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Consultation on Research Data Infrastructures : Framework for Action - Données de la Recherche

Introduction

In preparation to H2020, the European Commission (DG CONNECT) has put together a Framework for Action addressing the area of Research Data e-Infrastructures.

The “Action Fiches” propose concrete domains of action. They aim at realising the European vision for a global interoperable data e-infrastructure supporting open, digital-driven, science (note that High Performance Computing and Distributed Computing as such are outside the scope of this consultation).

By means of a public consultation the European Commission would like to get reactions on strengths, coverage, gaps etc in order to improve and fine tune the framework for action. Period of consultation

The consultation will be on-line from 1 March until 27 March 2013. (...) - Données de la Recherche, par Thérèse Hameau, 15/03/2013

 

 

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[Belgique] BioWin, bon pour l’emploi et la santé

[Belgique] BioWin, bon pour l’emploi et la santé | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

BioWin contribue à positionner la Wallonie parmi les leaders dans le domaine des biotechnologies.  Avec 110 entreprises dont une vingtaine de success stories, avec des chiffres d’emploi encourageants, la Région veut conforter ses ambitions dans le secteur. (...) - BioEconomie via LaBiotech.fr, 15/03/2013

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Coupes budgétaires fédérales : quelles conséquences sur l'innovation médicale ?

Coupes budgétaires fédérales : quelles conséquences sur l'innovation médicale ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Depuis le 1er mars 2013, les Etats-Unis sont entrés dans l'ère du "séquestre", c'est-à-dire du gel, sinon de la coupe budgétaire. Faute d'accord politique en vue de réduire les dépenses fédérales américaines, des coupes aveugles prévues par l'accord d'août 2011 entre la Maison Blanche et le Congrès sont en effet entrées en vigueur. (...) -Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2013/03/15 > BE Etats-Unis 324

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India boosts budget for science, innovation, crops

India boosts budget for science, innovation, crops | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Despite economic constraints India has boosted budgetary allocation for the science sectors.

[NEW DELHI] India has hiked funds for its ministry of science and technology by 20 per cent in its 2013-14 annual budget, with major initiatives in the agriculture sector and support for grassroots innovations.(...)  - SciDev.Net, by

T. V. Padma,  1 mars 2013

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Research excellence is about more than the number of bodies in a building

Research excellence is about more than the number of bodies in a building | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Critical mass equates increasingly not to department size, but our ability to deliver research in different ways, says Alex Bols

 

As we enter the REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission year our minds will become ever more focused on research, with words like "impact" and "value" dominating discussions. However, underlying it all will be concerns about the outcomes, and the implications this will have on research funding. (...) - The Guardian, by

Alex Bols, Tuesday 12 March 2013
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[RCA] Bangui : Les activités ont repris à l’Université après un mois de grève

[RCA] Bangui : Les activités ont repris à l’Université après un mois de grève | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bangui, 13 mars 13 (RJDH) - Les enseignants vacataires de l’Université de Bangui ont repris les activités académiques ce mercredi 13 mars, après un mois de grève. Ils réclamaient du gouvernement le versement de leurs frais de vacation de l’année 2010. (...) - RJDH-RCA, 13/03/2013

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Belgique : Les universités de Liège et d'Aix-la-Chapelle veulent renforcer leur collaboration

Belgique : Les universités de Liège et d'Aix-la-Chapelle veulent renforcer leur collaboration | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Les autorités des universités de Liège (ULg) et d'Aix-la-Chapelle (RWTH) ont signé lundi une lettre d'intentions destinée à renforcer la collaboration entre les deux institutions. Quelque...
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USA: Change from within higher education

If higher education has a group of quintessential insiders, it’s probably the American Council on Education. Yet from a perch atop the higher education lobby’s headquarters here, the membership association of 1,800 college presidents is backing high-profile ‘disruptions’ to the industry it represents, writes Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed. (...) - Inside Higher Ed via University World News, 09 March 2013 Issue No:262

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Comité sur l'intervention : Que le gouvernement du Canada laisse ses scientifiques faire leur travail !

