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Ariel Waldman » Science Hack Day is coming to your city!

Ariel Waldman » Science Hack Day is coming to your city! | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

And I need your help to make it happen. Science Hack Day has open sourced a guide on how to organize a community of geeks to come together and make awesome things over a weekend. No experience in science or hacking is necessary – the mission of Science Hack Day is just to get excited and make things with science! Science Hack Day was created out of this frustration that there’s actually a lot of open science data and stuff out there, but often no one is doing anything interesting with it.

This is where you come in. Science Hack Day should be in your city – it just needs someone like yourself to take charge and assemble a friend or two to help make it happen. And you have me – I’m available to help you make it happen by advising and supporting your efforts wherever I can! Science Hack Day isn’t an organization/company – it’s just a loose grassroots network of people like myself who are into thinking about weird/amazing/useful/fun stuff you could mashup and play with. So, it only happens if you create the event and run with it. There are already Science Hack Days lined up for 2013 in six countries: Cyprus, England, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, and USA. I’d love to add your city to the list of places that are getting excited about hacking science – and a few more countries, as well!

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MOOC's and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC's and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

We’ve been treated to a rash of stories about how new technological models for higher education raise questions about the viability of the traditional campus. After all, why invest in an elaborate physical plant when virtual education can effectively expand your reach exponentially?

This is of particular interest for global education and multinational universities, as the expense and difficulty of establishing foreign educational outposts may make virtual options seem even more attractive. At this point, though, it’s hard to see how massive open online courses, or MOOC’s, can be the silver bullet to developing globally engaged students or institutions.


To be clear and to set aside a straw-man argument, we don’t believe that MOOC’s were established with global engagement in mind. These entities are mostly about access.

However, they have become popular in overseas markets (for example, 61.5 percent of Coursera’s enrollments come from outside the United States). This development has led some to view MOOC’s as a possible alternative to other forms of global expansion, and to question the relevance of colleges’ establishing physical presences overseas.

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International Council for Open Research and Education launches new website | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS)

International Council for Open Research and Education launches new website | Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The International Council for Open Research and Education (ICORE) launched its newly designed website today at www.icore-online.org. The site's homepage welcomes all interested visitors with a clean uncluttered design which is divided into seven main sections: ABOUT ICORE, MEMBERSHIP, JOIN US, MEMBERS, EVENTS, PRESS, and CONTACT.

The website supports to bridge both worlds of Open Research and Open Education with the goal of mutual re-usage of results and outcomes, e.g. through the usage of digital resources from Open Research in Open Education. Individuals and organizations (including departments and other subsidiaries) that share and support the objectives of ICORE can join the ICORE membership.

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Commission welcomes Member States' endorsement of EU Open Data rules

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Commission welcomes Member States' endorsement of EU Open Data rules | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The European Commission welcomes endorsement by the EU Council's 'Coreper' committee (EU Committee of Member States' Permanent Representatives) of the Commission's effort to open-up public sector data for re-use across Europe (see IP/11/1524).

Once fully implemented into national law, the revision of the 2003 Public Sector Information Directive would make all generally accessible (that is, non-personal) public sector information available for re-use. Developers, programmers, businesses and citizens will be able to get and re-use public sector data at zero or very low cost in most cases. They will also have access to more exciting and inspirational content, for example including materials in national museums, libraries and archives.

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes said: "Opening up public data means opening up business opportunities, creating jobs and building communities. I welcome the Council's agreement to this culture change."

The proposed new rules now need to be formally approved by the European Parliament.

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Ulyanovsk Oblast: Regional Government Launches Open Data Initiative in Russia

Ulyanovsk Oblast Government launched an Open Data Initiative based on the recommendations of an Open Data Readiness Assessment prepared by the World Bank, at an “Open Region” seminar today.

