Annual Report, 2011-2012

Annual Report, 2011-2012

The last year has seen an accelerated expansion of the open data movement around the world, and the Open Knowledge Foundation's role in that movement.

We have definitively moved beyond the borders of Europe, and are in the process of becoming a truly global organisation. We now have local groups on six continents, and have recently taken on our first U.S.-based employee. Both of our major conferences this year, the Open Knowledge Conference and the Open Government Data Camp, were held outside the UK, in Berlin and Warsaw respectively. A new Austrian chapter has been incorporated, and chapters in Finland and Belgium are well on their way to full incorporation.

Our organisational expansion, including a large growth in the core team, has enabled increasing autonomy for different aspects of our work. The Open Spending project, established in Spring 2011 and incoporating our flagship WhereDoesMyMoneyGo? project, has gone from strength to strength, and is involved in a number of key initiatives around the world. Of particular note is the team's involvement with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), for which CKAN is powering the registry, and the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), with whom we are offering professional and technical advice. As part of GIFT, we produced a major report, "Technology for Transparent and Accountable Public Finance," which supplies a second pillar to our Open Spending work, tracing the needs of civil society organisations who work with fiscal data.

Our work in the Open Humanities has also proceeded apace over the last twelve months. Long-standing projects such as Open Shakespeare and Open Milton have been consolidated to develop new tools for linking open texts online. The Annotator, first released in May 2011, is developing into a headline project in its own right. Most excitingly, we have received funding from JISC to develop TEXTUS, a platform for working with collections of texts and metadata, that will integrate the Annotator technology to produce new, open-source ways of collaborating and moving between texts. We expect to launch the first exemplar site,, in the coming months. The Open Humanities team have also been getting stuck in with international initiatives such as Digital Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E), for which we are providing the community coordination.

Other key areas of thematic work are Open Bibliography and Open Economics. Both teams have been providing expert contributions to international efforts, as well as developing tools and products within the Foundation. Particularly noteworthy is our work within the JISC Open Bibliography project. Following the resounding success of the first phase of the project in persuading institutions to release their bibliographic metadata, we are now playing a key role in the second phase of the project, developing tools such as BibServer to use the metadata that has been secured.

CKAN continues to be one of our most important activities, and incorporates a number of key projects such as the DataHub and Recline. A lot of work has gone into the development of the new pan-European data portal,, which will be powered by CKAN. Combined with the development of and the numerous new instances of CKAN around the world, this work is edging us towards an increasingly global, interconnected data ecosystem, in which the CKAN software is playing a key role. Efforts have been made over the last year to ensure that open source technologies such as CKAN are recognised as the most natural and safest way to release data openly, and ensure that it remains open in the long term.

Beyond our various tools and services, we have put a strong emphasis over the past year on educational output. The Open Knowledge Foundation believes that open knowledge is not valuable unless it is used, and is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible develop the skills to work with the rapidly expanding output of data. To this end, we have produced two handbooks - the Open Data Handbook and the Data Journalism Handbook - which seek to cover all aspects of working with data in their respective fields, from a basic understanding of why data is important through to the acquisition of technical skills to make data useful. We have also initiated a new project, the School of Data, which will provide online, peer-to-peer training in data "wrangling" skills. We hope to launch the first iteration of the School in Autumn 2012. These projects are important not only for their democratising effects on data usage, but also for ensuring that the right standards of openness are understood and upheld as data becomes increasingly ubiquitous (and valuable) in people's lives.

In sum, it has been a crucial year for open knowledge, and a correspondingly crucial year for the Foundation. To facilitate the expansion in our activities, we have recruited a large number of new staff. We have also taken on two new Foundation Coordinators, Laura James and Marcus Dapp, who are working together with Rufus Pollock to help the Open Knowledge Foundation in its transition to greater organisational maturity. We have been developing more formal structures for the Foundation, to help clarify lines of communication and improve workflow efficiency.


