We’ve recently been in conversation with various individuals about starting a project to map open projects and groups. People who have been particularly keen include:
- Panagiota Alevizou, London School of Economics
- Michel Bauwens, P2P Foundation
- Juan Carlos De Martin, COMMUNIA
- Heather Ford, iCommons
- David J Patrick, Linuxcaffe
- Mark Surman, Shuttleworth Foundation and soon of the Mozilla Foundation
We’ve put a few notes about the project on the OKF wiki at:
A tentative description of the projects reads:
A versioned database of open projects, open initiatives and the organisations and individuals behind them. A publicly editable directory and knowledge base of information about these projects and groups. A visual interface to explore and analyse the material.
Related developments include:
- Michael has blogged a bit about the initiative here, and has made an ‘Open’ category on the P2P Foundation wiki – including “descriptions of nearly 400 open concepts and initiatives, a list of open definitions, a directory of podcasts on the topics to learn more (and soon: a directory of video webcasts)”.
- Heather has put a diagram – which she used in her iSummit ’08 keynote speech – on her blog.
- Mark started a page on the Open Everything wiki for starting to gather examples of different kinds of open projects.
If you have any thoughts – or you’d like to get involved – please get in touch on our discuss list or at info at the OKF domain name!
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.