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The CultureCode Initiative

The CultureCode Initiative is creating an opportunity for cultural and digital communities to work closely together, increasing their understanding of each other’s work and the mutual benefits of collaboration. CultureCode events are connecting leading cultural organisations and practitioners with software developers and creative technologists to see what amazing things happen.

 

Open data and hacking have played a critical role in CultureCode processes, engendering new and interesting ways for digital and cultural communities to work together.

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Open Data is a '21st Century Natural Resource'

Open Data is a '21st Century Natural Resource' | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Member of Parliament Tony Clement has been at the forefront of the Canadian government's most important information technology reforms of the past few years.

 

He has helped in developing Canada’s action plan for the international Open Government Partnership, expanding the government’s open data site Data.gc.ca, making better use of social media in government, and drastically consolidating the government’s Web presence.

 

Nextgov is covering how the U.S. government faces many of these same challenges. We spoke with Clement during a visit to Washington this week about how things look from his side of the border. You can read the below Q&A from the interview, edited for length, or listen to the full interview here.

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Open Data - Area 51 - Stack Exchange

Proposed Q&A site for developers, entrepreneurs, researchers, journalists and general public interested in or already using open data from governments, non-profits, academia and public sector. Focus is on meaning of data and how to use it.
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Eloisa Salburua's comment, March 20, 2013 1:53 AM
me he dado de alta en http://area51.stackexchange.com/categories/8/technology
Eloisa Salburua's comment, March 20, 2013 1:54 AM
busco datos abiertos sobre mujeres y sus actividades en Vitoria Gasteiz
Irina Radchenko's comment, March 20, 2013 3:59 AM
Many databases have a field with gender mark.
What kind of statistics with the women you are interested in?
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Sunshine Week, March 10-16, 2013

Sunshine Week, March 10-16, 2013 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.

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The Biggest Failure of Open Data in Government | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

The Biggest Failure of Open Data in Government | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In the past few years we’ve seen a huge shift in the way governments publish information. More and more governments are proactively releasing information as raw open data rather than simply putting out reports or responding to requests for information. This has enabled all sorts of great tools like the ones that help us find transportation or the ones that let us track the spendingand performance of our government. Unfortunately, somewhere in this new wave of open data we forgot some of the most fundamental information about our government, the basic “who”, “what”, “when”, and “where”.

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MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching

MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.

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Open Course Library

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The Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials – including textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments – in 81 high-enrollment college courses. 42 courses have been completed so far, providing faculty with a high-quality, affordable option that will cost students no more than $30 for textbooks. All materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license unless otherwise noted.

Our goals:

Lower textbook costs for studentsProvide high quality, open resources for facultyImprove course completion rates
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School of Open launches with OpenGLAM course | OpenGLAM

School of Open launches with OpenGLAM course | OpenGLAM | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This week is Open Education Week and to celebrate the first courses on the School of Open are launched. The School offers courses on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond. It is coordinated by P2PU and Creative Commons. The School offers all kinds of courses related to openness. You can learn about creative commons licenses, open data in science, copyright for educators, and now also how to open your cultural institution’s data.

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Launching the Aid Transparency Tracker | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Launching the Aid Transparency Tracker | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Publish What You Fund has undertaken some initial analysis of aid donors’ plans to publish to the IATI component of the agreed common standard for aid information. Here, Mark Brough explains the process they went through to take a series of Excel files, convert them into a format suitable for analysis, and come to some overall conclusions.

The short version: check out the Aid Transparency Tracker.

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datalibre.ca · Scientific Data & Open Data in Taiwan

I just came back from a whirlwind trip to Taiwan and Japan.

In Taiwan I presented a the CODATA 2012 conference Open Data and Information for a Changing Planet.  CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology) is an interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU), which works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology.  Canada has a Canadian National Committee for CODATA, based out of The National Research Council of Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and the focus is scientific and research data and their preservation.  CODATA are the systems of systems folks, focusing on large data infrastructures.  The World Data Systems (WDS) folks also joined the conference and I had the good fortune of meeting some World Data Centre (WDS) directors. WDCs are a critical component in the sharing and preservation of scientific data and they undergo a rigorous certification processwhich many open data cities, provinces and federal initiatives might want to consider in their planning.

