[okfn-discuss] Open Definition forges ahead - get involved!

Joris Pekel joris.pekel at okfn.org
Tue Dec 18 11:15:26 UTC 2012

Hi Mike,

This is really great. As Laura mentioned, the Open Definition is so
important in our daily work.
At the OKFN, I am the volunteer coordinator and I would very much like to
help you to get this done. Right now we are a bit in a transition phase and
I will move the tasks to a Google Group. I will then populate it with the
tasks you describe above. If you have more, do let me know.

All the best,


2012/12/17 Mike Linksvayer <ml at gondwanaland.com>

> Text below my name copied from
> http://opendefinition.org/2012/12/17/open-definition-forges-ahead-get-involved/
> 2013 will be an important year for Open. If you'd like to get involved
> at the meta level, there are a bunch of ways to do so via Open
> Definition work.
> I encourage sending this call to ought-to-be-interested people. I've
> copied okfn-discuss and open-government here for generality and
> because many of the licenses we're discussing now and are from
> governments.
> Look forward to a 2012 in review post.
> Mike
> http://opendefinition.org (OD) is one of the first projects that the
> the Open Knowledge Foundation created. Its purpose has been to
> provide, promote -- and protect -- a meaningful Open in Open Data and
> Open Content.
> It does this primarily through curating the Open Knowledge Definition
> (OKD) -- http://opendefinition.org/okd working with license stewards
> to ensure new licenses intending to be open are clearly so, and
> keeping lists of licenses that conform to the OKD, and those that do
> not -- providing any entity intending to create an open project, or
> mandate "open" in policy, with a clear reference as to which licenses
> will achieve their aims.
> With the growth in "open" and especially of open data initiatives in
> the last few years there has been an increasing amount for the project
> to do especially in terms of reviewing and evaluating licenses. For
> 2013 we see several important areas of work:
> * OKD v1.2 --
> https://github.com/okfn/opendefinition/blob/master/source/open-knowledge-definition.markdown
> -- we've seen license conditions cropping up that are certainly
> contrary to the spirit of the definition and implicitly
> non-conformant. It ought be possible for anyone with some
> understanding of public licenses to do a quick read of the definition
> and understand its meaning for a particular license without having to
> know all of the history of open definitions and licenses.
> * Review important new licenses and license versions for OKD
> compliance, e.g. Open Government License Canada, and version 4.0 of
> CC-BY and CC-BY-SA.
> * Moving linguistic translations into a git repository for better
> review and updating.
> * Improve explanations and graphics available on the OD site for
> anyone who wants to learn about open knowledge and services, and
> proudly announce to the world that their projects are open.
> * Extend our work on license APIs that provide information about open
> licenses at http://licenses.opendefinition.org and integrate with the
> main OD site; also look to cooperate with other projects eg
> https://spdx.org/licenses/ and https://licensedb.org/ providing Linked
> Open Data about licenses.
> * Provide regular updates about OD work to the broader OKFN network,
> open communities, and general public.
> * Develop a version git-based repository of license texts so they can
> be tracked over time
> * Growing out of discussions from
> http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/okfn-discuss/2006-October/000177.html
> and http://blog.okfn.org/2007/07/18/we-need-an-open-service-definition/
> the OD project developed the Open Software Service Definition (OSSD)
> -- http://opendefinition.org/software-service/ -- recognizing the
> complementarity of open content and data (knowledge) and open source
> web platforms and other network services that open knowledge is
> created, curated, and distributed on. The OSSD hasn't been touched in
> a long time, but software services (some of them called "the cloud")
> have become more important than ever, including in domains nearest to
> the OKFN community's most active work, such as platforms used by and
> for open government. Shall we update the OSSD and revitalize
> evangelism for open services, or declare not a core competency, and
> look to other groups to take leadership?
> If you're a legal or policy expert, software freedom advocate, linked
> data hacker, translator, designer, communications maven -- and want to
> go "meta" about openness, we could use your help! Join the od-discuss
> mailing list -- http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/od-discuss --
> and pitch into the discussion, start a new one, or lurk until you're
> ready.
> Final decisions about license conformance and definition updates are
> made by the http://opendefinition.org/advisory-council/ ... this is
> not a big time commitment, but it is a big responsibility. If you'd
> like to join the AC someday, join od-discuss today.
> We're especially keen to have AC members from every continent.
> Currently we only have Europe and North America, and recognize that's
> a big problem for the long-term impact of the Open Definition project.
> Especially if you're from the global South and care about the
> fundamentals of openness, please join od-discuss and
> http://opendefinition.org/contact/ !
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Joris Pekel
Community Coordinator
Open Knowledge Foundation
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