Science experts will share how they are using the latest and greatest open source applications in their work, across their teams, and in the lab. Science geeks will share homemade projects and show us how open source technology was an integral part to their labors of love.
This article reviews three indexes that assess the openness or quality of data produced by national governments. The Open Data Barometer (ODB), produced by the Open Data Institute and the Worldwide Web Foundation, and the Open Data Index (ODI), produced by the Open Knowledge Foundation, rate the openness of heterogonous sets of data produced by governments, of which the outputs of the national statistical system are only a part. The third, the World Bank’s Statistical Capacity Index (SCI), rates the capacity of a national statistical system to produce reliable statistics but does not consider whether the data meet the criteria for openness. Although the three differ in design and content, their ratings across countries are, for the most part, highly correlated. The purpose of this article is not to rate the raters or pick a winner among the three approaches. Rather, it is part of an ongoing effort to develop a measure that captures both the quality and the openness of development statistics. As is so often the case, progress can be made more quickly by learning from what others have done.
Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network’s director, policy (UK) and Nicholas Gruen, economist and CEO of Lateral Economics, unveiled today in Canberra the report, Open for Business. It is the first study to quantify and illustrate the potential of Open Data to help achieve the G20’s economic growth target. Martin makes the economic case for open data below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The OpenGov Hub physically collocates historically distinct but like-minded communities of practice under a single shared physical workspace in downtown Washington, DC. The OpenGov Hub is the day-to-day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities in the Washington area.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.