Everyone should have access to publicly-funded research in all areas, including the latest science, medicine, and culture — both scholarly papers and research data. Essential information such as the results of medical trials, successful or otherwise, should be openly available to all.

Our impact in this area:

Below you can learn more about our work to demonstrate the potential of open data and open knowledge in the area of research, science, and culture. Click through to learn more, connect and get involved.

Working Groups

Open Access

This group is dedicated to the promotion of “Open Access” as defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

Open Archaeology

Act as a central point of reference and support for people interested in open archaeological data.

Open Bibliography

A group to provide information, documentation and solutions around Open Bibliographic Data

Open Definition

A community that is dedicated to promote, discuss, and further develop the Open Definition.

Open Design & Hardware

A community of designers and makers interested in implementing openness in design and hardware

Open Education

Binds together people to promote open data, open educational resources (OER) and open educational practises.

Open Geospatial Data

Bring together practitioners to identify areas for collaboration and to undertake projects pertaining to geospatially referenced data.


Promotes open access to digital cultural heritage held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums.

Open Humanities

Discussing and implementing openness in humanities research and reporting on open projects and resources.

Open Linguistics

Promote the idea and definition of open data in Linguistics and in relation to language data.

Open Science

The open science community builds tools, apps, datasets and guidelines to promote all aspects of open science.

Open Sustainability

The Open Sustainability Working Group seeks to advocate and promote the opening up of sustainability information and datasets.

Open Textbooks

A central point of reference and support for people interested in open textbooks.

Public Domain

A community interested in exploring and facilitating the use and reuse of public domain works.



CKAN is a fully-featured, mature, open source data management solution. CKAN provides a streamlined way to make your data discoverable and presentable. Each dataset is given its own page with a rich collection of metadata, making it a valuable and easily searchable resource.


DM2E is an EC-funded project that is building the tools and communities to enable humanities researchers to work with manuscripts in the Linked Open Web.


Europeana Space (2014-2017) was a best practice network aimed at creating new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the creative industries sector, based on Europe’s rich digital cultural resources.


The LinkedUp Project supports the exploitation of open and linked data available on the Web through a competition and evaluation framework. As part of the sustainability of the project we set up the Open Education Working Group to build a strong network of people interested in open data in education and related open education topics.

Panton Fellowships

The Panton Principles for Open Data in Science strongly encourage scientists and others to place scientific research data into the public domain using an appropriate license or legal tool. The Panton Fellows explore and support this concept. They endorse the Panton Principles for making scientific data open, and promote the value of open data in all areas of science.

Public Domain Review

An online journal & not-for-profit project dedicated to promoting and celebrating the public domain

School of Data

School of Data works to empower civil society organisations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively in their efforts to create more equitable and effective societies.