Today marks a special day: 15 years ago, in May 2004, the Open Knowledge Foundation was launched with explicit objectives to promote the openness of all forms of knowledge - see our first ever blog post at https://blog.okfn.org/2004/05/24/open-knowledge-foundation-launched/.
From humble beginnings, we grew across the globe and pioneered the way the world uses data today, striving to build open knowledge in government, business and civil society - and creating the technology to make open material useful.
But now in 2019, our world has changed dramatically. Large unaccountable technology companies have monopolised the digital age, and an unsustainable concentration of wealth and power has led to stunted growth and lost opportunities. When that happens it is consumers, future innovators and society that loses out. As we reach an important milestone in our journey, we recognise it is time for new rules for this new digital world.
So we have decided to re-focus our efforts on why we were created in 2004, ‘to promote the openness of all forms of knowledge’, and return to our name as the
Open Knowledge Foundation . Our vision is for a future that is fair, free and open. That will be our guiding principle in everything we do. Read more in our anniversary blogpost.
On our 15th anniversary, we want to hear from you: what does “open” mean to you & your community? Let us know in this thread!
Finally, our biggest thanks to all of you for helping to build our open knowledge movement over the past years: we look forward to keep working together on a more open future
Best, Lieke Ploeger
Open Knowledge Foundation