Protecting the foundations of Open Knowledge | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog
"The Open Knowledge Definition (OKD) was one of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s very first projects: drafted in 2005, 1.0 in 2006. By stipulating what Open means, the OKD has been foundational to the OKF’s work, as illustrated by this several-years-old diagram of the Open Knowledge 'stack'. Knowing your foundations seems a must in any field, but even more so in an explosively growing and cross-disciplinary one. The OKD has kept the OKF itself on-track, as it has started and facilitated dozens of projects over the last years. Burgeoning movements for open access, culture, data, education, government, and more have also benefited from a shared understanding of Open in face of 'openwashing' on one hand, and lack of understanding on another. In either case, when works and projects claimed or intended as Open are actually closed, society loses: closed doesn’t create an interoperable commons. A selection of OKF blog posts from the past few years illustrates how the OKD plays a low-profile but essential role in setting the standard for Open in a variety of fields ... In 2008 an Advisory Council was inaugurated to steward the OKD and related defintions. I joined the council later in 2008, and recently agreed to serve as its chair for a year. Since then we’ve discussed and provided feedback on intended-open licenses, in particular an Open Government License Canada proposal, iterated on an ongoing discussion about refinements needed in the next version of the OKD, and made our processes for approving licenses – as well as new council members – slightly more rigorous. We’ve also taken the crucial step of adding new council members with deep expertise in Public Sector Information/Open Government Data, where we expect much of the 'action' in Open and intended-open licenses in the next years to be. I’m very happy to welcome ..."