At the intersection
- 30 minute talk
What happens when government and science meet open source?
The Open Knowledge Foundation brings open source principles to sectors that traditionally keep walled gardens. Not only do we help scientists, academics, clinicians and government officials make their data available, we also manage the coming together of communities with disparate views.
This carries a few challenges, but also many rewards. Many principles and practices common in open source are at odds with those used in other fields. We have found ourselves balancing the needs of individuals and institutions to remain viable while going against established operational and business models. The outcomes have both strengthened the open source movement, and brought unexpected innovations to the new sectors in which it is operating.
This talk will share some of the joys, lows, and techniques we've encountered along the way.