[iRail] OKFN - a new organisation for open data enthusiasts

Pieter Colpaert pieter.colpaert at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 17:43:53 UTC 2011

Dear iRail friends,

Since some iRail projects are really not about public transport any 
longer (BeLaws, The DataTank...), I would really love to found a new 
organisation which focuses on open data/knowledge in general. For iRail, 
this might have a very positive effect. The iRail community should only 
be about public transport (nomen est omen) and there is still a really 
big pile of work concerning public transport ahead of us.

The Open Knowledge Foundation (http://okfn.org) is a European 
organisation which focuses on open content/open data. They have been 
active for quite some time to do awesome projects concerning open data. 
If the effort of creating a European organisation with the same vision 
as ours has already been done, we should join them, not become this 
other organisation which is kind of related. For more information check 

We also need an organisation in Belgium which helps (local) governments, 
organisations, companies... to implement a decent open data policy. Only 
as one organisation we can maintain an active community. When we 
Belgians at ogdcamp (http://ogdcamp.org) were asked to create a Belgian 
chapter, we felt that all pieces were finally coming together.

We have set-up a wiki-page on the official OKFN website. Feel free to 
extend or alter it: http://wiki.okfn.org/Chapter/Belgium

If you're interested in having a (key-)role in this new organisation, 
register on the mailinglist and introduce yourself!


The first general assembly of this new organisation will be on the 22th 
of November, 19:00 here (??). Don't forget to add your name to the wikipage!

Krimson Office
Hof ter Dampoort
Dendermondsesteenweg 48A - 1st floor
9000 Gent Dampoort (Ghent

Kind regards,

Pieter Colpaert

iRail vzw/asbl

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