The Network of Open Resource Initiatives (NORI) promotes open access to key digital resources as a foundation of a fair and equal global society. NORI aims to empower local communities by distributing innovation capacities. It was developped with the support of the GIZ Innovation Fund by Daniel Brummund, Lea Gimpel, Jan Krewer and Arlett Stojanovic.
NORI mobilizes the power of open digital resources to provide social innovators with equal access to key technologies and knowledge. Building on communities and a large network of partners, NORI aims to create the right conditions for local value creation and self-sustaining ecosystems to emerge.
„Open resources have the potential to realise what traditional international cooperation has promised but is still struggling to deliver – partnerships of equals, truly empowering for all parties engaged.“
OPEN RESSOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPEMENT
Open resources such as open data, open software and open hardware can be a catalyst for sustainable development, as they lay the ground for a more equal distribution of innovation capacities. They contribute to levelling the playing field by enabling open access to information, technology and the means for local value creation while avoiding the monopolisation of economic power over digital technologies and knowledge.
Built on thriving ecosystems, open resources can represent tangible cooperation projects between citizens from various sectors, countries and regions. As such, open resources have the potential to realise what traditional international cooperation has promised but is still struggling to deliver – partnerships of equals, truly empowering for all parties engaged.
BUILDING NEW ALLIANCES
In order to be sustainable and generate value, open ressources need to be managed collaboratively by an ecosystem of stakeholders, who need to coordinate to perform critical functions for the resources’ (re)generation. Four key roles have been identified by open resource practitioners in this respect.
SUSTAINERS – who provide the necessary financial support for the resource to be built.
CONTRIBUTORS – who are individuals or organisations contributing voluntarily to the open ressource.
MAINTAINERS – who are the organisational owners of the open resources, taking primary responsibility for its management.
USERS – who are users of the open resource and create value
AN OPEN METHODOLOGY PROPOSAL
In order to foster a self-sustaining ecosystem for the stewardship of open resources and allow for local value generation, NORI will share best practices and methodologies tailored to the specific needs of all actors involved.