The OKF is recruiting!

The OKF team is growing, and we’d love to have you on board. There are a whole load of fantastic positions coming up – check out the jobs page for all the details! #Current Opportunities The following roles are open – Community Coordinator Labs Developer Front End Web Developer Data Visualization Developer Data Wrangler Web […]

Open Book Publishers releases “The Digital Public Domain”

Open Book Publishers is the first UK academic publisher to have made all its books freely available online, publishing peer-reviewed research in subjects across the Humanities and Social Sciences. They are “committed to the idea that high quality scholarship should be available to readers everywhere regardless of their income or access to university libraries”. This […]

Open Knowledge Foundation Newsletter January – March 2012

We've hit the new year running here at the Open Knowledge Foundation! Our work is expanding in every dimension, with new groups and chapters popping up all over the world, new projects and initiatives constantly emerging, and existing projects growing. But the most crucial aspect of this growth is making sure more people are being […]

The Year in (Public Domain) Review

Last month, the glorious Public Domain Review celebrated its first birthday. The Public Domain Review aspires to become a bounteous gateway into the whopping plenitude that is the public domain, helping our readers to explore this rich terrain by surfacing unusual and obscure works, and offering fresh reflections and unfamiliar angles on material which is […]

COMMUNIA’s response to the proposed amendments to PSI Directive

The following guest post is by Timothy Vollmer, policy coordinator at Creative Commons. It has been adapted from his post on the same subject over on the COMMUNIA International Association blog. Creative Commons and the Open Knowledge Foundation are institutional members of COMMUNIA. The mission of COMMUNIA is to educate about, advocate for, offer expertise […]

Linked Open Data and Low Carbon Development

The following guest post is by Denise Recheis from reegle, the clean energy info portal. Offering multiple explanations for a concept increases understanding and using LOD allows both humans and machines to semantically connect related content. This is a huge advantage in our increasingly complex world! Especially in the field of clean energy, the increasing […]


The following guest post is by Jon Voss, whose projects include History Pin and Civil War Data 150. I recently traveled to Wellington, New Zealand to take part in the National Digital Forum of New Zealand (#ndf2011), which was held at the national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. Following the conference, the amazing team […]

Open Humanities Working Group Update

The following update is from the Open Humanities Working Group, courtesy of James Harriman-Smith. To help you keep up with everything that’s going on across the OKF, we are publishing weekly updates from different Working Groups. Salvete. Ahem. The latest and most important news from the Open Humanities Working Group is that we now have […]

Opening Government Data in Bulgaria

The following guest post is by Boyan Yurukov, blogger and open government data activist. In the beginning of 2011 some open data was released by the Bulgarian government on Visitors could export information of bills and members of parliament as XML or CSV. They could also download the votes of individual MPs or parliamentary […]

SNCF launches a debate on open transport data in France

The following guest post is by Pieter Colpaert from iRail npo and Pierre Chrzanowski, and was reviewed by Regards Citoyens. Pieter and Pierre are both members of our brand new Working Group on Open Transport – watch this space for a full announcement of the working group’s activities and details on how to get involved!” […]

Open Data – Destination Hackney

The following guest post is by Duncan Ray, from Destination Hackney. In Summer 2012, the borough of Hackney in London will be opening its doors to millions of visitors flocking to the Olympic games. It’s an exciting time for this part of London, and through the Race for Apps competition it’s a fantastic opportunity for […]

Update from the Open Science Working Group

This week’s Working Group update comes from our Open Science group – thanks to Jenny Molloy for the post and for her great work coordinating the group! This follows on the recent updates from the Archaeology and EU Data groups – and next week we’ll have another… The open data in science working group have […]

Public Domain Day: January 1st 2012

The following guest post is by Juan Carlos de Martin, from the the Politecnico of Torino, Italy, one of the organisers of the annual Public Domain Day of which the OKF is a proud supporter. Every January a growing number of people throughout the world gather to celebrate the new year. But not for the […]

Corruption-busting data releases in Croatia

The following post is by Theodora Middleton, the OKF’s blog editor. Government transparency has been making the headlines over in Croatia, thanks to the amazing work of Marko Rakar, Croatia’s leading transparency expert. He has secured the release of all the public procurement data for government spending, dating back to July 1st 2009 in a […]

International Open Data Hackathon, Dec 3rd. It’s coming together.

The following guest post is from David Eaves who is the founder of and a member of the OKF’s Working Group on Open Government Data. The post originally appeared on So a number of things have started to really come together for this Saturday Dec 3rd. I’ve noticed a number of new cities […]

Open Knowledge Definition translated into Telugu (తెలుగు)

The following post is by Theodora Middleton, the OKF blog editor. We are pleased to announce that the Open Knowledge Definition has now been translated into Telugu (తెలుగు), thanks to the hard work of Sridhar Gutam. You can find this at: The definition has now been translated into 27 languages. If you’d like to […]

Data & Journalism events in Vienna

The following guest post is by Markus ‘fin’ Hametner, a coder and organizer with a main interest in journalism. He works on an ambitious web journalism project and co-organizes the collide:vienna event series. A few days ago, I realized that Vienna’s normally-quiet landscape of events in the open data and journalism spaces will be quite […]

