Our second annual Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) is taking place tomorrow. Like last year, the event will bring together individuals and groups from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of seminars and workshops. Though we’re nearing capcity, there are still a few places left for last minute registrants!



Session 1 (1045-1200): Transport and Environment

  • Gavin Starks (AMEE and dgen)
  • Tom Steinberg (MySociety)
  • Dr Muki Haklay (Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London)

Session 2 (1200-1315): Visualization and Analysis

  • Liz Turner (Freelance Designer and Visualizer Extraordinaire)
  • Gael Varoquaux (Mayavi2 – the next Generation Visualization Toolkit)
  • Martin Albrecht (SAGE the Open Source Mathematics Engine)

Session 3 (1415-1530): Education and Academia

  • Erik Duval (ARIADNE)
  • Lisa Petrides (OER Commons)
  • Dr Martin Brett (Cambridge University History Department and the Ivo Project)

Open Space

  • 1540-1640 (Room 1): Open Media
  • 1540-1640 (Room 2): Remixing, Peer Production and Open Knowledge
  • 1645-1745 (Room 1): Law, Licensing and Policy
  • 1645-1745 (Room 2): Versioning, Packaging, and Structuring Open Material
  • 1750-1830 (Room 1): Kept free for spontaneous contributions and breakout sessions

A more detailed schedule can be found at the Open Space wiki page


‘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?

Furthermore, there now exist large and growing amounts of open material but what kinds of tools are available to analyse and represent it? How can we sort, search, store it to maximise its visibility and reusability?

We’ve also witnessed in the last few years 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?


OKCon is organized by the Open Knowledge Foundation in partnership with the LSE Information Systems and Innovation Group.

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Rufus Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge.

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