Ulyanovsk Oblast Deputy Chair of the Government Svetlana Opyonysheva, who is already a champion for Open Government in Russia, acknowledged the value of Open Data for her region from the government and business perspectives:

“Open Data is a mechanism that can help ‘bring to life’ large amounts of information owned by the government. As a result, web studios and developers can create mobile and web applications for the population. This will simplify citizens’ lives, facilitate policymaking, and make the budget process more transparent. Development of enterprises based on open data will allow us to attract additional tax revenues at all levels of government,” said Deputy Chair of the Government Opyonysheva. The next step for the government will be to launch the Open Data portal, which is forthcoming. Ulyanovsk Oblast has a well-developed local IT community successfully operating in Russia and globally.

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Knowledge Exchange - Metrics for Research Data

Knowledge Exchange - Metrics for Research Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This report presents a first landscape study of creating and promoting data metrics and the assessment of the use of datasets in scientific work as a tool to stimulate data sharing. This report will be of interest to all major stakeholders in science and research, such as individual scientists, funders, research institutions, universities and data centres. It provides them with more knowledge about tools to promote and reward data sharing and data publication within their scientific communities. In this landscape study, all major stakeholders have been considered in order to summarize the main views, problems and challenges that need to be tackled in the development of metrics for datasets, and in the generalization and promotion of data sharing activities.

 

The report has been written by Rodrigo Costas, Ingeborg Meijer, Zohreh Zahedi and Paul Wouters of the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). Leiden University.

 

Published 11 April 2013

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Don Olcott: New Pathways to Learning – OER and Non-formal Education

Don Olcott: New Pathways to Learning – OER and Non-formal Education | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The growth of non-formal education is expanding teaching and learning pathways for the delivery of global education. This growth, in concert with the expanded use of Open Educational Resources (OERs), is creating a potential synergy between non-formal education and OERs to strengthen the continuum of education and training for people who live in underserved and economically disadvantaged regions of the world. The author’s central theme is that OERs provide a valuable educational resource for use in non-formal education that needs to be expanded, researched and refined. OERs are not formal or non-formal resources. Rather, it is how OERs are used in formal and non-formal education settings that define their context and application for teaching and learning.

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OERs provide a valuable educational resource for use in non-formal education that needs to be expanded, researched and refined. Rather, it is how OERs are used in formal and non-formal education settings that define their context and application for teaching and learning.

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:28 PM

I like the idea of enrichment and opportunity for all. This sounds like it will benefit everyone. We can all learn from one another. Some people who live in underserved and economically disadvangaged regions of the world have a lot to teach us about inner strength and perseverance. Also... think of the cultural awareness this will bring.

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For Scientists, an Exploding World of Pseudo-Academia

For Scientists, an Exploding World of Pseudo-Academia | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading professional association of scientists who study insects.

 

Denise Grady profiles Elizabeth H. Blackburn, a Nobel laureate in medicine who thinks the ends of your DNA might hold the key to long-term health. John Markoff talks possible tech revolution in the form of new flexible circuits. Gina Kolata on the murky world of nonprofessional science publishing.

 

But they found out the hard way that they were wrong. The prestigious, academically sanctioned conference they had in mind has a slightly different name: Entomology 2013 (without the hyphen). The one they had signed up for featured speakers who were recruited by e-mail, not vetted by leading academics. Those who agreed to appear were later charged a hefty fee for the privilege, and pretty much anyone who paid got a spot on the podium that could be used to pad a résumé.

“I think we were duped,” one of the scientists wrote in an e-mail to the Entomological Society.

 

Those scientists had stumbled into a parallel world of pseudo-academia, complete with prestigiously titled conferences and journals that sponsor them. Many of the journals and meetings have names that are nearly identical to those of established, well-known publications and events.

Steven Goodman, a dean and professor of medicine at Stanford and the editor of the journal Clinical Trials, which has its own imitators, called this phenomenon “the dark side of open access,” the movement to make scholarly publications freely available.

