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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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OpenBelgium

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Redefining portal of Belgium open data working on CKAN platform.

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7 Ways Companies Are Using the Government's Open Data

7 Ways Companies Are Using the Government's Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

When President Barack Obama signed a new open data initiative earlier this month, he argued that providing government data to entrepreneurs enables them to create new businesses and strengthen the economy.

 

What kinds of businesses are being built with open data? A report from a White House task force on open data and "smart disclosure" released Wednesday highlights several commercial and non-profit operations built around open data. The report stripped specific company names to avoid the appearance of favoritism — if you recognize any of them, let us know in the comments.

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AllAnalytics - Matthew Brodsky - MOOC Madness: 7 Online Data Classes

AllAnalytics - Matthew Brodsky - MOOC Madness: 7 Online Data Classes | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The popular press on massively open online courses, or MOOCs, is that they're disrupting the higher education model. Yet, the fact of the matter is, the savviest of higher ed institutions are actually sponsoring or investing in what have turned out to be the most established and sustainable platforms.

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NSG's databases blog: Elevators and Open Access science

Kone is a Finnish company "dedicated to people flow" (it makes escalators, elevators and other machinery). But Kone also has a foundation that finance research in Science, Humanities and Art, Kone foundation (or Koneen Säätiö).

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Open Data and Mobile Apps Are Changing the Government-Citizen Relationship

Open Data and Mobile Apps Are Changing the Government-Citizen Relationship | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Increasingly, governments are finding that smartphones are the perfect place to engage with citizens, and since 87 percent of adults own cell phones and nearly half own smartphones, the opportunity is impossible to ignore.

Since the inception of optional weather- and emergency-related alerts from the government in 2006, creative ideas like 311 apps and mobile public transportation payment systems, along with a movement towards open and transparent data, have spawned a new era of government-citizen interaction.

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Mobile devices are the best tool for citizens and government to accomplish a new Government paradigm.

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Publishing: Evolution, disruption & the future

Publishing: Evolution, disruption & the future | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The publishing industry is now changing faster than ever before due to internet services, digital publishing, free blogging platforms and open access journals. How will this continue to evolve in the future? Will the erosion of traditional publishing methods continue and how will publishing companies adapt? What are the growing entrepreneurial opportunities in this dynamic industry?

 

Join us for a day of publishing talks, discussion and networking on 12th June! Hear ten speakers talk about their industry and how it is changing. The event will be hosted by the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club and is free and open to the public. Past participants have included entrepreneurs, students, investors, staff and business people from a range of industries.

 

 

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re3data.org | Registry of Research Data Repositories

The goal of re3data.org is to create a global registry of research data repositories. The registry will cover research data repositories from different academic disciplines. re3data.org will present repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. In the course of this mission re3data.org aims to promote a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data. In the first phase of the project the following tasks are prioritized:

the conception and construction of a web-based registry of research data repositories,the definition of selection criteria of research data repositories,the formulation of a metadata schema to describe research data repositories.
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The Europeana Foundation: API and Linked Open Data pilot

The Europeana Foundation: API and Linked Open Data pilot | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Europeana Foundation is the operator of the Europeana service, including the search portal at Europeana.eu and related data services such as the Europeana Application Programming Interface (API) and the Linked Open Data pilot. The Foundation is governed by an Executive Committee and Board, and employs full-time and part-time staff.

 

The Europeana Network is an open, expert forum comprising content holders and aggregators along with providers of technical, legal and strategic knowledge.

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Mettl bets big on MOOCs assessment | ZDNet

Mettl bets big on MOOCs assessment | ZDNet | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The New York Times dubbed 2012 as the year of the MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Today, MOOCs is the hottest topic in education. According to the Time magazine, free MOOCs open the door to Ivy League education for the masses.

 

Mettl, an online assessment and testing platform to measure, analyze and improve people skills, has now ventured into the MOOCs arena. Founded by Ketan Kapoor and Tonmoy Shingal in 2009, Mettl focuses on the science of assessments and combines it with advanced technology to deliver valid and reliable tests.

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Open access in the Arab world: Sulieman AlShuhri and the Arab Initiatives of Open Access

Open access in the Arab world: Sulieman AlShuhri and the Arab Initiatives of Open Access | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

While searching for Arabic content on open access, I found the Arab Initiatives in Open Access blog, which is moderated by Dr. Sulieman AlShuhri, Amal AlSalem, Dr. Abdel-Rahman Farrag, and Dr. Ramadan Elaiess. The blog not only covers recent developments in the open access field, but also delivers its content in Arabic.

 

The Arab world definitely needs more open access advocates like Sulieman AlShuhri and his colleagues.

 

In collaboration with the Arab initiatives of Open Access blog ( aioa.blogspot.com), QScience presents Sulieman AlShuhri, AIOA founder, Asst. Professor at Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia and e-DocsLab research fellow. Sulieman speaks about the AIOA blog, about open access, and about the benefits of publishing in open access. The video transcripts (English and Arabic Transcript) can be found below. Note that the video is in Arabic with English subtitles.

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The teaching and learning foundations of MOOCs

The teaching and learning foundations of MOOCs | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In Daphne Koller’s TED talk about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), she discusses what she believes are the pedagogical foundations of MOOCs. For her, and also restated on the Coursera website (the company she helped found), those foundations include the effectiveness of online learning, mastery learning, peer assessments and active learning.

