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EU Commission Wants More Copyright Licensing, But Not Creative Commons Or Fair Use | Techdirt

EU Commission Wants More Copyright Licensing, But Not Creative Commons Or Fair Use | Techdirt | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
While there's no doubt that copyright licensing is a mess that is often holding back key innovations online, it's a bit worrisome to hear about how the EU Commission is exploring the issue. It has set up a "Licenses for Europe" campaign, but designed in a way that locks in a predetermined conclusion that the only way to deal with locked up content in Europe is to get the big copyright holders to agree to more easily determined licenses. Again, this is not necessarily a bad thing, but it ignores the larger picture: including the fact that most content produced today is coming from individuals and not as a part of a larger industry.
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OPEN TRIALS: OPEN KNOWLEDGE ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR OPEN, ONLINE DATABASE OF CLINICAL TRIALS

OPEN TRIALS: OPEN KNOWLEDGE ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR OPEN, ONLINE DATABASE OF CLINICAL TRIALS | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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New toolkit available for training sessions on OA, open data and open science

New toolkit available for training sessions on OA, open data and open science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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Google Earth Pro now Free? - Google Earth Blog

Google Earth Pro now Free? - Google Earth Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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 …
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Interview with 4 journalists - what are the important things for creating good data journalism works?

Interview with 4 journalists - what are the important things for creating good data journalism works? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

INTERVIEW WITH 4 JOURNALISTS – WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT THINGS FOR CREATING GOOD DATA JOURNALISM WORKS?

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Translation for massive open online courses to be developed by the traMOOC project

Translation for massive open online courses to be developed by the traMOOC project | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Massive Open Online Courses have been growing rapidly in size and impact. Yet the language barrier constitutes a major growth impediment in reaching out to all peoples and educating all citizens. 

http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


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Experimenting with Data Expeditions

Experimenting with Data Expeditions | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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. 

 

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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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Americans’ Views on Open Government Data

Americans’ Views on Open Government Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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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Research Data at Your Fingertips - A Position Paper by Research Data Working Group

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ODI's 2nd Year: Annual Report | Open Data Institute

ODI's 2nd Year: Annual Report | Open Data Institute | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

We are in a privileged position for a two-year-old company: an exceptional team (from board to operations), £3.9m income for 2014 with £3.8m secured for 2015, and growing market demand for our core products of membership, training and services.

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ODI, UUK and top UK universities launch project to unlock open data potential in higher education | News | Open Data Institute

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”.

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Presenting public finance just got easier | Open Knowledge Blog

Presenting public finance just got easier | Open Knowledge Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

CKAN 2.3 is out! The world-famous data handling software suite which powers data.gov, data.gov.uk and numerous other open data portals across the world has been significantly upgraded.

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New research project to map the impact of open budget data | Open Knowledge Blog

New research project to map the impact of open budget data | Open Knowledge Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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. 

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Mendeley's open data for science and learning: a reply to the DataTEL challenge

Mendeley's open data for science and learning: a reply to the DataTEL challenge | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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.
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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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