[okfn-discuss] History of the Open Knowledge Foundation

Lane Rasberry lane at bluerasberry.com
Sun Dec 1 12:10:23 UTC 2013


I have looked a bit and been unable to find anything which covers the scope
of the history. I think that the compilation has never been made. Wikipedia
would be an ideal venue for building this out because it is a place where
different people can work independently to add what parts of the story they

A difficulty with Wikipedia is that the story there must be told by
summarizing and citing whatever is already published by third parties, and
should exclude whatever the Open Knowledge Foundation has said about itself.

I also want this article filled out soon. If anyone has sources that tell
any part of the story, then please share. If anyone wants to join in
writing this on Wikipedia, then let me know and I can meet you there. I can
also give Wikipedia training to anyone who wants it.


On Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga <
everton.alvarenga at okfn.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> is there any place I can find the history of the Open Knowledge
> Foundation? I just know Rufus was one of the co-founders (who were the
> others?) and what is written here
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Knowledge_Foundation
> Since next year the OKF will be 10 years old, it would be great to have
> such kind of information for we understand the roots of our expanding
> network and celebrate it.
> Maybe Rufus and Jonathan (others?), copied here, could tell us about it?
> It'd be great to know who started to write the open definition and why,
> the origin of CKAN, some initial ideas that were dropped out in the last
> 10 years, the reason someone thought it was necessary to create an
> organization that promotes open knowledge in its all forms and her or his
> main motivations etc.. There are a lot of other things I am sure several
> people would like to know. :)
> Tom
> --
> Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
> OKF Brasil - Rede pelo Conhecimento Livre
> http://br.okfn.org
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Lane Rasberry
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