The Origin of Open Culture
The idea of open culture was born from the open source movement. The movement advocates that the source code of software should be open and allow people to access freely. As the movement moves forward, its spirit of openness, transparency, and accessibility have been applied to formations of file formats, digitalization of various kinds of data, and work processes of industries and organizations.
We believe openness makes the world better.
We strive to establish the foundation of open source culture.
We value the culture and development of open source and technology communities.
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In 2020, nine new communities have started their cooperation with OCF, which is an important force to move Taiwan’s open source ecosystem forward in this year of challenge.
Running a community requires a lot of work, including hiring, contracts, tax, and dealing with accounting and fiscal affairs. Most of the community members are students or employees at the same time, so the above work could be a huge burden. Moreover, some parts of the work can’t be done without a legal entity. Addressing this problem, OCF is here to assist communities in administrative works.
OCF has initiated the OSCVPass, enabling open source contributors to get their admission tickets to attend open source related conference in Taiwan through a one time application. By applying for OSCVPass, open source contributors can acquire various discount admission tickets or benefits of open source related conferences and events. In 2020, there were 212 applicants, and 168 of them have been accepted and granted benefits by SITCON, COSCUP, MOPCON, g0v Summit.
Picture on the left：AW-75068, COSCUP on Flickr, CC BY-SA
The concept of freedom and open source is applied everywhere in our daily life. That’s why OCF has held 20 series events to update the general public on new trends of open source. Topics of these events included the ABCs of open source, open source compliance management, methods to sustain an open source community, applications of open source in 5G telecommunications projects, and various subjects on open source. These events have attracted more than 800 participants in total.
Picture on the left：JRY_0569, COSCUP on Flickr, CC BY-SA
Digital technology has been penetrating our society and made our lives easier. However, concerns about personal data breaches, infringement of privacy, manipulation of public opinion, and the spread of infodemic are growing as our use of digital technology is increasing. Addressing this challenge, OCF strives to advance internet freedom through advocacy, gatherings, connecting international and domestic communities, and various approaches that can raise people’s awareness.
Picture on the right：民主意象, Studio Incendo, CC BY 2.0
In 2020, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan have respectively initiated the Open Government National Action Plan and the Open Parliament Action Plan according to international standards on Open Government. OCF joined this initiative as a partner in civil society, holding Open Government workshops in cooperation with the government. Through these workshops, OCF and government representatives have shared the goal and international practices of open government with about 100 in-person and more than 1,000 online attendees. Also, OCF has served as one of civil society members for the first Open Parliament Committee, and thus will practically participate in the formation of Open Parliament Action Plan.
OCF Lab is a platform that encourages knowledge exchange between organizations in different disciplines and communities in Taiwan and abroad through interpreting new knowledge, collecting information, and making brief case studies.
OCF Lab focuses on open culture, open technology, digital human rights, internet freedom and other relevant issues. In 2020, the Lab published 42 weekly digests and 72 English and Manderin articles. 25 among the 72 articles were also edited and published as columns on many online media websites.
2020 OCF Annual Income
OCF Projects NT$ 11,132,422
Community Projects NT$ 28,669,188
Total NT$ 39,801,610
2020 OCF Annual Spending
OCF Projects NT$ 11,243,652
Community Projects NT$ 26,702,875
Total NT$ 37,946,527
Board members：Pofeng, honki, Bob Chao, clkao, kc chen.
Volunteers：ETBlue, ipa, isabel, Lucien, marr, miaoski, Muka, yayared.
Staff：Singing, Rock, Lulu, Aiya, Rosa, Xini, Claire, kting, TC, huangfu, leaf, 小知.
We appreciate Archlife Research Foundation’s support in all our projects and events, and our individual donors.