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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Open Knowledge Foundation annual report

The Open Knowledge Foundation has released its 2006-2007 annual report.  From the OKF blog summary:

...In May this year the Open Knowledge Foundation celebrated its third birthday. Much has changed in that time and the last year is no exception — if anything, the pace of change both at the OKF, and in the wider ‘Open Knowledge space’, has been even greater than in previous years....

Much focus has gone into new releases for three of our central projects: the Open Knowledge Definition (OKD), and the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) and KForge. The first of these is to help make sure knowledge is openly licensed, the second to make sure open knowledge can be easily found, and the third to provide knowledge users and producers with tools for storage, retrieval and development. Our two ‘exemplar’ projects - Open Shakespeare and Open Economics have also been launched and significantly developed.

We’ve also been hard at work campaigning to protect and promote the legislative and institutional conditions under which an infrastructure for open knowledge could flourish. As well as campaigning on the INSPIRE directive, we’ve responded to consultations from OfCom and WIPO, and had research published by the IPPR....

In September 2006 we were pleased to welcome Peter Suber and Benjamin Mako Hill onto our advisory board....Benjamin Mako Hill is a technology and intellectual property researcher, activist, consultant, and has been an active member of the Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) community for over a decade.