[foundation-board] Request for board approval to start working towards OKF Austria

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Nov 10 11:42:09 UTC 2010

Yes indeed I am aware of this excellent work! What I'm asking for is
+/-1s from all who read this ASAP to start to get the ball rolling on
an Austrian chapter.

Don't want to embark on this without board authorisation. This isn't
sealing the deal, but they'd like to be able to start talking to
people about a possible OKF Austria chapter (and doing this publicly)
right away. The reason this is time sensitive is that they are talking
to a lot of gov/public sector people who they want to ask to be
involved from the outset (a very good idea in my humble opinion).

All the best,


On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 12:32 PM, Becky Hogge <becky.hogge at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Jonathan
> Are you aware of the work Jordan and Paula are doing on local
> chapters? I know Jordan has drafted a new memorandum of understanding,
> but you've probably seen this...?
> Bests
> Becky
> On 10 November 2010 10:55, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org> wrote:
>> I'd like to request board approval to start the process for to
>> establish an Austrian OKF chapter along similar lines to work being
>> done to establish a German chapter. Details are below.
>> They would really like to have some indication of whether or not this
>> is possible (not definite) ASAP so they can get moving in time for an
>> event in December.
>> Can I give them the green light? -/+ 1s very much appreciated!
>> All the best,
>> Jonathan
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From:  <m.kaltenboeck at semantic-web.at>
>> Date: 2010/11/8
>> Subject: Austrian Chapter of OKFN
>> To: Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org>, rufus pollock
>> <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>
>> Cc: Jordan S Hatcher <jordan at opencontentlawyer.com>, Thomas Thurner
>> <t.thurner at semantic-web.at>
>> Dear Jonathan,
>> as discussed in Luxembourg last week we here at SWC / OGD Austria would like to
>> set up an Austrian Chapter of the OKFN - as also discussed with Rufus in Vienna
>> in April 2010...
>> The idea ist so create a legal entity in the form of a registered
>> association (non profit - what
>> is called a 'Verein' in German language) - and for the beginning
>> concentrate on the open (gov) data topic -
>> said this means to run the OGD Austria (www.opendata.at) by the
>> Austrian OKFN chapter...
>> In longer-term we would like to convert people in Austria for
>> additional 'open knowledge issues' as the
>> OKFN stands for more than Open Data - as you know we have a lot of
>> cultural heritage institutions
>> here as well as libraries, well known academia etc - that are
>> interested in the topic of sharing knowledge
>> also in several other topics then the gov data domain!
>> As discussed we would be happy to have - for instance - Rufus in the
>> Advisory Board of the Austrian OKFN
>> - and vice versa someone from the Austrian chapter in the UK advisory
>> board - as I know you have managed
>> this similar with Sören Auer for the German OKFN chapter?!
>> I think the structure will be similar to the OKFN itsself - having an
>> Advisory Board and an Executive Board
>> within the institution - as well as some officials that we need for
>> the legal entity - that would be me and
>> Thomas and someone from the OGD Austria.
>> The current executive board of OGD Austria will be invited to come
>> into the executive board of the Austrian
>> OKFN - as follows you can find the people I am talking about:
>> Andreas Langegger (previously Keppler University Linz)
>> Wolfgang Halb (Joanneum Research)
>> Robert Harm (Open3)
>> Tobias Bürger (Salzburg Research)
>> Bernhard Schandl (University of Vienna)
>> Bernhard Krabina (KDZ - center for public administration)
>> Johann Höchtl (eGovernment department of Danube University Krems)
>> Thomas Thurner (SWC)
>> Martin Kaltenböck (SWC)
>> Furthermore we have already contacted possible members for a Advisory
>> Board - we think (amongst others)
>> of the following people:
>>  - Prof Dr. Michael Meyer (head of NPO institute, university of
>> economics Vienna)
>>  - Dr. Hans G. Zeger (head of ARGE Daten - institution that supports
>> privacy in Austria)
>>  - Some professors of the above mentioned organisations / institutions
>>  - As well as some additional people that stand for 'open knowledge' -
>> we are discussing at the moment
>> e.g. someone from Open Source Alliance and/or from the Ars Electronica
>> Center etc...
>> The Advisory Board will conatin about 6-10 people from different
>> domains that stand for 'open knowledge'
>> as well are well known in the public to generate also attention...
>> The aim of the OGD Austria would be overtaken by the Austrian Chapter:
>> you can find this (in German language only) on the
>> www.opendata.at website - the main objective here at the moment os to
>> push the open (gov) data topic in Austria
>> as well as working on this together with several OGD stakeholders
>> (economy, administration, politicians, citizens, academia,
>> media & publishers..) - to to this together with the Austrian official
>> public administration and also together
>> with an European & worldwide network of similar initiatives.
>> As also discussed this could intensify our collaboration - in several
>> ways we could work optimised - work on joint projects,
>> do harmonised PR, look for funding etc.
>> Please discuss this internally and come back to me on this asap -
>> because we would like to announce the Austrian Chapter of OKFN
>> on the semantic web winter meetup on 1.12. 2010 in Vienna - as Rufus
>> comes for the LOD2 session at ESTC2010 on 2.12.2010
>> to Vienna it would be great to have him at this event on the 1.12.2010
>> in the evening to give a few words etc!! We also would like
>> to announce this again 2 days later at the eGov2.0 barcamp on the 3rd
>> of Dec 2010 in Vienna!
>> I hope the given information is sufficient for your discussion on this
>> - we are looking forward to hearing from
>> you about the possibility of an Austrian Chapter of the OKFN soon -
>> please do not hesitate to contact me
>> if any questions on this are arising - many thanks in advance!
>> Best regards!
>> Martin
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