From makerspaces to data wrangling schools to archives, the digital is being remixed by the open – and it is changing society as we know it. New concepts about public information, transparency and the Commons are combining in unprecedented ways, resulting in a breadth of transformative collaborations across the globe.
The Open Book, a crowdsourced publication released by the Finnish Institute in London and the Open Knowledge Foundation, is an exploration of the social and technological manifestations of this emergent movement, featuring over 25 in-depth thought pieces written by pioneers of openness around the world from London to to Helsinki to São Paulo.
The writers include pioneers of openness such as Open Data Manchester’s JulianTait, IBM’s Ville Peltola, The Guardian’s Simon Rogers, the Open Hardware Summit’s Catarina Mota and the Open Design Now‘s Peter Troxler.
Each of the articles explore a unique aspect of the open knowledge movement and how it has affected work, society and culture across paradigms, from government to business to design to education. Also included is “The Evolution of Open Knowledge”, the world’s first crowdsourced timeline of openness and transparency from 1425 to the current day. The Open Book is an essential reference point for those interested in the culmination of a global movement for change in a time of rapid social progress.
Antti Halonen, Head of Society Programme at the Finnish Institute in London, says:
“The Open Book is a prime example of the unique creativity and vision that the global open knowledge movement has. The book has its roots in Helsinki's Open Knowledge Festival last year and it provides a fitting legacy to this extraordinary event. Editors and authors have done fantastic job in initiating vibrant discussion about openness.”
The print version of the Open Book will be launched for the first time at the FutureEverything Summit and it will also be released for free online under a CC-BY-SA license at theopenbook.org.uk.
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