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G8 Science Ministers Statement London UK, 12 June 2013

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Open Science Fedaration

The G8 science ministers have signed a joint statement endorsing #openaccess and #opendata -- direct link to the PDF below. Another significant political win for #openscience . Especially as some nations have taken initial steps, we expect this to help precipitate national policy. See especially sections 3 and 4, highlights of which include:

"Open enquiry is at the heart of scientific endeavour, and rapid technological change has profound implications for the way that science is both conducted and its results communicated. It can provide society with the necessary information to solve global challenges. We are committed to openness in scientific research data to speed up the progress of scientific discovery, create innovation, ensure that the results of scientific research are as widely available as practical, enable transparency in science and engage the public in the scientific process."

"We recognise that effective global scientific research and public understanding of science and commercial innovation by enterprises is supported by free and rapid public access to published, publicly funded research. The generation, sharing and exploitation of scientific knowledge are integral to the creation of wealth and the enhancement of our quality of life. We recognise that G8 nations have an important opportunity and responsibility to promote policies that increase access to the results of publicly funded research results to spur scientific discovery, enable better international collaboration and coordination of research, enhance the engagement of society and help support economic prosperity."

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The Open Knowledge Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the new Panton Fellowships!

The Open Knowledge Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the new Panton Fellowships! | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Panton Fellowships have been created in order to support scientists – particularly graduate students and early-stage career scientists – to explore this idea, and to tackle those barriers which currently prevent science data from being made open.

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Science Hack Day Birmingham

Science Hack Day Birmingham | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The mission of Science Hack Day is to get excited and make things with science! A Hack Day is an event that brings together designers, developers, scientists, citizen scientists, web geeks, young people, the public, basically  anyone with good ideas in the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking, and building ‘cool stuff’. Hack Days were originally created by Yahoo! in 2005 and soon after became a worldwide trend. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of hackers are capable of producing remarkable results. Some Hack Days have a specific focus. There have already been very successful Music Hack Days and Government Hack Days. It’s time for a Hack Day focused on science!

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Report: Open Data on the Web, 23 - 24 April 2013, London

Report: Open Data on the Web, 23 - 24 April 2013, London | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data on the Web workshop attracted substantial interest leading to two very intensive days of input and discussion. The initial motivation for the event was a desire to engage more fully with wider open data community, in particular the section of the community that is focused on CSVs and JSON rather than linked data. To achieve this the events was organized by W3C in collaboration with two other open organizations.

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Путин подписал закон об открытых данных

Путин подписал закон об открытых данных | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

ПрезидентВладимир Путинподписал федеральный закон «О внесении изменений в федеральный закон «Об информации, информационных технологиях и о защите информации» и федеральный закон «Об обеспечении доступа к информации о деятельности государственных органов и органов местного самоуправления».

 

Закон был принят Госдумой 24 мая 2013 г. и одобрен Советом Федерации 29 мая 2013 г.

 

Федеральный закон направлен на дальнейшую реализацию политики по обеспечению открытости информации о деятельности государственных органов и органов местного самоуправления, говорится в пояснительной записке на сайте Кремля.

 

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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. OAI has its roots in the open access and institutional repository movements. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. Over time, however, the work of OAI has expanded to promote broad access to digital resources for eScholarship, eLearning, and eScience.

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ARCOMEM

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ARCOMEM is a EU-funded research project. It is about memory institutions like archives, museums, and libraries in the age of the Social Web. Memory institutions are more important now than ever: as we face greater economic and environmental challenges we need our understanding of the past to help us navigate to a sustainable future. This is a core function of democracies, but this function faces stiff new challenges in face of the Social Web, and of the radical changes in information creation, communication and citizen involvement that currently characterise our information society (e.g., there are now more social network hits than Google searches). Social media are becoming more and more pervasive in all areas of life.

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Public Sector Transparency Board - Policy advisory groups - Inside Government - GOV.UK

Public Sector Transparency Board - Policy advisory groups - Inside Government - GOV.UK | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Public Sector Transparency Board was set up by the Prime Minister to drive forward the government’s transparency agenda. It is chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, and its members are a mix of public sector data specialists and data experts.

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Bill Gates Backs "Open Science" Social Network ResearchGate In Push For Nobel Prize

Bill Gates Backs "Open Science" Social Network ResearchGate In Push For Nobel Prize | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Most social network founders want to make money. Ijad Madisch, the scientist-CEO behind ResearchGate, has a higher goal: He wants to win a Nobel Prize for the network. 

 

Five years after its founding, Madisch's plan doesn’t seem so far-fetched. ResearchGate, which has been described as “LinkedIn for scientists,” has 2.9 million users — about half of the international scientific community. Madisch has built a list of success stories in which scientists used ResearchGate to speed up their work. And as of now, he’s got a formidable supporter you may have heard of: Bill Gates.

