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Cambridge Open Research | OKF Open Science Working Group

Cambridge Open Research | OKF Open Science Working Group | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

We gather once a month to promote the idea of sharing and opening research resources for both academics and non-academics alike. We are keen to hear, discuss, and learn about successful models as well as try and find solutions for difficulties on the way. Workshops and hackdays are also on the menu for a more active involvement. 

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Open Archives Initiative

The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. The fundamental technological framework and standards that are developing to support this work are, however, independent of the both the type of content offered and the economic mechanisms surrounding that content, and promise to have much broader relevance in opening up access to a range of digital materials. As a result, the Open Archives Initiative is currently an organization and an effort explicitly in transition, and is committed to exploring and enabling this new and broader range of applications. As we gain greater knowledge of the scope of applicability of the underlying technology and standards being developed, and begin to understand the structure and culture of the various adopter communities, we expect that we will have to make continued evolutionary changes to both the mission and organization of the Open Archives Initiative.

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‘The Next Frontier of Open Data’

‘The Next Frontier of Open Data’ | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Eric Busboom may not be the kind of guy who comes to mind when you think of a librarian. But maybe he’s what a librarian should be as more of us rely on smartphones and computers to make sense of the world.

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Open Education: OER, OCW and MOOCs

Open Education: OER, OCW and MOOCs | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The potential of ICT for modernisation of education and training has become a key priority for the European Union. In its  Communication on Opening Up Education (procedure 2013/2182(INI)), the European Commission proposes actions at EU and national levels to “support the development and availability of Open Educational Resources (OER)” in education and skills development.

 

OERs are “digital learning resources offered online freely and openly to teachers, educators, students, and independent learners in order to be used, shared, combined, adapted, and expanded in teaching, learning and research.”, OECD, 2012.

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The Art Market for Dummies: Building a Data-Driven Explainer | Featured Projects | Data Driven Journalism

The Art Market for Dummies: Building a Data-Driven Explainer | Featured Projects | Data Driven Journalism | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Art Market for Dummies is a data visualisation I made last spring, and one of the winners of this year's Data Journalism Awards.

 

The visualisation tells the story of a topic that is little known outside expert circles - the international art market - and that I myself would have liked to see as a reader. Everyone knows Picasso or Warhol, but few people know that art represents a bigger market than the cinema and the music industry. I am not an expert on this topic myself, so I wanted to create an application that enables users like me to understand the subject quickly and easily, in three minutes. And so I embarked on the creation of this data journalism piece, together with the French publisher Askmedia.

 

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New partnership to bring open data to developing countries | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

New partnership to bring open data to developing countries | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The World Bank has joined forces with the Open Data Institute and the Open Knowledge Foundation in a 3-year project designed to help policy makers and citizens in developing countries understand and exploit the benefits of open data. 

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Open Government in a Digital Age | EngagingCities

Open Government in a Digital Age | EngagingCities | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The following essay was submitted to the Alliance for Innovation by Jonathan Reichental (Chief Information Officer of the City of Palo Alto) and Sheila Tucker (Assistant to the City Manager) as part of the 2013 Transforming Local Government Conference. The essay summarizes work done at the City that resulted in the Thomas H. Muehlenback Award for Excellence in Local Government.

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Geojournalism Handbook | Tutorials on environmental reporting

Geojournalism Handbook | Tutorials on environmental reporting | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The story of this handbook starts with a group of environmental journalists from different countries who were covering conferences like Copenhagen in 2009 and felt that a new approach for the issue was needed. Editors and the public seemed to have lost their interest with a hunch of disappointment in face of so many failures on environmental politics.

 

At same time, measurements by satellites and researchers on the ground have never stopped producing relevant information for our everyday life. Inspired by the freshness of the data journalism movement, we realize there was space for those who deal with the geodata and that using principles of design and data visualization could remake the bridge to the public’s mind.

 

This handbook is based on an experience of many of these professionals on building their platforms of information both on prestigious media outlets and as independent knowledge brokers. The project is above all and attempt to increase the number of professionals in journalism familiarized with the geodata and capable of coordinate initiatives of interactive visualizations.

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Harvard Open Access Project

Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) was launched in the fall of 2011 to foster OA within Harvard, foster OA beyond Harvard, undertake research and policy analysis on OA, and provide OA to timely and accurate information about OA itself.

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Live blogging - #okcon - Session: Open Science

Live blogging - #okcon - Session: Open Science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
My notes, apologies for any mistakes. Session: From Open Data to Open Science: Policy, Literacy and Citizen Engagement Moderator: Francois Grey, Citizen Cyberscience Centre/ University of Geneva Wh...
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Kuan0: Data protection law: basic guide & info (including for open data / big data startups)

Kuan0: Data protection law: basic guide & info (including for open data / big data startups) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This is a 1-page basic guide to data protection law, particularly relevant to open data / big data in cases where the data processed involve 'personal data'.

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Data Storytelling Takes Center Stage at OKCon in Geneva | Idea Lab | PBS

Data Storytelling Takes Center Stage at OKCon in Geneva | Idea Lab | PBS | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The biannual Open Knowledge Conference, the world’s leading event in open knowledge, is taking place this week in Geneva.

 

This year’s OKCon asks: How can open data become a deeper part of public life? Citizen data explorers and investigators are crucial — that is why a full track of events will cover evidence and stories, exploring open data in advocacy and journalism.

 

 

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Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) | SPARC

Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) | SPARC | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) brings together representatives from North American universities with established faculty open access policies and those in the process of developing such policies. It was formed to share information and experiences and to illuminate opportunities for moving faculty-led open access forward at member institutions and advocating for open access nationally and internationally.  COAPI will offer a collection of best and evolving practices to act as a roadmap for inspiring, promoting and implementing open access polices at institutions without existing or effective open access policies.