May 2011

  • Annotator first release

June 2011

  • OKCon 2011, Berlin
  • OpenSpending goes live
  • Release of
  • Spending Stories wins Knight News Challenge
  • Winners of the Open Data Challenge announced
  • OKF Austria: Open Government Data Conference 2011, Vienna
  • OKF London office opens at C4CC

July 2011

  • Wikimedian in Residence for Open Science project launched
  • Final Report from JISC Open Bibliography

August 2011

  • TextCamp 2011
  • Launch of the Open Knowledge Index
  • Launch of
  • OKF Germany: Launch of FragDenStaat

September 2011

  • Open GLAM workshop, Warsaw
  • Data-driven journalism workshop, Utrecht
  • OpenSpending v1.0 released
  • Funding secured from Omidyar network

October 2011

  • Open Government Data Camp 2011, Warsaw
  • Launch of Open Spending blog
  • 2nd Open Data LDN meetup

November 2011

  • Launch of TEXTUS
  • Launch of OKF Finland
  • CKAN v1.5 released
  • OKF Germany: Apps für Deutschland
  • Mozilla Festival – initiation of Data Journalism Handbook

December 2011

  • Open Data Day 2011
  • OKF Czech Republic launched

January 2012

  • CKAN and OKF secure EU portal contract
  • Launch of the Panton Fellowships
  • Public Domain Day 2012
  • Open Economics Hackday, London
  • Launch of OpenSpending project on Civil Society Organisations

February 2012

  • Open Data Handbook v1.0 released
  • School of Data announced
  • Launch of OKFN Labs
  • Launch of the Open Licenses Service
  • Open Economics Working Group secures funding from Albert P. Sloan Foundation
  • TEXTUS secures JISC funding
  • BibSoup beta released
  • OKFest announced

March 2012

  • DM2E project launched
  • Panton Fellows appointed
  • The Data Store launched
  • and CityData nominated for Living Labs awards
  • Europe’s Energy wins visualisation award
  • Launch of Greek and Swiss OKFN:LOCAL groups
  • Energy and Climate Hackday, London

April 2012

  • Launch of Data Journalism Handbook
  • Open Data Census 2012 announced
  • New releases of Annotator and AnnotateIt
  • Open GLAM workshop, Berlin

May 2012

  • Technology for Transparent and Accountable Public Finance Report published.
  • YourTopia Italy launched
  • Panton Discussions podcasts released

Tools and Services


The OKFN Labs project was officially launched in February 2012. It brings together various Open Knowledge Foundation experimental and prototype projects. It incorporates projects which were already extant and new projects which have been established since the launch of the Labs. Projects which are currently in Labs are indicated.

  • OKFN Labs

    Open Humanities

    Annotator and AnnotateIt

    The Annotator project was initially announced in November 2010, inspired by the Open Shakespeare project. It is becoming a headline project. In May 2011 the first preview of The Annotator was released. The Annotator is a JavaScript widget that can be added to any webpage to allow inline annotation of its contents. AnnotateIt is a product built on the Annotator platform which allows online storage of annotations. In July 2011, the Open Humanities Working Group won £3000 in the “Inventare il Futuro” competition to fund developments to the Annotator. In April 2012, two new releases were brought out. The Annotator team are collaborating with other groups including and FinalsClub. Annotator and AnnotateIt are part of OKFN Labs.

  • The Annotator site


    TEXTUS is an open source platform for working with collections of texts and metadata. It enables users to transcribe, translate, and annotate texts, and to manage associated bibliographic data. It was first announced in December 2011, prompted by efforts towards a new project, In February 2012 the project secured funding from JISC for its initial development. The first TEXTUS instance will be the new The project has a distinguished advisory board, including:

  • Andrew Bowie, Professor of Philosophy and German, Royal Holloway
  • Nigel Warburton, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Open University and Co-founder of Philosophy Bites
  • David Bourget, Director of the Centre for Computing in Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, University of London

The project will build on existing Open Knowledge Foundation work including the Annotator and BibServer. Currently a prototype TEXTUS platform is being developed, and public domain philosophical works are being selected for inclusion on Textus is part of OKFN Labs.

