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The knowledge platform

The knowledge platform | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Knowledge is itself a sort of platform. It has no value by itself. It has tremendous value when put to use. Knowledge is a platform for decisions, for innovation and for community.
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Open Education Week 2015 | Open Education Working Group

Open Education Week 2015 | Open Education Working Group | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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. 

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Wiley Online Library > About Us > Open Access > OnlineOpen - Wiley Online Library

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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Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015-18

Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015-18 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Around the world governments are increasing the amount of data that they release as ‘open data’. Open data is data that is free, available to everyone and is available in formats that computers can read.

The Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland contains the framework and principles by which we aim to build capacity for delivering open data in Northern Ireland. The implementation of this strategy will create an ‘open by default’ culture whereby the publishing of open data becomes part of everyday management practices. The strategy covers all of the Northern Ireland public sector.

Opening up public sector data is the right thing to do in terms of transparency, accountability, efficiency and in driving economic growth through the innovative use of data.

When the technology is in place later this year public sector bodies will be able to publish open data for the public, private sector and academia to use.

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What Drives Academic Data Sharing?

What Drives Academic Data Sharing? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Despite widespread support from policy makers, funding agencies, and scientific journals, academic researchers rarely make their research data available to others. At the same time, data sharing in research is attributed a vast potential for scientific progress. It allows the reproducibility of study results and the reuse of old data for new research questions. Based on a systematic review of 98 scholarly papers and an empirical survey among 603 secondary data users, we develop a conceptual framework that explains the process of data sharing from the primary researcher’s point of view. We show that this process can be divided into six descriptive categories: Data donor, research organization, research community, norms, data infrastructure , and data recipients . Drawing from our findings, we discuss theoretical implications regarding knowledge creation and dissemination as well as research policy measures to foster academic collaboration. We conclude that research data cannot be regarded as knowledge commons, but research policies that better incentivise data sharing are needed to improve the quality of research results and foster scientific progress.
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It's really interesting article with issues about Scientific Data Sharing.

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Scientists have created an open-access fossil database

Scientists have created an open-access fossil database | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

When it comes to figuring out exactly how and when life evolved on Earth, it's going to take a lot of great minds working together.

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How to Become a Digital Sherlock Holmes and Support Relief Efforts

How to Become a Digital Sherlock Holmes and Support Relief Efforts | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Humanitarian organizations need both timely and accurate information when responding to disasters. Where is the most damage located? Who needs the most help? What other threats exist? Respectable news organizations also need timely and accurate information during crisis events to responsibly inform the public. Alas, both humanitarian & mainstream news organizations are often confronted with countless rumors and unconfirmed reports. Investigative journalists and others have thus developed a number of clever strategies to rapidly verify such reports—as detailed in the excellent Verification Handbook.

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OMB to release largest index of government data in the world

OMB to release largest index of government data in the world | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

On Feb. 6, the Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to the Sunlight Foundation explaining how it planned to comply with our FOIA request for Enterprise Data Inventories. These inventories are compiled by 24 federal agencies as part of President Barack Obama’s 2013 open data executive order.

The release, which we believe will represent the largest index of government data in the world, is not just important for open government advocates. It’s important for journalists, researchers and more.

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11 Horror Stories of Open Data

11 Horror Stories of Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
A cathartic session at Open Data Camp 2015, when attendees shared their horror storied under the Chatham House Rule.

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Open Data Monitor is launching

OpenDataMonitor brings open datasets to light. As a platform, it gives visitors an overview of available open data resources, allowing them to analyse and visualise existing data catalogues using innovative technologies.

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A “calculus” for Open Data

A “calculus” for Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open data makes great promises and offers untapped benefits for individual, public and private decision-making. However, these benefits often come with hidden costs and risks. Taking some inspiration from “A theory of the calculus of voting”, we present a modest attempt at formalizing a “calculus of open data” to help data providers make this decision.

