The Open Culture Foundation (OCF) is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation founded in 2014 by several members of Taiwan’s open source community. Its main goal is to support local communities to advocate the use of open technologies in broader sectors, including open source software, open hardware and open data. It helps governments, enterprises and NGOs better understand the benefits of adopting open source technologies and promotes the importance of open data to the public sphere. It believes that a culture of open collaboration is the foundation for an innovative society, and the engine of a participatory democracy.
Since its establishment, OCF has supported local communities to run large-scale conferences, seminars and hackathons, as well as collaborating with a number of international offices and multilateral institutions to deepen Taiwan’s connection to the global open culture community. OCF also has strong connections with the global open source community, and regularly exchanges experiences with civic tech groups worldwide. Its mission is to build bridges between local and global “open” communities, and hope to act as a mediator for open culture.