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What’s the deal with the UK government’s new spending tool? | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

What’s the deal with the UK government’s new spending tool? | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The ‘Government Interrogating Spending Tool’ (fear not – you the user are supposed to be the giver, not the receiver, of interrogation) or ‘GIST’ is, according to the Cabinet Office, “one of the first of its kind in the world”, giving an “unprecedented view” of public spending, which was previously “only published in clunky spreadsheet form”. The site gives you a high level overview of quarterly departmental spending, as well as enabling you to see how the big numbers break down. 

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Go To Hellman: Proposal: The Dated Creative Commons License

Go To Hellman: Proposal: The Dated Creative Commons License | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Back on June 15, Peter Suber's book Open Access itself went open access, one year after its initial publication. You can get the ebook for free from MIT Press, but because of the Creative Commons license you can also get it from Internet Archive, and Unglue.it has a page to help you download it. It seems appropriate for this book to be its own publishing experiment, and from what I hear, the book has done well, in addition to doing good.

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Open Government Standards – Public Consultation - Open Goverment Standards Blog

The Open Government Standards are open to public consultation. We are inviting experts, civil society organisations, academics and the general public to make suggestions, comment and provide input on the standards in three sections; transparency, participation and accountability.

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Open Washing and Open Access Publishing

As discussed earlier in this blog it is obvious that non-commercial and non-derivatives licenses do not comply with the requirements of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the RCUK Open Access policy and the Berlin Declaration. All these licences have to be considered as totally incompatible with “Open Access” publishing.

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Open data, big data, rich data? OPM Dialogue by Design

Open data, big data, rich data? OPM Dialogue by Design | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

DbyD recently signed up as members of the Open Data Institute a not-for profit set up by Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt  to catalyse an open data culture and attended their inaugural members networking event last night. The Institute aims to create the conditions for experts to collaborate, ideas to germinate and tools to develop that allow open data to be used basically for good. The event was a great mix of tech start-ups, university spinouts, innovation firms, public interest companies, and us, described by one networker as doing ‘people stuff’!

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Houston to Hire an "Enterprise Data Officer" to Fight Digital Sprawl

Houston to Hire an "Enterprise Data Officer" to Fight Digital Sprawl | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The city of Houston is hiring a new top staffer to fight sprawl — in its databases, not its city streets.

 

Houston has 2.2 million citizens spread out over 627 square miles, but like many municipalities, Houston’s 22 city departments also have their data spread across a variety of formats. A new enterprise data officer would be in charge of consolidating how that data is stored and shared, which officials hope will increase productivity and revenue while opening more information for public consumption.

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Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0 - The way it was, the way it is, the way it will be.

Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0 - The way it was, the way it is, the way it will be. | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0 - The way it was, the way it is, the way it will be.

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Web 1.0 : Top down and traditional

Web 2.0 : Democratization of information – anyone can publish

Web 3.0 : The data takes over – construction and reconstructing itself to form unique and original combinations, even coming up with new ideas

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Biohackers. The Politics of Open Science. Hackers aiming at the conquest of the world of science : Digicult | Digital Art, Design and Culture

Biohackers. The Politics of Open Science. Hackers aiming at the conquest of the world of science : Digicult | Digital Art, Design and Culture | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

What  do  hackers  have  to  do  with  BioLabs  dealing  with  DNA  mapping  and  testing  new modifications of human life? Biohackers. The Politics of Open Science is a book published by Pluto Press and written by Alessandro Delfanti (http://issuu.com/plutopress/docs/delfanti_biohackers) a scholar who studies the relationships between science and society. He tells us not only that the hacker culture has many things in common with the world of science, but also, in a more fascinating way, that the current transformations of life sciences are and will be even more characterized by a mash-up or remix (by adopting the author’s own words) between the traditional scientific culture, the hacker ethics and the open access culture

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Digital Divide: Access Is Not Enough -- Campus Technology

Access to technology is not enough to eliminate the digital divide, according to a new study from the University of Southern California.

 

The study, "Computer Usage and Access in Low-Income Urban Communities," which was published in the July 2013 issue of Computers in Human Behavior, examined the effects of home computer access on low-income households that participated in the Computers for Families program. The program aims to reduce the digital divide by providing low-income families with refurbished desktop computers, software, technical assistance, and basic computer instruction, all of which are donated by companies, agencies, and organizations in the area. In order the qualify for the program, participants were required to attend an eight-hour computer skills boot camp.


