Want to get involved with Local Groups? Here are application forms for those interested in joining us as Local Ambassadors, Initiatives or Chapters. More details are on our FAQ and you can also email us here.
The Ambassador role is available for those who want to represent the Open Knowledge Foundation in regions not yet active as Initiatives or Chapters in our network.
On a day to day basis, your community-building responsibilities include moderation of your region’s discussion list, updating your region’s website and writing updates about local activities that we can share with the wider community.
As an Ambassador, you’ll be able to organise events and meetups and act as a local evangelist, coordinator and representative for your region. When there is enough interest to become a Local Initiative, you may lead the application process. You will also be invited to attend our bi-annual summits and engage with other Local Group leaders around the world through our internal networking tools. You will play an essential role in promoting open knowledge in your region.
The Ambassador role is based on a default one-year term assignment which may be renewed annually at the discretion of the Local Groups Council. We encourage the existence of more than one Ambassador in a region, working together and supporting each others’ activities, so please apply even if you see other Ambassadors active.
We also encourage you to collaborate with our thematic Working Groups to widen the breadth of projects and concepts represented in your region. This provides an additional way for you to learn certain specialties and add these to your resume – and to channel some of your already existing talents into your new role!
To apply to become an Ambassador, please fill out the Ambassador Application Form.
For groups working within open knowledge ecosystems in their region who want to become more engaged with the work of Open Knowledge Foundation globally, the Local Initiative scheme is available.
Local Initiatives provide essential opportunities for the public to get directly engaged in their region through meetups and other forms of community engagement. They are champions of the importance of open knowledge globally, and they work to bring different organisations together to facilitate these discussions. Their members contribute to existing tools, working groups and communities such as the Open Science Working Group, OpenSpending and the Open Data Handbook from a local perspective. As a global network, Local Groups (Ambassadors, Initiatives and Chapters) support each other’s activities around the world through bi-annual summits, discussion lists and internal networking.
A Local Initiative’s applicant group may be made up of a combination of Ambassadors, members and interested parties, and it may range in size from a few to a hundred individuals.
To apply to become a Local Initiative, please fill out the Local Initiative Application Form.
Initiatives and Chapters share many of the same functionalities, privileges and responsibilities. However, when an Initiative has been an active part of our community for over a year and decides to become legally incorporated with Open Knowledge Foundation Central in order to get funding or execute its activities abroad on a larger scale, it can apply to become a Chapter.
Chapter requirements include the following:
- Chapters must be incorporated as legal entity within their country.
- Chapters can only be national.
- Chapters have signed a more detailed legal agreement which gives some degree of greater autonomy and freedom over their activities and the use of the Open Knowledge Foundation name.
- Chapters submit quarterly reports to the Open Knowledge Foundation’s central Board as a representative body for their nation.
To apply to become a national Chapter, please fill out the Chapter application form.