions.

This guide is very much in an ‘alpha’ state and we’d welcome corrections
or contributions. So please, check it out and feel free to make changes!

Open Data Licensing http://www.okfn.org/wiki/OpenDataLicensing


We recently released Open Text Book, a place to list and keep track of
news about textbooks that are open in accordance with the Open Knowledge
Definition — i.e. free to use, reuse, and redistribute.

The recent iCommons Summit in Dubrovnik, Croatia, saw many people express
an interest in open text books. Information about the questions and issues
raised can be found on the WikiEducator Free Textbooks page. Join the Free
Culture freetextbooks mailing list if you want to get involved!

The domain name was kindly donated to us by Steve Coast of Open Street Map.


iCommons 2007 took place last month in Dubrovnik and brought together many
free culture groups and open knowledge advocates from around the world.
Our reflections on the conference can be found on our blog.


If you would like to know more about what we are up to, please take a look
at 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.


For further news and comments, see our blog:


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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.