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rd-alliance.org

rd-alliance.org | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Research Data Alliance aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange. The work of the Research Data Alliance is primarily undertaken through its working groups. Participation in working groups and interest groups, starting new working groups, and attendance at the twice-yearly plenary meetings is open to all.

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9 models to scale open data – past, present and future | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

9 models to scale open data – past, present and future | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The possibilities of open data have been enthralling us for 10 years. 

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Open and Shut?: Joseph Esposito on the state of Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done?

Open and Shut?: Joseph Esposito on the state of Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This is the fifth Q&A in a series exploring the current state of Open Access (OA). On this occasion the questions are answered by Joseph Esposito, President of Processed Media. 

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A Printable Guide To Creative Commons - Edudemic

A Printable Guide To Creative Commons - Edudemic | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Something you probably see a lot of these days as you browse the internet is Creative Commons licensing. You’ll see many graphics that say something like ‘shared under a Creative Commons license’, or you’ll see a little rectangular graphic with some signs in them. Since we live in an age where most of our information comes from the internet in some way or another, its useful to know when and how it is ok to use something that you’ve found. We’ve already taken a look at some fair use guidelines (which comes along with a brief mention of Creative Commons licensing), but we thought that this handy infographic below gave a great, easy to read and understand version of the different types of CC licenses available. Keep reading to learn more.

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Understanding Open Science

Understanding Open Science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The dream of getting to cures, faster, is one shared by many. But every new instrument we’ve invented to examine the human body has shown us only more complexity and interconnection.  The failure of all of our new technologies to translate rapidly into drugs has demonstrated that we’re the folks in the parking lot looking under the lamppost for our keys not because that’s where they might be, but because that’s where the light is.

 

In tandem with the explosion of technologies to query the body (genome, protein, metabolite, and more), we’ve seen an explosion in organizational models for pharmaceutical companies. Reorganizations around therapeutic area, or around development pipeline steps, or around technological elements, have been tried. None have broken the complexity of the body, and thus none have truly shortened the time and cost of getting a drug to market. It’s still 17 years and a billion dollars, give or take.

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Why Aren't There More Open Data Startups? - Data Community DC

Why Aren't There More Open Data Startups? - Data Community DC | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

BrightScope is a wonderful example of a business that sells services built in part on publicly available data. They’ve gotten a lot of attention because they started up after the Open Government Directive, after data.gov — after Gov 2.0 in general — and can therefore be pointed to as a validation of that movement.

 

But, if we want to validate the idea of public sector information (PSI) being useful foundations for businesses in general, we can expand our scope considerably. And if we do, it’s easy to find companies that are built on government data: there are databases of legal decisions, databases of patent information,medicare data, resellers of weather data, business intelligence services that rely in part on SEC data, GIS products derived from Census data, and many others.

 

Some of these should probably be free, open, and much less profitable than they currently are*. But all of them are examples of how genuinely possible it is to make money off of government data. It’s not all that surprising that many of the most profitable uses of PSI emerged before anyone started talking about open data’s business potential. That’s just the magic of capitalism! This stuff was useful, and so people found it and commercialized it. The profit motive meant that nobody had to wait around for people like me to start talking about open formats and APIs. There are no doubt still efficiencies to be gained in improving and opening these systems, but let’s not be shocked if a lot of the low-hanging commercial fruit turns out to have already been picked.

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AllAnalytics - Beth Schultz - Open Data: Averting Another Solyndra

AllAnalytics - Beth Schultz - Open Data: Averting Another Solyndra | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open data isn't exactly the sexy stuff that gets politicos salivating, but data transparency advocates are hoping it's appealing enough in all the right places.

 

A lot of people are closely watching how the proposed Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act fares in Congress. This legislation, re-introduced May 21 after failing to earn approval in 2012, aims to bring out data transparency in federal spending information. It has bipartisan support in both congressional chambers, but it is proceeding more quickly through the House than in the Senate, where it stalled last year, too. In the House, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has jurisdiction over the legislation and has approved it unanimously. However, the Senate's jurisdictional entity, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), hasn't acted on the DATA Act.

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Your chance to join the Open Data User Group and champion open data | data.gov.uk

Your chance to join the Open Data User Group and champion open data | data.gov.uk | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data User Group is an independent advisory group to government, championing the needs of open data users. It highlights public sector data with real potential to bring social and economic benefit and works with the Government to promote its release as open data.