  • TEXTUS homepage


    As of March 2012, the Open Knowledge Foundation is leading the community work for the three year DM2E (Digital Manuscripts to Europeana) project. In November 2011 (before DM2E officially started) the OKF ran an Open GLAM pilot legal workshop at the Wellcome Collection in London with Europeana, Wikimedia UK and Creative Commons. In April 2012 the OKF ran an Open GLAM legal workshop at the Staatsbibliothek Berlin with Europeana, Wikimedia DE and Creative Commons and an Open GLAM legal workshop in Paris with Wikimedia France and COMMUNIA.

As part of the project we also launched the blog and began mapping key contacts working in the area of open data in cultural heritage across Europe.

  • DM2E project page
  • OpenGLAM Homepage

    Open Shakespeare and Open Milton

    These are projects of the Open Resources in the Humanities Working Group. Open Shakespeare and Open Milton have continued to develop, with the launch of both Annotator and TEXTUS establishing them as prototypes in a broader project on the relationship between technology and texts. In September 2011, Open Shakespeare also hosted a series of articles on “Shakespeare and the Internet”.

  • Open Humanities Working Group Homepage -
  • Open ShakespeareOpen Milton and Open Correspondence

    The Public Domain Review

    The Public Domain Review had a strong first year. It now has over 1800 subscribers, and 1000 unique visitors every day.

  • The Public Domain Review

    Open Bibliographic Data

    JISC Open Bibliography and Open Biblio 2

    The OKF were partners in the successful JISC-funded Open Bibliography intiative, which secured the release of large amounts of bibliographic metadata. The final report from that project was published in July 2011.

The Open Knowledge Foundation secured a second year of JISC funding for work on open bibliographic data, to be carried out in partnership with Cambridge University Library, building on the data releases secured in the first year. JISC Open Biblio 2 began in September 2011, and finishes in June 2012. We have organised a number of hack days and code sprints to build on the tools that we are developing for the project.

  • Final report from JISC Open Bibliography
  • JISC Open Biblio 2 Project Page

    BibServer and BibSoup

    BibServer is a tool for sharing collections of bibliographic metadata. It has been refined as part of the Open Biblio 2 project, with a number of sprints taking place from May to August 2011. In February 2012, we launched, an exemplar of what can be built using BibServer. BibServer is an OKFN Labs project.

  • BibServer Homepage

    Public Domain Calculators and Public Domain Works

    The focus of these projects is now to work with existing collections to help identify the public domain works within those collections, rather than to develop a standalone website.

The latest version of our public domain calculators has recently been released. These are now linked with the national copyright flowcharts developed as part of the Europeana project. The back-end has been rewritten to allow for national calculators to be written as simple RDF files that subsist independently of the underlying code, making them extensible and maintainable. There remains further work to do in improving accuracy, as single-source metadata is often improperly formatted or incomplete.

  • Public Domain Works Homepage
  • Most recent Public Domain calculator release
  • Europeana national flowcharts

    Open Economics

    Open Knowledge Index

    In the autumn of 2011, the Open Economics Working Group created the Open Knowledge Index designed to measure and track countries' progress in opening up information, data and knowledge in a broader sense to the public.

  • Open Knowledge Index

    YourTopia and YourTopia Italia

    In May 2012 the Open Economics Working Group created YourTopia Italia which is an application for a user-defined multi-dimensional index of regional social progress in Italy. The application won a special prize at the Apps4Italy competition, organised by the Italian Ministry of Public Administration and Innovation and a panel of experts, looking for useful and interesting solutions using Italian public data. This is an OKFN Labs project.

  • YourTopia:Italia

    Open Spending

    In June 2011, the Open Spending website went live. Open Spending now incorporates the long-running WhereDoesMyMoneyGo? project, the Spending Stories project, and works closely with the OKF Deutschland Offener Haushalt project. OpenSpending v0.10 was released in September 2011.

In July we released visualisations and data on the Ugandan budget and aid receipts, in collaboration with Publish What You Fund, which were published in the Guardian in November. In October 2011 the Open Spending blog was launched, with a focus on developing our Spending Stories ideas by encouraging journalist-programmer interaction. The Open Spending team have also been involved with the development of the Data Journalism Handbook.

The project was nominated in the Living Labs Global Awards in March 2012. It is a project to create a mobile app that uses augmented reality to promote participatory budgeting. We have received some interest in funding the project for development.

