During Open Steps’s journey around the world discovering Open Knowledge initiatives, the existence of a global community of like-minded individuals and groups became clear. Across the 24 countries we visited, we could meet people working on Open Knowledge related projects in every single one of them. Currently, and thanks to social networks, blogs, discussion groups and newsletters, this community manages to stay connected and get organized across borders. However, getting to meet the right people can result a difficult task for somebody without the overview or who is who and doing what, specially in a foreign country.
Me and my travel companion, Margo Thierry, started building a contact list as we met new amazing people during this great journey and finally realized that sharing this information would have a positive impact. That’s how the Open Knowledge directory came to life, with its aim of increasing the visibility of Open Knowledge projects and help forging collaborations between individuals and organizations across borders.
After some iterations we are now releasing a new version which not only features a new user interface with better usability and sets a base for a continuous development that aims to fulfill the goal of connecting people, monitor the status of Open Knowledge worldwide and raise awareness about relevant projects and initiatives worth to discover.
One of the main features of this version is the implementation of the Portable Linked Profiles, short PLP. In case you did not read the article I wrote about the inspiring GET-D conference last month where I spoke about it for the first time, you would like to know that PLP allows you to create a profile with your basic contact information that you can use and share. With basic contact information I mean the kind of information you are used to type in dozens of online forms, from registering on social networks, accessing web services or leaving your feedback in forums, it is always the same information: Name, Email, Address, Website, Facebook, Twitter, etc… PLP tries to address this issue but also, and most important, allows you to own your data and decide where you want it to be stored.
By implementing PLP, this directory does not make use anymore of the old Google Form and now allow users to edit their data and keep it up-to-date easily. For the sake of re-usability and interoperability, it makes listing your profile in another directory so easy as just pasting the URI of your profile on it, listo! If you want to know more about PLP, kindly head to the home page or to the github repository with the documentation.PLP is Open Source software andÂ is based on Open Web Standards and Common Vocabularies.
We invite you now to register on our Open Knowledge directory if you are not there yet or update your information if you are. This directory is meant to be continuously improved so please drop us a line if you have any feedback, we’ll appreciate it.