The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation.

The Open Knowledge Foundation is pleased to announce the release of #opendata, a new short film clip about open government data. The film includes interview footage with numerous open government data gurus and advocates, which we shot at last year’s Open Government Data Camp. You can find the film at

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If you’re interested in finding out more about the Open Knowledge Foundation‘s work in this area you can visit, a website about open government data around the world for and by the broader open government data community.

If you’re interested in meeting others interested in open government data around the world, please come and say hello on our ‘open-government‘ mailing list.

We are currently in the process of subtitling the film in several other languages. If you’d like to help translate the film into your language (or review or improve a translation) please fill in this form and we’ll get in touch with you with more details as soon as we can!

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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.

8 thoughts on “#opendata: New Film about Open Government Data”

  1. Is this available in an open format?

    I am not certain whether a closed format constitutes a technological restriction but still would be nice if primary availability was unambiguously open, ie webm or ogv.

    (The captcha on the film page appears broken. No matter what I enter, I obtain “Error: You did not enter a CAPTCHA phrase. Press your browser’s back button and try again.”)

  2. Rufus raised the cost topic just after Rob’s words. If it really is costless as suggested why is no longer being kept uptodate?

  3. jon, costless or cost reducing for the existing information provider is very different from costless for one external, volunteer individual hacking from outside the system.

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