[okfn-discuss] Our vision: Why, How and What for the Open Knowledge Foundation
jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Tue Jul 14 20:31:26 BST 2009
On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 8:32 PM, Luis Villa<luis.villa at gmail.com> wrote:
> If Apache is the model maybe we should spend some time thinking about
> what OKFN brings to the table for new projects- why would I want to
> make my project part of OKFN?
This is a really very useful question! :-)
> What are OKFN's equivalents? How should OKFN strengthen/modify/etc.
> those equivalents over the next five years?
Further down the line I would hope that we could offer:
* Hosting/storage (via KnowledgeForge + eventually Open Data Grid +
* Tools (blogs, wikis, versioned storage, trac, ... again via KnowledgeForge)
* Legal/licensing support (Open Definition, Open Data Commons, ...)
* Expertise (mainly via community, mailing lists, working groups,
* Publicity (blog, events, etc.)
* Legal structure? (E.g. via One Click Orgs, which we support -
* Seed funding (either direct project funding or via competitions,
etc. - maybe one day!)
I guess this could be conceived of as OKF's function as 'incubator' or
'nurturer' (growing/supporting projects).
Another major function that I think is important is 'clearing house'
to try to strengthen communication/ties between various different
communities that support open knowledge in its various forms (open
government/PSI, civic hacker, free culture, CC, F/OSS, open access,
open data, open science, public domain, OER, digital scholarship, data
visualisation, data management, digital resources, ...). Hence events,
working groups and so on.
The Open Knowledge Foundation
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