The Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) 2010 Call for Participation and Registration is now open!

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OKCon 2011

Open Knowledge Conference 2011: Call for Participation


OKCon is back! The 6th Annual Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) will take place on 30th June – 1st July 2011 in Berlin. OKCon is a wide-ranging conference that brings together individuals and organizations from across the open knowledge spectrum for two days of presentations, workshops and exchange of ideas.

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, bridge gaps, improve transparency and thus foster innovation and increase societal welfare.

Tell me more…

In Berlin, we will be surrounded by a variety of interesting communities. These include open access and open bibliography communities to the OpenStreetMap, hacker and artist groups to the various free culture and commons research communities. We look forward to jointly discussing with all of them the latest developments and aspects of open knowledge in their work.

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 and in many countries. Moreover, in the last year, many governments across the world have begun opening up 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. This gathering tide 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 to collaborate and share our work? We will explore these issues, and more, at OKCon 2011 in Berlin.

What kind of topics will be covered?

We welcome proposals on any aspect of creating, publishing or reusing content or data that is open in accordance with Potential topic areas include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Open Data Technology
  • Open Science and Open Data in Academic Research
  • Open Law, Society, and Democracy
  • Open Culture, Education, and Commons Research

For more ideas, check out the full Call for Participation!

How do I get involved?

There will be several ways that you can participate in the conference itself, including:

  • presentation sessions
  • lightening talks
  • hands-on workshops
  • open space
  • exhibition spaces
  • open design and fablab
  • hackspace

You can find out more about each of these formats in the full Call for Participation. To make a proposal or register your interest in any of them, you can use our online form. The deadline is May 1st!

We’ve also got a dedicated mailing list for discussions around OKCon. If you’d like to join the discussion, sign up at


Can I sponsor the event?

Yes please! We are still actively seeking sponsorship for lunches, coffee, travel and accommodation for international participants and so on. If you think you might be interested, please contact okcon [at] okfn [dot] org to find out more about the sponsorship opportunities available.

Where do I get tickets?

You can buy tickets over at our eventbrite page, where you can also make a donation even if you can’t attend.

How do I find out more?

All the details are on the OKCon website, including the full call for participation, and submission form! If you have any further questions, get in touch with okcon [at] okfn [dot] org.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) 2011: 30th June & 1st July”

  1. i commend this loudable innitiative that creates a platform for people to come together and share ideas that will bring developement to communities. thumb up OKCon. i ‘d like to be part of this year’s conference. will keep intouch. tnx. Ngozi Ogbonna, Lagos Nigeria

  2. I am a Social activist and Founder,Director of an South Indian Non Governmental Organization “Gandeepam”.I am working with large communities since in the last two decades.I would like to participate in the forth coming”Open Knowledge Conference” . Can I get the travel assistance (flight ticket)from your esteemed concern.

    With regards,


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