On Monday, ResearchGate announced its third round of funding, $35 million, led by Bill Gates and Tenaya Capital. 

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DRM and HTML5: it's now or never for the Open Web

DRM and HTML5: it's now or never for the Open Web | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

For example, take the issue of whether or not digital rights management (DRM) should be part of HTML. More than 20,000 signatures against DRM got delivered to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the standards body where I work, which is led by Tim Berners-Lee and Jeff Jaffe and is creating the next generation of the web through its standards like HTML5.

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The rising tide of data journalism

The rising tide of data journalism | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Data journalism, in a modern format, has a rich history steeped in sociology, the growth of cities and rapidly changing culture.

Journalists have long poured over reams of data, often stacking their work stations with expensive paper copies received from government clerks or hand collected through meticulous research. 

The amount of data they were able to clean and then formulate into empirical evidence sufficient for publication was miniscule, as it depended completely on their ability to process these large amounts of data by hand. 

When computer-assisted reporting rose to prominence in the late 1970s, the game of data analysis changed forever. 

With each new increase in processing capability married to the digitization of documents, especially government documents, journalists gained access to unprecedented and massive data bases from which to extrapolate empirical evidence.

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mEducator | Multi-type Content Repurposing and Sharing in Medical Education

mEducator | Multi-type Content Repurposing and Sharing in Medical Education | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The mEducator Best Practice Network (BPN) has critically evaluated existing standards in the field of e-learning and implemented a reference model in order to enable specialized state-of-the-art medical educational content to be discovered, retrieved, shared and re-used across European higher academic institutions.

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UK University Facilities and Equipment Open Data

UK University Facilities and Equipment Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Development of equipment.data.ac.uk is funded by EPSRC in response to the need to improve the visibility and enable the equipment sharing discussion among UK universities. The project is supported by RCUK with the aim to deliver a national "shop window" for research equipment - enabling searching across UK HE equipment datasets.

 

Along with this UK HE equipment search portal, the project team can provide technical support and guidance to institutions in the process of establishing their equipment dataset and publishing. The project team is also exploring the benefits of open data publishing with the Open Data Institute and the Gateway to Research project, linking wider datasets to increase data richness.

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Enterprise Information Systems @ University of Bonn & Fraunhofer Institute

Enterprise Information Systems @ University of Bonn & Fraunhofer Institute | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The department Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) at the Institute for Applied Computer Science at University of Bonn and Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS) is currently being established. The department is led by Sören Auer.

The primary objective of the research group is to advance research and technology in the field of enterprise information systems & semantic technologies and to widely apply this research in large-scale use cases. A particular focus of research and technology is information, data and knowledge integration employing Linked Data strategies. The department is committed to the open source, open access and open knowledge movements.

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Maphub - Historic Map Annotation Portal

Maphub - Historic Map Annotation Portal | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Maphub in an online application for exploring and annotating digitized, high-resolution historic maps. All user-contributed annotations are shared via the Maphub Open Annotation API. The first demo has been bootstrapped with approximately 6000 public domain maps taken from the Library of Congress Historic Map division.


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Announcing the Global Open Data Initiative (GODI)

One could easily make the case that all is rosy in the Open Data world. The number of open data initiatives has grown from two to over 300 in just four years, whilst the most notable initiative to open up governments worldwide, the Open Government Partnership (OGP), has seen membership rocket from eight to 59 countries in under two years. Over a million datasets have now been released by governments around the world, spawning new businesses and fascinating social projects such as Openspending.org. In recent months, we have seen the Open Data movement being linked to the Big Data one withcorporations being asked to open their datasets for social good. This is impressive progress by anyone’s standards – particularly for a subject that was the preserve of just a few geeks as recently as 2009.

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"GODI will be a champion for Open Data globally – sharing successes and failures and providing practical support. We will work particularly closely with civil society organisations – helping them to understand the problems that Open Data could help to tackle and ‘what good looks like’ from government".


"Our long-term vision is that the production and promotion of a unified set of guidelines will assist governments to build, and civil society to advocate, vibrant and robust systems that maximise the potential benefits of open data for enhanced transparency and accountability; for effective service delivery; and for economic growth".

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Announcing the Global Open Data Initiative | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Announcing the Global Open Data Initiative | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Global Open Data Initiative (GODI) is a new initiative led by Fundar, Sunlight Foundation, World Wide Web Foundation, The Open Institute and Open Knowledge Foundation to share principles and resources for governments and societies on how to best harness the opportunities created by opening government data.

