Many hope that more transparency and data sharing will help journalists, make officials more accountable and improve decisions. But very few think agencies are doing a great job of providing useful data.
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The ODI and Universities UK, have today (4th November) announced that they will lead a project involving a group of top UK universities, the National Union of Students (NUS) and Jisc to explore the opportunities open data presents the higher education (HE) sector in the UK. The project is called “Creating Value from Open Data”.
I’m pleased to announce a new research project to examine the impact of open budget data, undertaken as a collaboration between Open Knowledge and the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam, supported by the Global Initiative for Financial Transparency (GIFT).
The project will include an empirical mapping of who is active around open budget data around the world, and what the main issues, opportunities and challenges are according to different actors. On the basis of this mapping it will provide a review of the various definitions and conceptions of open budget data, arguments for why it matters, best practises for publication and engagement, as well as applications and outcomes in different countries around the world.
In this paper, two open access data sources, provided by Mendeley Ltd., are described in detail. The first data source is a snapshot of 50,000 user libraries, enabling researchers to test collaborative filtering algorithms for scientific paper recommendation. The second data source is Mendeleys API that provides access to 50 million research articles, crowdsourced from over 1.5 million users. This API allows researchers to build third party applications on top of real-time and large scale data. By providing data sources for the study of collaborative filtering, metadata extraction, deduplication and related research, Mendeley hopes to enable researchers in these domains to better collaborate and share knowledge, ultimately encouraging good research practices and advancing the state of scientific knowledge.
We are lucky enough to be able to publish two fantastic blog posts on Open Education Russia. The first of these is an overview of Open Education projects that have recently taken place including development of MOOC platforms and aggregation of online-courses. We’ll be publishing a follow up post next week during Open Education Week #openeducationwk looking at Open Education data expeditions.
On 21 February, thousands of transparency activists, software developers, designers, researchers, public servants, and civil society groups are gathering at more than 100 cities around the world for the fifth global Open Data Day.
In political speeches and recent reports there has been a significant focus on the potential of open data for economic growth and public sector efficiency. But open data isn’t just all about silicon roundabouts and armchair auditors. Here are five reasons why open data matters for social justice and democratic accountability.
CKAN is a powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available.
Open Knowledge today announced plans to develop Open Trials, an open, online database of information about the world’s clinical research trials funded by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The project, which is designed to increase transparency and improve access to research, will be directed by Dr. Ben Goldacre, an internationally known leader on clinical transparency.
The toolkit, developed by EIFL, provides a number of tested and proven guides for organizing training events.
It is useful for a variety of audiences, including:
training sessions for academic staff (researchers) and students;training sessions for institutions (research administrator and librarians);training sessions for research project managers andtraining sessions for policy-makers and staff working in funding bodies.
The toolkit also summarizes good practice experiences in hosting FOSTER training sessions for different stakeholders and provides recommendations for those who would like to organize similar training events.
Last week we got an email from GEB reader Alan letting us know that Google Earth Pro, which formerly cost US$400 per year, appears to now be free. There has been no official announcement from Google as yet on the subject. [Update: Google have now officially announced that Google Earth Pro is free. ] We …
The open educational project DataDrivenJournalism.RU was launched in April 2013 by a group of enthusiasts. Initially it was predominantly a blog, which accumulated translated and originally written manuals on working with data, as well as more general articles about data driven journalism. Its mission was formulated as promoting the use of data (Open Data first of all) in the Russian-language environment and its main objective was to create an online platform to consolidate the Russian-speaking people who were interested in working with data, so that they can exchange their experiences and learn from each other. As the number of the published materials grew, they had to be structured in a searchable way, which resulted in making it look more like a website with special sections for learning materials, interactive educational projects (data expeditions), helpful links, etc.
Next week is Open Education Week, a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.
OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library. Wiley will also submit OnlineOpen articles in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.
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