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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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Pierre Tran's curator insight, July 21, 2013 8:34 AM

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

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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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Открытые данные госорганов и исполнение Указа Президента

Открытые данные госорганов и исполнение Указа Президента | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

15 июля в пресс-центре центра «РИА Новости» состоялось расширенное заседание Совета по открытым данным, на котором ключевые федеральные органы исполнительной власти (Минэкономразвития, Минкомсвязи, Минобрнауки России и Правительство Москвы) рассказали об исполнении Указа Президента N601 от 7 мая 2012 года и о том, какие наборы открытых данных раскрыты ведомствами, а также о планах дальнейшей работы.  

 

В мероприятии приняли участие: министр РФ Михаил Абызов, заместитель министра экономического развития РФ Сергей Беляков, заместители министра связи и массовых коммуникаций РФ Алексей Волин и Денис Свердлов, директор Департамента развития приоритетных направлений науки и технологий Министерства образования и науки Сергей Салихов, и.о. министра Правительства Москвы, руководитель Департамента информационных технологий Артем Ермолаев, генеральный директор «РИА Рейтинг» Валерий Третьяков, руководитель проекта НП «Информационная культура» Иван Бегтин. 

 
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Open data a “powerful tool” for charities | Charity Digital News

Open data a “powerful tool” for charities | Charity Digital News | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In a recent article for the Guardian Voluntary Sector, John Burn-Murdoch comments on Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd’s suggestion that open data could be “as powerful a tool to the voluntary sector as to any.”


Wider use of data in the charitable sector could be very beneficial. Organisations will be able to provide donors with factual evidence of their achievements, as well as discover more about their demographics through learning about giving patterns.

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OSM - Open Source Malaria

The Open Source Malaria project is trying a different approach to curing malaria. Guided by open source principles, everything is open and anyone can contribute.


Open research is where anyone can take part at any level of the project, that all data and ideas are shared and there are no patents. You are welcome, whatever your expertise. At the moment the main focus is on finding a new medicine by improving some molecules originally discovered by Big Pharma and put into the public domain,something called open source drug discovery. Much of what we need is based in science (chemistry and biology), but there are important things you can do if you're outside those fields. 

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Center for Open Science

Center for Open Science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia. COS is dedicated to improving the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices to improve the accumulation and application of knowledge. Operating with a technology start-up atmosphere and mindset, the COS team moves quickly, identifies problems and creates solutions, encourages risk-taking, blends science and technology, and is collaborative, high energy, and dedicated to openness.

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Open data platform reveals complex corporate structures of banks (Wired UK)

Open data platform reveals complex corporate structures of banks (Wired UK) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A London-based company called OpenCorporates has developed a platform that collects global corporate datasets -- many of which weren't available as open data -- and presents them as visualisations.

 

One of the most revealing aspects of the platform is a visualisation of the global corporate networks of the six biggest banks in the US -- Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and JP Morgan. 

 

The map aims to illustrate how complex multinational companies are. It plots the number of subsidiaries by country, along with the ownership structure. 

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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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luiy's curator insight, July 22, 2013 6:35 AM

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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Standards - Frictionless Open Data

Standards - Frictionless Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

These standards are ultra-lightweight, RFC-style specifications. They build heavily on prior work (e.g. JSON, DSPL, JSON-LD, CommonJS/Debian/PyPI packaging). Simplicity and practicality were guiding design criteria.

 

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, July 16, 2013 10:05 AM

"We provide two new standards for data "transport". These are essential to the overall approach allowing us to decouple publishers from consumers. Publishers can publish data packages from their tools and consumers can load the data into their (different) tools."

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African Development Bank Launches Open Data Platform

African Development Bank Launches Open Data Platform | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The African Development Bank’s Open Data Platform is now operational for the entire African continent. This follows the completion in July 2013 of the last phase of the project for the following 14 African countries: Kenya, Benin, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Togo.

 

Statistical data for all 54 African countries are now available to all users at http://www.afdb.org/statistics. In addition to social and economic statistics, data on key development topics such as climate change, food security, infrastructure, and gender equality can be accessed by researchers, analysts and policymakers worldwide. The Open Data Platform is part of the AfDB’s Africa Information Highway initiative to scale up the collection, management, analysis, and sharing of quality statistics relating to the continent’s development.

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20 Basics of Open Government

20 Basics of Open Government | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

If your government is open, it gives you access to 1) participate in improving the way it works, and 2) the information it creates and collects. Broadening access makes your government more accountable, efficient, and trusted, and even helps to improve the economy. “What crazy magic is this?!”, you may ask. Well, that’s exactly what this resource is intended to answer.

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Busting the top five myths about open access publishing

Busting the top five myths about open access publishing | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Rather than lock up knowledge in costly journals, increasingly universities and governments are recognising that publicly funded research should be open to all.

 

This past year has seen new open access policies in the United Kingdom, the United States and from the European Commission. In Australia too, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) now both have open access policies.

Despite this activity, there remains a large amount of confusion about open access, with many misunderstandings persisting in the academic community and in universities.

 

So in order to put this confusion to rest, here are five of the top myths about open access publishing and why they’re wrong.

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