Following on from the success of our inaugural conference last year, we’re pleased to announce that the second Open Knowledge conference (OKCon) will take place on Saturday 15th March 2008.

The event will bring together individuals and groups from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of seminars and workshops around the theme of ‘Applications, Tools and Services’. Three main sessions will focus on ‘Transport and Environment’, ‘Visualization and Analysis’ and ‘Education and Academia’. In addition there will be an ‘Open Space’ suitable for presentations and demos of general open knowledge related work.

The event is open to all but we encourage you to register because space is limited. A small entrance fee is planned to help pay for costs but concessions are available.

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‘Open Knowledge’ is material that others are free to access, reuse or re-distribute and may be anything from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata. In recent years we’ve seen the growth of successful open knowledge projects – from peer reviewed journals to community edited encyclopaedias – but what impact can open licensing have in education, research and commerce? Is sharing the key to scaling? What kinds of business models are available to open knowledge distributors and how is open knowledge applied in different institutional and professional contexts?

There now exists a vast amount of open content and data but what kinds of tools are available to analyse and represent this wealth of material? How can we sort, search, store it to maximise its visibility and reusability?

We’ve also witnessed the rise of web-based services — from social networking sites to online spreadsheet packages. While we have definitions for open software and open knowledge, what is an open service and what kinds of new services can be built using open knowledge?

Want to give a presentation or demo? Want to help out?

If you have a presentation, demo or workshop you’d like to give, or would like to help out with OKCon 2008 please either post on the wiki (link above) or let us know by email on info [at] okfn [dot] org.

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Rufus Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge.

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