[okfn-discuss] OKCon 2008
rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Thu Nov 29 12:37:03 UTC 2007
Saul Albert wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 06:45:35PM -0800, Jonathan Gray wrote:
>> For the record, third iteration of draft announce for next OKCon is
>> inline below.
> Hey, Jonathan - that's brilliant. Informative, attractive, concise. Well
> I reckon that's ready to go.
> Cheers, and thanks for all your work on this!
Ditto here. I've just got a couple of fixes. Rather than going on
another comment + new version loop i've just made the changes direct and
put the new version below. I hope this should be pretty much final.
I've also updated the wiki page substantially so its clear how people
submit proposals and volunteer to help out.
That leaves one final question: how do we handle registrations? Last
year we used our bespoke MoinMoin pluguin that just saved names + emails
to a text file. While this works ok it does make it hard to manage stuff
as you go along. Couple of possible options:
1. Use something like EventBrite (its free plus one can do charging
through it -- though this isn't of much relevance we charge on the door)
2. Use mailman -- this might seem weird but basically signing up to a
mailing list is pretty much the same as signing up to the event. Mailman
has reasonable for facilities for subscribing and unsubscribing plus it
makes it very easy to send emails to the registrants.
What do people think? We need to sort this out sharpish as it needs to
be in place before we do the mail out (unless we don't mind putting up a
notice saying register later -- but that's not so great as we lose all
the immediate effects).
OKCon Announce and CFP (v1.0b2)
Subject: OKCon 2008: LSE, London, 15th March 2008
* OKCon 2008 - 'Open Knowledge: Applications, Tools and Services'
* where: London School of Economics, London UK
* when: 15th March 2008
* www: <http://www.okfn.org/okcon/>
* wiki: <http://www.okfn.org/wiki/okcon2008/>
* register: <http://www.okfn.org/okcon/register/>
Following on from the success of our inaugral conference last year,
we're pleased to announce that the second Open Knowledge conference
(OKCon) will take place in March 2008. 'Open Knowledge' is material that
others are free to access, reuse or re-distribute and may include
anything from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata. The 2008 event
will again deal with the full range of 'Open Knowledge' issues but will
focus specifically on Applications, Tools and Services.
In recent years 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? Is sharing the key to scaling? What kinds of
business models are available to open knowledge distributors and how is
open knowledge applied in different institutional and professional contexts?
There now exists a vast amount of open content and data. But what kinds
of tools are avaiable to analyse and represent this wealth of material?
How can we sort, search, store it to maximise its visibility and
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?
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, Tools and Services'. Three
main sessions will focus on 'Transport and Environment', 'Visualization
and Analysis' and 'Education and Academia'. In addition there will be
several 'open space' sessions for the presentation of general open
knowledge related work.
We are currently welcoming submissions and suggestions and
registrations. If you are interested in giving a presentation,
facilitating or otherwise helping out, please either contact info [at]
okfn [dot] org or vist the wiki page (see link above). Registration
should be done via the registration page (see above). Early registration
is encouraged as space is limited!
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