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NEW: Time for Demand Driven Open Data - Open Data Now

NEW: Time for Demand Driven Open Data - Open Data Now | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data movement is about many things – transparency, accountability, even democracy – but at one level, it’s also about value for money.  City, state and national governments spend taxpayers’ money to pay for data collection, whether they’re conducting a countrywide census, launching weather satellites, or tracking the movements of city buses.  By simple logic, Open Data advocates have argued that taxpayers should have free, open access to the data they’ve paid for, with exceptions made for data that needs to be protected for privacy or security reasons.


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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:45 AM

"A core problem is that government agencies have taken what I’d call a supply-side approach to Open Data: They’ve chosen what data to release without much input from the people it’s supposed to serve.

Daniel Kaufmann of Revenue Watch has called this the problem of “Zombie Data” – data that exists without purpose or any real use. 

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Will open data lead to open government?

Will open data lead to open government? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Under Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s watch, the way we engage with government agencies is set to go digital by default.

 

Speaking via prerecorded video at the GovInnovate conference in Canberra last week, Minister Turnbull issued an unequivocal call to action to the Australian Public Service to improve the quantity of government services delivered online, and enrich their quality, depth and level of engagement with citizens.

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Dispatch: Crisismappers Community needs Data Makers | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Dispatch: Crisismappers Community needs Data Makers | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

What does open data / open knowledge have to do with Crisismapping? Everything. In times of crisis, we live in open data / open government ecosystem. We seek, build and make it happen in real time – talk converts to action quickly. 

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How can councils make the best use of data – expert views

How can councils make the best use of data – expert views | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
How can councils use data and what are the best examples already out there? Read the comments of our expert panel on the subject
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The Web as a Preservation Medium

The Web as a Preservation Medium | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
This is the text of a talk I gave at the (wonderful) National Digital Forum in Wellington, New Zealand on November 27th, 2013. You can also find my slides here. Hi there. Thanks for inviting me to NDF 2013, it is a real treat and honor to be here.
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Crowdsourcing for Science | Citizens & Scientist Working Together to Make New Discoveries

Crowdsourcing for Science | Citizens & Scientist Working Together to Make New Discoveries | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Crowdsourcing for Science, Citizens & Scientist Working Together to Make New Discoveries

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Media Tools – Google

Media Tools – Google | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Welcome to Google Media Tools. Consider this your starting point to tap into Google’s suite of digital tools that can enhance newsgathering and exposure across television, radio, print and online.

 

Whether it’s refining your advanced search capabilities, improving audience engagement through Google+, or learning how to visualize data using Google Maps, this website is intended to guide you through all the resources Google offers to journalists.

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Open data can save lives by exposing poor performance

Open data can save lives by exposing poor performance | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open Data Institute head Sir Nigel Shadbolt says governments and businesses should publish by default to increase trust and innovation

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Connecting widely at the Open Government Partnership Summit in London | Global Open Data Initiative

Connecting widely at the Open Government Partnership Summit in London | Global Open Data Initiative | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Two weeks ago London was host to the Open Government Partnership Summit in which government representatives and civil society from over 60 countries convened over three days to discuss among other government transparency, accountability and issues relating to the release and reuse of open data.

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Beyond Open Access: understanding science’s closures

Beyond Open Access: understanding science’s closures | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Rather than simply demanding more open science, we should remember closure is a quite normal part of science, and instead look in detail at what's closing, when, why and to whom?

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Open Data Institute | ODI nodes News

Open Data Institute | ODI nodes News | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In the 2 weeks leading up to the first ODI Summit, 13 organisations from around the world, signed a contract to become an ODI Node. Their commitment: time, energy, and money. Our commitment: time, energy, and money. More on the money later…

 

The ODI provides training, research and development, and incubates startups. It bridges between commercial, public sector, research and third sector communities.

 

Nodes are attached to existing organisations (for-profit, non-profit, or academic), and not to individuals, in-part to reflect the ODI’s commercial focus.

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Victor Jimenez's curator insight, November 22, 2013 4:13 PM

Those who are really interested in something don't wait around for others to do it, they move on it themselves...

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Open Access Button Launch

Open Access Button Launch | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Every time you hit a paywall is an isolated moment of frustration, that is unlikely to shake the ivory tower of academic publishing. By putting these moments together using the Open Access Button, we will capture your individual moments of injustice and frustration and display them, on full view to the world. Only by making this problem impossible to ignore can we change the system.

 

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Creative Commons in London: Open Ed Timeline and Mozfest - Creative Commons

Creative Commons in London: Open Ed Timeline and Mozfest - Creative Commons | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, CC co-hosted an open education meetup in London with P2PU, the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), and FLOSS Manuals Foundation. We also led or participated in sessions and tracks on open science, makes for cultural archives, collaborations across the open space, and open education data at the Mozilla Festival immediately following the meetup. Several interesting projects have arisen from both the meetup and sessions, so we thought it worthwhile to mention here in case others would like to get involved.

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Open Scholar Foundation | OKF Open Science Working Group

Open Scholar Foundation | OKF Open Science Working Group | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The goal of the Open Scholar Foundation is to improve the efficiency of scholarly communication by providing incentives for researchers to openly share their digital research artifacts, including manuscripts, data, protocols, source code, and lab notes. 

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Albuquerque’s Open Data Efforts Are Delivering ROI for the City

Albuquerque’s Open Data Efforts Are Delivering ROI for the City | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Albuquerque isn't just home to Breaking Bad's Walter White; it's also a hub of open data innovation.

 

StateTech has already detailed that the Albuquerque Police Department's Real Time Crime Center aggregates dozens of databases, live video feeds and GIS files to deliver nearly real-time information to law enforcement officials. The project, which has been operational for less than a year, is already helping officers perform their jobs and keep safe.

