Open-Culture-Directory.org is a curated showcase about open-projects from around the world. Discover, share & get inspired!

Making /
Building

WikiHouse

WikiHouse is an open source construction system. It's aim is to make it possible for anyone to design, share, download, adapt and 'print' houses which are low-cost, high-performance and suited to their local needs. Using a CNC machine, the house parts can be digitally 'printed' from a standard sheet material like plywood, and the main structure assembled in about a day without the need for conventional construction skills.

OpenDesk

OpenDesk is a community project built on collaboration between designers, makers, web developers and early adopters of open source furniture.

Ecological /
Economical

GardenBot

GardenBot is an open source garden monitoring system. This site is a collection of tutorials for how to build things (like a soil moisture sensor), software for running GardenBot, resources, links, and more.

farmXchange

Our mission is to promote the growth of sustainable agriculture – local, small-scale, organic, socially-just, endurable, peaceful, low-cost, beautiful, food production. Whether you know it yet, our champion is YOU…

American Community Gardening Association

The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.

Knowledge /
Content

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on an openly editable model. Wikipedia's articles provide links designed to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

TED

TED conferences bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).

Open Library

Open Library is an online project intended to create "one web page for every book ever published". Created by Aaron Swartz, among others, Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.

Europeana

Europeana is Europe’s multilingual digital library, museum and archive.

DM2E

The DM2E project focuses on digitalised manuscripts and it is developing of an workflow for data migration to open data platforms. It is an community of cultural heritage professionals committed to exploring new open licensing models for cultural content and data using this innovative suite of open source tools fit for 21st century humanities scholarship.

Projekt Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world's most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. Their mission is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. (link goes to: Royal Society Picture Library)

Openbeelden (nl) a.k.a. Openimages (en)

Open Images is an bilingual open media platform that offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse. Footage from audiovisual collections can be downloaded and remixed into new works. Users of Open Images also have the opportunity to add their own material to the platform and thus expand the collection.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a pool of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make it available for open access as a part of a global "biodiversity commons".

Open-Government-Data-Portal Rheinland-Pfalz

Das Open-Government-Data-Portal Rheinland-Pfalz bietet seit Anfang März 2013 einen zentralen Zugang zu Daten und Informationen aus den rheinland-pfälzischen Verwaltungen einschließlich der Kommunen. Dieses Portal ist dabei als Prototyp angelegt. (open-government-data-portal by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate; german language only)

oManual

oManual is a simple, open XML-based standard for semantic, multimedia-rich procedural manuals. Traditional procedural documents like service manuals don't meet the needs of modern applications. Documents need to incorporate multimedia and understand prerequisite dependencies. The oManual file format enables interoperability while allowing complete flexibility of presentation

P2PU

Peer 2 Peer University strongly supports both research activities under the auspices of P2PU as well as research activities about P2PU. We’re partnering with researchers to develop better integrated data streams and management tools, guidelines and templates for facilitating research inquiry, and of course a diverse and active research community.

Open Data Handbook

This handbook introduces you to the legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It can be used by anyone but is especially useful for those working with government data. It discusses the why, what and how of open data – why to go open, what open is, and the how to do open.

OpenGLAM

OpenGLAM is an initiative run by the Open Knowledge Foundation, that promotes free and open access to digital cultural heritage held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.

Conferences /
Events

re-publica

re-publica is a conference for blogs, social media and the digital society, taking place in Berlin. re-publica #14 is announced for 6.-8. Mai 2014. So save the date! Livecast from this years re-publica #13 can be found here: www.youtube.com/user/republica2010

okcon

The Open Knowlege Foundation Switzerland and the Open Knowledge Foundation carryed out the Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva, on 16—19 September 2013. OKCon is the world's leading open data and open knowledge conference, running since 2005. We are waiting for another one in 2014.

Software

GitHub

GitHub is a place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.

Processing

Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology.

Sketchup

SketchUp, is a easy to learn 3D modeling program for a broad range of applications such as architectural, civil, mechanical as well as film — and available as Sketchup Make, a free version, and Sketchup Pro, a commercial version.