European Commission to adopt Open Data Strategy

The following post is by Theodora Middleton, the OKFN Blog Editor. News in from the European Commission, which has announced that they will be adopting a new Open Data Strategy from the 29th November. The aims of the strategy are to increase government transparency, and hopefully generate overall economic gains of around €40 billion a […]

International Open Data Hackathon Updates and Apps

The following guest post is by David Eaves who is the founder of and a member of the OKF’s Working Group on Open Government Data. The post originally appeared over on his blog. With the International Open Data Hackathon getting closer, I’m getting excited. There’s been a real expansion on the wiki of the […]

Open Data Day – a project I’d like to be doing

The following guest post is by David Eaves who is the founder of and a member of the OKF’s Working Group on Open Government Data. The post originally appeared over on his blog. As some readers and International Open Data Hackathon participants know, I’m really keen on developers reusing each others code. All too […]

Major new CKAN release: v1.5!

The following post is by David Read, on behalf of the CKAN team. We’re proud to announce a major new release of CKAN! Version 1.5 brings major improvements including: Major user experience upgrades around dataset publication and access plus a new theme Integrated structured and blob data storage, with associated with data previewing and visualization […]

Carla’s Open Data Collage

Check out this great collage from 9 year old Carla, sent over to us by her Dad, Martin Kaltenböck! This makes Carla our youngest Open Data Ambassador yet ;-) Martin says: I had a chat with my daughter Carla (9 years old) after the Warsaw Camp 2011 about the idea of Open Government Data, as […]

The State of OpenData in Philly

The following guest post is by Mark Headd, from OpenDataPhilly in Philadelphia. Earlier this year, with the unveiling of the OpenDataPhilly website, the City of Philadelphia joined the growing fraternity of cities across the country and around the world to release municipal data sets in open, developer friendly formats. But the City of Brotherly Love […]

Share Your African Knowledge

The following guest post is by Iolanda Pensa, the scientific director at WikiAfrica and Share You Knowledge. What about African knowledge? Where is it? Who has it? And what is African knowledge anyway? Defining “African knowledge” is so difficult that it probably takes less time to share it. Talking about African knowledge is to talk […]

Apps 4 Germany Contest Launched

The Open Knowledge Foundation today proudly announces the launch of the Apps 4 Germany Contest. The Contest is organised by three civil society organisations (The Open Data Network, the Gov2.0 Network and the German Chapter of the OKFN) in cooperation with BITKOM (Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media) under the auspices of […]

Developments in Cultural Data

The following guest post is by Rob Myers, artist, hacker, writer, and member of the OKFN Working Groups on Open Data in the Humanities and Cultural Heritage and one of the curators of the of the Open Art and Cultural Data group on the Data Hub. This year has seen some exciting developments in cultural […]

Open Data, Italy has awoken

The following guest post is by Vincenzo Patruno, who works at ISTAT – the Italian National Institute for Statistics. He has translated it from his original here. The week before last was probably the most important week yet for open government and open data in Italy. It started with the public announcement of the launch […]

Making the Open Government Partnership Work

The following guest post is by Matt Rosenberg, founder and editor of Public Data Ferret, a project of the non-profit Public Eye Northwest. In this special in-depth report, Matt looks at what it will take for the efforts of the recently formed global Open Government Partnership to succeed, taking in initiatives from across the globe […]

Keynoting at the OGD Camp … Chris Taggart!

Less than 24 hours to go! The space is amazing, the scene is set, and we can’t wait till it’s filled with all your faces tomorrow morning! We’re pleased to announce our final keynote for the camp will be Chris Taggart of OpenCorporates. ###About Chris Chris Taggart is the CEO and co-founder of OpenCorporates: The […]

Keynoting at OGD Camp … Tom Steinberg!

Coming to you from Warsaw, where satellite events are now begun and the main event is only 2 days away, we’re pleased to announce that Tom Steinberg will be joining us on Friday for his keynote! Get full programme details now, on the ogdcamp website. ###About Tom Tom Steinberg is the founder and director of […]

LAPSI Legal Workshop at OGD Camp 2011.

We’re very pleased that LAPSI will be joining us next week in Warsaw for a workshop on legal issues around PSI. In this post Cristiana Sappa and Claudio Artusio explain a bit more about what you can expect… Public sector information can be defined as the wide range of information that public sector bodies collect, […]

International Open Data Hackathon 2011: Better Tools, More Data, Bigger Fun

The following post is by David Eaves, public policy entrepreneur and open government data activist, and was originally published over on his blog. It follows on from this post on last year’s very successful international hackathon. David will be keynoting at this year’s OGD Camp! Last year, with only a month of notice, a small […]

Keynoting at the OGD Camp … Carl-Christian Buhr!

We’re pleased to reveal that Carl-Christian Buhr, from the European Comission, will be joining us at OGD Camp, to make a presentation including a video address from Neelie Kroes! ###About Carl-Christian Carl-Christian Buhr, an economist and computer scientist by training, is a member of the cabinet of Neelie Kroes, the Digital Agenda Commissioner and EU […]

Keynoting at the OGD Camp 2011 … Andrew Rasiej!