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LibHack 2014

LibHack is a library hackathon that will take place on January 24, 2014 from 9:30am-5:00pm in the Special Collections Center on the 6th floor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library. The event, sponsored by the LITA Library Code Year Interest Group, OCLC, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), features opportunities for beginning, intermediate, and advanced programmers to create something and improve their coding skills.Click here to edit the title

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SmartOpenData

SmartOpenData will create a Linked Open Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources, existing sources for biodiversity and environment protection and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks. This will provide opportunities for SMEs to generate new innovative products and services that can lead to new businesses in the environmental, regional decision-making and policy areas among others. The value of the data will be greatly enhanced by making it available through a common query language that gives access to related datasets available in the linked open data cloud. The commonality of data structure and query language will overcome the monolingual nature of typical datasets, making them available in multiple languages.

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, December 9, 2013 9:54 AM

"Linked Open Data is becoming a source of unprecedented visibility for environmental data that will enable the generation of new businesses as well as a significant advance for research in the environmental area. Nevertheless, in order for this envisioned strategy to become a reality, it is necessary to advance the publication of existing environmental data, most of which is owned by public bodies."

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3 Examples Of Crowdsourcing Science - Next Scientist

3 Examples Of Crowdsourcing Science - Next Scientist | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Despite being used for many years, it is now that crowdsourcing is becoming a hot topic in science. Read below what is it and how crowdsourcing science can help you?

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Open Knowledge Foundation and BBC sign Memorandum of Understanding | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Knowledge Foundation and BBC sign Memorandum of Understanding | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

On Monday of this week, the Open Knowledge Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with the BBC. The BBC also signed separate memorandums with the Europeana Foundation, the Open Data Institute and the Mozilla Foundation. 

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Declaration of Data Citation Principles (DRAFT) | FORCE11

Declaration of Data Citation Principles (DRAFT) | FORCE11 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Sound, reproducible scholarship rests upon a foundation of robust, accessible data.  For this to be so in practice as well as theory, data must be accorded due importance in the practice of scholarship and in the enduring scholarly record.  In other words, data should be considered legitimate, citable products of research.  Data citation, like the citation of other evidence and sources, is good research practice.

In support of this assertion, and to encourage good practice, we offer a set of guiding principles for data citation. These principles are the synthesis of work by a number of groups.

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DataViva

DataViva is a Big Data platform created by the Strategic Priorities Office of the government of Minas Gerais and developed in collaboration with professors Cesar Hidalgo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT) and Ricardo Hausmann (Harvard Kennedy School) by the formation of a startup called Growth Ventures, located in Cambridge, MA. The online suite is innovative in the way that it makes a great volume of official data about exports and occupation in Brazil available, and enables – with its eight apps – access to more than 100 million interactive visualizations for over five thousand Brazilian municipalities.

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Open Data Specialist (ODS) | Chattanooga Public Library

The Chattanooga Public Library (CPL) is seeking a qualified candidate for a newly created Open Data Specialist (ODS) position.  The successful applicant will join our fantastic digital projects team on The 4th Floor, a 14,000 sq ft public maker/hackerspace in Chattanooga’s city center.  This is a unique library job that combines the diverse talents of a seasoned collection development specialist, a web developer, a data scientist, and a community outreach specialist. The ODS position is a year-long grant funded position awarded to the CPL as one partner in the Open Chattanooga collaborative. With demonstrated success, we intend to extend the position beyond the duration of the grant indefinitely.

 

The ideal candidate for the ODS position is an open data evangelist and an expert who can work with representatives from city government as well as citizen groups like Open Chattanooga to coordinate contributions of data to a public platform or portal. This portal will be hosted by the library and accessed alongside our other digital collections. The portal’s exceptional construction, performance, and maintenance are all the responsibility of the ODS.  The ODS will coordinate with partners to ensure that all data added to the portal is useful, useable, and accessible like all of our other public library collections. While this position does not require the candidate to be a degreed librarian, it is important that the candidate demonstrates an understanding of professional collection development principles, since this government-produced data will be treated as a library collection.

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Google Developers Blog: Civic Information API: now connecting US users with their representatives

Google Developers Blog: Civic Information API: now connecting US users with their representatives | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Many applications track and map governmental data, but few help their users identify the relevant local public officials. Too often local problems are divorced from the government institutions designed to help. Today, we're launching new functionality in the Google Civic Information API that lets developers connect constituents to their federal, state, county and municipal elected officials—right down to the city council district. 

The Civic Information API has already helped developers create apps for US elections that incorporate polling place and ballot information, from helping those affected by Superstorm Sandy find updated polling locations over SMS to learning more about local races through social networks. We want to support these developers in their work beyond elections, including everyday civic engagement. 

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JournalMap is a scientific literature search engine

JournalMap is a scientific literature search engine | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

JournalMap is a scientific literature search engine that empowers you to find relevant research based on location and biophysical variables as well as traditional keyword searches.

 

Much of the published environmental research around the world is tied to specific places. But the ability to find out what is known about a specific ecosystem, species, or land type is hindered because the geographic information needed to find research by its location is locked in studies in way that is not searchable. JournalMap exploits the location information reported in scientific papers to search for literature based on geography to dramatically increase the power of traditional searching.

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A global view of open government

A global view of open government | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

At the beginning of 2013, the Foreign Office launched a programme to identify potential global leaders of the future.

 

The programme brings a small group of potential leaders to the UK for a series of events, discussions, visits and briefings, and in October, a group of 10 international leaders came to the Guardian, to talk about the work of the Guardian and the Public Leaders Network. As the visit coincided with the Open Government Partnership summit, we took the opportunity to ask some of the leaders what open government means to them.

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