[ok-edinburgh] Open Knowledge Scotland - feedback on announce mail?
jo.walsh at ed.ac.uk
Fri Mar 26 15:10:35 GMT 2010
dear all at EUDL,
Robin, Stuart and I, with some folks from SCRIPT, and support from IDEA
Lab, are planning a 4-hour Open Knowledge mini-conference at inSpace
below the School of Informatics, on 13th May.
Here's the draft of the email announcement, which we should start
circulating very soon. The text is cribbed from the text for the Open
Knowledge conference in London. It would be great to have some feedback
on this text. Would you attend this event? Is it clear what we're asking
for? Does the tone fit the scope (a fairly informal afternoon/evening,
hoping to attract people from outside of the University as well as
Comments on or off-list would be very much appreciated.
Open Knowledge Scotland
Where: School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
When: Thursday May 13th, 3-7pm
How much: free
Open Knowledge Scotland brings together individuals from across the open
knowledge spectrum for an afternoon and evening of talking and teaching.
Please feel encouraged to contribute a short talk on any aspect of
creating, publishing or reusing data or content that is open according
to http://opendefinition.org/ Please sign up to present a short talk
Open knowledge promises significant social and economic benefits in a
wide range of areas from governance to science, culture to technology.
Opening up access to content and data can radically increase access and
reuse, improving transparency, fostering innovation and increasing
In addition to high profile initiatives such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap
and the Human Genome Project, there is enormous growth among open
knowledge projects and communities at all levels. Moreover, in the last
year, many governments across the world have begun opening up their data.
In academia, open access to both publications and data has been
gathering momentum, and similar calls to open up learning materials have
been heard in education. Furthermore this gathering flood of open data
and content is the creator and driver of massive technological change.
How can we make this data available, how can we connect it together, how
can we use it collaborate and share our work? How can Scotland benefit
from open data?
We welcome proposals on any aspect of creating, publishing or reusing
content or data that is open in accordance with http://opendefinition.org.
Topics include but are not limited to:
### Technology * Semantic Web and Linked Data in relation to open
knowledge * Platforms, methods and tools for creating, sharing and
curating open knowledge * Light-weight, adaptive interaction models *
Open, decentralized social network applications * Open geospatial data
### Law, Society and Democracy * Open Licensing, Legal Tools and the
Public Domain * Open government data and content (public sector
information) * Open knowledge and international development * Opening up
access to the law
### Culture and Education * Open educational tools and resources *
Business models for open content * Incentive and rewards open-knowledge
contributors * Open textbooks * Public domain digitisation initiatives
### Science and Research * Opening up scientific data * Supporting
scientific workflows with open knowledge models * Open models for
scientific innovation, funding and publication ('open-access') * Tools
for analysing and visualizing open data * Open knowledge in the humanities
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