 

Of course the evidence cited to support these foundations is scant and is quoted without giving any context to the research. MOOC critics also rarely produce any actual evidence when dismissing MOOCs as being pedagogically unsound or when stating that they offer a worse experience than face-to-face education on campus.

 

Given that my university (the University of Western Australia) was about to embark on hosting our own MOOCs and combine them with a flipped-classroom mode of teaching for our own students, a colleague (Martin Forsey) and I decided to examine the actual research evidence supporting (or not) the notion that MOOCs are based on sound pedagogical foundations. We published this in First Monday and what follows is a summary of our findings.

 

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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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Access, accommodation, and science: Knowledge in an “open” world | Kelly | First Monday

The rising popularity of open access (OA) publishing in scholarly communities is purportedly leading to increased public access to knowledge. This is especially true for discussions of scientific research. However, we argue that while there have been significant moves to provide better material or technological access to research, OA advocates must still tackle the issue of making original scientific research articles conceptually accessible to broader publics. Despite being freely available on the Web, research articles are not by default linguistically or conceptually accessible to the global public(s) they are partially intended to reach with the move to OA. In this paper we examine how OA, coupled with innovative scientific communication practices, can help align the ideals of OA with the realities of complex, specialized genres of writing to provide better, more “open,” access to research. We look to PLOS ONE and the PLOS Blog Network to consider how material access coupled with communication strategies developed by bloggers can work together toward more openly accessible original scientific research articles.

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Can open data power a smart city revolution?

Can open data power a smart city revolution? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Urban planning must have been a riot back in the day. All those siege resistant walls, impregnable castles and towering cathedrals to build. Life is somewhat different today. For your average urban planner, plotting the drainage system and rooting the traffic lights are more probable pursuits.

 

In Ron van der Lans' case, it is parking spaces that keep him busy. Boring, you'd think. Not so. In fact, the Dutch data systems' expert is positively exuberant on the subject. He has good reason. As senior director at the Amsterdam Economic Board, a non-profit foundation, he's involved in one of Europe's leading efforts to marry database technology with urban sustainability.

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Welcome to Discovery Education | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources

Welcome to Discovery Education | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between.

 

Accelerate student achievement in your district by capturing the minds and imaginations of students with the fascination of Discovery, tapping into students' natural curiosity and desire to learn. Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for districts to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age. With award- winning digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery's greatest talent, classroom contest & challenges, professional development and more - Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning.

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How the Global Open Data Movement is Transforming Journalism | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

How the Global Open Data Movement is Transforming Journalism | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

While traditional media continue their difficult decline, a cadre of the most innovative reporters, from Afghanistan to the Amazon, are quietly transforming journalism by harnessing the power of open data. Working in collaboration with civil society groups and governments, they are applying new digital tools to increasingly available data troves to tell stories via powerful interactive graphics. As a result, they are increasing transparency and empowering communities.

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The grandfather, the parademic and the mayor – Open University students graduate at Ely Cathedral

The grandfather, the parademic and the mayor – Open University students graduate at Ely Cathedral | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open University science graduate Juliet Harrison frm Aylsham, whose degree helped her get a job as a paramedic.

 

For some, it offered a route to a new career. For others, it was a way of improving self-confidence. And yet more, it helped them keep in touch with new technology after retirement.

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Future of Open Science. Futurium - European Commission

Future of Open Science. Futurium - European Commission | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

On 31st of May 2013 (1 PM Brussels time / CET), as part of the "Future Fridays" series of webinars on Futurium, Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director at PLOS presents his vision of the Future of Open Science

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Research Funders Propose Steps to Promote Open Access - ScienceInsider

Research Funders Propose Steps to Promote Open Access - ScienceInsider | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A group of research funding organizations from around the world today put its weight behind open access (OA) to the scientific literature but stopped short of making concrete policy recommendations for its members. The landscape for research and publishing is too varied to come up with general solutions, leaders of the Global Research Council (GRC) said today at the end of the group's second annual meeting in Berlin.

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Debbie Morrison - "Start Here": Instructional Design Models for Online Courses

Debbie Morrison - "Start Here": Instructional Design Models for Online Courses | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

An instructional design model is the place to start—it is a framework, a tool that guides the structure of a course, that leads the learner to a topic, that removes distractions, provides focus, but still allows a learner to take control. Effective instructional design also helps an instructor to teach, to guide and support learners, and to promote meaningful and active learning. When an online course is not well-designed, often the student doesn’t know where to start, is not sure where to find resources, how to interact, or how to learn. Furthermore, if a student is preoccupied about technical aspects of the course due to ambiguous instructions, glitches, or cumbersome applications, the focus becomes not on learning, but on the technology—more barriers.

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Online Education Information from the Open Education Database

Online Education Information from the Open Education Database | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

OEDb is a comprehensive online education directory for both free and for-credit learning options. We offer up-to-date, detailed school and program information for degree seekers and categorize free online college courses from well-known universities and providers.

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Open Access Advocates Trumpet the Fall of the Paywall

Open Access Advocates Trumpet the Fall of the Paywall | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Major changes are underway in the US and around the globe in the methods by which scientific and medical research findings and data sets are circulated among researchers and disseminated to the public. In a three-part expose on the subject of open access journals and data, the next few articles in my blog will examine the background and reasoning for these recent changes, detail the particular changes that will occur, and discuss the dramatic impact they may have on libraries and library users.

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