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INTRODUCING STREAMTOOLS: A GRAPHICAL TOOL FOR WORKING WITH STREAMS OF DATA
New and open source from the New York Times R&D Lab.
We see a moment coming when the collection of endless streams of data is commonplace. As this transition accelerates it is becoming increasingly apparent that our existing toolset for dealing with streams of data is lacking. Over the last 20 years we have invested heavily in tools that deal with tabulated data, from Excel, MySQL, and MATLAB to Hadoop, R, and Python+Numpy. These tools, when faced with a stream of never-ending data, fall short and diminish our creative potential.
In response to this shortfall we have created streamtools—a new, open source project by the New York Times R&D Lab which provides a general purpose, graphical tool for dealing with streams of data. It offers a vocabulary of operations that can be connected together to create live data processing systems without the need for programming or complicated infrastructure. These systems are assembled using a visual interface that affords both immediate understanding and live manipulation of the system.
Open Education Week 2014… and an opportunity to use one of @cogdog‘s wonderful #open images (thanks, Alan). This post is a summary of what I’ve been up to in the lead up to Open Education Week 2014 — preparing an #openedweek webinar, working with other open educators, supporting students in open sharing, participating in an inspiring Irish education conference, and finally, recounting a moving coincidence.
“MOOC List” is an aggregator (directory) of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from different providers.We don’t give MOOCs. We don’t build MOOCs. We list the majority of MOOC courses around the world!“MOOC List” is a website where you can search for MOOCs from different initiatives.
Last week, the Danish it-magazine Computerworld, in an article entitled “Check-list for digital innovation: These are the things you must know“, emphasised how more and more companies are discovering that giving your users access to your data is a good business strategy.
Scientific Data publishes descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets, and requires that authors make described datasets available to editors and referees at the time of submission and share these datasets with the scientific community as a condition of publication.
Scientific Data will provide a searchable publication platform where researchers can find high-quality datasets across many different data repositories, but will not host primary research data itself. Scientific Data encourages submission of datasets to community-recognized data repositories, when such repositories exist, and recommends deposition to figshare or Data Dryad when specific repositories do not exist for a particular dataset.
from genes to clinical trials
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. OCW Consortium / CC BY Creative Commons invites you to participate in the 3rd annual Open Education Week! Taking place from 10-15 March, 2014, the purpose of Open Education Week is raise the profile of open educational resources (OER) and the global movement of people and organizations behind them, in addition to highlighting the crucial...
I come upon examples of bad practice in publishing government data on a regular basis, but the Universal Jobmatch tool is an example so bad I just had to write about it. In fact, it's worse than th...
Jeff Spies, then a University of Virginia graduate student and now codirector of the Center for Open Science (COS; www.cos.io), took on this behavior-change challenge, starting with our lab at the University of Virginia. His dissertation project involved creating the Open Science Framework (OSF) to stop the hemorrhaging of research material and create incentives for preservation and transparency. Now, the OSF is a free, open-source web application backed by the COS, a nonprofit technology start-up founded by Jeff and me. COS is supported by four foundations and staffed by a team of more than 20 scientists and software developers.
You can find an application for the field of educational technology on Mendeley Labs. Papers are grouped by research area, and you can zoom into each area to see the individual papers’ metadata and a preview (or the full text in case of open access publications). The closer two areas are, the more related they are subject-wise. The prototye is based on readership data from the online reference management system Mendeley. The idea is that the more often two papers are read together, the closer they are subject-wise. More information on this approach can be found in my dissertation (see chapter 5), or if you like it a bit shorter, in this paper and in this paper.
To mark Open Data Day 2014, Access Info reiterated its call for governments to ensure that all data released in digital formats is made available in an open format. In practice this means releasing data in a machine-readable format using commonly available, open source or free software tools, and ensuring that the data can be processed, evaluated, and reused without limits. There must be no technical or legal limits on reuse of the information.
The open source movement can trace its beginnings to a famous strategy session held in Palo Alto, CA in February 1998, where the term "open source" was coined. That meeting led to the Open Source Definition, to advocacy for the use of open source software, and, fairly quickly, to worldwide recognition of open source principles.
UNESCO has published guidelines to compare Institutional Repository Software as part of its Open Access Strategy. The software under comparison are Digital Commons,DSpace,Eprints, Fedora and Islandora. Since 2000, a number of repository platforms have been developed, each with their own set of benefits and technical criteria.This guide will help repository managers and institutions to choose which software to use. With this guide, Librarians are now truly free to compare platforms by focusing on the critical features that will address their needs and make their repositories successful.
The core WordPress mission is to democratize publishing through open source. But I believe we can also make our government and institutions more democratic by publishing with open source. That’s why I started contributing to a free WordPress theme for city government.
The Oxford Internet Institute this week posted a nice visualization of the state of open data in 70 countries around the world, reflecting the willingness of national governments to release everything from transportation timetables to election results to machine-readable national maps. The tool is based on the Open Knowledge Foundation's Open Data Index, an admittedly incomplete but telling assessment of who willingly publishes updated, accurate national information on, say, pollutants (Sweden) and who does not (ahem, South Africa).
www.bitblueprint.com Have you ever wondered - What is open source? We made this stop motion video in an attempt to explain it for anyone. This, simply to hel...
There is a lot of talk about Big Data at the moment. But these discussions miss a much bigger and more important picture: the real opportunity is not around Big Data but around Small Data. Not centralized "big iron" but decentralized data wrangling.
The DART project collected large amounts of data, and as part of the project, we created a purpose-built data repository to catalogue this and make it available, using CKAN, the Open Knowledge Foundation’s open-source data catalogue and repository. Here we revisit the need for Open Science in the light of the DART project. In a subsequent post we’ll look at why, with so many repositories of different kinds, we felt that to do Open Science successfully we needed to roll our own.
What if, as a novice teacher or professor, you began a course and the entire class decided to leave—either from apathy or boredom or the popular student conviction that whatever is not a part of the lesson is inherently more interesting than what is? That old educator’s nightmare is now a digital reality: massive open online courses, or MOOCs, born a few years ago of the seemingly well-paired utopianisms of Silicon Valley and the élite American university, are seeing that classroom management can be a difficult task without a classroom.
This past Saturday was Open Data Day across the world. More than 190 events took place around the globe and many of these were organized by Local Groups of the Open Knowledge Foundation. In this summary we will be highlighting some of all these great events (see also our blog post leading up to Open Data Day and our dedicated Open Data Day overview page).
Universities are drowning in digital information. It's time senior leaders made openness – and its consequences – their concern.
We know you’re as excited as we are about this year’s Open Knowledge Festival, which will be taking place in Berlin from 15th – 17th July. Today, we’re pleased to unveil the new website for the event which includes the festival ticket shop, details of how to contribute to the programme and other key information about the event.