OpenOffice

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

Tox

Tox is built with the idea that you can keep up with friends and family without having your privacy violated. While other big-name services require you to pay to unlock features, Tox is free in both price, and in liberty. That is, you’re free to do whatever you wish with Tox.

ownCloud

ownCloud gives you universal access to your files through a web interface or WebDAV. It also provides a platform to easily view & sync your contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all your devices and enables basic editing right on the web.

Mozilla

Mozilla is a proudly non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands. We’re a global community of users, contributors and developers working to innovate on your behalf.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an free and open source operating system based on the Linux kernel and the Linux distribution Debian, with Unity as its default desktop environment.

Python

Python is a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of application domains. All Python releases are Open Source.

OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world. Unlike proprietary datasets like Google Map Maker, the OpenStreetMap license allows free access to the full map dataset. This massive amount of data can be downloaded in full, but also is available in immediately-useful forms like maps and commercial services.

Social

R-Urban

R-Urban is a bottom-up strategy that explores the possibilities of enhancing the capacity of urban resilience by introducing a network of resident-run facilities to create complementarities between key fields of activity (economy, housing, urban agriculture, culture).

urbantactics

Atelier d'architecture autogérée–/–studio for self-managed architecture (aaa) is a collectivef platform which conducts explorations, actions and research concerning urban mutations and cultural, social and political emerging practices in the contemporary city.

Open Health Care UK

Open Healthcare runs the London Hack Days. We founded the NHS Hack Days, weekend events that brings together doctors, nurses, developers, designers, and other “geeks who love the NHS” to create disruptive solutions to problems in the health space.

Freifunk Mainz

Freifunknetze sind freie, WLAN-basierte Funknetze, die nicht von kommerziellen Anbietern, sondern von Privatpersonen, Vereinen oder ähnlichen Organisationen angeboten werden. Dabei sind die Benutzer auch gleichzeitig die Betreiber der Computernetzwerke, die von einfachen Heimnetzwerken ausgehend, Häuser, Stadtteile, Dörfer oder ganze Städte vernetzen können. (about free wifi self-made networking in Mainz/Germany; german language only yet)

Trade School

Trade School is an alternative, self-organized school that runs on barter. They are an constantly expanding group of curious, rigorous, and compassionate people all over the world. Information about the organizers and volunteers who make each Trade School location happen can be found in the about section on their homepage.

iHub

Nairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area around Kenyas capital Nairobi. This place is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers.

knowable

Knowable is a showcase for inspiring ideas. Started in Berlin, it puts you and your ideas front and center. You can easily showcase your projects and even your work in progress. All in a simple, super convenient and dynamic way. We are providing a way for you and likeminded Makers to explore inspiring ideas and approaches. The new knowable is all about displaying great ideas in the best possible way and making it easy to share them in your networks, communities, and market places.

Hardware

UDOO

UDOO is a multi development platform solution for Android, Linux, Arduino and Google ADK 2012. The board is designed to provide a flexible environment that allows to explore the new frontiers of the Internet of Things. UDOO allows you to switch between Linux and Android in a few seconds, simply by replacing the Micro SD card and rebooting the system.

Fabhub

FabHub is a global directory of digital fabricators: makers, workshops, factories and manufacturers who offer a manufacturing service or services using digital fabrication technology.

Arduino

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

iFixit

iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. Let's fix the world, one device at a time. Their mission is to make repair accessible and easy for as many people around the world as possible. They want to show the world how to fix every thing.

handibot

A Handibot tool is a new kind of portable, digitally-controlled power tool for cutting, drilling, carving, and many other machining operations– a first Universal Digital Power Tool (UDPT) – or just, a Smart Tool.

1OOkgarages.com

100kGarages.com is a place for people who have designs, or just ideas for things they want to make, to connect with digital fabricators who can help make these ideas become real. Their participating Fabbers work with 2-D or 3-D digital fabrication tools to cut, machine, drill, sculpt, or "print" in 3-D. This "matchmaking" service can help you find a Fabber near you, and it's free. (international, but mostly U.S.)

Build Your CNC

This community-project was started in late 2006 with a passion for building DIY CNC machines and sharing the knowledge so others can benefit. A platform including guides, tutorials, and component-reseller directory. Their CNC designs are now in its fourth generation and the designs are continually being cranked out.