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Scientific Data | Nature

Scientific Data | Nature | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Scientific Data is a new open-access, online-only publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets.
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Study 40+ Languages with Free Lessons from the U.S. Foreign Service Institute

Study 40+ Languages with Free Lessons from the U.S. Foreign Service Institute | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
I spent this afternoon chatting with a travel writer about how we first allowed ourselves to start learning foreign languages. That notion may sound a bit odd, especially to those of you living in countries where everyone grows up trilingual.

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Towards Common Methods for Assessing Open Data

At the Web Foundation, we’re convinced that open data, accessed via a free and open Web, holds the potential to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing humanity. By empowering activists, businesses, governments, civil society groups and others to analyse and link data in new ways, open data often makes it possible to find new, cost-effective solutions to complex and opaque problems, or to spot hidden patterns of waste and corruption.

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Open Government at the National Archives | Open Government Initiative

Open Government at the National Archives | Open Government Initiative | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Open Government Initiative - Transparency, public participation, and collaboration improvements will strengthen NARA’s crucial role in supporting democracy, promoting civic education, and facilitating an historical understanding of our national experience
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UPDATED: Government data from around the world. Welcome to our single gateway

UPDATED: Government data from around the world. Welcome to our single gateway | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Governments around the world are opening up their data vaults. Now you can search all of them, from one place: here
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States' open data is open for business

States' open data is open for business | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Last month, web designer Sean Wittmeyer and colleague Wojciech Magda walked away with a $25,000 prize from the state of Colorado for designing an online tool to help businesses decide where to locate in the state.

 

The tool, called "Beagle Score," is a widget that can be embedded in online commercial real estate listings. It can rate a location by taxes and incentives, zoning, even the location of possible competitors – all derived from about 30 data sets posted publicly by the state of Colorado and its municipalities.

 

The creation of Beagle Score is an example of how states, cities, counties and the federal government are encouraging entrepreneurs to take raw government data posted on "open data" websites and turn the information into products the public will buy.

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Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS)

Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Extreme Citizen Science is a situated, bottom-up practice that takes into account local needs, practices and culture and works with broad networks of people to design and build new devices and knowledge creation processes that can transform the world.

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Obama issues Executive Order in support of open data - Creative Commons

Obama issues Executive Order in support of open data - Creative Commons | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order requiring federal government information to be open and machine-readable by default. This Order is the latest in a series of actions going back to 2009 in support of increasing access to and transparency of government information.

 

In addition to the Executive Order, the White House released aMemorandum (PDF) explaining how federal government agencies will comply with the new open data policy.

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Taking the next steps for open government

Taking the next steps for open government | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Waldo Jaquith is director of the U.S. Open Data Insitute, which Knight Foundation supports. With the input of Jaquith and other thought leaders, Knight Foundation is launching OpenGov and You, a companion to the 2013 Aspen Institute Forum on Communication and Society (FOCAS) that explores how we might tackle the obstacles to government openness and transparency.

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, May 21, 2014 5:36 AM

"#Opendata was about providing information in formats that computers can understand. "

 

"#Opengovernment increasingly means “open government data,” reflecting changes in how people receive information today."

 

 

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Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Learn from some of the best investigative journalism instructors in the United States. This massive open course is entirely online. Anyone from anywhere in the world can take this MOOC for free. The course opens on May 12, 2014 and ends June 15, 2014. It aims to provide journalists, media practitioners and the general public with knowledge about conducting investigative reporting. 

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CSV,Conf - the conference for data makers everywhere

CSV,Conf - the conference for data makers everywhere | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Announcing CSV,Conf - the conference for data makers everywhere which takes place on 15 July 2014 in Berlin.


This one day conference will focus on practical, real-world stories, examples and techniques of how to scrape, wrangle, analyze, and visualize data. Whether your data is big or small, tabular or spatial, graphs or rows this event is for you.

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Let's shine a light on paywalls that deny open access to scientific research

Let's shine a light on paywalls that deny open access to scientific research | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Access Button campaign aims to shame publishers who charge a small fortune for what should be a universal right

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Learning Objectives in MOOCs - Center for Instructional Technology

Learning Objectives in MOOCs - Center for Instructional Technology | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

We are learning more and more about who enrolls in Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs) and how those students behave.  For example, Harvard and MIT recently released de-identified data from their first 16 MOOCs that ran in 2012-2013 (read more about the Harvard and MIT data sets here and access the actual data here).  The data set includes several variables relating to student activities – for example, whether students visited the course website, watched videos, or completed exams.  These types of measures can tell us a lot about what students do, but it is not clear how much they learned as a result of those actions.


