OKFestival 2014: Collaboration, Increased Access to Open Information and Standards

Posted on July 2nd, 2014

OKFestival 2014

Global, open access to information and technologies have the power to transform governments, collaboration, innovation and enable dialogue on key social, political and economic issues. As the open community continues to grow and work towards transparency and universal access to information, data and technology applications, the Open Knowledge Foundation is hosting the OKFestival 2014 in Berlin on July 15-17, 2014.

The OKFestival is dedicated to rallying nations around the world to share their skills and experiences regarding the use of open standards. A primary goal of the event is to encourage participants to work together to build tools and partnerships that will further the power of openness as a positive force for change. This year, conversations will be based around three narrative streams: knowledge, tools and society. The two-day event will feature community-led sessions that will cover topics such as:

  • Maintaining a healthy and thriving public domain: Exploring the notion of originality and copyright when digitising analogue works.

  • Mapping the corporate web: An open data approach.

  • A crowd sourced manifesto: What is the open data ‘social contract’ between governments and citizens.

  • Transparent Cities: Creating a shared framework for city governments to use data and technology to be more open, transparent and participatory.

  • Open Decisions API’s – Global standardization.

Open knowledge is a comprehensive concept that involves sharing knowledge in all its forms – from genes to geodata, from literature to programming code – so that the information can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone. The Open Knowledge movement asserts that knowledge and information have the power to transform societies and replace old hierarchies with more agile, diverse, networked and experimental systems based on the free flow of information.

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open content and open data in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content. For more information about the OKFestival, or to register for the event, click here.

 

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