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Philanthropy Can Catalyze an Open Government Movement (SSIR)

Philanthropy Can Catalyze an Open Government Movement (SSIR) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The initial phase of Open Government Partnership (OGP) illustrates how philanthropic funding can catalyze and help build sectors. In September 2010, a small group of private organizations—under the aegis of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a donor collaborative including funders such as Omidyar Network, Open Society Foundations, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Hivos (as well as two leading international NGOs, International Budget Partnership and Revenue Watch Institute)—recognized the opportunity OGP presented. They backed the government and civil society reformers with funding, connections, and intellectual support.

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Training content needed on OA, open data and open science | EIFL

Training content needed on OA, open data and open science | EIFL | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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?  

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From Coding to Tangible Results: FEMA’s First Open Data Town Hall | FEMA.gov

From Coding to Tangible Results: FEMA’s First Open Data Town Hall | FEMA.gov | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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Open Education | Open Education Europa

Open Education | Open Education Europa | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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. 

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The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: Dramatic Growth of Open Access First Quarter 2014

The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: Dramatic Growth of Open Access First Quarter 2014 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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).

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How government can promote open data | McKinsey & Company

How government can promote open data | McKinsey & Company | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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Is Open Data Making Good on the Promise of Turbo-Boosted Development? The Operational Use of Open Data.

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. 

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Interview with an Author – Paul Brookes

Interview with an Author – Paul Brookes | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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Canadian web experience toolkit | Make government better, together.

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.

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data journalism International Journalism Festival #ijf14

Data journalism 2014 programme. International Journalism Festival #ijf14

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Dr Melissa Terras: open access and the Twitter effect « Open Access Success Stories

Dr Melissa Terras: open access and the Twitter effect « Open Access Success Stories | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A digital humanities scholar discovers what happens when you blog and tweet about an open access paper.

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MPs and open-data advocates slam postcode selloff

MPs and open-data advocates slam postcode selloff | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Postcode Address File (PAF) should have been kept as open data for government, says committee. By Charles Arthur
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Introducing Streamtools: A Graphical #Tool for Working with Streams of Data | #ddj #OpenNews

Introducing Streamtools: A Graphical #Tool for Working with Streams of Data | #ddj #OpenNews | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Source - Journalism Code, Context & Community

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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.

  

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"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."

 
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Open Education Week(s) 2014

Open Education Week(s) 2014 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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Data, information, knowledge and power – exploring Open Knowledge’s new core purpose | Tim's Blog

Data, information, knowledge and power – exploring Open Knowledge’s new core purpose | Tim's Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Summary: a contribution to debate about the development of open knowledge movements

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The Open Knowledge Foundation (re-named as as ‘Open Knowledge’) are soft-launching a new brand over the coming months.

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Over 600 educators and entrepreneurs submitted proposals to the Open Education Challenge

Over 600 educators and entrepreneurs submitted proposals to the Open Education Challenge | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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. 

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Open Access Maps at NYPL

Open Access Maps at NYPL | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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. 

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GeoConnections - Discovery Portal

GeoConnections - Discovery Portal | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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Open Data: How We Got Here and Where We're Going by Rufus Pollock - YouTube

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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Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government

Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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The cost of open access publishing: a progress report

The cost of open access publishing: a progress report | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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…

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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.

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Government releases first wave of multi-million pound open data fund

Government releases first wave of multi-million pound open data fund | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The government has announced a £1.5m grant to be invested in organisations championing the open data initiative.
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Open Science and the Three Cultures: Expanding Open Science to all Domains of Knowledge Creation - Springer

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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.
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The Open Knowledge Cast

The Open Knowledge Cast | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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.

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Open Data in Education Seminar, St Petersburg | LinkedUp: Linking Web Data for Education

Open Data in Education Seminar, St Petersburg | LinkedUp: Linking Web Data for Education | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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. 

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Why the wealthiest countries are also the most open with their data

Why the wealthiest countries are also the most open with their data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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).

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