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Carolyn Fox discusses open education and open source solutions for academic administrations in 2012 and predictions for 2013.
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During the ForumPA 2013 several activities related to Open Data and reuse of PSI in Italy were announced, including the Monithon project. The idea behind Monithon was born some months earlier, during the Spaghetti Open Data first meeting.
Open science and research initiative in Finland: Persistency and infrastructure as backbone for openness, Juha Haataja, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Summary: a contribution to debate about the development of open knowledge movements
The Open Knowledge Foundation (re-named as as ‘Open Knowledge’) are soft-launching a new brand over the coming months.
The call for applications to the Open Education Challenge closed on March 21, resulting in a grand total of 611 submissions from 74 countries worldwide. This response represents a wellspring of innovative technologies and practices for opening up education.
The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads.
The GeoConnections Discovery Portal is a metadata catalogue that enables GIS users, developers and data suppliers to find, evaluate, access, visualize and publish Canadian geospatial and geoscience data products and Web services.
Over the past few years, there has an explosive growth in open data with significant uptake in government, research and elsewhere. Open data has the potential to transform society, government and the economy, from how we travel to work to how we decide to vote. But wehave only just begun down this road, and the going, even so far, has not always been easy.In his talk, Rufus Pollock introduces the idea of open data, explains how, and why, we are where we are today, and, finally, looks to the future of the rapidly evolving open data ecoystem.
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Anyone under the impression that universities are the dominant suppliers to government of commissioned research, advice, and knowledge, think again. Open data on government spending shows the relative dominance of other suppliers and mediators of knowledge to government – not least the private sector and think tanks. Simon Bastow presents some preliminary government-wide data.
The Wellcome Trust recently published details of how much it spent on open access publishing in the year 2012-2013 in an attempt to make the debate around the costs of open access publishing more evidence-based. The data we released fuelled much discussion online and Robert Kiley, Head Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, gives an update…
How much are free textbooks costing the publishing industry?
This isn't dealt with in the article (the article is about upfront fees paid by libraries so researchers have free access) but it made me wonder how big publishers like Elesevier and Wiley are going to sweeten the author deals so that authors/scholars can look away from the burden carried by students.
The government has announced a £1.5m grant to be invested in organisations championing the open data initiative.
Abstract:The Open Science movement has been most successful in transforming disciplines traditionally associated with science. Social science and humanities disciplines, especially those in the United States, are less well represented. To include all domains of knowledge, the Open Science movement must bridge these ‘three cultures’ through projects that highlight multiple lines of inquiry, research methods, and publishing practices. The movement should also consider changing its moniker to Open Knowledge in order to include academic disciplines that do not self-identify as science.#OpenScience
The OK Cast is a weekly open source blog and podcast with the goal to explore, connect, use and inspire open knowledge projects around the world to develop the public commons, improve organization and government transparency and communication, and advocate for social justice and social activism.
What can the open and linked data movements bring to education? This was the question explored at the Open Data in Education Seminar held in St Petersburg, Russia, earlier this week. The event, organized by Dmitry Mouromtsev from University ITMO, with support from Mathieu d’Aquin of LinkedUp and LinkedUniversities.org, brought together representatives from from several initiatives around Russia and the world that are setting the foundations of the open data in education movement, and leading the way through innovative applications.
As a business, it is important to always have relevant and useful information on hand for when you might need it. It can however be difficult to acquire all this information and especially to sort it out so that you only store the important information. This is why there exists data scraping services to make this process easier for you.
Have you, or your organization, created or repackaged/reused training content (from briefing papers, to presentations, videos, etc) on open access, open data and open science in any language, which can be useful and used in the FOSTER training context?
The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs available on different open websites.
European MOOCs are those provided by European institutions, regardless of the platform that hosts them. Each and every MOOC provider was contacted individually to get the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available. All of the MOOCs accounted for in the scoreboard are also listed in the MOOCs aggregator on this website.
Highlights this quarter: three open access initiatives illustrating particularly strong growth this quarter are featured (Directory of Open Access Books, Highwire Press free sites, and PubMedCentral with 5 of the top 15 spots by quarterly growth rate).
Open data has the potential not only to transform every sector of the economy but also to unleash more than $3 trillion in global economic value annually. Government has a critical role to play. A McKinsey & Company article.
Open data is important, but how is open data being used around the world to improve the quality of life and advance development objectives? Open data continues its ascent as a popular concept, entering mainstream consciousness and being implemented more broadly around the world. We need to look no further than Google search trend analysis to observe open data’s rise in netizen interest -- now even rivaling interest in international development.
Today, PeerJ published a study entitled “Internet publicity of data problems in the bioscience literature correlates with enhanced corrective action” by Dr Paul Brookes. This article deals with the topic of how corrections to the scientific literature are handled and so we felt it would be informative to have Dr Brookes provide some insight into the publication.
Government websites often share many of the same basic requirements such as usability, accessibility, and interoperability. Rather than reinvent the wheel each time, the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada developed the Web Experience Toolkit to create a set of shared templates for all government websites.
After extensive user acceptance testing, this mobile-first, multilingual framework can be completely customized for any public or private use case. As project lead Paul Jackson remarked during a recent webinar, “It actually became much easier for everyone to meet their requirements and a lot less costly by everyone pooling their resources into a common solution that everyone could repurpose.” Even the documentation itself is open source and collaborative using GitHub Pages.
Data journalism 2014 programme. International Journalism Festival #ijf14
A digital humanities scholar discovers what happens when you blog and tweet about an open access paper.
Postcode Address File (PAF) should have been kept as open data for government, says committee. By Charles Arthur