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The revolution will NOT be in Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

The revolution will NOT be in Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

A common narrative in many “open” development projects goes along the lines of “provide access to data/information –> some magic occurs –> we see positive change.” In essence, because of the newness of this field, we only know what we THINK happens, we don’t know what REALLY happens because there is a paucity of documentation and evidence.

 

It’s problematic that we often use the terms data, information, and knowledge interchangeably, because:

Data is NOT knowledge.

Data is NOT information.

Information is NOT knowledge.

Knowledge IS what you know. It’s the result of information you’ve consumed, your education, your culture, beliefs, religion, experience – it’s intertwined with the society within which you live. 


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Irina Radchenko's curator insight, October 22, 2013 2:24 AM

It's so obvious. The main values of openness are our open minds and thoughts.

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A simple intro to open data | data.gov.uk

A simple intro to open data | data.gov.uk | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

If you have come to data.gov.uk wondering what open data is all about, this short guide will provide you with the basic information you need to start playing with government data and will point you to tools and resources that can help you further in working with open data.

 

The reasons why you are interested in open data can be many, you may be a student wanting to use data for research, a local campaigner or a charity looking for evidence to support your decisions or a business looking into how open data can enhance your products or inform your processes. Although this guide is aimed at taking the very first steps on the path to open data, those with a better understanding of data will find the resources section valuable.


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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 4:10 AM

"Working with data can provide you with new insights into a subject, help you prove a point, provide your application or web service with what it needs to run, inform financial and social statistics or help you understand customer behaviour.

So, let’s make it bit more real and try to do something basic with some data, let’s visualise it and see if we get some new insights.

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Defining Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Defining Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Open data is data that can be freely used, shared and built-on by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose. This is the summary of the full Open Definition which the Open Knowledge Foundation created in 2005 to provide both a succinct explanation and a detailed definition of open data.

 

As the open data movement grows, and even more governments and organisations sign up to open data, it becomes ever more important that there is a clear and agreed definition for what “open data” means if we are to realise the full benefits of openness, and avoid the risks of creating incompatibility between projects and splintering the community. 


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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, October 7, 2013 6:51 AM

"There are 2 important elements to openness:

Legal openness: you must be allowed to get the data legally, to build on it, and to share it. Legal openness is usually provided by applying an appropriate (open) license which allows for free access to and reuse of the data, or by placing data into the public domain.Technical openness: there should be no technical barriers to using that data. For example, providing data as printouts on paper (or as tables in PDF documents) makes the information extremely difficult to work with. So the Open Definition has various requirements for “technical openness,” such as requiring that data be machine readable and available in bulk.

- See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/10/03/defining-open-data/#sthash.sADvs2Q8.dpuf";

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Attention regulates emotion

Attention regulates emotion | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Extremes of every kind of attention are a problem. It’s important to find a balance between too narrow a focus, and attention that's too widely dispersed. Attention too far in either direction can
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The Best Ways to Stay Updated on Psychology Research

The Best Ways to Stay Updated on Psychology Research | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Find out how to follow the latest psychology research and learn more about how your mind works.
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We need to place research into a context. The context can be influenced by research in other areas, areas other than in the domain or field of the people performing the research. Education and neurosciences sometimes base findings or reach conclusions based on research from psychologists in addition to other fields because education and neurosciences are essentially multidisciplinary.

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How States Actively Prevent People From Learning About Healthcare Plans - The Atlantic

How States Actively Prevent People From Learning About Healthcare Plans - The Atlantic | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
How States Actively Prevent People From Learning About Healthcare Plans The Atlantic To help the 16 million uninsured Americans learn about their options and sign up for coverage, the Affordable Care Act established grants to be doled out to people...
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New Limb Regeneration Insight Surprises Scientists

Limb regeneration remains the stuff of science fiction for humans, but an accidental discovery provides a new window into what it would take for people to grow lost limbs with newtlike flair. [More]
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Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play

Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

“ Video games can offer a playful approach to learning a new concept, providing a jumping off point for diving deeply into a topic. Games can’t do all the teaching, but they are an engaging way to get kids thinking -- even about ethics.”


