What does “open” 🔓 mean today? What should it mean? What has changed since 2015, when the Open Definition was last updated?

We at Open Knowledge are preparing another round of consultations on updating the “Open Definition”. We will have a face-to-face session in Spanish during RightsCon to ensure the voices of the Latin American communities gathered in Costa Rica are heard and incorporated to the review process. It will be a practical session to write collectively.

The overall objective is to problematise each sentence of the current definition, version 2.1, and reach a consensus for the new generations. What does “open” mean in the context of data extractivism, digital colonialism, climate change, and economic, racial, and gender inequalities?

The Open Definition was a collaborative process led by the Open Knowledge Foundation over a decade ago that created a consensus among experts in defining “open” in relation to data and content. As our CEO Renata Ávila articulates in more detail, the macro intention of this project is to create a bridge between old definitions and new discourses to keep the open ecosystem alive and current.

You can prepare for the discussion by reading the main takeaways from the first round of discussions, which took place virtually at MozFest in March. Also by understanding the perspective of one of the members of the Open Definition Council and historical open science activist, Peter Murray-Rust, in the conversation published within the framework of the project 100+ Conversations to inspire our new direction (#OKFN100).

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We hope we can meet next week! If you can’t make it, please share it with friends and colleagues at RightsCon.