Tomorrow is the first day of the Northern Summer of Content 2007. The Summer of Content is an initiative of WikiEducator and the One Laptop Per Child project. Inspired by Google’s Summer of Code, the programme aims to match creators with mentors and stipends to “develop open content and run free culture events throughout the world”. The Northern pilot will run until the end of September and a Southern version will run from December 2007 to February 2008.

The organisers place an emphasis on community in content production, and aim to create what they call “a self-supporting networked ecosystem of projects”. They aim to educate participants about open licensing, meta-data and accessibility, as well as providing support for technical aspects of creating content. A list of proposed projects can be found here.

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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 and he tweets at @jwyg.