La mise sous tutelle des activités intellectuelles et créatrices peut aller très loin. La présidente de la Société royale du Canada a pris position en janvier 2013 sur les entraves aux libertés intellectuelles et scientifiques et sur la revendication fondamentale de pleine liberté des chercheurs. (...) - Sauvons l'Université !, 11/03/2013

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The shape of things to come: higher education global trends and emerging opportunities to 2020

The shape of things to come: higher education global trends and emerging opportunities to 2020 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Shape of Things to Come: Higher Education Global Trends and Emerging Opportunities to 2020 provides a rigorous analysis of prevailing trends that are shaping higher education globally. It also looks into the next decade to determine how these will unfold.

 download the report for from here http://ihe.britishcouncil.org/educationintelligence/shape-of-things-to-come


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Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris's curator insight, March 10, 2013 3:39 AM

As always, the work of Education Intelligence is well-informed and provides practical conclusions that can help higher education policy makers. This particular report sets the scene for the future trends in global higher education. 

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Examen de conscience pour les universités allemandes

La majorité des universités de recherche du monde occidental ont été créées sur le modèle de l’Allemand Wilhem von Humbold : liberté académique et recherche scientifique au cœur de l’enseignement supérieur.

Un article du Chronicle of Higher Education, publié le 25 février dernier, nous apprend que les Allemands accordent une grande importance au titre de Ph.D., car ce titre est synonyme de mérite personnel, une preuve de détermination, de volonté et de persévérance pour mener à terme des études de haut niveau sur un sujet spécifique. (...) - Blog L’éveilleur, Mars 8, 2013

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UK: Postgraduate students face funding gap

UK: Postgraduate students face funding gap | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rising tuition fees means postgraduates think twice about continuing their studies.

 

The near trebling of the cost of undergraduate degrees in England this academic year has made some postgraduate fees seem almost bargain basement by comparison. So what have universities done? They have started to raise them. (...) - by Liz Lightfoot, The Guardian, Wednesday 6 March 2013

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Allemagne : universités recherchent professeures femmes

Alors que l’Allemagne connaît une pénurie d’enseignants-chercheurs suite à l’explosion du nombre d’étudiants à l'université, un programme prévoit d’augmenter le nombre de professeurs femmes dans l’enseignement supérieur. (...) - EducPros, par Marie Luginsland, 07.03.2013

 

 

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How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem

How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Mike Taylor’s recent LSE Impact blog post on Green Open Access (OA) and Institutional Repositories (IRs) provoked us into a defence of IRs. IRs have been around as long at the idea of Green OA, but they have long-since transcended it, becoming important parts of efforts to drive open access, bibliography, citations and data: the A-B-C-D of Open Scholarship. (...) - by Natalia Madjarevic, Dave Puplett, and Neil Stewart

, LSE blog "Impact of Social Sciences", March 14, 2013

 

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Belgique : Les universités rejettent le nouveau projet de réforme

Belgique : Les universités rejettent le nouveau projet de réforme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Cet accord politique une fois engrangé, Jean-Claude Marcourt se voyait autorisé à consulter les différents acteurs. Après plusieurs avis très critiques, ce sont les universités qui viennent de rendre leur copie.

 

Financement, politisation, parcours étudiant : ça cale. L’UCL isolée sur les interpôles.

Souvenez-vous. C’était le 17 janvier dernier. L’Olivier francophone annonçait fièrement un accord politique entre PS, Ecolo et CDH sur la réforme du paysage de l’enseignement supérieur, un dossier sur lequel patinait la majorité depuis des mois. (...) - lalibre.be, par Laurent Gérard, 15/03/2013

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[Sénégal] La fiabilité des universités privées mise en cause

[Sénégal] La fiabilité des universités privées mise en cause | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les bacheliers non encore orientés se sont fait entendre de nouveau hier jeudi par des manifestations au niveau de l'Université de Dakar où ils ont sortis les étudiants des facultés des Lettres et  des Sciences juridiques et politiques et créé du bruit au niveau du rectorat  avant d'envahir  l'Avenue Cheikh  Anta  Diop, toujours témoin des  manifestations estudiantines au niveau de capitale. Là, selon certaines sources, les manifestants ont eu quelques accrochages avec les forces de l'ordre qui tentaient de les dissuader de bloquer la circulation. (...) - SudOnLine, par Mamadou Mika LOM, 15/03/2013

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Making Open Access and the UK's scholarly society work

