Open Knowledge is what open data becomes when it’s useful, usable and used.
We make sure that everyone has free and open access to the key information, empowering themselves to be able to make decisions about their own lives based on the information that wasn’t available before.
We strongly believe that open knowledge is power and will empower citizens and enable fair and sustainable societies. We see a world where information helps deliver a balance of power; where we are free to make our own choices, with key information and insights available to all leading towards sustainable development. Power can only be held through the openness of key information, inconsistencies will show up more clearly and inefficiencies will be exposed in no time. With the latest research publicly available, the more potential to understand its tangible issues and the probable measures to be taken to curtail challenges such as poverty, health, uneven development, climatic change etc.
The concept of openness is critical: meaning that information is free for anyone, anywhere, to use for any purpose, so that everyone – citizens, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs – have access to the information they need. Recent developments in information and communications technologies are offering new ways for content to be published, connected, discovered and used. This key information includes how governments spend our money – both their plans and the reality – so that they are accountable to citizens, and the laws which govern us, the results of elections, maps and postcode information – the plumbing of modern society. So, we can start to understand these, tackle them, and know if our solutions are working.
So open knowledge is empowering – it helps us effect change and improve the world.
We believe in the power of openness
We seek a world in which open knowledge is ubiquitous and routine – both online and offline. We promote open knowledge because of its potential to deliver far-reaching societal benefits which include the following:
- Better governance: openness improves governance through increased transparency and engagement.
- Better culture: openness means greater access, sharing and participation in relation to cultural material and activities.
- Better research: for research to function effectively, and for society to reap the full benefits from research activities, research outputs should be open.
- Better economy: openness permits easier and more rapid reuse of material and open data and content are the key raw ingredients for the development of new innovative tools and services.