OKCon 2011: FAQ

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about OKCon. If you’ve got any questions that aren’t answered here, please get in touch.

General

What is OKCon?

The Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon), now in its sixth year, is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together individuals from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of presentations and workshops.

What is Open Knowledge?

Open Knowledge is any content or data that anyone is free to re-use for any purpose – from sonnets to statistics, from genes to geodata.

What kinds of talks and discussions can I expect?

Presentations and talks at OKCon will cover any aspect of creating, publishing or reusing content or data that is open in accordance with the Open Knowledge Definition. For some examples of what kind of thing to expect please see the material from last year’s conference. Topics may include:

  • legal and technical aspects of making content and data open
  • open bibliographic data
  • open climate data
  • open data in science
  • open government data and content (Public Sector Information)
  • open knowledge in international development
  • projects related to works that are in the public domain
  • semantic web technologies and open data (e.g. Linked Open Data)
  • open source tools to support the (collaborative) development of open data
  • open source tools for exploring and visually representing open data
  • open textbooks

Who usually participates?

OKCon usually has a diverse mix of participants including scientists, geeks, academics, journalists and policy wonks. We encourage speakers to aim their talk at the intelligent non-specialist.

How do I register for the event?

You can register to attend using our online registration form here.

Early bird tickets cost €40 for 2 days of amazin talks. There may be a limited number of tickets on the door, but to ensure your place advance booking is recommended!

For Speakers

How Long Should the Presentations Be?

  • Most talks/presentations will be 20 min. + 5 min. QA.
  • Some very few talks will be 40min. + 10 min. QA.
  • Lightning Talks are 3 – 5 min.

What A/V Facilities

There will be standard A/V available including a projector and microphones. If you have a non-standard screen connection (e.g. MAC) you should definitely bring your own adapter.

Will There Be Internet

We will have WiFi Connection for all participants. We just ask to use it reasonable. Don’t try to connect all 5 devices you will bring in order not to jam the network.

Travel and Accommodation

How do I get there?

Kalkscheune, Central Berlin

Our conference will be hosted in the Kalkscheune, a building with lots of room for our keynotes, workshops and a lot more space to socialise. We have a big main room and several small rooms, which will be used for workshops. The Kalkscheune also hosted part of the re:publica conference in the last years, so maybe you already know it.

It is easy to reach Kalkscheune, as it is very central in Berlin. You can find many different hostels and hotels around and some of Berlins main attractions are within walking distance. So you can check out the Brandenburg Gate in your lunch break, if you want to. (Though maybe you won’t go, because of all the amazing people you will meet)

Some facts and distances:

Berlin Tegel – 8 km, 20 min Berlin Schönefeld – 21 km, 45 min

Railway station: Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central railway station) – 1.5 km, 10 min U-Bahn Station “Oranienburger Tor” – 250 m, 3 min Motorways A 115/100 exit Kaiserdamm – 10 km, 20 min Trade Fair and International Congress Centrum (ICC) – 10 km, 20 min S-Bahn Station “Friedrichstrasse” – 0,5 km Bus stop Friedrichstrasse/ Reinhardtstrasse – 250 m Brandenburg Gate – ca. 1 km

The Kalkscheune compiled some general information into a PDF (in German).

Where to stay

Our Speakers will stay in Arcotel Velvet, close to the conference venue. You can make a reservation, if you like.

Other Hotels and Hostels can be found here (a list compiled by our host “Kalkscheune” [pdf]) and here (Hostelworld entries for Berlin).

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