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2023:Program/Community Initiatives/LVFXYW-Updating the Open Definition to meet the challenges of today

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Title: Updating the Open Definition to meet the challenges of today


Sara Petti

Sara works with communities. She leads the Open Knowledge Network and manages the Frictionless Data community. She is also project manager. Sara has previously worked in EU policy research, advocacy, and communications. She has managed projects on digital education with schools and public libraries from all across Europe. Sara is an enthusiast of the open movement and strongly believes in removing barriers and opening knowledge as a means of empowering citizens and fostering democracy. She has studied comparative literature and political science, and is currently based in Bologna, Italy. She speaks English, French, Italian, and German.

Carol Matos

Carol Matos is OKFN’s Partnerships Lead from Brazil, building cooperation and connecting organizations and institutions to strengthen the open movement worldwide. With 20 years of experience coordinating cultural and educational projects, she has been serving as a liaison for a broad variety of digital communication initiatives in Brazil and Spain. With a passion for the intersection of technology and culture, she is also an art historian and obtained her PhD at Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a thesis on the impact of digital experiences in the GLAM environment. In the past years, Carolina was also a curator for open data projects in South America and with the support of Wiki Movimento Brasil, with a focus on data decolonization. She speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and is always trying to find the most creative way to build solid and fun bridges between the digital world and people.

Nikesh Balami

Nikesh is an open data advocate and tech researcher based in Nepal. He is a strong supporter of open source software and believes in the vision of Open Knowledge to empower citizens regarding technology usage and open data. He loves coffee chat, tweeting, hackathons, blogging, traveling, and open data. As an International Open Data Lead, Nikesh works closely with Open Data communities from all over the world. He also leads Open Knowledge Nepal, one of the active networks of OKF since 2013.

Patricio Del Boca

I’m an Information Systems Engineer and Open Knowledge activist. I enjoy working on civic tech projects and data analysis. Big fan of the Open Data Movement. Proud member of Open Data Córdoba and CKAN core developer.

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Room: Room 324

Start time: Tue, 15 Aug 2023 18:00:00 +0800

End time: Tue, 15 Aug 2023 19:00:00 +0800

Type: Workshop

Track: Community Initiatives

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 60 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The Open Definition (https://opendefinition.org/od/2.1/en/) is one of the most historically important collaborative works for the open movement. However, over the years and due to the emergence of new technologies, identities and enclosures, we at Open Knowledge feel that this work needs to be expanded, including more voices, diversity, and cultural contexts. We want to invite the Wikimedia communities to a hands-on session to create a document about what, why and how the Open Definition should be reviewed. Join us in thinking what “open” means today!

Description[edit source]

The Open Definition initiative was a collaborative process led by the Open Knowledge Foundation more than a decade ago that created a consensus among experts by defining openness in relation to data and content, in a collaborative, open process with volunteer leading experts in the field, who did a remarkable job.

It specified what licences for such material may and may not stipulate to be considered open. It turned out to be one of the most historically important collaborative works for the open movement.

It was mission accomplished at some point, and there was no pressing need to review it – just to maintain it and observe how the open knowledge ecosystem was adopting it. It got translated into 41 languages by volunteers, it made it to Wikipedia and it influenced state and municipal policies, academia, and beyond.

However, technology and policy have profoundly changed since the 2.1 version, its last update from 2016. Since then, technology, society and conversations around what should be open and shared have expanded in geography and complexity.

The rethinking of the Open Definition and the update of its council is a priority for OKFN in 2023. We want to keep its continuity and energise new communities and movements around it, introducing the concept to a new generation of think-and-do leaders. There is a need to revisit concepts and relaunch debates to reach a consensus on what we mean by “open” and how can policymakers and communities guide their legal and policy choices better to preserve and advance access to knowledge, innovation and creativity.

The first initiative of this project was a participatory workshop at Mozilla Festival (March 23rd, 2023) and we will participate in other events with a global reach in the open knowledge community during this year, which is why we understand that a Wikimedia Foundation community event is a mandatory stop for this discussion.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

Rethinking the open definition is an action that is directly related to the theme of the conference, as in addition to being a collaborative effort, it needs input from the global community so that the diversity of points of view is reflected in the outcome. We at Open Knowledge feel that the Wikimidia Foundation Community must be involved in the discussion and Wikimania 2023 is the perfect opportunity to engage participants and disseminate the initiative globally.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Tick Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand