[okfn-announce] Open Knowledge Foundation Newsletter No. 7
jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Aug 20 14:08:44 UTC 2008
Welcome to the seventh Open Knowledge Foundation newsletter!
* Open Software Service Definition (OSSD) launched
* New release of CKAN - and over 240 packages registered!
* Mapping the public domain
* Science Commons interview with Rufus Pollock
* OKF on Identi.ca and LinkedIn
* Other news in brief
* Thanks to our volunteers!
* Support the Open Knowledge Foundation
* Further information
OPEN SOFTWARE SERVICE DEFINITION (OSSD) LAUNCHED
For more than a year we've been working with a variety of groups and
individuals to fashion a clear definition of 'openness' in relation to
online, software-based, 'services' (think: search engines, webmail,
online spreadsheets, etc).
The Open Software Service Definition was officially launched in
mid-July, to correspond with the Franklin Street Declaration - to which
we are party, and which explicitly encourages those producing network
software services to take an open approach.
In the past few months we have witnessed the launch of several services
which are OSSD compliant, including ur1.ca - a URL shrinking service,
and Identi.ca - a microblogging service.
Open Software Service Definition
'Open Software Service Definition Launched'
'Identi.ca and ur1.ca - two new open services!'
NEW RELEASE OF CKAN - AND OVER 240 PACKAGES REGISTERED!
We were pleased announce the release of version 0.6 of the Comprehensive
Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN) software in July. As many of you will
know, CKAN is a registry of open knowledge packages - 'from sonnets to
statistics, genes to geodata'.
Major developments include the autocompletion and suggestion of tags
when adding a package, and a RESTful machine API for package access,
update, listing and creation.
There are now over 240 packages registered - with more than 100 of these
added this year. We are currently planning several workshops which will
take a closer look at CKAN's support for and coverage of resources in
'Over 200 Packages on CKAN!'
'CKAN 0.6 Released'
'CKAN and Finding Open Data in the Life Sciences'
MAPPING THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
In June we solicited for assistance in building a series of public
domain calculators - to start to trace the contours of the public domain
in different jurisdictions. The calculators will help determine whether
or not a given work is in the public domain in a given country - and
whether it is free to be re-distributed, integrated into other
resources, and so on.
There are now a handful of groups around the world starting to work on
this. If you or someone you know might be interested in contributing -
please let us know!
'Mapping the Public Domain - Call for Assistance!'
Public Domain Calculators - Wiki Page
SCIENCE COMMONS INTERVIEW WITH RUFUS POLLOCK
Donna Wentworth of Science Commons interviewed Rufus Pollock of the Open
Knowledge Foundation as part of their series on "Voices from the Future
of Science". He talks about what we can learn from the open source
movement, the current status and future plans for CKAN, and why we
shouldn't rely on Google to 'take care of everything'.
'Interview with Science Commons for their Voices from the Future of Science'
OKF ON IDENTI.CA AND LINKEDIN
The OKF is now on Identi.ca - a new micro-blogging service, and we've
started an OKF group on LinkedIn. If you use either of these, we'd love
to hear from you!
'OKF on Identi.ca and LinkedIn!'
OKF on Identi.ca
OKF Group on LinkedIn
OTHER NEWS IN BRIEF
- Versioned Domain Model v0.2 released
- Italian Translation of the Open Knowledge Definition (OKD)
- Second Open Visualisation Workshop
- Talks at Open Tech
- Moving forward with open science in Europe: Science Commons ESOF
- Mike Linksvayer of Creative Commons joins Open Definition Advisory
THANKS TO OKF VOLUNTEERS!
As usual, a big thank you to our volunteers and to our extended virtual
community for their help with our projects and activities!
SUPPORT THE OPEN KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION
A donation to the Open Knowledge Foundation would greatly help us with
our overhead costs, including hosting (currently around £1000/year) and
project development. To find out more about supporting our work, please
If you would like to know more about what we are up to, please take a
look at our active projects page.
If you are interested in participating in any of the OKF's projects,
please see our participate page, or join the OKF discuss list.
For further news and comments, see our blog:
The Open Knowledge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. It is
incorporated in the United Kingdom as a company limited by guarantee
with company number 5133759. The registered office is 37 Panton Street,
Cambridge, CB2 1HL, UK.
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