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7 Habits of the Open Scientist: #1 -- Open publishing

7 Habits of the Open Scientist: #1 -- Open publishing | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The  open scientist proactively ensures that published research is freely and conveniently available to all.  Ideally, the open scientist releases research under a license like Creative Commons BY that explicitly allows use in derivative works as long as attribution is given.

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Open Data Round Up | The White House

Open Data Round Up | The White House | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order, Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public, entrepreneurs, and others as fuel for innovation, economic growth, and government efficiency.

 

Over a dozen agencies have launched webpages at agency.gov/data, making it easier for the public to find, understand, and use government data.  Many agencies have released—and will continue to release—new datasets, which are now available both on agencies’ public data webpages and on Data.gov.

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Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.

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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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3TIER makes wind and solar data open access - Renewable Energy Focus

3TIER makes wind and solar data open access - Renewable Energy Focus | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Renewable energy forecaster 3TIER has made its wind and solar annual averages available via the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)’s Global Renewable Energy Atlas, an open-access online platform.
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Open Data Center Alliance Releases Usage Model for Speeding the Deployment of Information-as-a-Service - The Sacramento Bee

Open Data Center Alliance Releases Usage Model for Speeding the Deployment of Information-as-a-Service - The Sacramento Bee | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced the release of the Data Management for Information as a Service Usage Model. This focused usage model defines the tasks necessary to successfully manage data when using information-as-a-service.  It starts with an introduction to Information as a Service (Info-aaS) and then describes data management in four stages. The requirements have been developed to help organizations identify data management opportunities and risks, and as a resource organizations can use to simplify the challenges involved in harnessing and leveraging data from across the entire extended enterprise.

 
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Pulling back the curtain on civic tech

Pulling back the curtain on civic tech | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A new report released today by Knight titled "The Emergence of Civic Tech: Investments in a Growing Field" aims to advance the movement by providing a starting place for understanding activity and investment in the sector. The report identifies more than $430 million of private and philanthropic investment directed to 102 civic tech organizations from January 2011 to May 2013. In total, the analysis identifies 209 civic tech organizations that cluster around pockets of activity such as tools that improve government data utility, community organizing platforms and online neighborhood forums. Along with the report, we’ve developed an interactive data visualization tool with the help of Fathom to explore the network of civic tech organizations and their connections to one another.

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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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"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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