Recently I’ve been trying to become more acquainted with the various open-source/free-culture endeavours and communities. For those unacquainted, the world of digital openness is generally vast and a little disjointed.

Here I’m posting a “linkdump” of all the resources I could find so far:

Well known groups / leaders

For me, FreeCulture’s manifesto beautifully sums up the general feeling in this space:

The mission of the Free Culture movement is to build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture, rather than a top-down, closed, proprietary structure. Through the democratizing power of digital technology and the Internet, we can place the tools of creation and distribution, communication and collaboration, teaching and learning into the hands of the common person — and with a truly active, connected, informed citizenry, injustice and oppression will slowly but surely vanish from the earth.

IRC Channels

  • #cc (creative commons)
  • #okfn (focus: open data)
  • #libreplanet (focus: free software)
  • #openrightsgroup
  • #eff
  • #freeculture

Other groups/resources

Local meetups/chapters

Anything I’ve missed? Please post a comment.