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A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: An ongoing index of emerging learning models, theories, and technology for progressive teaching.
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Green Tea and Velociraptors | Welcome to the Open Glossary

Green Tea and Velociraptors | Welcome to the Open Glossary | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

At the London satellite event for Open Con earlier this year, myself and Ross Mounce were given some useful feedback after our joint talk on ‘Open Data’ by one of the attendees. Apparently, some of the terminology was too complex, or specialist, for the subject, and some of the talk was unable to be followed unless you were already an expert in the issue.

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Impact Challenge Day 12: Make your data discoverable on a data repository - Impactstory blog

Impact Challenge Day 12: Make your data discoverable on a data repository - Impactstory blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Data is second only to journal articles in terms of importance to science communication and publishing–it’s the rocks from which diamonds are refined. And as a researcher, chances are you’ve got research data lying around on your hard drive or server.

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Open Education Russia | Open Education Working Group

Open Education Russia | Open Education Working Group | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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. 

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Five ways open data can boost democracy around the world

Five ways open data can boost democracy around the world | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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Ordnance Survey announces open data innovation project

Ordnance Survey announces open data innovation project | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Ordnance Survey marked International Open Data Day by announcing plans to launch an open data digital map
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Global Database Investigations: The role of the computer-assisted reporter

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How to find free images and other resources without copyright restrictions

How to find free images and other resources without copyright restrictions | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Post on copyrights with a list of website where you can find copyright free resources.

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Australia’s Open Data Census goes Beta

Australia’s Open Data Census goes Beta | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Australia’s Regional Open Data Census was launched as a beta web-site on International Open Data Day (21 Feb 2015). The census is a crowd-
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Open Data Camp UK: Bursting out of the Open Data Bubble | Open Knowledge Blog

Open Data Camp UK: Bursting out of the Open Data Bubble | Open Knowledge Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

After a pitch from session leaders we were left with that tricky choice about what to go for. I attended a great session led by Ellen Broad from the Open Data Institute on creating an Open Data board game. Creating a board game is no easy task but has huge potential as a way to reach out to people. Those behind the Open Data Board Game Project are keen to create something informative and collaborative which still retains elements of individual competition. 

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CC BY and Its Discontents–A Growing Challenge for Open Access

CC BY and Its Discontents–A Growing Challenge for Open Access | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Recently I attended the conference of a major learned society in the humanities. I was only there for a day, and attended only two sessions: one as a panelist and the other as an observer. Both sessions dealt with issues related to Open Access (OA), and in both of them I was deeply taken aback by the degree to which the scholars in attendance—not universally, but by an overwhelming majority—expressed frustration and even outright anger at the OA community. The word
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Proposal for National Guidelines for Open Access to Scientific Information

Proposal for National Guidelines for Open Access to Scientific Information | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The Swedish Research Council has been tasked by the Government to develop national guidelinesfor open access to scientific information and presents in this report its proposal for how theguidelines...
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Let’s not get too excited about the new University of California open access policy

Let’s not get too excited about the new University of California open access policy | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In an effort to encourage more research be made openly available, higher education institutions have begun to enact their own open access policies aimed at increasing the momentum. Michael Eisen welcomes such action but remains disappointed at the inclusion of an optional faculty opt out clause in the University of California’s mandate. Previous attempts at flexibility have led to certain publishers requiring their authors to necessarily disregard institutional policies, thereby counteracting any significant change to the broken publishing system.

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Introduction to Open Science: Why data versioning and data care practices are key for science and social science

Introduction to Open Science: Why data versioning and data care practices are key for science and social science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
A significant shift in how researchers approach their data is needed if transparent and reproducible research practices are to be broadly advanced. Carly Strasser has put together a useful guide to...
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20 ways to connect open data and local democracy | Tim's Blog

20 ways to connect open data and local democracy | Tim's Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
About 20 Ways to Connect Open Data and Local Democracy by Tim Davies
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