The Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) 2010 Call for Proposals is now open!

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Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) 2010: Call for Proposals


OKCon, now in its fifth year, is the interdisciplinary conference that brings together individuals from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of presentations and workshops.

Open knowledge promises significant social and economic benefits in a wide range of areas from governance to science, culture to technology. Opening up access to content and data can radically increase access and reuse, improving transparency, fostering innovation and increasing societal welfare.

This is a time of great change. In addition to high profile initiatives such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and the Human Genome Project, there is enormous growth among open knowledge projects and communities at all levels. Moreover, in the last year, governments across the world have begun opening up huge amounts of their data.

And it doesn’t stop there. In academia, open access to both publications and data has been gathering momentum, and similar calls to open up learning materials have been heard in education. Furthermore this gathering flood of open data and content is the creator and driver of massive technological change. How can we make this data available, how can we connect it together, how can we use it collaborate and share our work?

Join us to discuss all of this and more!


We welcome proposals on any aspect of creating, publishing or reusing content or data that is open in accordance with Topics include but are not limited to:


  • Semantic Web and Linked Data in relation to open knowledge
  • Platforms, methods and tools for creating, sharing and curating open knowledge
  • Light-weight, adaptive interaction models
  • Open, decentralized social network applications
  • Open geospatial data

Law, Society and Democracy

  • Open Licensing, Legal Tools and the Public Domain
  • Open government data and content (public sector information)
  • Open knowledge and international development
  • Opening up access to the law

Culture and Education

  • Open educational tools and resources
  • Business models for open content
  • Incentive and rewards open-knowledge contributors
  • Open textbooks
  • Public domain digitisation initiatives

Science and Research

  • Opening up scientific data
  • Supporting scientific workflows with open knowledge models
  • Open models for scientific innovation, funding and publication (‘open-access’)
  • Tools for analysing and visualizing open data
  • Open knowledge in the humanities

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: January 31st 2010
  • Notification of acceptance: March 1st
  • Camera-ready papers due: March 31st
  • OKCon: April 24th 2010

Submission Details

We are accepting three types of submissions:

  1. Full papers of 5-10 pages describing novel strategies, tools, services or best-practices related to open knowledge,
  2. Extended talk abstracts of 2-4 pages focusing on novel ideas, ongoing work and upcoming research challenges.
  3. Proposals for short talks and demonstrations

OKCon will implement an open submission and reviewing process. To make a submission visit:

Depending on the assessment of the submissions by the programme committee and external reviewers, submissions will be accepted either as full, short or lightning/poster presentations.

Proceedings of OKCON will be published at If you want your submission to be included in the conference proceedings you have to prepare a manuscript of your submission according to the LNCS Style.

Programme Committee

  • Sören Auer, AKSW/Universität Leipzig
  • Christopher Corbin, UK Advisory Board on Public Sector Information (APPSI)
  • Adnan Hadzi and Andrea Rota, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Claudia Müller-Birn, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge
  • Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation and Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
  • John Wilbanks, Science Commons
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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.

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