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Welcoming our new Open Knowledge International Board

Open Knowledge International - July 23, 2018 in governance, News, Open Knowledge International

We have a series of important announcements regarding our Open Knowledge International governance. With the organisation having been through significant developments over the past years, we are now at a point of stability, with good systems in place and great staff driving the mission. The current updates to our Board of Directors reflect the new energy and drive that will help us achieve the next steps in our journey.
First of all, we are delighted to welcome six new members to our Open Knowledge International Board of Directors. Following a great response to our call for new Board members, we are excited to have these new members to help us effectively challenge and support our ambitions:
  Vanessa Barnett is a commercial lawyer who helps clients who are using technology to innovate or disrupt established ways of doing things. She has supported clients from household-name global brands to nimble start-ups do this for over 15 years, across goods, services and digital.
    Irina Bolychevsky works as data consultant for W3C, Open Data Institute and the UK and Dubai governments. She co-founded redecentralize.org — a project to promote and bring together people working on and interested in decentralised digital technologies. She previously worked at OKI as Commercial Director and CKAN product owner.
  Entrepreneur & data specialist Vicky Brock is Founder of Get Market Fit and Founder and former CEO of Clear Returns. In November 2017 she was named Scotland’s Most Inspiring Business Person by Founders4Schools at the Entrepreneurial Scotland Awards.

  Jarmo Elukka Eskelinen is the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer of the Future Cities Catapult, which help firms develop the products and services to meet the changing needs of cities.       Joining our Board is Dr. Rufus Pollock, President & Founder of Open Knowledge International. He was a member of our Board from its founding in 2004 until 2013, and continued to act as Board Secretary until 2015.     Johnny West is director of OpenOil, a Berlin-based consultancy which uses open data and methodologies to build investment-grade financial and commercial analysis for governments and societies of their natural resource assets. He sits on the Advisory Board of FAST, the only open source financial modelling standard, and is an alumnus of the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship.
  Our long-time Board member Jane Silber has recently stepped down from her position. We would like to express our warm thanks for the great contribution she made to our organisation over the past years, and wish her well in her future endeavours. Helen Turvey continues her role as a much valued Board member. Joining in as Board Observer is Dietmar Walter on behalf of Viderum. As entrepreneurial Chairman, CEO, Non Executive Director and Business Advisor, Dietmar has a track record in setting up, growing and leading global tech, data analytics, software and market intelligence organisations, from start-up through to successful exit. He has held senior positions within the IT industry for the last 20 years and is currently a strategic advisor to several data analytics and software start-up companies. Andrew Clarke, our current Board Observer for Omidyar Network, will be leaving the Board in the near future. We are grateful to Andrew for supporting our Board, as well as supporting our organisation over the years.

Other changes – our new Chair and short term Executive Director

We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Tim Hubbard is the new Chair of the Board, having taken over from Karin Christiansen during the last Board meeting of 12 June 2018. Karin has recently taken on the role of Executive Director (hence the need to step down from the role of Non-Executive Board Chair). The leadership team, Mark Gibbs (COO) and Paul Walsh (CPO), requested that she step-in to assist with leading the organisation while we recruit a CEO. This is very much an interim measure until a CEO is hired. We will soon share more on the CEO vacancy. Finally, we are sad to announce that Mark Gibbs, our Chief Operating Officer since 2015, will be leaving OKI due to personal circumstances at the end of September 2018. He has kindly agreed to flexibility on this. This is much appreciated, as is the thoughtfulness and great work Mark has done for the organisation. He will be greatly missed. We look forward to having our new Board members serve in addition to their governance roles as advocates and ambassadors for Open Knowledge International’s mission – all information on the Board can be found on our Board of Directors page.

Αλλάζοντας Μυαλά με τη Χρήση Ανοικτών Δεδομένων

Χριστίνα Καρυπίδου - July 15, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, ανοικτή γνώση, Νέα

Από τη Javiera Atenas Αυτή η ανάρτηση είναι αναδημοσίευση της αρχικής ανάρτησης στο blog του Open Education Working Group και έχει συν-συγγραφεί από τους Javiera Atenas, Erdinç Saçan και  Robert Schuwer. Ο Έλληνας φιλόσοφος Πυθαγόρας έλεγε:  “Εάν θέλετε να πολλαπλασιάσετε τη χαρά, τότε πρέπει να τη μοιραστείτε.” Αυτό ισχύει και για τα δεδομένα. Όποιος μοιράζεται δεδομένα, παίρνει ένα πλήθος χαράς […]

Η Ανοικτή Επανάσταση: Ξαναγράφοντας τους κανόνες της εποχής της πληροφορίας

Χριστίνα Καρυπίδου - June 13, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτή γνώση, Νέα

