Open knowledge promises significant social and economic benefits in areas ranging from governance to science, culture to technology.
This is a time of great change. High profile initiatives such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and the Human Genome Project demonstrate the momentum that the movement has gathered. Moreover, in the last year, even more governments across the world have begun opening up their data. Open knowledge projects and communities across the world are flourishing, developing strong collaborative ties and finding ever new ways to source and use open data.
How can we make more of 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 2011 in Berlin.
# OKCon: Submit a Proposal
## Important Dates
* **Submission deadline: May 9st, 2011**
* **Notification of acceptance: June 1st, 2011**
* **OKCon: 30th June and 1st July, 2011**
Please submit your proposal via one and only one of the tracks (either Main or Academic).
### Main Track
Submit a presentation or workshop proposal:
### Academic Track
In addition to the main track we also have an academic track. This requires the submission of an extended 5-10 page paper submission and format it according to the LNCS Style. These will be peer-reviewed and appear in the OKCon prooceedings — cf.
[OKCon 2010 proceedings](http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-575/).
Submit an presentation to the academic track:
## Topic Areas
We welcome proposals on any aspect of creating, publishing or reusing content or data that is open in accordance with
### Open Data Technology
* Storage and processing tools including nosql, triplestores, ETL and analytics
* Visualization tools
* Semantic Web and Linked Open Data
* Platforms, methods and tools for creating, sharing and curating material
* Open, decentralized social network applications
### Open Science and Open Data in Academic Research
* Open license models for scientific data, adaptation of licenses for special domain requirements
* Supporting scientific workflows with open knowledge models
* Open models for scientific innovation, for funding and for publication (‘open-access’)
* Tools for analysing and visualizing open data
* Open geospatial data
### Open Law, Society and Democracy
* Open licensing, legal tools and the Public Domain
* Open government data and content (public sector information)
* Open knowledge and international development
* Opening up access to the law and lawmaking processes
### Open Culture, Education and Commons Research
* Open educational tools and resources, open textbooks
* Public Domain digitisation initiatives
* Incentives and rewards for open-knowledge contributors
* P2P production and sustainability models for open content
* Governance of the knowledge commons