OKCon: The Annual Open Knowledge Conference

OKCon 2008 has now happened. For further details and documentation please see the post-event information page.

Following on from the success of our inaugral conference last year, we’re pleased to announce that the second Open Knowledge conference (OKCon) will take place on Saturday 15th March 2008.

The event will bring together individuals and groups from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of seminars and workshops around the theme of ‘Applications, Tools and Services’. Three main sessions will focus on ‘Transport and Environment’, ‘Visualization and Analysis’ and ‘Education and Academia’. In addition there will be an ‘Open Space’ suitable for presentations and demos of general open knowledge related work.

The event is open to all but we encourage you to register because space is limited. A small entrance fee is planned to help pay for costs but concessions are available.

Want to give a presentation or demo? Want to help organise?

If you have a presentation, demo or workshop you’d like to give in the open space, or would like to help organise OKCon 2008 please either post on the wiki or let us know by email on info [at] okfn [dot] org.

More Information

Last Year’s Conference

Details of our conference last year, including post event information (slides, audio etc), can be found on last year’s conference page.

More on the Theme

‘Open Knowledge’ is material that others are free to access, reuse or re-distribute and may be anything from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata. In recent years we’ve seen the growth of successful open knowledge projects – from peer reviewed journals to community edited encyclopaedias – but what impact can open licensing have in education, research and commerce? Is sharing the key to scaling? What kinds of business models are available to open knowledge distributors and how is open knowledge applied in different institutional and professional contexts?

Furthermore, there now exist large and growing amounts of open material but what kinds of tools are available to analyse and represent it? How can we sort, search, store it to maximise its visibility and reusability?

We’ve also witnessed in the last few years the rise of web-based services — from social networking sites to online spreadsheet packages. While we have definitions for open software and open knowledge, what is an open service and what kinds of new services can be built using open knowledge?


OKCon is organized by the Open Knowledge Foundation in partnership with the LSE Information Systems and Innovation Group.