Ο Ρούφους Πόλοκ, ιδρυτής της Ανοικτής Γνώσης, με ιδιαίτερη χαρά ανακοινώνει τη δημοσίευση του νέου του βιβλίου για το πώς μπορούμε να κάνουμε μία επανάσταση σχετικά με την ιδιοκτησία των πληροφοριών και την πρόσβαση σ’ αυτές στην ψηφιακή οικονομία. Σχετικά με το βιβλίο Ξεχάστε ό,τι νομίζετε ότι ξέρετε για την ψηφιακή εποχή. Δεν αφορά την […]

The Open Revolution: rewriting the rules of the information age

Open Knowledge International - June 12, 2018 in News, open, Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open/Closed

Rufus Pollock, the Founder of Open Knowledge International, is delighted to announce the launch of his new book The Open Revolution on how we can revolutionize information ownership and access in the digital economy.

About the book

Will the digital revolution give us digital dictatorships or digital democracies? Forget everything you think you know about the digital age. It’s not about privacy, surveillance, AI or blockchain – it’s about ownership. Because, in a digital age, who owns information controls the future.

Today, information is everywhere. From your DNA to the latest blockbusters, from lifesaving drugs to the app on your phone, from big data to algorithms. Our entire global economy is built on it and the rules around information affect us all every day.

As information continues to move into the digital domain, it can be copied and distributed with ease, making access and control even more important. But the rules we have made for it, derived from how we manage physical property, are hopelessly maladapted to the digital world.

In The Open Revolution, Pollock exposes the myths that cloud the digital debate. Looking beneath the surface, into the basic rules of the digital economy, he offers a simple solution. The answer is not technological but political: a choice between making information Open, shared by all, or making it Closed, exclusively owned and controlled. Today in a Closed world we find ourselves at the mercy of digital dictators. Rufus Pollock charts a path to a more “Open” future that works for everyone.
Cory Doctorow, journalist and activist: “The richest, most powerful people in the world have bet everything on the control of information in all its guises; Pollock’s fast-moving, accessible book explains why seizing the means of attention and information is the only path to human freedom and flourishing.”

An Open future for all

The book’s vision of choosing Open as the path to a more equitable, innovative and profitable future for all is closely related to the vision of an open knowledge society of Open Knowledge International. Around the world, we are working towards societies where everyone has access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives. We want to see powerful institutions made comprehensible and accountable. We want to see vital research information which can help us tackle challenges such as poverty and climate change available to all as open information. The Open Revolution is a great inspiration for our worldwide network of people passionate about openness, boosting our shared efforts towards an open future for all.
Get the book and join the open revolution at openrevolution.net, or join our forum to discuss the book’s content.

About the author

Dr Rufus Pollock is a researcher, technologist and entrepreneur. He has been a pioneer in the global Open Data movement, advising national governments, international organisations and industry on how to succeed in the digital world. He is the founder of Open Knowledge, a leading NGO which is present in over 35 countries, empowering people and organization with access to information so that they can create insight and drive change. Formerly, he was the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He has been the recipient of a $1m Shuttleworth Fellowship and is currently an Ashoka Fellow and Fellow of the RSA. He holds a PhD in Economics and a double first in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
 

The Open Revolution: rewriting the rules of the information age

Open Knowledge International - June 12, 2018 in News, open, Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open/Closed

Rufus Pollock, the Founder of Open Knowledge International, is delighted to announce the launch of his new book The Open Revolution on how we can revolutionize information ownership and access in the digital economy.

About the book

Will the digital revolution give us digital dictatorships or digital democracies? Forget everything you think you know about the digital age. It’s not about privacy, surveillance, AI or blockchain – it’s about ownership. Because, in a digital age, who owns information controls the future.

Today, information is everywhere. From your DNA to the latest blockbusters, from lifesaving drugs to the app on your phone, from big data to algorithms. Our entire global economy is built on it and the rules around information affect us all every day.

As information continues to move into the digital domain, it can be copied and distributed with ease, making access and control even more important. But the rules we have made for it, derived from how we manage physical property, are hopelessly maladapted to the digital world.

In The Open Revolution, Pollock exposes the myths that cloud the digital debate. Looking beneath the surface, into the basic rules of the digital economy, he offers a simple solution. The answer is not technological but political: a choice between making information Open, shared by all, or making it Closed, exclusively owned and controlled. Today in a Closed world we find ourselves at the mercy of digital dictators. Rufus Pollock charts a path to a more “Open” future that works for everyone.
Cory Doctorow, journalist and activist: “The richest, most powerful people in the world have bet everything on the control of information in all its guises; Pollock’s fast-moving, accessible book explains why seizing the means of attention and information is the only path to human freedom and flourishing.”

