List members might be interested in this Open Knowledge event we are
organizing which will take place in London in March. One of our
particular aims is to keep space (physical and temporal) at the event
for 'extra', and perhaps unplanned, presentations, demos and workshops.
So if you are working on something related to open knowledge that you'd
like to tell people about please let us know and come along.
Open Knowledge 1.0
Saturday 17th March 2007, 1100-1830
Limehouse Town Hall
Organized by the Open Knowledge Foundation
* Programme: http://www.okfn.org/okcon/programme/
* Registration: http://www.okfn.org/okcon/register/
* Wiki: http://okfn.org/wiki/okcon/
On the 17th March 2007 the first all-day Open Knowledge event is taking
place in London. This event will bring together individuals and groups
from across the open knowledge spectrum and includes panels on open
media, open geodata and open scientific and civic information.
The event is open to all but we encourage you to register because space
is limited. A small entrance fee of £10 is planned to help pay for costs
but concessions are available.
### Open Scientific and Civic Data
* Tim Hubbard, leader of the Human Genome Analysis Group at the
* Peter Murray-Rust, Professor in the Unilever Centre for Molecular
Science Informatics at Cambridge University
* John Sheridan, Head of e-Services at the Office of Public Sector
### Geodata and Civic Information
* Ed Parsons, until recently CTO of the Ordnance Survey
* Steve Coast, founder of Open Street Map
* Charles Arthur, freeourdata.org.uk and Technology Editor of the
### Open Media
* Paula Ledieu, formerly Director of the BBC's Creative Archive
project and now Managing Director and Director of Open Media for Magic
* Fleur Knopperts of DocAgora
* Zoe Young of http://www.transmission.cc/
## Theme: Atomisation and Commercial Opportunity
Discussions of 'Open Knowledge' often end with licensing wars: legal
arguments, technicalities, and ethics. While those debates rage on, Open
Knowledge 1.0 will concentrate on two pragmatic and often-overlooked
aspects of Open Knowledge: atomisation and commercial possibility.
Atomisation on a large scale (such as in the Debian 'apt' packaging
system) has allowed large software projects to employ an amazing degree
of decentralised, collaborative and incremental development. But what
other kinds of knowledge can be atomised? What are the opportunities and
problems of this approach for forms of knowledge other than Software?
Atomisation also holds a key to commercial opportunity: unrestricted
access to an ever-changing, atomised landscape of knowledge creates
commercial opportunities that are not available with proprietary
approaches. What examples are there of commercial systems that function
with Open Knowledge, and how can those systems be shared?
Bringing together open threads from Science, Geodata, Civic Information
and Media, Open Knowledge 1.0 is an opportunity for people and projects
to meet, talk and plan things.