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:14 AM

I love the idea of teaching through video games. One of my favorite books is Steven Johnson's Everything Bad Is Good For You.


Johnson's book is about how the video revolution has helped make us smarter and ready us for ths crazy digital time we live in. Johnson proposes a clear way to know the differnedce beteen life NOW and THEN. Try watching an old show like My Three Sons or I Dream of Jeannie. Can't be done. Too slow and goofy. 

This post makes me wonder how ecommerce websies could "teach empathy" via games too.  

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Mediatwits #100: Data Visualizations at LA Times; Defining a Journalist or Acts of Journalism? | Mediashift | PBS

Mediatwits #100: Data Visualizations at LA Times; Defining a Journalist or Acts of Journalism? | Mediashift | PBS | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
As digital platforms become more complex, journalists no longer simply ask themselves how best to portray a story with words and pictures. The digital medium provides unique and dynamic opportunities for stories and data to come to life.
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How To Start A Business With Only $100 In The Bank

How To Start A Business With Only $100 In The Bank | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Chris Guillebeau Chris Guillebeau is a writer, entrepreneur, and traveler. His latest book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, is now a New York Times bestseller.
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The Five Biggest Absinthe Myths

The Five Biggest Absinthe Myths | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The mysterious Green Fairy is delicious, but does it really make you hallucinate? An absinthe expert shares the truth about the misunderstood spirit.
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DNews: How Pain Works : DNews

DNews: How Pain Works : DNews | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Pain is a pain. Too much of it, and it can really make life hard. But imagine none of it. That can be bad too, as you'd never know if you're hurt. That's the reality for a select few who carry a rare genetic mutation.
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Visualisations - Open Data Index

The following visualisations have been constructed from the 2013 Index data. All are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, meaning you are to free to use them in any context, commercial or otherwise, provided you clearly attribute them to "Open Data Index 2013, Open Knowledge Foundation."


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Open Knowledge Index | Open Economics

Open Knowledge Index | Open Economics | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The Open Knowledge Index has been designed to measure and track progress in opening up information, data and knowledge in a broader sense to the public. The Open Knowledge Index captures three dimensions of knowledge – the ability to access knowledge (capability), the availability of knowledge and data provision (legislation) and the capacity to use the data and feed it back into the open data eco-system (open society).

 

Currently, the sample consists of a cross-section of 38 countries in 2009-2010, comprising OECD and the BRIC countries. We plan to gradually increase the sample in the future.


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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, May 28, 2013 4:57 AM

Great analysis of all the variables that have to be involved on the OpenData Paradigm:  The Open Knowledge Index captures three dimensions of knowledge – the ability to access knowledge (capability), the availability of knowledge and data provision (legislation) and the capacity to use the data and feed it back into the open data eco-system (open society).

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How open is your government? Get the data

How open is your government? Get the data | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
As the Open Government Partnership summit opens in London, take a look at the global picture with some data downloads

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, November 4, 2013 5:25 AM

"There is a growing consensus that it is not enough for governments to simply publish their data – information must be timely and accessible. "

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WHO | Flooding and communicable diseases fact sheet

WHO | Flooding and communicable diseases fact sheet | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
this nonfiction article can be used in secondary school classes for health and science. you might also use it for discussions about historic events and current events.
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AllAnalytics - Meta S. Brown - Storytelling for Data Analysts

AllAnalytics - Meta S. Brown - Storytelling for Data Analysts | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Telling a story with your data is good, as long as the tale is true.
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math whiz finds creativity in problem solving - Chicago Daily Herald

math whiz finds creativity in problem solving - Chicago Daily Herald | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
math whiz finds creativity in problem solving
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If you look past numbers and computations and distill math to its essence, it's all about creativity, 17-year-old James Tao says.
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creativity in math!

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