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6 best practices in making data visualizations

6 best practices in making data visualizations | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Making data visualizations – A survival guide from vis4 Avoid 3D charts, extend bar charts to zero & other key tips Target audience: Data designers, metrics and analytics experts, nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social...
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Defining Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Defining Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open data is data that can be freely used, shared and built-on by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose. This is the summary of the full Open Definition which the Open Knowledge Foundation created in 2005 to provide both a succinct explanation and a detailed definition of open data.


As the open data movement grows, and even more governments and organisations sign up to open data, it becomes ever more important that there is a clear and agreed definition for what “open data” means if we are to realise the full benefits of openness, and avoid the risks of creating incompatibility between projects and splintering the community. 

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"There are 2 important elements to openness:

Legal openness: you must be allowed to get the data legally, to build on it, and to share it. Legal openness is usually provided by applying an appropriate (open) license which allows for free access to and reuse of the data, or by placing data into the public domain.Technical openness: there should be no technical barriers to using that data. For example, providing data as printouts on paper (or as tables in PDF documents) makes the information extremely difficult to work with. So the Open Definition has various requirements for “technical openness,” such as requiring that data be machine readable and available in bulk.

- See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/10/03/defining-open-data/#sthash.sADvs2Q8.dpuf";

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Join us for a Free Webinar on Open Data in Local Governments

Join us for a Free Webinar on Open Data in Local Governments | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Sunlight Foundation's local policy team is excited to be teaming up today with the National League of Citiesand Harvard Ash Center to host a free webinar examining open data policies in local governments and their impacts.

 

More cities are sharing their data online  to increase municipal transparency -- a movement that prompted us to update our Open Data Guidelines to reflect the advances that have been made and highlight emerging opportunities. This webinar will look at those advances and opportunities, in addition to defining what open data is and how policies can guide its release. We're pleased to announce that Oakland City Councilmember Libby Schaaf will  join the discussion to provide insight on the city's experience with releasing more open data and its impacts in the community.

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Learn how to run your data expedition | School of Data - Evidence is Power

Learn how to run your data expedition | School of Data - Evidence is Power | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Last week the School of Data team was in Geneva facilitating a data expedition on garment factories during OKCon. Our aim was to teach people how to run their own expedition but we ended up learning a lot ourselves.

Rather than sharing the outcomes, which deserve several blog posts on their own, I will share now some reflections on the process of organising a data expedition.

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York region. Open Data

York region. Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data Pilot provides various spatial geographic information system (GIS) data to the public at no charge. The data is accessible from the Open Data Catalogue.

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All About Open Data: Open Data in Practice: Day One

All About Open Data: Open Data in Practice: Day One | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The first day included 8 hours with short breaks for coffee. Our class of 12 people listened to a few lectures and learned about the world of open data (Discovering Data on the Web). The lectures led by David Tarrant of the University of Southampton were lively and moved along at a brisk pace.

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OCLC partnership with Plum Analytics uses WorldCat to measure impact of research

OCLC has established a partnership with Plum Analytics, an altmetrics organization that develops analytical tools for scholars and researchers, to leverage WorldCat data to help researchers better analyze and measure the impact of their work.

 

Plum Analytics provides a set of tools and services that capture, aggregate and synthesize the big data created from resources, including journal articles, books, videos, presentations and datasets, to characterize how research is used and referenced in various communities.

OCLC partnership with Plum Analytics uses WorldCat to measure impact of research
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Worldwide Open Data Sites | DataRemixed

Worldwide Open Data Sites | DataRemixed | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Hi, it’s been a while since I posted last! The Tableau Public team has been busy launching author profiles (here’s mine) and expanding the free application’s data limit from 100k rows to 1M rows, so I haven’t posted very often this summer. After wrapping up another project I’m working on, I’ll pick it back up again here at DataRemixed.

 

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a handy dandy tool that helps users find Open Data sites around the world.

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How to use open data to connect local government with the public

How to use open data to connect local government with the public | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available for everyone to use and republish as they wish. The philosophy behind open data has been long established, but the term itself is relatively new and it is gaining popularity.

 

An increasing number of platforms where people can openly share information have been developing, such as GitHub, where you can share codes and other ideas for open source programming, and WikiHouse, an open source construction set which lets you build your own home from online templates.

 

Here are a few examples of how open data is being used by local government.

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Dave Winer: How can universities educate journo-programmers?

Dave Winer: How can universities educate journo-programmers? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Two New York journalist-teaching universities, NYU and Columbia, have launched programs to create what Justin Ellis calls “the journo-programmer.”

At NYU, my colleague and podcast partner, Jay Rosen, is leading the effort withStudio 20. Columbia hired Emily Bell from The Guardian to lead the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

I visited with Bell recently, and of course we talked largely about the journo-programmer. My own interest in this area comes from the development of blogging, RSS, and podcasting software, and booting up the blogging activity at Harvard Law School in the early and mid 2000s.

 

So…what is a journo-programmer, and how might higher education create one? Or is it a god-given gift, and is our job merely to develop the talent where it already exists? Can you teach a programmer to be a writer, or a writer to be a programmer? It seems the first step is to ask people who have already made the journey — from both directions.

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Open Data Census: Help assess the state of open government data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Data Census: Help assess the state of open government data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data Census is a tool that assesses the evolution and current state of open data around the world. It is a community-based effort initiated and coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation but with participation from many different groups or individuals: Citizens in countries all over the world contribute either by going to the site to submit information about their home country, or by becoming a Country Editor! 

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