Speaking at the world’s biggest open government data event, the Open Government Data Camp 2011, we’re delighted to announce Andrew Rasiej! Get your tickets to hear him, and to join in with the whole range of presentations, workshops and hack sessions in Warsaw, here. ###The New Era of We-Government E-government has always been known as […]

An introduction from Antonio Acuna, new Head of

The following guest post is an introduction to the Open Knowledge Community from the new head of, Antonio Acuna. I have recently joined the Transparency team at the Cabinet Office as Head of Having previously worked delivering IT projects in Defra, such as the Noise Mapping England Project, and having worked as director […]

Keynoting at OGD Camp 2011 … Ellen Miller!

Open Government Data Camp 2011 is but a few days away, and we’re looking forward to seeing loads of you in Warsaw. Also joining us in Warsaw, for a keynote address, we’re really pleased to announce Ellen Miller from the Sunlight Foundation! ###About Ellen Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the […]

Keynoting at the OGD Camp 2011 … Nigel Shadboldt!

With just a week to go until the start of the satellite events in Warsaw, we’re very excited to announce the next of our keynote speakers at the Open Government Data Camp 2011 – Nigel Shadboldt! ###About Nigel Nigel Shadbolt was appointed an Information Advisor to the UK government in June 2009 by the Prime […]

Tracking the Sustainability of Open Government Data

The following guest post is by Ramine Tinati from the University of Southampton. This is a little taster of what they’ll be talking about at the Open Government Data Camp next week in Warsaw – you can get tickets here! The sustainability of Open Government Data is the product of a multitude of factors, all […]

Introducing – open data initiative from Czech Republic

The following guest post is by Jindřich Mynarz, from the National Technical Library in Prague. Jindřich will be joining us at the Open Government Data Camp in Warsaw! I like to say that is not a project, it is a state of mind. Its aim is to spread an open data mindset and to […]

Open Government Data Camp 2011 – Australian Satellite Event

The following guest post is by Lisa Cornish from, who’ll be at the Australian Satellite Event at the OGD Camp. Early Bird tickets are still on sale, and you can get them here! The Australian Government Information Management Office will be hosting an Australian satellite event in support of the Open Government Data Camp […]

Keynoting at OGD Camp 2011 … Andrew Stott!

On Wednesday we announced our first keynote for the Open Government Data Camp 2011. Today we’re very excited to reveal that Andrew Stott will also be joining us to make a keynote presentation! You can still get your early bird tickets here! ###Making Open Data Real – and Stopping The Empire Striking Back For first […]

Government Linked Data Workshops at OGD Camp 2011

We’re excited to announce details of the three keynote speeches at the Government Linked Data Workshop, which will be taking place at this year’s Open Government Data Camp in Warsaw! Get your tickets here. ###Why Share and Who Benefits? A Progress Update on the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group and the Value of Linked […]

Keynoting at OGD Camp 2011 … David Eaves!

We’ve been getting tonnes of requests in for the details of our keynotes at the Open Government Data Camp 2011. We’ll be gradually revealing them to you over the coming fortnight – so stay tuned! First up, we’re totally excited to announce David Eaves – open government activist and gripping orator. It’s been an exciting […]

Organisational Identifiers Event at OGD Camp 2011

Open Government Data Camp 2011 is approaching fast! We’re really excited about all the brilliant talks, workshops, plots, plans and people that are going to be there. In the run-up to the camp we’re going to run a series of posts from a range of voices, talking about different aspects of open government data and […]

Dear Internet, we need better image archives

The following guest post is by Nina Paley, cartoonist and blogger. Nina is a member of the OKF’s Working Group on the Public Domain. Dear Internet, You know what should be really easy to find online? Good quality, Public Domain vintage illustrations. You know, things like this: I found this on Flickr, where someone claims […] New one-stop portal makes requests for EU documents easy

The following post is a press release from AsktheEU and Access Info. On 28 September 2011, the 9th International Right to Know Day, pro-transparency human rights group Access Info Europe unveiled the web portal by which the public can ask for information from EU bodies. is a designed to radically simplify the process […]

Open Commons Region Linz

The following guest post is by Thomas Gegenhuber, Naumi Haque and Stefan Pawel, who are involved in Open Commons Linz. In 2010, the City of Linz, Austria completed a year-long study of an “Open Commons Region” for government. The findings of the study introduce a framework for open government, with the goal of creating a […]

Open Data in Portugal

The following guest post is by Ricardo Lafuente and Ana Carvalho, who work as Manufactura Independente, a libre graphics and design research studio based in the city of Porto, hopping between the fields of design, hacking and art. They are also members of the OKF’s Working Group on EU Open Data. Around a year ago, […]

Open Knowledge Foundation Newsletter 18.5

As the more eagle-eyed among you may have noticed, our quarterley newsletter due at the start of July never made it to you. So here’s a double bumper issue, Newsletter 18.5! We’re going for a bit less content, and hopefully by next episode we’ll have a whole new format ready. In the meantime… here’s what […]