  • nomination announcement (blog post)

    GIFT and Technology for Transparent and Accountable Public Finance

    The Open Knowledge Foundation is participating in the Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), providing legal and technical advice on openness.

In January 2012, with the support of the Open Society Institute, we began a project to map the technology needs of Civil Society Organisations around the world in relation to public spending and budget information. The report was published in May 2012, and presented at that month’s GIFT conference in Brasilia.

  • GIFT Homepage
  • Publication of TTAPF report (blog post)


    The Open Knowledge Foundation became a partner in the International Aid Transparency Initiative, to make data about aid spending easier to access, use and understand. CKAN is powering the IATI registry. The data has then been loaded into OpenSpending to create visualisations.

  • IATI Registry
  • Briefing about IATI on OpenSpending


    In June 2011 we released new visualisation for Open Spending. The BubbleTree can be used to display any hierarchical (spending) data in an interactive visualization. The setup is independent from the OpenSpending platform, but has an optional integration module to connect with data from the OpenSpending API. This is an OKFN Labs project.

  • Launch of visualisations
  • BubbleTree homepage


    CKAN has now been running for five years, and continues to be one our most important products. In May 2011 we released CKAN v1.4, including a number of extensions such as the storage extension, harvesting of metadata from other sources, and automatic link checking. Successive releases in July, August and September culminated in the release of v1.5 in November 2011, including geospatial features. CKAN v1.6 was released in March 2012, including live data previews and visualisations; major improvements to datasets, resources, and groups; and a QA (quality assurance) extension, which automatically calculates ‘5 stars of openness’ scores and keeps track of broken links. In May 2012, v1.7 was released.

The datapkg command-line tool was renamed “dpm” in October 2011, and released in v0.9.

In August 2011, Austria adopted CKAN as its default data registry for all open government data and software; in January 2012 Serbian and Estonian instances of CKAN were established; and in March 2012 a Chicago instance was launched. As of March 2012, CKAN powers over 40 data hubs globally, and includes around 3300 datasets.

  • CKAN homepage
  • CKAN blog
  • DPM project archive

    The DataHub was renamed the DataHub in July 2011, to clarify the distinction from, the software site. This has enabled us to focus more clearly on the end users of the DataHub, as opposed to the portal owners running instances of CKAN. In March 2012 we launched theDataStore, a feature for the DataHub which allows users to store and load structured data into a database. A new release of the DataStore accompanied the release of CKAN v1.7 in May 2012, adding a number of new features.

  • The DataHub
  • Introducing the DataStore (blog post)


    The Recline Data Explorer was launched in February 2012. It is an open-source tool for exploring and visualising data through your browser, and is used on the DataHub for browser-based visualisation of structured data. CKAN v1.7, released in May 2012, permitted a number of important developments in Recline, including table view, graphing and mapping. Recline is an OKFN Labs project.

  • Recline

    LOD2 and

    The Open Knowledge Foundation is a partner in the pan-European LOD2 project, a four year Linked Open Data project for Europe. In January 2012, it was announced that CKAN would power the new European Commission data portal, The Foundation will also be helping to build the site. The site is expected to go live in June 2012.

  • LOD2 Website was announced in June 2011. It is a registry of open data catalogues around the world. It includes those powered by CKAN as well as many other open data catalogues. It is part of an effort to improve standards and interoperability across open data catalogues. As of May 2012 there are 250 registered catalogues available.


    Get the Data

    Get the Data, our tool for asking and answering data-related questions, continues to be well-used. Over 250 data queries have been asked and answered since its launch, with some queries gaining several thousand views.


    Other tools


    Pybossa is a free, open source platform that for creating and running crowd-sourcing applications that utilise online assistance in performing tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or intelligence such as image classification or transcription. It takes over from the Data Digitizer project, first announced in November 2011. Pybossa was intitiated in Spring 2012, and will be launched in June 2012. It is an OKFN Labs project.

  • Pybossa Homepage
  • Launch of the data digitiser

    Europe’s Energy

    Europe's Energy, a standalone project offering visualisations of energy targets and consumption in the EU, was awarded a prize at the Malofiej visualisation awards in March 2012. This is an OKFN Labs project.