 

The initiative is intended to provide a roadmap of policies and institutions that countries can use to build meaningful new open data reforms and initiatives, informed by the successes of others. Through GODI and associated work, we intend to expand awareness of open data and related issues, stimulate the development of the global open data community, provide a leading vision for how governments approach open data – as well as gather, expand, and amplify the evidence base for open data in general.

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LODLAM - Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museums

LODLAM - Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museums | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

LODLAM is Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums.  LODLAM.net is an informal, borderless network of enthusiasts, technicians, professionals and any number of other people who are interested in or working with Linked Open Data pertaining to galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

 

Linked refers to Linked Data, or the concept of connecting data using W3C standards.  Open refers to the use of open licenses, such as the Public Domain Mark, Creative Commons 0, Creative Commons Attribution, and Creative Commons Attribution-Alike. Data can be raw data, metadata, descriptive data, bibliographic data, etc.

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Open Data Communities | Open Access to Local Data

Open Data Communities | Open Access to Local Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This site is the UK Department for Communities and Local Government's official Linked Open Data site.

It provides a selection of statistics on a variety of themes including Local Government finance, housing and homelessness, wellbeing, deprivation, and the department's business plan as well as supporting geographical data.

All of the data is available as fully browsable and queryable Linked Data, and the majority is free to re-use under the Open Government Licence.

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Open Data User Group - Policy advisory groups - Inside Government - GOV.UK

Open Data User Group - Policy advisory groups - Inside Government - GOV.UK | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data User Group will gather views of open data users/re-users to influence data releases for free through government’s Data Strategy Board (DSB).


Role of the group

The aim of the group is to:

conduct consultation to identify and prioritise public sector informationprovide advice to the DSB on subsequent spending review period bids for additional funding for open data which would benefit the UK economyundertake appropriate research and evidence gathering to inform the business case to release open datadraw on expertise and experience of the user community to build the business case to the DSB on how additional funding for data free at the point of use and re-use should be prioritised


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Crime and Justice – Open Data Sources and Resources

Crime and Justice – Open Data Sources and Resources | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
In a presentation entitled, ‘Mendeley and Open Data', Victor Henning, the CEO of Mendeley, summarises the evolution of Mendeley - when it started, how it grew and what are the goals of it joining Elsevier. Mendely was launched as a simple reference management and PDF organiser platform to help researchers organise their papers and also bibliographic citations. However, Mendeley has grown to be an aggregator of research documents and data. This goal was an inspiration fuelled by Tim Berners Lee’s challenge to unlock scientist’s information.
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MOOCs - massive open online courses: jumping on the bandwidth

MOOCs - massive open online courses: jumping on the bandwidth | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The MOOCs enterprise is a complex one with too many issues and variables to discuss in this short piece. There are not-for-profit companies set up by some universities to explore the use of MOOCs, and there are for-profit companies hired by a growing number of institutions to work with faculty to develop MOOCs. In same cases, the MOOCs will truly be free to anyone who wants to register. In other cases, universities want to establish online bases that will eventually bring in more tuition, loosely based on the Open University model. But I think the truth is that at this point no one really understands what the ultimate goal of MOOCs is – or perhaps more accurately it depends which institution or administrator one asks.

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Comparison of MOOCs and MOOC-like Initiatives

Comparison of MOOCs and MOOC-like Initiatives | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Interesting comparison of MOOCs and similar initiatives taking into account areas such as credentials, pace, early critiqus, backing and experience.


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How to plan a successful hackathon | IJNet

How to plan a successful hackathon | IJNet | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The key to organizing a hackathon is to start with the “Why?”

 

As Simon Sinek says in "Start with Why", great leaders inspire action because what motivates them is the meaning of a situation, not what to do or how to do it. (Sinek’s TED Talk is a must-see.)

 

Sinek explains how the Wright brothers, young farmers who never finished high school, became the first to build a machine that could fly, although their main rival for that claim had financial support from the U.S. War Department and was beloved by the New York Times. Why did the Wright brothers succeed? They possessed the deepest certainty that if they could make an aircraft that could leave the ground and fly through the air, the world would be changed forever.

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GEDCOM X: The Specifications

GEDCOM X: The Specifications | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The goal of GEDCOM X is to define an open data model and an open serialization format for exchanging the genealogical data essential to the genealogical research process.


The GEDCOM X Conceptual Model defines the genealogical data types with their associated properties. Specific serialization formats (e.g.XML, JSON) are defined to describe how the data is written to a file or exchanged over the Internet. You may also be interested in learning more about how GEDCOM X is being extended to provide for additional use cases, such as Web service APIs, field-based record data extracted from digital images, and citation fields and citation templates.

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