[okfn-discuss] OKCon 2008

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Tue Nov 6 12:20:23 UTC 2007


Apologies for the delays in getting a second iteration of the OKCon 2008 
draft announce out! I've included it inline below.

Saul and Rufus - you were absolutely right in pointing out it was very 
general. My intention was for us all to flesh it out on the wiki, but 
agree its probably better to have something more substantial to pick at 
and work with.

The new version has a lot of questions in it (it pretty much *is* a load 
of themed questions) and could do with stronger thread or focus to 
connect the dots. That said, no links are probably better than tenuous ones.

Also - what about 'Tools, Applications and Services'?


Subject: OKCon 2008: London School of Economics, 15th March 2008

# OKCon 2008 - 'Applications and Services'
# London School of Economics
# 15th March 2008
# home: <http://www.okfn.org/okcon/>
# wiki: <http://www.okfn.org/wiki/okcon2008/>

In the past few years we've witnessed the rise of web-based services - 
from social networking sites to online spreadsheet packages. While we 
have definitions for open software and open knowledge, what is an open 
service? What kinds of new services can be built using open knowledge?

We've seen the growth of successful open knowledge projects - from peer 
reviewed journals to community edited encyclopaedias - but what impact 
can open licensing have in education, research and commerce? Does open 
licensing have benefits for researchers? Is sharing the key to scaling? 
What kinds of business models are available to open knowledge 
distributors? How is open knowledge applied in different institutional 
and professional contexts?

There now exists a vast amount of open content and data. What tools are 
avaiable to analyse and represent this wealth of material? How can we 
sort, search, store it to increase its availability and visibility?

The second Open Knowledge conference will bring together individuals and 
groups from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of seminars and 
workshops around the theme of 'Applications and Services'. Three main 
sessions will focus on 'Transport and Environment', 'Visualization and 
Analysis' and 'Education'.

We are currently welcoming submissions and suggestions. If you are 
interested in giving a paper, facilitating or otherwise helping out, 
please contact info [at] okfn [dot] org. Early registration is 
encouraged as space is limited!

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