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Data Packages Listing - Frictionless Open Data

Data Packages Listing - Frictionless Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Data Packages Listing. Frictionless open data. Open data with tools to make it easy to use. Managed by the Open Knowledge Foundation

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Learning Registry | sharing what we know

Learning Registry | sharing what we know | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The learning registry is a new approach to capturing, connecting and sharing data about learning resources available online with the goal of making it easier for educators and students to access the rich content available in our ever-expanding digital universe.

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European MOOCs Scoreboard

European MOOCs Scoreboard | 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. 

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How we created our MOOC database

 

When we first started preparing to launch Open Education Europa, we attempted to make contact with every higher education institution in Europe, asking to whether or not they offered any MOOCs or other open educational resources. Hundreds of institutions answered us, and with the information they provided we started populating our database. Then we went to the websites of the institutions who had not responded and searched for publicly available MOOCs, which we also added to the database. Finally, we cross-checked with other MOOC providers and aggregators such as iversity and OpenupEd.

 

Updating the scoreboard

 

On an ongoing basis, we monitor for new MOOCs by using Google alerts, RSS feeds, and manual searches. The institutions we have contact with update us when they have new courses. We also check the MOOC providers and aggregators every month to see what’s new. As soon as we find a new MOOC online, we add it to our database. That means that some MOOCs are counted in the scoreboard before the start date of the course.

 

By the way, if you happen to know about a secret stash of MOOCs that aren’t included in our database, please tip us off!

 

 

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Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee on the UK national data website launch

Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee on the UK national data website launch | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

World wide web inventor talks about how he persuaded Gordon Brown to open UK government data to the public

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Open Knowledge: Changing the global course of learning

Open Knowledge: Changing the global course of learning | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning -- this course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including education, publishing, librarianship, economics, politics, and more, and asks you to discover what it means to you. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Canada, Ghana, Mexico, the United States, and the rest of the world. It will challenge you take control of your own learning, to determine your own personal learning objectives, to contribute to the development of the curriculum, to reflect on your progress, to learn new digital skills, and to take a leadership role in the virtual classroom. It will also provide you with the opportunity to connect with colleagues from different countries and professions, and to better understand areas where your interests overlap and where unexpected distinctions exist. We hope you’ll consider taking this journey with us.

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Open Electoral Data Reveal Errors in Danish Electoral Results | Open Knowledge Danmark

Open Electoral Data Reveal Errors in Danish Electoral Results | Open Knowledge Danmark | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
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Independent Peer Review Initiative | Open Scholar C.I.C.

With the advancement of information and communication technologies, research has entered a new epoch. The proliferation of free, online, open access repositories of articles, data and code now enables scholars to use and share information more efficiently than ever before. As a result, we are witnessing the transformation of traditional research conducted by localized groups that depend on their own resources and merits, to a more dynamic and globally interconnected effort where ideas, tools and results are instantly accessible to the entire academic community. This transformation is bringing significant positive change to both research and society. Research output is becoming more visible, more reproducible and is having greater impact. Free access to knowledge is also helping policy-makers, institutions, grant-awarding bodies and the general public become more aware of the available information.


This  initiative is open to all scholars who share our vision and wish to promote our common goal by helping to:

widen the debate around free public access and independent peer review,exert collective pressure on existing and forthcoming institutional online repositories to implement the complimentary strategies,call for recognition and consideration of published independent reviews in grant, promotion and tenure evaluation,support mandates that require researchers to self-archive with free public access.


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Home - ClinicalTrials.gov

Home - ClinicalTrials.gov | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. 

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Open data is a public good. It should not be confused with data sharing

Open data is a public good. It should not be confused with data sharing | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Jeni Tennison: Response: There is lots of data within the public sector that should be open. This ensures a level playing field for everyone who can benefit

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Investigative Reporters and Editors | NICAR

Investigative Reporters and Editors | NICAR | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) is a program of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. and the Missouri School of Journalism. Since 1989, NICAR has trained thousands of journalists in the practical skills of getting and analyzing electronic information and also maintains a library of databases containing government data on a wide array of subjects, available for purchase by IRE members.

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Cost-savings achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resources

Cost-savings achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resources | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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Textbooks represent a significant portion of the overall cost of higher education in the United States. The burden of these costs is typically shouldered by students, those who support them, and the taxpayers who fund the grants and student loans which pay for textbooks. Open educational resources (OER) provide students a way to receive high-quality learning materials at little or no cost to students. We report on the cost savings achieved by students at eight colleges when these colleges began utilizing OER in place of traditional commercial textbooks.

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