[odc-discuss] Help me speak at SOTM 2009

Jordan S Hatcher jordan at opencontentlawyer.com
Thu Jul 2 16:01:14 UTC 2009

I've booked my travel and am in the midst of preparing my talk at  
State of the Map (SOTM) 2009 in Amsterdam.

Throughout co-founding Open Data Commons and drafting the Open  
Database Licence (ODbL), I've spent several hundred hours of attorney  
time, all donated pro bono. While I'm more than happy to donate more  
time to come speak at SOTM (including a day off work and about 2 days  
of prep time), I don't want to be out of pocket on any of my expenses.  
Even though the licence may be free as in beer and free as in liberty,  
it isn't free to travel from the UK to Amsterdam and stay two nights,  
especially in high season.

I've tried to travel and stay as economically as I can, and so I'm  
only asking for about 554£ to cover my expenses, which include:

-- 159 € for return train travel Reading, UK to Amsterdam
-- 280€ for 2 nights hotel
-- 32 € for bicycle rental at Damstraat
-- 75€ = 25 €/day for incidentals and food while traveling 
-- 100€ Community Passport registration at SOTM

Total 646€ (about 554£)

All money donated in excess of the costs of travel will go towards the  
goals of the Open Knowledge Foundation, a non-profit promoting open  
knowledge: that's any kind of information – sonnets to statistics,  
genes to geodata – that can be freely used, reused, and  
redistributed.  OKFN organizes events like OKCon, run projects like  
Open Shakespeare, and develop tools like CKAN and KnowledgeForge to  
help people create,  find and share open material.

Please go to


.. to donate via PayPal and mark your donation "SOTM"

I also would very much like your suggestions on what I should cover in  
my talk - and if I don't get a chance to address it feel free to come  
up and find me!



Mr. Jordan S Hatcher, JD, LLM

More at: <http://www.jordanhatcher.com>
Co-founder:  <http://www.opendatacommons.org>

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