[opensourcepharma] Fwd: Open Knowledge Foundation: Important announcement regarding the mailing list(s) you manage

Matthew Todd mattoddchem at gmail.com
Wed Nov 20 21:40:23 UTC 2019

Dear opensourcepharma list subscribers,

Our email list will soon be mothballed as part of a bigger migration by the
Open Knowledge Foundation (below). There is an option to move to a forum,
if anyone would like to take that responsibility on, and there is an OSP
Google group <https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/osp-forum> that was
started at the 2019 OSP meeting in Paris. The open source pharma Twitter
account <https://twitter.com/ospinfo?lang=en> is active.

While there is a great deal of R&D activity taking place in various online
platforms, it would still be useful to have a central resource highlighting
such research, if anyone knows of students or volunteers who might like to
take that on (e.g. co-owning Twitter accounts, making email newsletters

With best wishes,


Professor Matthew H. Todd
Chair of Drug Discovery
University College London

Head of Research Department (Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry)
UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AX

T +44 207 753 5568; M +44 7842 483526
E matthew.todd at ucl.ac.uk; Tw @mattoddchem
W ucl.ac.uk/pharmacy/; opensourcemalaria.org/; opensourcepharma.net/

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From: Open Knowledge Foundation <network at okfn.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 at 11:21
Subject: Open Knowledge Foundation: Important announcement regarding the
mailing list(s) you manage
To: Matthew Todd <matthew.todd at sydney.edu.au>

Important announcement regarding OKF mailing lists
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Re: Mailman mailing list: opensourcepharma

Dear OKF friend,

In the past, we used mailing lists to communicate across various Open
Knowledge Foundation projects. Some of these projects remain active and
have a lively community and some have become inactive or evolved into
something different. According to the mailing list database, you are a
(co-)owner, that’s why we’ve contacted you regarding this topic.

We are currently restructuring our support services, and one of the first
actions of this restructure is reducing the number of mailing lists we
host. We will close out the lists by January 31st, 2020.

This decision has come about for three reasons:

   1. Managing the mailing lists and keeping the infrastructure up to date
   represents an effort in terms of resources and administration time that
   Open Knowledge Foundation is unable to meet going forward.
   2. GDPR: EU legislation now requires us to have an active and current
   knowledge of the data held on our websites, as well as the consent of the
   subscribers regarding the use of their personal data, to ensure GDPR
   compliance. Unfortunately, Mailman mailing lists don’t comply with this
   Directive, which means we can’t use this tool any more.
   3. We are currently implementing a new strategy within Open Knowledge
   Foundation which will focus the organisation on several key themes, namely
   Education, Health and Work. We want to keep fostering conversations but let
   groups choose what the best platform is for that.

As we close out the lists, there are a couple of things that we would like
to ask of you:

   1. Please reply to us and acknowledge that this change will happen. In
   case you’re not the right contact, please point us to who should make
   decisions about this mailing list.
   2. If you would like to switch the discussion to our forums at
   *https://discuss.okfn.org* <https://discuss.okfn.org/>, let us know and
   we can help you to set up a dedicated category. This platform helps keep
   things open and allows the whole network to follow along, participate, and
   stay informed. If you like, we could start a new forum category for the
   topic of your mailing list to continue the discussion there.
   3. If you would like to involve other people in this discussion, please
   forward to them and cc me.
   4. We will be keeping an archive of all lists, but currently do not plan
   to keep this public. If you require a copy for your own records, please let
   us know.

Yours sincerely,
*Open Knowledge Foundation*

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