  • Europe's Energy

    Versioned Domain Model

    The Versioned Domain Model project has been incorporated into OKFN Labs.


    Cause and Community


    As open data and content become increasingly important issues, the standards and principles that were have outlined for them become increasingly essential in protecting the data commons.

    Open Definition

    The Open Definition was translated into Bulgarian in June 2011, and into Telugu in November 2011. There are now tranlsations of the definition into 27 languages.

In February 2012 we launched a new service, the Open Licenses Service, as part of the Open Definition project. The service provides information for those licenses which conform to the Open Definition and the Open Source Definition.

We also now offer a series of web buttons which can be used to indicate that the material being distributed is open.

  • Open Definition Homepage
  • Open Licenses Service

    Open Data Commons

    Open Data Commons remains an active Open Knowledge Foundation project, but does not have anything to report this year.

  • Open Data Commons

    Panton Principles and Open Bibliography principles

    The Panton Principles for Open Science have been translated into ten languages. As part of our promotion of the Panton Principles we appointed two “Panton Fellows” in Spring 2012, each of whom receives a one year stipend from the Foundation to support their contribution to open science. We also launched the Panton Discussions, a series of open science podcasts, in May 2012.

The Open Bibliography principles have been translated into seven languages, including German, Hungarian, and Norwegian.

  • Panton Principles Homepage
  • The Panton Fellowships
  • The Panton Discussions
  • Open Bibliography Principles Homepage


    As Open Knowledge has gained greater profile in the public sphere, we have tried to invest time and attention in ensuring it is accessible to as many people as possible.

    DDJ Handbook

    The Data Journalism Handbook was launched in April 2012 following a series of events through the year around data journalism. In collaboration with the European Journalism Centre, we ran a series of sessions including a 48 hour workshop at the Mozilla Festival in London in November 2011. The handbook was released at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia. The handbook attracted a high number of contributors both from the developer and journalist communities, including:

  • Sascha Venhor, Zeit Online
  • Pedro Markun, Transparência Hacker
  • Sarah Slobin, Wall Street Journal
  • Simon Rogers, The Guardian
  • Mario Blejman, Hacks/Hackers, Buenos Aires

  • The Data Journalism Handbook

    Open Data Handbook

    In Autumn 2010, the intial text for an “Open Data Manual” was put together through book sprints in Berlin and at the Open Government Data Camp 2010. The project was expanded to produce the Open Data Handbook, which was released in February 2012. It discusses the legal, technical and social aspects of open data, with a particular focus on government data.

  • The Open Data Handbook
  • Launch of the Open Data Handbook (blog post)

    School of Data

    The School of Data was announced in February 2012. It is a joint venture between the Open Knowledge Foundation and Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), providing online training for data “wrangling” skills. It incorporates the Data Wrangling Handbook (previously, which is currently under development. We expect to launch the first iteration of the school in Autumn 2012.

  • The School of Data
  • The Data Wrangling Handbook
  • Announcing the School of Data (blog post)

    Working Groups

    The Open Knowledge Foundation now has over twenty working groups working in areas from science to literature, and archaeology to government data. In the last year we have seen a growth in the number of working groups, as well as shifts in existing working groups to reflect changes in their activities. New working groups are detailed below:

    @ccess Working Group

    A new working group focusing on open access in scientific research was established in February 2012. Currently members include:

  • Tom Olijhoek, Dutch Malaria Foundation (WG coordinator)
  • Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge
  • Björn Brembs, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Jenny Molloy, OKF
  • Mike Taylor, Index Data

The groups aims to establish a universally accepted definition of open access, and is using the Budapest Open Access Initiative Definition. The group aims to:

  • Provide a focal point for the different open access initiatives by adhering to one basic definition for Open Access
  • Find BOAI-compliant material, and show how it can be re-used.
  • Build, stimulate and aggregate open-science communities centred around these themes
  • Provide a social platform for scientists and citizens for discussion, collaboration and sharing of knowledge
  • Build a new generation of tools to maximise the value of open access publishing

  • Working Group Homepage

    Open Design Working Group

    A new working group for open design was established in March 2012, with the collaboration of Aalto University Media Factory. Current members include:

