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Open Access: Unlock Science for the 21st Century | Information Security and Digital Liberalism

"Scientific papers are nowadays published in journals funded by major publishers. However, these journals have become more and more expensive while also becoming more restrictive. The open access model is the only way forward for scientific research. It enables unrestricted usage of scientific results, it brings down enormous costs, and it gives researchers the ability to perform better literature surveys".

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Project Open Data

Open Data Policy — Managing Information as an Asset
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Enigma - Access the World's Public Data

Enigma - Access the World's Public Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Search and analyze billions of public records published by governments, companies and organizations.

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Tabula: Extract Tables from PDFs

Tabula is a free tool for extracting data from PDF files into CSV and Excel files.

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How to Make Government Data Sites Better

How to Make Government Data Sites Better | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Accessing government data from the source is frustrating. If you've done it, or at least tried to, you know the pain that is oddly formatted files, search that doesn't work, and annotation that tells you nothing about the data in front of you.

 

The most frustrating part of the process is knowing how useful the data could be if only it were shared more simply. Unfortunately, ease-of-use is rarely the case, and we spend more time formatting and inspecting the data than we do actually putting it to use. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

 

It's this painstaking process that draws so much ire. It's hard notto complain.

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Scientific Data | Nature

Scientific Data | Nature | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Scientific Data is a new open-access, online-only publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets.

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Open access is not enough on its own – data must be free too

Open access is not enough on its own – data must be free too | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Academics have been encouraged to make their research freely available, but their data also needs to be open to scrutiny
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Open Development Toolkit

Open Development Toolkit | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Development Toolkit is a centralised hub around open development, bringing together tools and training materials with the aim of promoting use and re-use of online tools which make development data available. To begin with, the Toolkit will focus primarily on aid data, but we hope to move on to other areas of development data in the future.

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GTFS brings open data to public transit: A developer's first look at the spec

GTFS brings open data to public transit: A developer's first look at the spec | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Google and a group of developers spearheaded GTFS, a format for public transportation schedules and geographic data. Here's what developers need to know to start using the data standard.
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Feds To Post Open Data From 700 R&D Facilities - InformationWeek

Feds To Post Open Data From 700 R&D Facilities - InformationWeek | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Research.Data.gov upgrade furnishes machine-readable research data to entrepreneurs, innovators, and manufacturers.
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Towards common methods for assessing open data:   workshop report & draft framework 

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Science experts and geeks share their open source projects | Opensource.com

Science experts and geeks share their open source projects | Opensource.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Science experts will share how they are using the latest and greatest open source applications in their work, across their teams, and in the lab. Science geeks will share homemade projects and show us how open source technology was an integral part to their labors of love.

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Indexes of Data Quality and Openness

This article reviews three indexes that assess the openness or quality of data produced by national governments. The Open Data Barometer (ODB), produced by the Open Data Institute and the Worldwide Web Foundation, and the Open Data Index (ODI), produced by the Open Knowledge Foundation, rate the openness of heterogonous sets of data produced by governments, of which the outputs of the national statistical system are only a part. The third, the World Bank’s Statistical Capacity Index (SCI), rates the capacity of a national statistical system to produce reliable statistics but does not consider whether the data meet the criteria for openness. Although the three differ in design and content, their ratings across countries are, for the most part, highly correlated. The purpose of this article is not to rate the raters or pick a winner among the three approaches. Rather, it is part of an ongoing effort to develop a measure that captures both the quality and the openness of development statistics. As is so often the case, progress can be made more quickly by learning from what others have done. 

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The Business Case for Open Data | Omidyar Network

The Business Case for Open Data | Omidyar Network | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network’s director, policy (UK) and Nicholas Gruen, economist and CEO of Lateral Economics, unveiled today in Canberra the report, Open for Business.  It is the first study to quantify and illustrate the potential of Open Data to help achieve the G20’s economic growth target.  Martin makes the economic case for open data below.  

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Spend Network API

Spend Network API | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Spend Network database contains records of transactions (that is spending) between UK public sector organisations and their suppliers.  The primary fields in each transaction record describe:...

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Open Government Initiatives - Civic Commons Wiki

Open Government Initiatives - Civic Commons Wiki | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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Beyond Transparency

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Beyond Transparency is a cross-disciplinary survey of the open data landscape, in which practitioners share their own stories of what they’ve accomplished with open civic data. It seeks to move beyond the rhetoric of transparency for transparency’s sake and towards action and problem solving. Through these stories, we examine what is needed to build an ecosystem in which open data can become the raw materials to drive more effective decision-making and efficient service delivery, spur economic activity, and empower citizens to take an active role in improving their own communities.

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Open Data Changes Lives: Jeanne Holm at TEDxUCLA - YouTube

As the Evangelist for Data.Gov, Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. 

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Data papers | GBIF.ORG

A data paper is a searchable metadata document, describing a particular dataset or a group of datasets, published in the form of a peer-reviewed article in a scholarly journal.

 

Unlike a conventional research article, the primary purpose of a data paper is to describe data and the circumstances of their collection, rather than to report hypotheses and conclusions. 

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Access to data at The European Library - The European Library

Access to data at The European Library - The European Library | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

As an aggregator of both digital collections and bibliographic data, The European Library offers a unique set of data from Europe’s libraries. We aim to promote the wider use and exposure of the collections of our member libraries and we have developed a suite of services to access and search the data. 

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How to Provide Open Schedule Data (with GTFS)

How to Provide Open Schedule Data (with GTFS) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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Friday lunchtime lecture: Open data, open web: Just a passing fad? | Lunchtime Lectures | Open Data Institute

The web has transformed our lives so much over the last twenty years that we think of it as an inevitable development and a permanent part of our world. In this talk, Professor Carr explains how the open web we know is just one of many attempts over the last century to build a planet-wide network of information. Why was this one successful? And will it continue to be so?

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Cetis Conference 2014: Time to Unhide Open | Open Education Working Group

Cetis Conference 2014: Time to Unhide Open | Open Education Working Group | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Cetis conference is an annual opportunity for UK developers, learning technologists, lectures and policy makers to come together to discuss recent innovations in the domain of education technology. This year the theme was ‘Building the Digital Institution: Technological Innovation in Universities and Colleges‘ and I was really pleased to be attending on behalf of the Open Education Working Group. The conference took place at the University of Bolton from 17th – 18th June 2014. 

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Arachnys Open Data Compass - 2014

Arachnys Open Data Compass - 2014 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Designed for compliance professionals, transparency campaigners and investors, the Arachnys Open Data Compass assesses business-critical data in 215 countries.

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Open science research and development hybrid development model | Opensource.com

Open science research and development hybrid development model | Opensource.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Open science research and development hybrid development model can protect pharma company profits while reducing costs of medicines for consumers.
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Who We Are

Who We Are | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The OpenGov Hub physically collocates historically distinct but like-minded communities of practice under a single shared physical workspace in downtown Washington, DC.  The OpenGov Hub is the day-to-day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities in the Washington area.

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