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

Mike Linksvayer ml at gondwanaland.com
Tue Dec 18 21:09:56 UTC 2012

Thanks Laura and Joris! I'm not sure what "move tasks to a Google
Group" means though. Are OKFN lists moving to Google?


On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 3:15 AM, Joris Pekel <joris.pekel at okfn.org> wrote:
> 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,
> Joris
> 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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