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Diploma disruption: credentials offered for massive open online courses | SmartPlanet

Diploma disruption: credentials offered for massive open online courses | SmartPlanet | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Soon, individuals participating in some online courses from major universities will have something to show for their successful completion of the work besides internal knowledge. In a step toward the credentialing of massive open online course-based education, Coursera announced it will be offering certifications of completion for a small fee. It is also seen as a way to build more financial sustainability into the emerging MOOC business model for higher education.

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Online tools for researchers

Online tools for researchers | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Here you will find a list of online "web 2.0" tools, designed for researchers. The list will be updated progressively as this blogs explores the different services out there. I - Using "the crowd" ...
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Turn Data Into Knowledge

Turn Data Into Knowledge | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Every day we face challenges – from the personal, such as the quickest way to get to work, or what we should eat, to global ones like climate change and how to sustainably feed and educate seven billion people on this planet, writes Rufus Pollock, Founder, Open Knowledge

At Open Knowledge we believe that opening up data – and turning that data into insight – can be crucial to addressing these challenges, and building a society in which is everyone – not just the few – are empowered with the knowledge they need to understand and effect change.
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"Data is everywhere and we commonly talk of ‘digital economies’ now, of a ‘networked society’. But making sense of data – turning it into knowledge if you like – and then using it wisely, is still one of the greatest challenges we face as a global and increasingly interlinked society.

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Reuse and redistribution: the data must be provided under terms that permit reuse and redistribution including the intermixing with other datasets. The data must be machine-readable.

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Personal data should never be ‘open’ and freely accessible to everyone. Rather, we strongly believe that each of us should control our personal data – both to have access to it and to know (and decide) how it is used.

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With digital technology – from mobiles to the Internet – increasingly everywhere, we are seeing a data revolution. We are living this revolution both in the amount of data available and in our ability to use, and share, that data. And it is changing everything we do – from how we travel home from work to how scientists do research, to how governments set policy.

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White House unveils new open government initiatives

White House unveils new open government initiatives | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The White House has unveiled new or expanded commitments to open government. Included are plans to adopt an open source software policy, with a deadline of Dec. 31, 2015, as well as plans to improve delivery of government digital services.

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Imeji - Open Source software

Imeji - Open Source software | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The imeji open source software offers a dedicated metadata management by supporting a non- restrictive metadata schema definition, as simple as liked or as complex as needed. All objects within the imeji software have a unique identifier and therefore can be referenced in publications or reused in other contexts (dissemination). Large collections can be organized …
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The Art of Creating Meaningful Stories from Raw Big Data

The Art of Creating Meaningful Stories from Raw Big Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The art of finding the perfect story in raw big data involves one part data visualization, one part storytelling, and one part infographic design.
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How Open Data Is Transforming City Life

How Open Data Is Transforming City Life | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Start a business. Manage your power use. Find cheap rents, or avoid crime-ridden neighborhoods. Cities and their citizens worldwide are discovering the power of “open data”—public data and information available from government and other sources that can help solve civic problems and create new business opportunities.
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Open Science, Open Issues | International seminar, workshops and Open Science work group meetin

Open Science, Open Issues | International seminar, workshops and Open Science work group meetin | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

International seminar, workshops and Open Science work group meeting

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Emirates ID stresses significance of Open Data in improving government transparency and accountability | WAM

Abu Dhabi, 13th Sept. 2014 (WAM) - In a new working paper published in the international ‘Journal of Public Administration & Governance’, the Emirates Identity Authority has called upon governments around the world to promote concepts and practices of ‘Open Data’ through focusing on disseminating qualitative data that can be used worldwide to enhance transparency and accountability.
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Data quality and quality assurance (QA) processing and information for data on CKAN

Data quality and quality assurance (QA) processing and information for data on CKAN (usually as encapsulated by Resources).

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Models of, and Missions for, Transfer Offices from Public Research Organizations

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Open Definition v2.0 Released – Major Update of Essential Standard for Open Data and Open Content | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Definition v2.0 Released – Major Update of Essential Standard for Open Data and Open Content | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Today Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council are pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition. The Definition “sets out principles that define openness in relation to data and content” and plays a key role in supporting the growing open data ecosystem. 

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Open Data " benefits are at significant risk both from quality problems such as “open-washing” (non-open data being passed off as open) and from fragmentation of the open data ecosystem due to incompatibility between the growing number of “open” licenses.

The Open Definition eliminates these risks and ensures we realize the full benefits of open by guaranteeing quality and preventing incompatibility.See this recent post for more about why the Open Definition is so important.

- See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2014/10/07/open-definition-v2-0-released-major-update-of-essential-standard-for-open-data-and-open-content/#sthash.JFwsRl29.dpuf

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Events of International Open Access Week - 2014

Upcoming Events | A global event, now in its 7th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.
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NIU to celebrate International Open Access Week | NIU Today

NIU to celebrate International Open Access Week | NIU Today | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

During the week of Oct. 20, NIU will present a series of lectures, panel discussions and other events to celebrate International Open Access Week 2014.

 

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The cost of subscription publishing

The cost of subscription publishing | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The high cost of subscription journals has been discussed endlessly among librarians and those advocating for open access. While it is common knowledge that the prices paid by libraries are higher than most can really afford, there is still surprisingly little data in the public domain about what the exact costs are. Partly this is just down to the fact that libraries haven’t traditionally published detailed breakdowns of their acquisitions expenditure, so there is no cultural norm of doing so.
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Nature Communications to become open access only

Nature Communications to become open access only | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Nature Communications is to become the first Nature-branded open access only journal. The number one open access journal in multidisciplinary sciences*, Nature Communications is Nature Publishing Group's (NPG) flagship open access title. Nature Communications will only accept open access research submissions from 20th October 2014.

 

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cola.js: Constraint-based Layout in the Browser

cola.js: Constraint-based Layout in the Browser | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

cola.js (A.K.A. "WebCoLa") is an open-source JavaScript library for arranging your HTML5 documents and diagrams using constraint-based optimization techniques.

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Kata, metadata catalogue service

Kata is a metadata catalogue service of TTA (Finnish National Research Data Initiative). TTA is a data effort of Ministry of Education and Culture.

 

Kata contains metadata of research data, from various branches of science. Kata does not contain the actual data itself, but the metadata catalogue allows you to browse and search for available data and lets you know how and where to gain access to it.

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A Creative Commons Guide to Sharing Your Science

A Creative Commons Guide to Sharing Your Science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
A more restrictive copyright license probably doesn’t do what you think, according to Puneet Kishor of Creative Commons. A more open one likely does exactly what you want, when it comes to moving research forward and getting credit for your work. Here is a guide to the licenses best suited for science and the principles behind them, from the organization that aims simpl...
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Save the Titanic: Hands-on anonymisation and risk control of publishing open data | Guides | Open Data Institute

Save the Titanic: Hands-on anonymisation and risk control of publishing open data | Guides | Open Data Institute | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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