At the Open Knowledge Foundation we work to cultivate a global commons of digital material that everyone is free to use and enjoy.

This digital commons includes everything from open data about carbon emissions or spending from governments around the world; to open access research in the sciences, the humanities, and many other disciplines; to public domain works from galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

We want to change institutional policies so that public information, publicly funded research and public domain cultural works are common public goods that everyone can benefit from.

We want to change sociocultural norms and individual behaviour so that more people voluntarily open up and are willing to collaborate around the knowledge they create.

And finally we want to increase the impact of the commons on the world by encouraging more people to use open material to change the world for the better. We want to help more people to translate digital bits and bytes into knowledge, and knowledge into action.

In order to make progress towards these things we need a proactive global community to promote open knowledge around the world, across different domains, disciplines, fields and institutions.

We Need You!

In the last few months we’ve been looking at how we can better support local and domain specific affinity groups around the world. If you share our vision and want to work with us to realise it, then you can now:

What Can You Do?

We’re always looking for energetic and talented people to help us to promote the idea of open knowledge, and to think of new ways of putting it to work to improve the world. Regardless of your background or expertise there are many different things that you can do to help. For example, you could:

Get In Touch

Whether you want to help build a useful website, help to run a campaign, or connect with other people interested in the digital commons in your field or in your region, please join and introduce yourself on the relevant local group or working group mailing list, or join the taskforce (or drop us a line if you’d like to help out with anything else).

Many of our key working group and local group coordinators will be convening in Cambridge next week to discuss and plot how we can continue to build a stronger and better connected global network to support the digital commons. More on this very soon!