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Pan-European open data available online from EuroGeographics - Directions Magazine

Pan-European open data available online from EuroGeographics - Directions Magazine | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

New pricing and licensing package to improve access to authoritative data:

Data compiled from national mapping supplied by 45 European countries and territories can now be downloaded for free at www.eurogeographics.org.

From today (8 March 2013), the 1:1 million scale topographic dataset, EuroGlobalMap will be available free of charge for any use under a new open data licence. It is produced using authoritative geo-information provided by members of EuroGeographics, the Association for European Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities.

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Open SUNY : Instructor Home Page

Open SUNY : Instructor Home Page | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

OER-101 is an open, self-paced online community course that has been built to demonstrate how to find, adapt, and develop OERs step-by-step. These OER are openly licensed for reuse, usually through a Creative Commons license, which allows them to be integrated into any type of learning environment, including being printed and bound. The course is organized into five “pursuits,” each of which represents one facet of the world of OERs. Participants are encouraged to complete all of the pursuits by following the suggested course progression, but each pursuit can also be completed individually.

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Canada's Action Plan on Open Government

Canada's commitment to open government is part of the federal government's efforts to foster greater openness and accountability, to provide Canadians with more opportunities to learn about and participate in government, to drive innovation and...

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The Value of Open Data to the Public Sector

A lot of the discussion on the potential of open data focuses on the economic potential, and the impact on transparency. Important things, but the benefits of it don’t accrue at the public sector body (PSB) that opens up the data. To make sure that a PSB keeps routinely publishing open data, having a direct benefit for the PSB itself is a great motivator.

 

Open data can be a policy instrument to help reach policy goals. At different levels of maturity examples are available, starting at improving (internal) efficiency by reducing transaction costs, through seeing how third party usage impacts own policy goals, and stimulating that usage, to the emergence of new services created by citizens/organisations and public sector bodies collaboratively that would not be possible otherwise.

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Introducing Open Badges 1.0

Introducing Open Badges 1.0 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Today we’re extremely proud to release Mozilla Open Badges 1.0, an exciting new online standard to recognize and verify learning. Open Badges makes it easy to…

earn badges for skills you learn online and offlinegive recognition for things you teachshow your badges in the places that matter.

This is a project we’ve been developing for the past two years, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation. Why is it important? These days, we all learn things in a wide variety of ways, but there are few opportunities to gain formal recognition for these skills. Traditional certifications, like degrees and diplomas, still lack the granularity to show the skills people have — like writing skills for an engineer, or project management for someone with an arts degree.

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An Open Knowledge Platform on Building Energy Performance to Mitigate Climate Change | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

An Open Knowledge Platform on Building Energy Performance to Mitigate Climate Change | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Buildings account for more than 30% of final energy use and energy-related carbon emissions in the world today. This sector has the potential to play a crucial role in mitigating the global challenge of climate change. However, the building industry is a local industry and the sector is fragmented at all levels, from planning to design and practical construction and over its various technical aspects.

In this context, how best to help the sector deliver its global mitigation potential? Our answer at the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) is collaboration: stimulating collective knowledge and analysis from experts and building professionals worldwide to advance best building performance policies and solutions that can support better decision-making. At the cornerstone of this strategy is our new Linked Open Data website launched on the 21st of February. This web-based tool is unique in that it has been designed as a global participatory open data knowledge hub: harvesting, curating and creating global best knowledge and data on building performance policies.

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Announcing v3.0 of Froide – the Open-Source Python-Based Freedom of Information Platform | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Announcing v3.0 of Froide – the Open-Source Python-Based Freedom of Information Platform | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

I’m happy to announce version 3 release of Froide, the Open Source, Python-based platform for running Freedom of Information portals. Froide has been in development for nearly two years. It has powered the FOI portal in Germany for over a year and a half and has recently been used to launch an Austrian FoI site.

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Public forum sheds light on requests for government open records [video] — NewsWorks

Public forum sheds light on requests for government open records [video] — NewsWorks | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

It's Sunshine Week, when engaged citizens and journalism's finest celebrate the open records laws that give us access to information about what government is up to. To do our part, WHYY hosted a forum on Tuesday night, "Open Records 101."

