Know-Center has joined the Open Knowledge Maps core team as its very first organizational member. Open Knowledge Maps is an initiative from former Know-Center researcher Peter Kraker and provides an innovative search engine and visual interface for scientific articles to revolutionize the discovery of scientific knowledge.

Open Knowledge Maps (OKMaps) enables a visual interface to the world’s scientific knowledge through “knowledge maps” which enable the exploration of existing knowledge and the discovery of new knowledge.

Know-Center will support Open Knowledge Maps with a considerable contribution allowing them to cover operational costs and grow as an independent organization. This is the next step in what has been a longstanding partnership between the two organizations. Peter Kraker, founder and chairman of Open Knowledge Maps, laid the foundations for the organization whilst at Know-Center, and Know-Center has been a strong partner and advocate ever since. Now, Know-Center is looking forward to working with the core team as its first organizational member.

Prof. Stefanie Lindstaedt, CEO of Know-Center, about the new partnership:

“At Know-Center, knowledge transfer is a key part of our mission. Open Knowledge Maps is a revolutionary tool in this regard, a window into science. Through this window, researchers, practitioners and citizens can explore the wealth of scientific knowledge in a much better way than before. We are excited to be a part of this unique open science endeavor.”

Peter Kraker, founder and chairman of Open Knowledge Maps, adds:

“We are thrilled to take our partnership with Know-Center to the next level. If recent market entrances are any indication, discovery will be one of the key areas of the digital research infrastructure. Having Know-Center on board goes a long way in making Open Knowledge Maps a sustainable building block of the open science ecosystem.”

In the joint effort to become ever more open, Know-Center and Open Knowledge Maps have also agreed to switch the license of the open source knowledge mapping framework Head Start from LGPL to MIT.

You can find more information about Open Knowledge Maps here.

In the picture below you see an exemplary illustration of the visual search interface of Open Knowledge Maps, with a search query on “digital education”. Try it out yourself here!