  • Kat Braybrooke, OKF (WG coordinator)
  • Massimo Menichinelli, Aalto Media Factory (WG coordinator)
  • Cindy Kohtala, Aalto University
  • Peter Troxler, Fab Lab
  • Andrés Múnera, Universidad Pontificia Bolovariana

The group will focus on Open Design in all its various facets (from design as a blueprint to design as process to design as an artefact) and applications (product design, graphic design, fashion design etc). The group aims to:

  • act as a central point of reference for the development of Open Design in theory and in practice
  • develop a shared Open Design Definition
  • identify relevant ‘open’ projects that designers can get involved with, curate collections of open material, and develop domain-specific guides
  • collaborate with designers, artists, hackers and makers across the spectrum of the field as a hub for low cost, community-driven projects around Open Design

  • Working Group Homepage

    Local Groups and Chapters

    The establishment of OKFN affiliated groups and chapters around the world has been one of our biggest areas of expansion in the last year. Local groups and chapters are known collectively as OKFN:Local. We have established a procedure for the incorporation of local groups as official OKF Chapters, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Open Knowledge Foundation in the UK and the establishment of a suitable legal framework to allow autonomous expansion.

    Chapters and incubating chapters

  • Germany

Our first chapter, established in 2010, has been going from strength to strength. In August 2011, it launched a new freedom of information portal for Germany, FraagDenStaat. It organised the Apps for Germany competition, announced in July 2011 and launched in November 2011. It is running, the unofficial portal for German public sector information which is powered by CKAN. It also ran an Open Aid Hackday in Berlin in September.

The OKF's Austrian chapter was established in June 2011. In the same month, they organised the Open Government Data Conference 2011 in Vienna attracting a wide range of stakeholders from the national and international community. In August 2011 they helped to secure the adoption of CKAN and CC-BY as the national defaults for the release of open government data in Austria. In March 2012 they hosted a session to assist the OKF Czech group develop open data in the Czech Republic, and organised an Open Data and Business Day in Vienna. They also supported the cities of Vienna and Linz to launch their open data portals in May and October 2011 respectively.

The Belgium Chapter is currently incubating, in preparation for incorporation as an OKFN Chapter. It has a members' wiki, and the homepage is currently under construction. The first public meeting was held in November 2011, and a founders' meeting was held in February 2012.

The Finland chapter is currently incubating, in preparation for incorporation as an OKFN Chapter. The first public meeting of the chapter was held in November 2011, and the chapter now has monthly meetups. The chapter is helping organise this year's OKFest in Helsinki.

  • OKFN Finland Homepage

    Local Groups

    There are now twelve local groups at different stages of development. Local groups will establish a discussion list, a public homepage, a member’s wiki, and local meet-ups. The OKFN:Local groups are:

  • Brazil
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Australia
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Bosnia and Herzegovnia
  • Bulgaria

  • OKFN:Local webpage


    Open Knowledge Conference (OK Con) 2011

    This year's Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) took place in Berlin from June 30th to July 1st. It was preceded by 3 days of hackdays and workshops. The event brought together around 400 people from across the Open Knowledge spectrum. Speakers included:

  • Glynn Moody, technology writer
  • Nigel Shadbolt, Web Foundation and UK government advisor
  • Tariq Khokar, World Bank
  • Nickolay Georgiev, Open Source Ecology

You can find post-event information, including video, photos and slides, on the post-event information page:


    Open Government Data Camp 2011

    The second Open Government Data Camp took place in Warsaw on the 20th and 21st October 2011, with satellite events running from the 17th to 26th October. We hosted the event in partnership with Centrum Cyfrowe. Over 400 representatives from 40 countries attended, making it the world's largest Open Government Data event. Speakers included:

  • Ellen Miller, Sunlight Foundation
  • Neelie Kroes, European Commission
  • David Eaves, open data advocate
  • Tom Steinberg, MySociety
  • Chris Taggart, OpenCorporates

Full post-event information, including video, photos and slides, is available on the post-event information page:



    The OKF has put a growing emphasis on meetups over the last year, as part of our push to develop more local nodes around the world. We have a Meet-ups site for the planning of regular local meetups. There are currently 58 OKFN communities registered on the Meetups site, many of whom are meeting on a monthly or bimonthly basis.

