What is the Network
The Open Knowledge Network connects those in the open knowledge movement, enabling people to take action to achieve local impact and collaborate with like-minded communities worldwide. We use advocacy, technology and training to unlock information, to create and share knowledge.
The Network is very interdisciplinary. While we do share a vision and values, the members of the Network all work independently on localised topics, and give themselves thematic priorities based on their local needs.
Anyone with an interest in the open movement can join the Network. There is no prerequirement and we have a low barrier to entry. While we do have technical tools, they are not the main focus of the Network. What we are interested in is bringing together at the same table all different aspects of the open movement.
The Network has historically been led by Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN).
OKFN supports the Network with:
Open Knowledge Chapters share their name with Open Knowledge but are autonomous and independent non-profit organisations that are officially part of the wider Open Knowledge Network. They are country based and are leading organisations working on open knowledge topics.
Since they are independent organisations, the Chapters work on multiple projects and have specific goals for them. Some examples of this are the work on open government data, private data, open access and open science, open GLAM, open transport, freedom of information, etc.
The support OKFN provides is mostly focused on communications and knowledge sharing, as well connecting with other members of the broader open data community. This translates in:
If after being a member of the Network for some time you wish for your initiative to grow into a chapter, this is the process you will need to follow:
Members of the Open Knowledge Network can be established organisations, community meetups, or local activists located anywhere in the world that share views and goals with Open Knowledge. Members have their own structure and governance and can decide whether to carry an official Open Knowledge name or not. They need to abide by the OKFN Code of Conduct and designate at least one representative to be part of the Open Knowledge Global Directory.
If you are interested in open knowledge and want to join the Network activities on a regular basis, get in touch with OKFN: firstname.lastname@example.org. After an initial meeting, you will be invited to join 2-3 Network calls. After 3 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.
Yes, everyone interested in the open movement is welcome to the Network. You can always become a member too, but this is not a requirement. The form of the engagement will be discussed with a Foundation representative.
How we stay in touch
Effective communication is a crucial part of what we seek to focus on with the Network. This section explains how we want to stay in touch in the larger scheme and day to day.
Full Network meetings happen once a month, and last approximately 1 hour.
During these calls we:
The language of the calls is English. If you can’t make it to the calls you can always read the shared notes.
If you cannot attend the calls due to timezone incompatibility, please let the organisers at OKFN know (mail to: email@example.com).
A dedicated Matrix chat has been set up to facilitate real-time as well as asynchronous communication among members of the Network. All members are welcome to join, and to invite people from their community to join. Click here to join now!
We have a dedicated forum for the Network on the Open Knowledge Forums. All members are welcome to join the ongoing conversations or create new ones. On the Forums there is also a space dedicated to working groups, domain-specific groups that focus on discussion and activity around a given area of open knowledge.
Once a year, if funding in the area is available, we gather the Network’s chapters for a face-to-face meeting, happening in conjunction with another event of interest. This is an opportunity to connect, share informal moments with peers, discuss activities and future directions for the Network.