Knowledge partners and advisors

The community that advocates for and contributes towards Openness is a really tiny community even though it is spreading across the entire world. As we speak of it now in 2017, there are only a handful of people that are active under the umbrella of Openness. But what that also means is many organizations and individuals are not really connected to each other. On the other hand, those individuals that generally volunteer to grow openness often are crunched with work and life might not always have enough time to connect with each other exchange knowledge. We are fortunate to be connected to many individuals openness advocates and organizations that are diving deeper into the spheres of Open Education, Open Science, Open Access and other Open areas. This page will give a bird’s eye view of who we are working with.

Knowledge partners

Whose Knowledge? is a global multi-lingual campaign that is working to correct the skewed representations of knowledge on the Internet. Founded by Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse, two of our dearest friends, guides, and advisors, Whose Knowledge? has been instrumental in identifying several “knowledge gaps” that exist on the Internet.


Wikitongues is a non-profit platform for every language in the world. In coordination with an international community of contributors, we collect oral histories from the world’s more than 7,000 communities. We also develop tools and tactics for activists to preserve their languages, such as Poly, open source software for building word lists.

OpenwordsLogo300px. Copyrighted by OpenWords

OpenWords is an educational and social enterprise based in the US that builds high quality lessons for any language, and builds Open Source tools for educators and universities. OpenWords WebApp, its flagship project is an Open Source language learning app that has already made its way to Indiana University. OpenWords’ founder Marc Bogonovich is a dear friend and advisor to us.

Council of Analytical Tribal Studies (COATS) is a research and academic institute in Koraput, Odisha, India that was founded in 1993 to dive deeper into the life of indigenous communities in the region. Since then COATS has done ground-breaking work by bringing many researcher scholars and academics under one roof both for full time research with their M.A., M.Phil and PhD programs, many yearround activities, and publications.


Anasuya Sengupta, and Siko Bouterse, WhoseKnowledge?
By Myleen Hollero for Wikimedia Foundation (CC-BY-SA 3.0)


Anasuya Sengupta is the co-founder, and current Co-Director of Whose Knowledge?. With over two decades of leadership in development sectors across global South, and worldwide, Anasuya has made significant contribution in amplifying marginalized voices in both digital and real worlds. A former Chief Grantmaking Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation and a 2017 Shuttleworth Fellow, Anasuya has been as an advisor to us since the beginning of OFDN.
By Guillaume Paumier (CC-BY-3.0)

Siko Bouterse is the co-founder and current Co-Director of Whose Knowledge? In the last 10 years, Siko has led numerous global activities supporting communities including their role as the Director of Community Resources at the Wikimedia Foundation. Before their work in the nonprofit world, Siko had worked at Phoebe Hearst Museum, and Siko’s educational and research background are in Middle East History and Anthropology. Like Anasuya, OFDN has been honored to have Siko as an advisor since its beginning.


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 People’s Choice Award, and awarded as "Wikimedia Advocate and Expert" by 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.