Open Know-Where Working Group Meeting

Apr 20, 2022

Open Know-Where Working Group Meeting 22.4.20 - Minutes 


OKW - Open Know-Where 

WG - Working Group 

Attendance : 

  • Barbara Schack, Internet of Production Alliance 
  • Max Wardeh Internet of Production Alliance 
  • Minutes: Ronald Tumuhairwe, Internet of Production Alliance 

List of Attendees: 

  • Anna Sera Lowe, Manufacturing Change 
  • Ben Oldfrey, University College London 
  • Pierre Alexis, MakerNet 


  • Introduction 
  • Status update 
  • Roadmap for the OKW Standard and working group 
  • Next meeting 

Action points: 

  • Action Anna - Contact OKW working group members with an update and invitation to continue 
  • Action Barbara - Make sure the standard is mentioned in the May 5th GDDF panel discussion 



  • Round of introductions 
  • Reminder of Goal of the meeting: to draft a proposal for a roadmap for the OKW standard and WG 

Status update: 

  • Governance: the method of communication decided at the last OKW WG meeting was the #iop-okw slack channel. 
  • Progress update: The standard is in active use by Field Ready. The first round of OKW Data awardees is in progress. A "1 year since launch" webinar is in 
    preparation for June. The Makernet/Cosmyx 3D printers publish their OKW profiles. 


  • Sloan Foundation, which covers maintenance and adoption. Targets: 

            o  Adoption: 2-3 rounds of OKW Dataawards. 150,000 points of interest mapped

           o  Maintenance: defining and implementing a process for maintenance of the standard 

MaKe project 

Roadmap for the OKW Standard and the OKW working group: 


  • Validation/Maintenance of the data: 

           o   Find the right balance between quality and quantity of data. Around 18% of data collected so far has been unusable (duplicates or                 low quality). Discussion on what is a minimum level of quality to be validated into the dataset.

               ▪ Anna: we never envisioned that all data points would be collected: very few fields are required (4) 

               ▪ Ben: we could label the data to indicate validation status: validated (+time limit?)/unvalidated 

               ▪ Max: does the current validation rule match with usefulness? 

               ▪ Ben: is there any evidence of usefulness? Use cases, blogs (see notes on adoption below) 

              o    Usability of the standard: a validator form to build? 

         ▪   Maintaining the standard itself: 

           o   What happens when a change request is made? Tools for the process are being built in the processes WG. On the governance of the                 approval processes, this is to be defined by each community. 

               ▪ Suggestion to be put to the Governance task force: build a basic structure that each working group can be built off from 
               ▪ Ask: Is there someone from OKW community interested in joining the Processes WG? 

           o   Making sure the OKW standard that is published is up to date as it is migrated to Pubpub. 

        ▪   Adoption: strengthening uptake and collecting evidence 

           o  Communication: 

               ▪ 1-year webinar: planned for early June.
               ▪ Blog posts, interviews, use cases 
                    ❖ OSM Uganda 

                    ❖ Nepal makerko 

                    ❖ Documenting OKW data awardee's journey 

          o  Creating implementation guides for different sectors: Interviews with people who have been using it and using these interviews to               build guides on using the standard in various contexts 
          o  Tools: 

               ▪ Building a data visualization tool and promoting it 
               ▪ Self-submission form 

Needs of the working group: 

  • More people in the WG 

           o Re-contacting the initial group 

           o New people: the IOPA network has grown, more organisations are using OKW, they should be invited in (Makerko, SomRIL) 

      ▪   People to point to datasets/platforms to "add to the map" 

Next meeting

3rd Wednesday of the month. May 18th. Time to be confirmed.

List of meetings we had this month

·      Open Street Map Updates Meeting – 5th April 2022

·      OKH LOSH Review – 8th April 2022

·      OKH Adoption – 12th April 2022

·      OKW Adoption Roadmap meeting – 20th April 2022

·      Technology Strategy – 20th April 2022