Web is moving forward to an era of seamless integration, with better technologies in place and with a better understanding of users' digital rights. Open source codes and data protocols were prerequisites in the evolution of web as we see it now.
In 2009, two French filmmakers snuck into Burma to document what they're calling the "absurd decisions" of its dictatorial government. Now author Tristan Mendès France and director Gaël Bordier have edited their footage into a 30-minute "hypervideo experiment," are are using open tools to screen it for the world.
Although the move from analogue to digital wireless has seen many new and exciting services, the process of clearing old services is slow and expensive with little innovative in their place. So how about free ultra-reliable nationwide wireless broadband on unused frequencies that are available now?
Today Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) announce the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, a project aimed at improving education search and discovery via a common framework for tagging and organizing learning resources on the web. The learning resources framework will be designed to work with schema.org, the web metadata framework recently launched by Google, Bing, and Yahoo!, as well as to work with other metadata technologies and to enable other rich applications.
The Sunday Business section of the New York Times prominently featured an image of a huge vault overflowing with bits and bytes. It was a story about the Bank’s Open Data initiative and claimed that datasets and information will ultimately become more valuable than Bank lending. It’s a powerful idea and one that sounds similar to the knowledge bank articulated by Jim Wolfensohn nearly ten years ago. But there is an important distinction between the two. This is not about the World Bank as the central repository of knowledge sharing its knowledge and wisdom with clients from the South. Instead, it’s about “democratizing development economics” in that it levels the playing field on knowledge creation and dissemination and opens the development paradigm to participation from researchers and practitioners, software developers and students, from north and south.
Recently, we covered some of the extensive results from the Eclipse Community Survey and Open Source Developer Report, which contains lots of data about open source trends. In this year's survey, as has been seen in similar surveys recently, mobile applications and cloud computing are clearly on users' and developers' minds. As we noted here, another set of results from this year's survey is generating discussion online, though, about whether the many new organizations and businesses adopting open source software are also giving back to the projects they benefit from. According to some observers, the disparity between using and contributing doesn't matter.
Imagine taking an online class with approximately 2,500 students from all over the world. What if no credits were awarded, it was on-demand whenever time permitted and the structure allowed participants to choose their own adventure? Welcome to a Massive Open Online Class (MOOC). The topic of the latest MOOC is the current state of online education and its future trajectory.
Stuxnet is a Microsoft Windows computer worm discovered in July 2010 that targets industrial software and equipment. While it is not the first time that crackers have targeted industrial systems,it is the first discovered malware that spies on and subverts industrial systems,and the first to include a programmable logic controller (PLC) rootkit.
Creative Commons, a group that aims to provide an infrastructure to make copyright fit for the digital age, has launched a new campaign to make people aware of its work.
The internet has made the sharing and remixing of content into a common pastime but copyright laws, first designed more than 400 years ago, have not kept up. Creative Commons attempts to change that and this week the organisation published a guide, The Power of Open, that shows exactly how the system works.
Joi Ito, the chair of Creative Commons, told the Telegraph: “If you think about the success of the internet, it allows people to innovate without asking permission.” He said that existing copyright was an obstacle to that and so Creative Commons provided a way to let creators control their rights without stifling innovation.
With the currently ongoing debate on whether or not crowdsourcing is an industry and the emphasis placed on taking advantage of crowdsourcing in a business capacity it’s easy to overlook the altruistic potential that crowdsourcing represents. Here I take a look at 5 science initiatives that are expanding our knowledge of the world around us by taking advantage of the unique power of crowdsourcing.
Is the international community putting new focus on citizen experience?
The inaugural announcement from the Open Government Partnership (OGP) promises a broad-based commitment, from an initial group of eight national governments and nine NGOs, to building more responsive government institutions:
Google’s New Facebook Alternative Sparks Personal Data Liberation War. Along with the latest news on the matter, you'll find a hot-off-the-press step-by-step guide to extracting your friends' information from Facebook using Open-Xchange.
On March 17, 2011, the Government of Canada launched an Open Data portal for all Canadians. As part of that effort, statistical data and other information on Canada's international assistance and CIDA's activities are now available in data sets and machine-readable formats for all Canadians: researchers, students, media or anyone interested in international assistance. Links to related reports and other data sources are also provided.
Making legal YouTube mashups just got a whole lot easier. The site’s video editor is now allowing its users to remix existing YouTube videos without violating anyone’s copyright. This is made possible by YouTube adopting Creative Commons licenses, offering users the chance to publish any video under the liberal CC-BY license. It’s a big step forward for YouTube, and a giant leap for Creative Commons, which previously hasn’t played a big role in the web video world.
The Government of Kenya will launch a new Government Open Data Portal on July 8 that will for the first time make several large government datasets available to the general public in an easy to search and view format.
The web portal will allow citizens to search and display national and county level data in graphs and maps and allow for easy comparison and analysis between datasets.
For web and software developers, the portal will avail data in useable formats like cvs, Excel and will even include APIs for each dataset.
The portal will be one of the first and largest government data portals in sub-Saharan Africa. With this launch, Kenya will become a leader among developing countries in the adoption of open data—a movement that is gathering momentum globally.
We (scientists in general) do not talk about “personal growth” or anything remotely similar. It’s personal, it’s about growth (and assumes something about us is not OK) and by all means it’s something stupid related to banging one’s own chest and believing everything is possible. However, when you ask people if they think that all the problems we have in science could be solved in a short time provided scientist would grow up, you get definite “yes” almost each time. You can look at this in a slightly different way. On the very same open science session at OAI7 I mentioned above, we were asked to provide one keyword/phrase that describes open science. We got a collection of 30-40 keyword and rarely anything repeated. Surprisingly (or not), about one third of them were actually describing science, as it is “supposed” to be, but apparently is not. Open science as a moral transformation movement? Growing up? Come on. This is not the thing reasonable people talk about, right?
While I’m not going to start a new religion, I want you to re-frame the concept of “growth” into something more scientific. The basis for such framework might be the work of the father of so called positive psychology, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He is most known for the book “Flow” about a state of full immersing in the task and conditions required to achieve it. In the next book, “The Evolving Self” he started to look at patterns of “flow” across the history and showed several examples how “flow” was the basis for substantial shifts in the communities across centuries. He also traced how our “self” evolved over millenia. His main point is that large transformations that happened in the past required a complex self and a laser focus of psychic energy, and to deal with several issues of the present, we need more of the same. He argues that the best idea would be to form a creative minority, called “evolutionary cell” that by its special design (more on that in a minute) will allow its members to transcendent their “selves”....
The Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Society and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute are set to launch an open access research journal that will attempt to compete directly for submissions with Cell, Nature and Science. They will publish the first issue of the as-yet unnamed online only publication for biomedical and life sciences research in summer 2012. Authors will not be charged fees and anonymous reviewer comments will be published. 'We will offer a fast service and transparent peer review that will ensure that researchers want to submit,' says Robert Kiley, head of digital services at the Wellcome Library.
DataCatalogs.org aims to be the most comprehensive list of open data catalogs in the world. It is curated by a group of leading open data experts from around the world - including representatives from local, regional and national governments, international organisations such as the World Bank, and numerous NGOs.
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