Author Archives: Rufus Pollock

Interview for Radio Österreich in Vienna on Open Data, Open Source and transparency

In March, I gave an interview for Radio Österreich in Vienna on Open Data, Open Source and transparency. Audio: Link to the story which I have also inlined below (in German!) Open Data Sparfuchs Rufus Pollock liebt Shakespeare und Papier, erzählt gerne Geschichten, spricht rekordverdächtig schnell. Und er ist als Gründer der NGO Open Knowledge […]

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In Dublin to talk at Open Repositories 2016 and more!

Next week I’m going to be in Dublin to keynote at Open Repositories 2016 on Thursday, talk in Open Knowledge Ireland’s event on Tuesday and speak again at the CoderDojo summit on Saturday. If you’re in Dublin and interested in meeting up please get in touch. OK Ireland Meetup OR2016 Keynote

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Talk at Open Tech Summit in Berlin May 2016

Talk at the Open Tech Summit in Berlin on 5th of May 2016 Backup of video on If you have ever been online, watched a movie or taken a medicine you have been a user of information. Today information in the form of software, databases and innovations is becoming more important than ever before. […]

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Strong words from WHO on Pharma Industry

From The global pharmaceuticals market is worth US$300 billion a year, a figure expected to rise to US$400 billion within three years. The 10 largest drugs companies control over one-third of this market, several with sales of more than US$10 billion a year and profit margins of about 30%. Six are based in the […]

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My evening seminar in May 2016 at the Faculty of Law as a guest of [CIPIL]

I gave an evening seminar on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at the Faculty of Law as a guest of CIPIL (the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law) with the title: “Making an Open Information Age: Law, Politics and Economics”. Audio from the talk Why does making an open information age matter? How would it […]

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Open Scholarly Publishing

This post outlines how an open model of scholarly publishing would work and how it would be funded. Our current system for scholarly publishing is highly inefficient and poorly suited to the Internet age. An open model would cure many of the current ills as well as offering greater flexibility and greater potential for innovation. […]

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Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt

An exceptional book, articulating and echoing long-held sentiments and provoking new ones. Summary Out of the disasters of 1914-1945 arose key attitudes: Scepticism of unregulated market and willingness to intervene Commitment to social supports and a universalism in their provision Relative equality These then broke down between mid 1970s and early 90s Why did it […]

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A Single Government Website is Hard To Do

Examples of the steps … President [Clinton] directed agencies to take include [in December 1999 memo]: Create One-Stop Access for Existing Government Information. The President directed the Administrator of the General Services Administration, in conjunction with other government entities, to create a portal for government information, based “not by agency, but by the type of […]

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NEF Confusion over Creative Commons Non-Commercial License Being Open

Clear example of an organisation applying a non-open Creative Commons license but thinking it is open: Illustrates the potential for confusion from the use of general Creative Commons branding (people talk about the brand rather than a given license and imagine that all CC license are “open”). For more see: Creative Commons and the Commons […]

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Only the educated are free – Epicetus

Only the educated are free — Epictetus. An excellent aphorism for the value of open knowledge.

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