What do we do?

1. What is O Foundation?

The O Foundation (often acronymed as OFDN) is a nonprofit that uses digital technology in its core to make social innovations. With a focus on openness, diversity and inclusion, we are striving to transform the way millions of people have been accessing knowledge, and contributing to the knowledge commons. We ourselves being long time advocates and contributors to the Free/Libre and Open Source Software, and the Open Science movement, have been creating and bettering open source tools and educational resources that empower many marginalized grassroots communities—people with visual disability and illiteracy, speakers of indigenous/endangered languages, and people that have access to only low-end technology—to access the wealth of knowledge in their own language, preserve their native languages, and influence the narrative about themselves positively in a global scale. The Odia language will be a focus language to begin with, but our work is going to be completely open and reproducible for others to build technology on the top of our work, and we will venture into more languages as the organization grows.

There are eight core objectives that guide us.

2. Who are the people behind OFDN?

OFDN is currently run by a small board. You can know more about them in this page.

3. Where does the code go?

As an organization that is committed to the Openness movement, we contribute our code to a git under open licenses. That means that anyone can fork, use, make derivatives and distribute our work, and most importantly can also contribute and help enhance our work. If you do so, we will figure out a way to share a token as a respect to you. Reach out to us to discuss more.

4. How does OFDN use my private data?

We have detailed about the use of any collected data in a separate page here which will be a useful read.

About the author(s)

Subhashish Panigrahi is one of the founding members of O Foundation, and founded OpenSpeaks which won him the MJ Bear Fellowship and a grant from National Geographic to digitally-document threatened languages.

As an educator and community manager he has led many research, campus, and community outreach and catalyst activities across Asia Pacific at Internet Society, Mozilla, Centre for Internet and Society, and Wikimedia Foundation.

Winner of the 2015 Opensource.com People’s Choice Award, and awarded as "Wikimedia Advocate and Expert" by Opensource.com in 2016. Speaker at TEDx and many international Open Source/knowledge conferences across 11 countries. Author of "Rising Voices: Digital Language Activism" “Digital Activism in Asia Reader”, and a few hundred posts on major global blogs.