The Annual Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) is a wide-ranging conference that brings together individuals and organizations from across the open knowledge spectrum for two days of presentations, workshops and exchange of ideas.

Open knowledge promises significant social and economic benefits in a wide range of areas from governance to science, culture to technology. Opening up access to content and data can radically increase access and reuse, bridge gaps, improve transparency and thus foster innovation and increase societal welfare.

This is a time of great change. In addition to high profile initiatives such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and the Human Genome Project, there is enormous growth among open knowledge projects and communities at all levels and in many countries. Moreover, in the last year, many governments across the world have begun opening up their data.

And it doesn’t stop there. In academia, open access to both publications and data has been gathering momentum, and similar calls to open up learning materials have been heard in education. Furthermore this gathering flood of open data plus content is the creator and driver of massive technological change. How can we make this data available, how can we connect it together, how can we use it to collaborate and share our work? We will explore these issues, and more, at OKCon.

# About the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms. It is a leader in this field nationally and internationally.

The Foundation’s activities are organized around individual working groups and projects, each focused on a different aspect of open knowledge, but united by a common set of concerns, and a common set of traditions in both etiquette and process. These are explained in more is detail on the governance page, but can be summarized as:

* Open discussion
* Meritocracy
* Tolerance

# Legal Status of the OKF

The Open Knowledge Foundation Limited is a not-for-profit organization. It is incorporated in England & Wales as a company limited by guarantee with company number 05133759. The registered office is 37 Panton Street, Cambridge, CB2 1HL and it is to this address that all correspondence should be addressed. The Foundation is registered with the UK ICO and is on the Data Protection Register under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. We are registered for VAT in the United Kingdom with number 984 4049 89.


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