Open Knowledge International – our new name!

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Notice something a little different? We have had a change of name!

As of today, we officially move from being called “Open Knowledge” to “Open Knowledge International (OKI)”.

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“Open Knowledge International” is the name by which the community groups have referred to us for a couple of years, conveying our role in supporting the groups around the world, as well as our role within the broader open knowledge movement globally. We are excited to announce our new name that reflects this.

Open Knowledge International is registered in the UK, and this has sometimes led to assumptions that we operate in and for the benefit of this region. However, the UK is no more of a priority to Open Knowledge International than other areas of the world; in fact, we want to look more closely at ways we can be engaged at a global level, where efforts to push open knowledge are already happening and where we can make a difference by joining alongside the people making it happen. This is evident by our efforts to support the associated Open Knowledge Network, with a presence in more than 40 countries and cross-border Working Groups, as well as our support of international projects, such as the Global Open Data Index, that both blends open knowledge expertise and draws upon the global open data community. Finally, we are an international team, with staff based in nearly every region, collaborating virtually to promote openness online and on the ground.

By formalising Open Knowledge International as our name beyond the community groups associated with us and to the broader open knowledge movement, we are reflecting the direction we are striving to undertake, now and increasingly so in the future. We are grateful to have such a strong community behind us as we undertake a name change that better reflects our priorities and as we continue to seek new opportunities on a global scale.

We are also planning to transition from the domain name okfn.org for brand consistency and will begin that transition in the coming months. If you would like to discuss this change of name, and what it means, please join in on our forum – discuss.okfn.org.

For revised logos please see okfn.org/press/logos and please contact press@okfn.org if you have any questions about the use of this brand.

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