Over the last two decades, Open Knowledge Foundation worked at the intersection of cutting-edge digital tools and a distributed network of communities and movements to serve the public interest, shaping and democratising the technologies and knowledge of our time, making its powerful combination “ours” and testing them in different fields.
In the last year, our organisation has provided deep technical knowledge and advocacy around standards and new definitions that would shape what openness would mean more broadly, designing skills programmes which will be deployed globally, improving digital infrastructures in the public interest, activating new communities to connect open knowledge and data to solve their problems and consolidating a powerful, decentralised network which is testing replicable open models to improve our neighbourhoods, our cities, our elections and our health systems and sharing the lessons, code and practices to scale impact.
We built solid alliances with the public sector, celebrated our first global convening after the pandemic restrictions, served and guided the private and philanthropic sectors in their quest to open data and open knowledge principles, and worked closely with academia, aid agencies and with International Organisations to unleash the power of open access and reproducible research.
We created digital tools, equipped people with skills and expanded digitally savvy networks that understood the transformative power of openness as defined in the Open Definition. We explored how openness and open knowledge can play a role in shaping the infrastructures and institutions of the future, combined with a different set of principles rooted in the local, decentralised and green-sustainable digital commons logic. And how innovative knowledge systems designed to fit a more democratic future will play a role in achieving the sovereignty of our digital sphere of action.
In 2023, we will keep enabling individuals, collectives, communities, institutions and governments so openness and open knowledge are adopted in their design and daily practice to ensure access to critical information that will empower humans to solve the most pressing problems of our times, leading to a free, fair and open future for everyone, everywhere.
We will do it by creating tools, developing models, harnessing communities and advocating for standards and policies in a sustainable, ethical and agile manner. And we will not do it alone; we will continue growing our network and relying on alliances that make us stronger and more effective in shaping the future we want.