[open-science] Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) 2010: Call for Proposals

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Jan 20 18:16:01 UTC 2010

~~ Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) 2010: Call for Proposals ~~

 * where: London, UK
 * when: Saturday 24th April, 2010
 * www: http://www.okfn.org/okcon/
 * last year: http://www.okfn.org/okcon/2009/
 * cfp: http://www.okfn.org/okcon/cfp/ (deadline: Jan 31st 2010)
 * hashtag: #okcon2010

## Introduction

OKCon, now in its fifth year, is the interdisciplinary conference that
brings together individuals from across the open knowledge spectrum for
a day of presentations and workshops.

Open knowledge promises significant social and economic benefits in a
wide range of areas from governance to science, culture to technology.
Opening up access to content and data can radically increase access and
reuse, improving transparency, fostering innovation and increasing
societal welfare.

This is a time of great change. In addition to high profile initiatives
such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and the Human Genome Project, there is
enormous growth among open knowledge projects and communities at all
levels. Moreover, in the last year, many governments across the world
have begun opening up their data.

And it doesn't stop there. In academia, open access to both publications
and data has been gathering momentum, and similar calls to open up
learning materials have been heard in education. Furthermore this
gathering flood of open data and content is the creator and driver of
massive technological change. How can we make this data available, how
can we connect it together, how can we use it collaborate and share our

Join us to discuss all of this and more!

## Topics

We welcome proposals on any aspect of creating, publishing or reusing
content or data that is open in accordance with
http://opendefinition.org. Topics include but are not limited to:

### Technology

 * Semantic Web and Linked Data in relation to open knowledge
 * Platforms, methods and tools for creating, sharing and curating open
 * Light-weight, adaptive interaction models
 * Open, decentralized social network applications
 * Open geospatial data

### Law, Society and Democracy

 * Open Licensing, Legal Tools and the Public Domain
 * Open government data and content (public sector information)
 * Open knowledge and international development
 * Opening up access to the law

### Culture and Education

 * Open educational tools and resources
 * Business models for open content
 * Incentive and rewards open-knowledge contributors
 * Open textbooks
 * Public domain digitisation initiatives

### Science and Research

 * Opening up scientific data
 * Supporting scientific workflows with open knowledge models
 * Open models for scientific innovation, funding and publication
 * Tools for analysing and visualizing open data
 * Open knowledge in the humanities

## Submission Details

 * Submission deadline: January 31st 2010
 * Notification of acceptance: March 1st
 * Camera-ready papers due: March 31st

We are accepting three types of submissions:

 1. Full papers of 5-10 pages describing novel strategies, tools,
    services or best-practices related to open knowledge.
 2. Extended talk abstracts of 2-4 pages focusing on novel ideas,
    ongoing work and upcoming research challenges.
 3. Proposals for short talks and demonstrations

OKCon will implement an open submission and reviewing process. To make a
submission visit:

  * http://www.okfn.org/okcon/submit/

Depending on the assessment of the submissions by the programme
committee and external reviewers, submissions will be accepted either as
full, short or lightning/poster presentations.

Proceedings of OKCON will be published at http://ceur-ws.org. If you
want your submission to be included in the conference proceedings you
have to prepare a manuscript of your submission according to the LNCS

### Programme Committee

 * Sören Auer, AKSW/Universität Leipzig
 * Christopher Corbin, UK Advisory Board on Public Sector Information
 * Adnan Hadzi and Andrea Rota, Goldsmiths College, University of London
 * Claudia Müller-Birn, Carnegie Mellon University
 * Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge
 * Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation and Emmanuel College,
   University of Cambridge
 * Joseph Seddon, Wikimedia UK
 * John Wilbanks, Science Commons
Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation

Twitter/Identica: jwyg

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