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A Semantic Lift For Social Journalism - semanticweb.com

A Semantic Lift For Social Journalism - semanticweb.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Everyone’s heard about the concept of citizen journalism. But what about social semantic journalism?

 

As The Semantic Web Blog initially reported here, a NUI Galway project focusing on social semantic journalism recently received funding from Science Foundation Ireland, and Dr. Bahareh R. Heravi, Postdoctoral Researcher and Work Group Lead, Digital Humanities and Journalism, at NUI’s Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) is starting the initial phase of the effort with a feasibility study.

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Crowdsourced Finnish Copyright Initiative Meets Signature Requirement - Slashdot

Crowdsourced Finnish Copyright Initiative Meets Signature Requirement - Slashdot | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

"The Finnish citizens' initiative site (Finnish/Swedish only) has fulfilled the required amount of signatures for the third initiative since its founding. This means that the Parliament of Finland is required to take the Common Sense in Copyrightinitiative into processing. The initiative calls for removal of copyright infringement as a crime, reducing violations by private individuals to a misdemeanor."

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Visualized: The world of verified users | Twitter Blog | #dataviz #clusters

Visualized: The world of verified users | Twitter Blog | #dataviz #clusters | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
How do some of the world’s most famous people follow each other on Twitter?...

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This beautiful visualization, created during Twitter Hack Week by our very own Isaac Hepworth (@isaach), shows the mutual follows between over 50,000 verified Twitter users — that is, which verified users follow each other.

 

The users in this map are colored by category: blue for news, purple for government and politics, red for music, yellow for sports and green for TV — the five largest categories on Twitter today.

 

One of the many fascinating things about this diagram is that it shows which accounts tend to follow those outside their category. For example, the reason that blue and purple almost seem to merge into one another is that journalists tend to follow politicians, and vice versa. The same is true of TV and music, down in the bottom right, with musicians and TV stars following each other often.

Jay Ratcliff's comment, July 23, 2013 1:54 PM
While I find the graph interesting, I don't like not being able to interact with it in a more dynamic method.
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GoogleFOAM

GoogleFOAM (was EMGoogle) is a unified search of all the FOAM resources on the Web.

 

GoogleFOAM is a work in progress. As the FOAM (#FOAMed) presence on the Internet grows, so will GoogleFOAM. If you find (or create) a blog, podcast, or tool on the Web let me know so we can add you to the index. 

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ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database

ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Search information about the ownership of more than 100,000 offshore entities in tax havens and discover the networks around them.
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Open Data Charter - Publications - Inside Government - GOV.UK

Open Data Charter - Publications - Inside Government - GOV.UK | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

G8 leaders signed the Open Data Charter on 18 June 2013.

 

The Open Data Charter sets out 5 strategic principles that all G8 members will act on. These include an expectation that all government data will be published openly by default, alongside principles to increase the quality, quantity and re-use of the data that is released. G8 members have also identified 14 high-value areas – from education to transport, and from health to crime and justice – from which they will release data. These will help unlock the economic potential of open data, support innovation and provide greater accountability.

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Open Educational Resources (OER) – What’s out there? | elearnism ~ Educational Technology Insight

Over the past decade or two the Internet has transformed our access to knowledge. From being locked in the pages of physical books or the brains of leading experts most of us can access the humongous ocean of information from the comfort of our armchair or anywhere else we please on the latest mobile device.

 

 

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InfoAmazonia: Lessons on Data, Mapping, and Storytelling | Internews

InfoAmazonia: Lessons on Data, Mapping, and Storytelling | Internews | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

As thousands of protestors took to Brazil’s streets last month, their demonstrations revealed deep resentment of pervasive government corruption, and the opacity of the political process that perpetuates it. A recent New York Times report highlighted the way students in Rio de Janeiro are teaching each other to access and analyze government data to identify problems with the city’s public transit system.

 

Internews, through its Earth Journalism Network (EJN), has been working with local partners to take a similar approach by combining data and journalism to address environmental issues in the nine countries of the Amazon basin, as well as in other regions, including the US, and soon Indonesia, the Himalayas and beyond.InfoAmazonia, a project of EJN and its partner O Eco, is pioneering digital tools that collect and visualize new data troves to tell stories through powerful interactive graphics, increasing transparency and empowering communities.

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