I am very pleased to tell you that this week Akvo, in collaboration with Water for People, have released Akvo FLOW under an open source license. You can find the source code on Github.

Like our other internet systems which we are building and running as a service, Akvo FLOW is now released under the open source license. The license we have chosen together with Water for People is the Affero General Public License 3.0 (AGPL 3.0). In short this license says that you are free to reuse this work for any purpose as long as you share back any improvements you make to the software, under the same license. And with the code repository sitting on Github it is really easy to do so.

At Akvo we are also running the Akvo FLOW software as a service and we are working hard to expand this service so that more organisations can use it. Most organisations just want to use the service, without having to install and operate the backend systems, which quite frankly are rather complicated to set up and maintain.

Content and data licensing

We have also created a standard Akvo FLOW terms of service, which you agree to by signing up to using the service. One of the core items the terms of service addresses is that any organisation using the Akvo FLOW service shares the content under an open license. Pictures in Akvo FLOW are shared under the Creative Commons license [CC-BY-NC-SA] and data is dual licensed under a Creative Commons license [CC-BY-SA] and the Open Database License [ODbL]. We have chosen the dual licensing route to be easily compatible with open data from other organisations, such as the World Bank, which uses CC-BY-SA, whilst we recognize that the Creative Commons license may not always be the best for sharing database work. Thereby the dual licensing approach.

To learn more about Akvo FLOW and how you can participate in our work check out the Akvo FLOW pages on our website.

Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson is a co-founder and co-director of Akvo Foundation.