Category Archives: Openness

Patents and Access to Medicines for HIV – a looming crisis

Patents and access to medicines from a 2013 report on AIDS by Medicins Sans Frontieres: Because millions of people need to be initiated and sustained on treatment regimens for life, it is as critical as ever to ensure ARVs [anti-retro-virals] are affordable. Competition among generic producers was instrumental in bringing down the price of the […]

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Creative Commons and the Commons

Background: I first got involved with Creative Commons (CC) in 2004 soon after its UK chapter started. Along with Damian Tambini, the then UK ‘project lead’ for CC, and the few other members of ‘CC UK’, I spent time working to promote CC and its licenses in the UK (and elsewhere). By mid-2007 I was […]

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Shuttleworth Fellowship – Activity in the Last 3 Months

As part of my Shuttleworth Fellowship I’m preparing quarterly reports on what I’ve been up to. So, herewith are some some highlights from the last 3 months. (Previous update – Sept-Dec) Talks and Events Talk at CCSR in Manchester about Open Data Talk at Cambridge Geek Night Workshop at Dev8D Talk at EPSI Platform Berlin […]

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Speaking at Managing Public Sector Information and NCVO Conference

Today I’m speaking at two events in London: Managing Public Sector Information – update: slides The NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organizations) Annual Conference

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Talking at British Library about Open Shakespeare

This Thursday I and James Harriman-Smith will be heading over to the British Library to give a talk on Open Shakespeare and possibilities for “Open Literature”. Update: Slides from the Open Shakespeare presentation Outline This talk will introduce http://www.openshakespeare.org/ — an innovative new approach to Shakespeare’s works, and, eventually, any literary text. The website is, […]

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Open Shakespeare Annotation Sprint

Cross-posted from Open Knowledge Foundation blog. Tomorrow we’re holding the first Open Shakespeare Annotation ‘Sprint’. We’ll be getting together online and in-person to collaborate on critically annotating a complete Shakespeare play with all our work being open. All of Shakespeare’s texts are, of course, in the public domain, and therefore already ‘open’. However, most editions […]

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The Public Domain in 2011

According to http://publicdomainworks.net/ (which I helped build) there were 661 people whose works entered the public domain in 2011: http://publicdomainworks.net/stats/year/2011 Of course, I should immediately state that this is a fairly crude calculation based on a simple life+70 model and therefore not applicable to e.g. the US with its 1923 cut-off (for those interested in […]

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CKAN v1.2 Released together with Datapkg v0.7

This is a cross-post of the release announcement originally put up on the OKFN Blog. We’re delighted to announce CKAN v1.2, a new major release of the CKAN software. This is the largest iteration so far with 146 tickets closed and includes some really significant improvements most importantly a new extension/plugin system, SOLR search integration, […]

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Open Government Data Goes Global – OGDCamp Keynote

This is the keynote I gave as the opening to Open Government Data Camp 2010. Accompanying slides. Keynote Hello and Welcome! I’m Rufus Pollock from the Open Knowledge Foundation. We’re delighted to have such great a group of people here and many thanks to all of you that have come, especially if you’ve travelled a […]

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Data is a Platform not a Commodity

A phrase I’ve been using in talks recently: Data is a platform not a commodity: you build on it rather than sell it. And that’s why it should be open.

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