Bill Allison from the Sunlight Foundation shared tips on making requests for government records that will get answers.

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Access to government information.

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We Need Open Data To Change The World

We Need Open Data To Change The World | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Social sector organizations are in the business of changing the world, and the information they collect and use should be the catalyst for making that happen. Courtesy of broadband Internet and mobile wifi we now have global, low-cost ways to share data that every social-purpose organization can plug into. From it, they should be able to draw what they need about previous experiments, effective practices, and achieved outcomes, as well as what has failed and why. That way, local social entrepreneurs can mimic what works elsewhere and share their ideas, successes, and failures.

Here are two organizations doing just that. The Awesome Foundation enables funders on four continents to find great ideas to support. CrisisCommons relies on open data to let others quickly learn from each other to reach people in immediate need.

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The Promise and Peril of the 'Data-Driven Society'

The Promise and Peril of the 'Data-Driven Society' | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A small group of academics, business executives and journalists gathered at the M.I.T. Media Lab last Thursday, and the purpose was to toss out ideas and discuss the concept of “Data-Driven Societies.” A daunting topic, ambitious and vague at once, it seems.

Up to now, the focus on the power and implications of Big Data technology has been involved social media, business decision-making and online privacy. Those are big subjects in their own right. So it’s not surprising that the notion of a data-driven society has not been much considered.

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Virgin Media and Which? Join Open Data Institute to Unlock Open Data Innovation | Open Data Institute

Virgin Media and Which? Join Open Data Institute to Unlock Open Data Innovation | Open Data Institute | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Communications and entertainment company Virgin Media and consumer watchdog Which? have today become the first major private-sector collaborators of the Open Data Institute (ODI). They will collaborate with ODI experts to unlock the potential of open data, to develop new services from existing assets, and to improve their customer experience.

Virgin Media and Which? are the first to join the ODI’s new membership programme.

Membership is open to everyone from organisations to individuals, around the world, who want to help catalyse open data culture. The ODI is helping bring together world experts to identify and develop open data ideas and has already identified substantial potential public-sector savings, and helped to unlock funding for startups.

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The Condition of Data (1) | Information Futures

The Condition of Data (1) | Information Futures | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A simple twitter search for the #data hashtag today will provide the user with a real-time glimpse of the evolving nature of data and its social ramifications. “Big”, “semantic”, “open” and “mobile”, are only some of the conditions of data today.  After interacting with these terms, it quickly becomes clear that data does not appear to be neutral nor natural and that, as a cultural construct, the study of data requires new critical approaches to chart and explore its human and social implications.

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DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ has a new site, with new features 

We are delighted to announce that we have just completed DOAJ's transition to a new platform. We’ve added advanced search and browse features allowing users to find what they are looking for more quickly, as well as export content to other applications.

Search/browse:

quick search;DOI is now displayed when present in the metadata;advanced search functionality so you can now search by publisher and/or publication year;narrow your search results by resource type, language or license type;search by author name or keyword from within search results;extra browse functionality so you can filter by words in journal title, country, license type or whether the journal has publication charges or not;
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New York Launches Open Data Portal

New York Launches Open Data Portal | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Andrew Cuomo launched a new open data website -- Open.ny.gov -- in an effort to open up data across the federal, state and local levels of government.

The new portal contains data focusing on economic development, health, recreation and public services to name a few, according to the New York state Executive Chamber.

“This new website will dramatically increase public access to one of our most valuable assets – data,” Cuomo said in a statement. “As it expands and evolves over time, Open.ny.gov will spark innovation, improve efficiency, promote accountability, and bring the people back into government.”

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Learning Resource Metadata Initiative

Learning Resource Metadata Initiative | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) is working to make it easier to publish, discover, and deliver quality educational resources on the web. 

Led by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the LRMI has developed a common metadata framework for describing or “tagging” learning resources on the web. This framework is a key first step in developing a richer, more fruitful search experience for educators and learners. Once a cricital mass of educational content has been tagged to a universal framework, it becomes much easier to parse and filter that content, opening up tremendous possibilities for search and delivery.

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