[okfn-advisory] Open Knowledge International Advisory Council - reaching out
pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Apr 9 08:19:42 UTC 2018
If I am going to be useful in Wednesday's meeting I really need some basic
information about what OKI is and does (or wants to do). I've asked
questions on this unofficial list and haven't had any answers and we
haven't had briefing papers. I shall attend on Wednesday but am unlikely to
make any useful contribution without further information (which was
promised). Some basic questions are:
* what is the mission of the current OKI and do you want to maintain that
or change it?
* who is on the board and what are their roles? who drives OKI - top down
* what are the facts about OKI? Do we still have chapters? how many? how
autonomous? how many staff?
I am now very concerned about the role of megacorporations and particularly
science and scholarly publishing. For example Elsevier has been invited by
Jisc to run UK's Open Science.IMO this is a disaster and the old OKF would
have challenged it. I don't know whether OKI wants to, whether it expects
me to do it alone (which I shan't) or whether it's unaware (which I
suspect). BTW It is also happening in EC projects and the wolf is guarding
the henhouse throughout Europe.
I assume the agenda includes items such as:
* mission of OKI
* role of advisory board
* membership of advisory board
I think it would probably be wrong to assume that the old/current council
should become the new board. I would be particularly concerned that I am 15
years older than when I joined OKF and that it's critical that there are
people under 30.
If I had had a clear picture of new new Board and its role I might have
explored it with some of them but I can't do anything pro-active before
I am very very worried about the pwning of our infrastructure (electronic,
knowledge, discourse) by megacorporations and we need a vitally active set
of organizations to fight and to predict. Very few have critical mass and
we have to choose carefully where to put our effort.
On Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM, Naomi Lillie <naomi.lillie at okfn.org> wrote:
> Dear all,
> Thank you very much for your responses and input so far.
> The best date for all is the 11th April, so I will send a calendar
> invitation next week to those who can make it - please earmark it for now.
> I'll also send a new poll to those who completed this one, but can't make
> the above; if you intended to express your interest and haven't yet, please
> let me know to include you in this new poll.
> I will prepare a brief 'state of OKI' update to share with you all in
> advance of the 11th.
> Finally, please note Mark and Paul are now on this mailing list, as am I.
> Best wishes to you all,
> On 23 February 2018 at 13:32, Naomi Lillie <naomi.lillie at okfn.org> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> May I introduce you to Mark Gibbs (COO) and Paul Walsh (CPO), in CC, who
>> are undertaking the overall leadership of the organisation since Pavel's
>> departure late last year.
>> Paul and Mark are looking to reboot OKI - particularly our Advisory
>> Council, where we are very keen to re-engage. They would like to reach out
>> to you to look at how the Advisory Council can guide OKI through this
>> period of change, refocusing on our vision and mission, and looking ahead
>> to new opportunities.
>> We wondered whether you would be interested in joining a call in March,
>> to touch base and consider how we connect in future. Do let us know if you
>> would be interested in this, either as a group or individually.
>> Best wishes,
>> Naomi Lillie
>> Executive Assistant
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> Naomi Lillie
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