An Open future for all

The book’s vision of choosing Open as the path to a more equitable, innovative and profitable future for all is closely related to the vision of an open knowledge society of Open Knowledge International. Around the world, we are working towards societies where everyone has access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives. We want to see powerful institutions made comprehensible and accountable. We want to see vital research information which can help us tackle challenges such as poverty and climate change available to all as open information. The Open Revolution is a great inspiration for our worldwide network of people passionate about openness, boosting our shared efforts towards an open future for all.
Get the book and join the open revolution at openrevolution.net, or join our forum to discuss the book’s content.

About the author

Dr Rufus Pollock is a researcher, technologist and entrepreneur. He has been a pioneer in the global Open Data movement, advising national governments, international organisations and industry on how to succeed in the digital world. He is the founder of Open Knowledge, a leading NGO which is present in over 35 countries, empowering people and organization with access to information so that they can create insight and drive change. Formerly, he was the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He has been the recipient of a $1m Shuttleworth Fellowship and is currently an Ashoka Fellow and Fellow of the RSA. He holds a PhD in Economics and a double first in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
 

Το ΟK Greece υποστηρίζει τον μαραθώνιο καινοτομίας City Challenge crowdhackathon #smartcity 2

Χριστίνα Καρυπίδου - May 26, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, hackathon, News, Εκδηλώσεις, Εφαρμογές, Νέα

Το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας (OK Greece), πιστός αρωγός σε διοργανώσεις οι οποίες αφορούν στην καινοτομία, στηρίζει το City Challenge crowdhackathon #smartcity 2. Το «Citylab Θεσσαλονίκη» θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 30 Μαΐου 2018, στις 15:00, στο OK!THESS. Έλα να ακούσεις ή να παρουσιάσεις ιδέες και σύγχρονες τάσεις για την ψηφιακή καινοτομία. Έλα να προτείνεις ιδέες για […]

Γενικός Κανονισμός Προστασίας Δεδομένων (GDPR)

Χριστίνα Καρυπίδου - May 26, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, News, Νέα, προσωπικά δεδομένα

ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ Το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας (OK Greece), σε εναρμόνιση με τον Γενικό Κανονισμό Προστασίας Δεδομένων (GDPR), θα ήθελε να σας ενημερώσει ότι οι βάσεις που διέθετε με τα προσωπικά δεδομένα όσων είχαν εγγραφεί στο newsletter του έχουν διαγραφεί. Εάν επιθυμείτε να συνεχίσετε να λαμβάνετε ενημερώσεις του OK Greece, μπορείτε να κάνετε εκ νέου εγγραφή, […]

Συγχαρητήρια επιστολή του DG ENER της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής για το OpEnergy

Despoina Mantziari - March 25, 2018 in News, Εφαρμογές

Στα μέσα του περασμένου Νοέμβρη, η ομάδα του Ιδρύματος Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδος (OK Greece) ταξίδεψε στις Βρυξέλλες ως μία εκ των δέκα φιναλίστ του  EU Datathon 2017, “Reusing European Union open data for jobs and growth – EU Open Data Portal Datathon”, που διοργανώθηκε υπό την αιγίδα της τότε Εσθονικής Προεδρίας του Συμβουλίου της Ευρωπαϊκής […]

Συγχαρητήρια επιστολή του DG ENER της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής για το OpEnergy

Despoina Mantziari - March 25, 2018 in News, Εφαρμογές

Στα μέσα του περασμένου Νοέμβρη, η ομάδα του Ιδρύματος Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδος (OK Greece) ταξίδεψε στις Βρυξέλλες ως μία εκ των δέκα φιναλίστ του  EU Datathon 2017, “Reusing European Union open data for jobs and growth – EU Open Data Portal Datathon”, που διοργανώθηκε υπό την αιγίδα της τότε Εσθονικής Προεδρίας του Συμβουλίου της Ευρωπαϊκής […]

Ανοικτά Δεδομένα και Blockchain: ένας συνδυασμός βγαλμένος απ’ τον παράδεισο;

Despoina Mantziari - March 25, 2018 in Featured @en, News

Blockchain και Ανοικτά Δεδομένα «Αλυσίδες μπλοκ» (Blockchains), κρυπτοσυχνότητες και κατανεμημένες τεχνολογίες: πολλά πράγματα έχουν ειπωθεί (θετικά και αρνητικά), σχετικά με αυτή την αναδυόμενη τεχνολογία. Μια άγρια δέσμη ιδεών έχει προωθηθεί και οι «αλυσίδες μπλοκ» λέγεται ότι έχουν ανατρεπτικές δυνατότητες σε ένα ευρύ φάσμα βιομηχανιών όπως η τραπεζική, ο τομέας του logistics και οι δημόσιες υπηρεσίες. […]