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EU Proposal for (Nearly) Open Data [Update]

EU Proposal for (Nearly) Open Data [Update] | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Maël Brunet has pointed out that the press release I linked to below is from 2011; what was actually announced yesterday was that the EU Council's 'Coreper' committee (EU Committee of Member States' Permanent Representatives) has now endorsed the measures announced there. So, nothing has changed from what I wrote below, but another hurdle has been cleared in making the open data initiative happen. All that remains is for the European Parliament to agree, and the rules will come into force. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that any amendments will be included at this stage, so it looks like we only get "almost" open data....

As expected, the European Commission has announced a major open data initiative:

The Commission has launched an Open Data Strategy for Europe, which is expected to deliver a €40 billion boost to the EU's economy each year. Europe’s public administrations are sitting on a goldmine of unrealised economic potential: the large volumes of information collected by numerous public authorities and services. Member States such as the United Kingdom and France are already demonstrating this value. The strategy to lift performance EU-wide is three-fold: firstly the Commission will lead by example, opening its vaults of information to the public for free through a new data portal. Secondly, a level playing field for open data across the EU will be established. Finally, these new measures are backed by the €100 million which will be granted in 2011-2013 to fund research into improved data-handling technologies.

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The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era

The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The consolidation of the scientific publishing industry has been the topic of much debate within and outside the scientific community, especially in relation to major publishers’ high profit margins. However, the share of scientific output published in the journals of these major publishers, as well as its evolution over time and across various disciplines, has not yet been analyzed. This paper provides such analysis, based on 45 million documents indexed in the Web of Science over the period 1973-2013. It shows that in both natural and medical sciences (NMS) and social sciences and humanities (SSH), Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, and Taylor & Francis increased their share of the published output, especially since the advent of the digital era (mid-1990s). Combined, the top five most prolific publishers account for more than 50% of all papers published in 2013. Disciplines of the social sciences have the highest level of concentration (70% of papers from the top five publishers), while the humanities have remained relatively independent (20% from top five publishers). NMS disciplines are in between, mainly because of the strength of their scientific societies, such as the ACS in chemistry or APS in physics. The paper also examines the migration of journals between small and big publishing houses and explores the effect of publisher change on citation impact. It concludes with a discussion on the economics of scholarly publishing.
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OpenTrials: towards a collaborative open database of all available information on all clinical trials

OpenTrials: towards a collaborative open database of all available information on all clinical trials | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Trials is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses all aspects of the performance and findings of randomized controlled trials in health. We publish articles on general trial methodology as well as protocols, commentaries and traditional results papers - regardless of outcome or significance of findings.
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ODQ2015 - Open Data Quality: from Theory to Practice | Nexa Center for Internet & Society

ODQ2015 - Open Data Quality: from Theory to Practice | Nexa Center for Internet & Society | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
30 March 2015 - Technische Universität München | Institut für Informatik Boltzmannstr. 3 , 85748 Garching bei München - Room 00.08.038
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Readiness Assessment Tool | Data

Readiness Assessment Tool | Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The Open Government Data Toolkit is designed to help governments, Bank staff and users understand the basic precepts of Open Data, then get "up to speed" in planning and implementing an open government data program, while avoiding common pitfalls.
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Toward Automatic Assessment of the Categorization Structure of Open Data Portals - Springer

Toward Automatic Assessment of the Categorization Structure of Open Data Portals - Springer | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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Benchmarking open data automatically | Guides | Open Data Institute

Benchmarking open data automatically | Guides | Open Data Institute | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The Open Data Institute (ODI) equip, connect and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. Co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI provides events, training, membership and consultancy around open data.
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Making Open Science A Reality - report

Making Open Science A Reality - report | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open science commonly refers to efforts to make the output of publicly funded research more widely accessible in digital format to the scientific community, the business sector, or society more generally.

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Open and Shut?: The OA Interviews: Michaël Bon, Founder of the Self-Journal of Science

Open and Shut?: The OA Interviews: Michaël Bon, Founder of the Self-Journal of Science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Fifteen months ago 35-year old French scientist Michaël Bon launched a new open-access publishing service called the Self-Journal of Science (SJS).
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How Open Data Is Creating New Opportunities in the Public Sector (Industry Perspective)

How Open Data Is Creating New Opportunities in the Public Sector (Industry Perspective) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Open data has proven to be a catalyst for the creation of new tools across industries and government uses.
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Improving agriculture and nutrition with open data | Open Data Institute

Improving agriculture and nutrition with open data | Open Data Institute | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The Open Data Institute (ODI) equip, connect and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. Co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI provides events, training, membership and consultancy around open data.
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Improving data quality on data.gov.au | data.gov.au Blog

One of the greatest challenges facing data users when trying to use government data has been the extraordinary diversity in data types, formats, quality, currency and other attributes of the data.
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Open Data Policy Guidelines

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The Sunlight Foundation created this living document to present a broad vision of the kinds of challenges that open data policies can actively address.
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Evaluating the Quality and Usability of Open Data for Public Health Research: A Systematic Review of Data Offerings on 3 Open Data Platforms. - PubMed - NCBI

Evaluating the Quality and Usability of Open Data for Public Health Research: A Systematic Review of Data Offerings on 3 Open Data Platforms. - PubMed - NCBI | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
J Public Health Manag Pract. 2016 Feb 23. [Epub ahead of print]
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Data USA

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The most comprehensive visualization of U.S. public data. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge.
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