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Open Knowledge Network
The Open Knowledge Network connects those in the open knowledge movement across 40+ countries.
Network meeting in Barcelona, May 2022

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a part of a global network with groups in more than 40 countries and counting! We use advocacy, technology and training to unlock information, to create and share knowledge, enabling people to take action to achieve local impact and collaborate with like-minded communities worldwide. We also lead in-depth debates so that we collectively build a social infrastructure that integrates openness as a design principle in our democracies.

Everyone is welcome. Anyone can join. No special skills or background are needed — just an interest in open knowledge. Check below how you can contact us if you, as an individual or organisation, would like to join our global network.

If you want to know more about the Open Knowledge Network activities, and browse through the most important projects, have a look at the Project Repository. In addition, the Network identifies specialists of the open movement to be part of the Open Knowledge Global Directory: a curated and searchable database of people with different expertise areas and language spoken. Go to the Global Directory and remember you can request a specialist today!

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Bridging the Gap: Digital Rights, Sustainability, and Inclusion at #DRIF24

Organised by Open Knowledge Ghana, the event highlighted the crucial role that technology, innovation and digital empowerment can play in tackling the climate crisis.

Common(s) Cause: Towards a Shared Advocacy Strategy for the Knowledge Commons

Join us for a day-long side event to Wikimania 2024 in Katowice, Poland. Our goal is to design a shared advocacy vision for stronger, collaborative work for the Knowledge Commons.

European Commission VP’s roundtable: influencers in the fight against misinformation

An account of Věra Jourová’s official visit to Greece and the need for open data to combat disinformation.

Open Knowledge Network: Introducing the Regional Hubs Prototype Programme

We’re thrilled to unveil today the latest addition to our Network, a programme to foster collaboration and expand our reach and impact across the globe.

Empowering Communities: Open Knowledge Somalia’s Open Street Mapping Workshop

The workshop aimed to enlighten attendees on the fundamentals and applications of open street mapping, a collective method for creating and refining maps with freely accessible geographic data.

The Republic of the Congo opts for the use of biometrics in multi-party elections

The political will to use biometrics as a means of peacefully resolving political disputes and strengthening the credibility of multi-party elections should be seized as an opportunity for the international community.

Connect with a group or individual near you by finding them in the list below. Join their mailing list, follow them on social media, or attend their next meetup. Our groups can always benefit from more friendly faces and fresh ideas — they will be happy to hear from you!

The members operate independently, setting their own priorities for projects relevant to their country or domain. They are connected through the Open Knowledge Network to support each other, to share expertise, tools and materials, and to amplify open knowledge activities around the globe.

Established Chapters

Active Members

Historical Contributors

Everyone is welcome to join the Open Knowledge Network. No special skills or background are needed — just an interest in open knowledge. 

First of all, drop us an email: network@okfn.org.

Before you join though, it's a good idea to get some information and prepare a little bit. Here is the Network Guidelines document, which explains in detail how the Network works and the process for becoming a member.

What you need to know

  • Members can be established organisations, community meetups, or local activists located anywhere in the world. You decide about your structure and governance and whether you want to carry an official Open Knowledge name or not.
  • New members need to abide by the OKFN Code of Conduct and designate at least one representative to be part of the Open Knowledge Global Directory.
  • As a member, you will be the contact point for Open Knowledge initiatives in your country. (Have you checked if your country already has any members? If that is the case, we recommend that you get involved and join forces.)

Getting ready

Check all the requirements and benefits, a.k.a. your rights and duties.
Network Guidelines Check all the requirements and benefits, a.k.a. your rights and duties.
Stay connected, browse and contribute to past and current discussions.
Network Forums Stay connected, browse and contribute to past and current discussions.


If you are familiar with the materials above and want to join the Open Knowledge Network activities on a regular basis, get in touch with OKFN: network@okfn.org.

After an initial meeting, you will be invited to join 2-3 Network calls. After three months you will sync again with a representative from OKFN or the Network to assess the interest in formalising the membership via a Memorandum of Understanding. For your membership to be finalised you will need to be vouched for by two current network members.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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