  • The Open Knowledge Foundation's Meet-up site

    Workshops and Hackdays

    We have organised a growing array of workshops on specific themes across the field of open knowledge. In August 2011 we organised a TextCamp in London, which started the process of building up our Annotator project and building towards our new TEXTUS project. From September to November 2011, we organised a series of workshops and hackdays around data journalism, in conjunction with the European Journalism Centre, which ultimately led to the Data Journalism Handbook. As part of the International Open Data Day 2011, we held a hackday in December 2012 that brought together our OpenSpending and CKAN teams. The Open Economics Working Group organised two Hackdays in 2012: on January 28th about Measuring Social Progress, and on March 3rd about Energy and Climate.

  • TextCamp 2011, London
  • Data-Driven Journalism workshop series: Utrecht, SeptemberWarsaw, OctoberLondon (Mozilla Fest), November
  • Open Data Day 2011
  • Social progress hackday and Energy and Climate hackday.

    Talks and conference

    We have participated in numerous events across the world. Representatives from the OKF have given talks and presentations at events including:

  • OpenTech 2011, London, May 2011
  • OpenCamp, Bulgaria, June 2011
  • Visualising Europe, Brussels, June 2011
  • The Open Government Partnership meeting, Washington, July 2011
  • Africa@Home, Cape Town, November 2011
  • Free Culture Forum, Barcelona, November 2011
  • Lift2012, Geneva, February 2012
  • Open Data Cities conference, Brighton, April 2012

    Plans for the next year

    The Open Knowledge Foundation will continue to expand over the coming year, taking on new staff to enable us to meet our growing commitments. We are going to continue investing in the expansion of our global network, and hope to see more groups become fully incorporated as legal chapters of the OKFN. This year we plan to merge our two annual conferences, OKCon and the Open Government Data Camp, into one event, OKFest, to be held in Helsinki in September 2012. This event will be significant for the profile both of the Foundation and of open knowledge in general, and is set to be the world's biggest ever open data event.

We will be seeking to expand our role in the burgeoning number of international initiatives around open data, such as GIFT and the Europeana project. We see the professional and technical services we can offer to such initiatives as being a very significant aspect of the value-generating work that the Foundation engages in. As we maintain our commitment to openness, we are finding new ways to ensure the financial sustainability of the Foundation, and such professional and technical skills are a key element in that model.

We will also continue to build on our research and educational efforts from the last year. We would like to continue augmenting our Handbook series, to develop a full set of guides on openness in all the many fields with which we are engaged. The School of Data will be an important part of these endeavours. We aim to provide the standards and expertise for institutions seeking to become more open, as well as using those standards to help to protect the digital commons from enclosure.

A significant focus for this year will be the consolidation of our existing work, including clarification of our organisational structures and chains of communication. This work is essential for organisational sustainability as we move into a new phase, with shifts in our intra-organisational relationships. We aim to achieve these changes with the input and cooperation of all of the Foundation team, to ensure we retain our core values despite the changes in scale. To this end, we will be conducting a survey of all paid staff in June 2012, followed by a summit for the core team in July 2012, which together will address issues of organisational identity and structure. We will be refining and clarifying the visions and aims, both of the Foundation as a whole, and of constituent projects such as CKAN and Open Spending.


Board of Directors

  • James Casbon
  • Jordan Hatcher
  • Becky Hogge
  • Martin Keegan
  • Ben Laurie
  • Paula Le Dieu
  • Dr Rufus Pollock

    Advisory Board

  • Dr Sören Auer
  • Christopher Corbin
  • Dr Tim Hubbard
  • Paula Le Dieu
  • Benjamin Mako Hill
  • Glyn Moody
  • Dr Peter Murray-Rust
  • Professor John Naughton
  • Professor Hans Rosling
  • Professor Peter Suber
  • Mark Surman
  • Nat Torkington
  • Jo Walsh


  • Dr Ian Brown

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. It is incorporated in the United Kingdom as a company limited by guarantee with company number 5133759. The registered office is 37 Panton Street, Cambridge, CB2 1HL, UK

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