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Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative

The COKI project was initiated in Perth

Efforts by universities to enable open transfer and development of knowledge have the potential to broaden the impact of higher education and research institutions.

The Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI) group is developing a broad program of work on the theme of ‘open knowledge institutions’. The goal of our project is to develop tools and data that will allow universities to understand how effectively they are operating as open knowledge institutions; and to support strategic change in higher education and research.

Our team is exploring the mechanisms that will allow universities to work more effectively with local and global communities in the production of knowledge; as well as those that support its uptake and application both within and beyond academia.

Combining data science and a critical perspective, we are addressing questions of how to collect and manage data at a large scale, as well as how sharing this data and analysis will affect the ecosystem. Using Google Cloud tools to harvest, combine and analyse data on staffing, outputs, institutional narratives and other areas, we are building new capabilities to support university decision making.

The project has resulted in collaborative development of a book: Open Knowledge Institutions: Reinventing Universities. The book is currently available here as a draft, hosted by MIT Press and open for community comment and review.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that the tools and data used to evaluate university performance support more open and productive practices. Building a community of institutions and individuals around a shared narrative and open knowledge agenda will be key to this.

To keep updated on the progress of the COKI project, please visit our project webpage.


Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communications
Lucy Montgomery, Associate Professor, Internet Studies
John Hartley, John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor

Karl Huang, Data Scientist
Katie Wilson, Research Fellow
Richard Hosking, Data Scientist
Alkim Ozaygen, Data Scientist

Rebecca Handcock, Senior Data Scientist
Tim Winkler, Business Development Manager

Lynda Durack, Administrative Officer