Shuttleworth Fellowship

Posted on 21 September 2010

This month, I’m starting a year long Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship. Thanks to Shuttleworth Foundation’s support I’ll be able to dedicate myself full-time to open knowledge and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

I’ll be working to promote open knowledge and open data around the world – open knowledge being any kind of content or data from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata, that can be freely used, reused and redistributed.

Specifically I’ll be:

  • Promoting open knowledge in different domains such as the governmental, scientific, economic and bibliographic. This will involve working to develop communities of advocates and practitioners – organising regular meetings, bringing people together for events, working on standards and consensus building. Initiating and sustaining independent and active communities, using, and promoting open data in different fields is key to advancing open knowledge around the world.

  • Helping to grow the open data ecosystem, for example by adapting the tools and methodologies of the free/open source software community for use with open data. For example, I’ll be working heavily to develop CKAN, an open source registry for datasets. CKAN, which I helped initiate as an Open Knowledge Foundation project, is being used by the UK in its official data catalogue,, and already has community instances in many other countries around the world – including Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, and Norway. There’s lot of interesting work both to extend CKAN and to improve associated tools like datapkg which enable “data developers” to automate working with datasets.

  • Working on specific projects that exemplify the open knowledge development process from end to end – going from opening up the raw data, to cleaning and aggregation, to re-exporting for reuse or integration into end user applications that explore, analyze and present the data. For example, Where Does My Money Go?, a project to allow users to explore and visually represent UK public spending, and Open Biblio, which will be bringing together a substantial of open bibliographic data as well as tools for its use and reuse.