Form Emails to Enquire About the Status of a Work
Email templates for enquiries regarding the status (open or not) of work found on the internet.
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Looks Like it is Supposed to be Open
<code> Hi, I came across your site and the work available there. What you've got looks great and from appearances it seems that the material is intended to be 'open'. However I couldn't see an explicit statement of this fact such as a reference to an open knowledge license so I'm writing to find out what the exact situation is, specifically to ask you whether the material is being made available under an open knowledge license of some kind. Regards, [INSERT NAME HERE] : [INSERT LINK HERE] : http://www.opendefinition.org/1.0/ : http://www.opendefinition.org/licenses/
Doesn’t Appear To Have Thought About It
<code> Hi, I came across your site and the work available there. What you've got looks great and I'd be interested in using it so I wondered whether it is 'open knowledge' in the sense that it can be used, reused and redistributed freely. If it is intended to be open that's fantastic and you might want to consider explicitly licensing your material using an open knowledge license. If it isn't intended to be open I quite understand. In either case I look forward to hearing what the situation is. Regards, [INSERT NAME HERE] : [INSERT LINK HERE] : http://www.opendefinition.org/1.0/ : http://www.opendefinition.org/licenses/
Templates for Emails About Open Definition Web Buttons
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About the Open Knowledge Web Buttons
<code> About the Open Knowledge Web Buttons At the Open Knowledge Foundation (http://www.okfn.org/) we work to promote open knowledge wherever we can. As one part of that we have developed an 'open knowledge definition': [http://www.opendefinition.org/](http://www.opendefinition.org/) This is very similar to the open source definition but it adapted to the case of 'knowledge' -- be that data, content or any other kind of information (some more information about the Definition can be found below as well as on the website). As part of the work in developing the Definition we've produced some open knowledge/open data web buttons which people can use to indicate that the work they are producing is 'open': [http://www.opendefinition.org/buttons/](http://www.opendefinition.org/buttons/) Your project clearly shares exactly the concept of openness set out in the Open Knowledge Definition. I was therefore wondering whether you would consider placing one of these buttons on your site to indicate this (I notice you already have a Creative Commons button on your site).
Why Have an Open Knowledge Definition
<code> Why Have an Open Knowledge Definition The concept of openness has already started to spread rapidly beyond its original roots in academia and software. We already have 'open access' journals, open genetics, open geodata, open content etc. As the concept spreads so we are seeing a proliferation of licenses and a potential blurring of what is open and what is not. In such circumstances it is important to preserve compatibility, guard against dilution of the concept, and provide a common thread to this multitude of activities across a variety of disciplines. The definition, by providing clear set of criteria for openness, is an essential tool in achieving these ends.