June 22, 2018

Funding: Open Knowledge International Receives $1.5 Million from Omidyar Network

From OKFN:

Open Knowledge International has received a two-year grant amounting to $1.5 million from Omidyar Network to support the development and implementation of our new civil society-focused strategy. Running until the end of December 2018, this grant reflects Omidyar Network’s confidence in our shared vision to progress openness in society and we are looking forward to using the funds to strengthen the next phase of our work.

With over a decade’s experience opening up information, we will be turning our attention and efforts to focus on realising the potential of data for society. The unrestricted nature of the funding will help us to build on the successes of our past, work with new partners and implement effective systems to constructively address the challenges before us.

2017 certainly presents new challenges to the open data community. Increased access to information simply is not enough to confront a shrinking civic space, the stretched capacities of NGOs, and countless social and environmental issues. Open Knowledge International is looking to work with new partners on these areas to use open data as an effective tool to address society’s most pressing issues. Omidyar Network’s support will allow us to work in more strategic ways, to develop relationships with new partners and to embed our commitment to civil society across the organisation.

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Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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