Hello and welcome to the shiny new look newsletter! We’re really pleased with our new style - we hope you like it too!

Open Knowledge is built on the inspiring work of a global network of incredible people -like the cookie makers in Greece who turned out the amazing creations above! You might remember a few months back we held a community survey, and the results clearly showed that you want more involvement, collaboration, and support. We’ve been figuring out how to co-build that with you. 

As a starter, we held a first series of Community Sessions, including a skillshare on mapping data, and an introduction to CKAN. We've also revamped our wiki - come and join us there! We hope it will provide a new online home for the Open Knowledge community, where you can start conversations about whatever you’re interested in and get in touch with passionate people across the world. And finally we really want to help promote all the fantastic events you’re working on - submit stuff on the community tumblr and we promise to feature it on the blog at the end of each month. 

Let us know what you think about the changes, and what else you'd like to see!

Stop secret contracts

Open information about public contracts is essential to strengthen public scrutiny and empower citizens. The Stop Secret Contracts campaign is hotting up, but we need your help to spread the word and get the message heard. Sign and share the petition now.

OKFestival 2014

OKFestival is drawing closer, and we are very excited about seeing lots of your faces in Berlin. If you want to come along for free,you can apply now to be a volunteer, which is also a great chance to work and connect with lots of other wonderful people! Look out for full programme details soon.

The network grows

Open Knowledge Ireland has become the latest Chapter of Open Knowledge! Thanks to the local group for all their incredible work over the last couple of years, and best of luck with the next phase in the adventure. 

Meanwhile a new local group, Open MENA (Middle East and North Africa) launched at the end of last month: check out their first newsletter.

Upcoming dates

On 23-24 May, sports hackdays in Basel, Sierre, and Milan will herald the launch of a new Open Sports Working Group.

Join Open Knowledge Scotland on 12th May for a workshop on FOI, Data Journalism and Open Data at Stirling University.

And the Open Summer of Code, organised by Open Knowledge Belgium, is now open for applications.