The Open Knowledge Festival 2014

I had been away this month to Europe to attend the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin, Germany. It was the largest event of its kind and the scale of the event was really dizzying, being attended by representatives of more than 56 countries. I would like to thank everyone, mostly the organizers, for giving me the opportunity to represent India. It had been a great opportunity, I must say, to meet so many enthusiastic people, all focused towards making the world a better informed place. To quote the words of Tagore, ‘…Where knowledge is free…’ Looking forward to see a lot of positive changes now. Find more here…IMG_20140717_125800.2

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The Plans We Have As Proud Members of OKFN India

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Credit: Meera Sankar

Here is a list if things that Open Knowledge Foundation, India, would like to pay more attention to in the coming days:

1. Push for Open Science practices in Indian research institutions. OKFN has been promoting Open Science all over the world for quite some time now. In India, we have a lot of work to do in this respect. We have to involve more and more research bodies in the spirit of Open Science in order to see any considerable progress. Also, encouraging individual researchers to practice Open Science too can go a long way in bringing about a change.

2. More involvement of citizens in the spirit of Open Knowledge. OKFN is fuelled by the thousands of citizen activists all over the world, who devote their time and energy to the common dream of a better informed world. In India, there is a lot of scope for involvement of the masses in order to work towards making ourselves a better managed nation. Constitutional instruments like the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the Right To Information (RTI), etc., lose their relevance without complete transparency in the dissemination of government as well as non-government data. Building a mass-based  system of knowledge-banks can help us a lot in achieving our goal. We can assist the governments for making more information public, wherever necessary.

3.   Push for education.
We would have to work as much as we can in ensuring at least basic education for those children, who are not likely to see the light of education due to various reasons. This is a monumental task, taking into account the gigantic size of the population of India. However, every little helps. Involving the masses can to a great extent result in a quicker transformation of the present scene (for example, we can have citizens making study material open and free and also involve them more in the dispersion of education). We aim to arrange for vocational profession-based education for the adult population. This way, we can work towards uplifting the economy from the grassroots.

Feel free to contact us with your suggestions. Also, tell us how You can help the cause.

Subhajit Ganguly,

Ambassador,

Open Knowledge Foundation Network, India.

New Open Knowledge Foundation Ambassador for India

Photo: Productive OKCon meeting with team members from Berlin, Cambridge, Geneva and Bern! Shaping it up!

It’s official now..As Ambassador I, Subhajit Ganguly, would like to have the co-operation of all my friends in order to make the world a better place for the next generation..We can surely fulfill this dream if we work together..Thanks again everyone for all the support and honour..Let’s make a world that is ‘not broken down into fragments by narrow domestic walls’, a world ‘where knowledge is free’, a world ‘where the head is held high’..Ideas and suggestions are welcome..Also, as my role will involve special emphasis on the liberation and the free dissemination of scientific research, I would like to call on and humbly request the entire scientific community in our country to follow Open Science..Thank you very much..

‘It would be an honour to join the team in the chosen position. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all the support. Together, we definitely would make a difference.’