Making Open Access and the UK's scholarly society work | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recently, at a one-day colloquium on Open Access I learned why academic publishing is so expensive, and I was disappointed to discover that resistance to open access from scholarly societies is not linked to the costs of publishing, but to the cost of non-publishing activities. The UK is in the midst of a heated debate about Open Access, following the Finch Report and an incoming policy that will require all research funded by the taxpayer to be published open access. (...) - par Adam Crymble, Blog Impact of Social sciences, March 13, 2013

 

 

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Le succès croissant des campus internationaux des universités britanniques

De plus en plus d'étudiants étrangers choisissent des cursus britanniques sans pour autant poser les pieds sur le sol de Sa Majesté. Les campus internationaux des universités britanniques, les formations menées en partenariat avec des institutions étrangères ainsi que l'enseignement à distance ont en effet de plus en plus de succès auprès des étudiants étrangers non européens. (...) - EducPros, par Elisabeth Blanchet, 12.03.2013

 

 

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Cobol: négligé par les universités - ICTjournal

Selon une étude mondiale, les universités n'offrent pas les compétences en programmation informatique dont les entreprises ont besoin. Des langages de programmation comme le Cobol, le CICS et le JCL sont essentiels pour les systèmes IT sur lesquels reposent aujourd'hui les activités critiques de nombreuses entreprises. (...) - Le Monde Informatique via ICTjounral, 11.03.2013, par Jean Elyan

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Online courses gain popularity at universities

The trend of learning through open online courses has made its way to China, as more of the country's top universities unveil public courses. The first cross-university open class for college students in Shanghai kicked off last Tuesday night, reports Global Times. (...)  - Blobal Times via University World News, 09 March 2013 Issue No:262

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How to grow international undergraduate student numbers

The global student mobility landscape is in constant flux and is often influenced by external factors beyond the control of higher education institutions. Consider how a combination of changes in the external environment, including demographics and economic growth, has influenced the patterns of the top senders of international students to the United States.
  (...) - University World News, by Rahul Choudaha, 05 March 2013, Issue No:262

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Higher education as soft power in the age of autonomy

Higher education is often seen as playing a ‘soft power’ role in international relations. But it is not easy for governments to co-opt universities, and soft power can be both positive and negative, an international higher education conference in Dubai heard this week. (...)  - University World News, byYojana Sharma, 08 March 2013, Issue No:262


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How do Western Balkan countries fare with EU research grants?

How do Western Balkan countries fare with EU research grants? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In 2011, Slovenia received the largest number of EU research grants of any Western Balkan country, with 98 projects worth a total of €32,401,000 (Turkey was just ahead of it with 158 projects worth €36,685,000). (...) - SciLogs, Blog "Balkan Science Beat", by Mico Tatalovis, 05 March, 2013

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Belgique : Les syndicats s'opposent aux "interpôles" universitaires

Après les universités, hautes écoles et étudiants, c'était au tour des organisations syndicales de s'exprimer, ce jeudi, au sujet de la réforme en cours relative au paysage de l'enseignement supérieur.

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Ranking-system doubts

Research institutions opt out of European Union's rankings scheme.

Members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) do not plan to support the U-Multirank university ranking system launched last month by the European Union (see Nature 494, 273; 2013). LERU, which is based in Leuven, Belgium, and represents 21 universities across the continent, objects to what it calls a lack of reliable and objectively verifiable data in U-Multirank, problems in comparing institutions between countries, the temptation for universities to change policies or practices to improve their rankings and the burden on universities to collect data, says Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the league. He says that such problems plague all existing university ranking systems, and notes that LERU pulled out of a U-Multirank advisory group in 2010 because its concerns were not addressed. “Since then, we have not seen any evidence of a substantive change of course which could lead us to revisit that decision,” says Deketelaere. Individual member universities can still participate in the programme if they choose, he says, but he notes that none has opted to join so far. -

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Nature's description of the situation is objective: LERU was part of the advisory group of U-Multirank but recanted. From my (U-Multirank team) perspective, there must have been an commnication problem, because I think my colleagues did try to get the best (reliable, valid and wherever possible verified) data base for it, and tried to communicate that with participants and advisory group. How to get back to better relations between LERU and U-Multirank?