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Elsevier scoops up startup Mendeley in controversial bet on open science

Elsevier scoops up startup Mendeley in controversial bet on open science | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Publishing giant Elsevier has acquired Mendeley, a London-based startup that provides social collaboration tools for academics and researchers. The deal was confirmed on Monday after rumors of the transaction leaked months ago, and The Financial Times reports that the buyer has forked over £45 million ($68.85 million) for the London-based startup.

A rising star of the open science and crowdsourcing movements, Mendeley provides free and paid apps that let researchers and scientists share, store and organize content such as journal articles in PDF files. Millions of users have come to depend on the company's apps to cull the most relevant items from the sea of research info online. Some advocates for open science criticized the sale to Elsevier, skeptical that the scientific publisher would support the mission of Mendeley to make research information widely accessible and social.

 

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Open access academia

Open access academia | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In the late 19th century, when prestigious journals such as Science, Nature and others first appeared, their exclusive subscription-based business models made sense. The readership for scientific scholarship was limited, and each copy a journal printed represented a cost to the publisher. As a consequence of this, a second feature of the scientific journal was born: in order to keep costs down and subscriptions up, they agreed to publish only those articles they felt would be of greatest interest to the scientific community.

 

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Dealing with Data: Science Librarians’ Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions

As long as empirical research has existed, researchers have been doing “data management” in one form or another. However, funding agency mandates for doing formal data management are relatively recent, and academic libraries’ involvement has been concentrated mainly in the last few years. The National Science Foundation implemented a new mandate in January, 2011, requiring researchers to include a data management plan with their proposals for funding. This has prompted many academic libraries to work more actively than before in data management, and science librarians in particular are uniquely poised to step into new roles to meet researchers’ data management needs. This study, a survey of science librarians at institutions affiliated with the Association of Research Libraries, investigates science librarians’ awareness of and involvement in institutional repositories, data repositories, and data management support services at their institutions. The study also explores the roles and responsibilities, both new and traditional, that science librarians have assumed related to data management, and the skills that science librarians believe are necessary to meet the demands of data management work. The results reveal themes of both uncertainty and optimism – uncertainty about the roles of librarians, libraries, and other campus entities; uncertainty about the skills that will be required; but also optimism about applying “traditional” librarian skills to this emerging field of academic librarianship.

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Why I’ll keep using Mendeley…for now

Why I’ll keep using Mendeley…for now | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Well, it finally happened…Mendeley has been acquired by Elsevier. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Mendeley has never been open source (“free” does not equal “open source”), they’ve always been a commercial company and have never suggested that they were anything else. This day was always coming.

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OpenGLAM Principles | OpenGLAM

OpenGLAM Principles | OpenGLAM | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Note: This is the first version of the OpenGLAM principles which we have drafted together with the OpenGLAM Working Group. We would like this to be a community effort so please give feedback on the OpenGLAM mailing list! 

Galleries, libraries, archives and museums have an important role in supporting the advance of humanity’s knowledge. They have traditionally been the gatekeepers of the our cultural heritage and in their collections they hold the record of mankind.

The internet affords cultural heritage institutions a radical new opportunity to engage global audiences and make their collections more discoverable and connected than ever, allowing users not only to enjoy the riches of the world’s memory institutions, but also to contribute, participate and share.

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Oxford Open Science | OKF Open Science Working Group

Oxford Open Science | OKF Open Science Working Group | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Join us for informal discussion on open science in a digital age. Maybe you’re looking at ways to share scientific data more effectively, planning a project involving citizen crowd sourcing, want to make your research as accessible as possible or maybe you’re just interested in how openness and transparency could change the way we do science, come along and explore.

Our first session of the year will introduce the ways in which the web changes how we measure the impact of our research.

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The challenge of open education

Digital culture and the remix culture it has generated have changed the way in which knowledge and learning are constructed.‬ The last decade since the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched the Open Courseware initiative (OCW) in 2002 has seen a significant increase in the number of initiatives related to Open Educational Resources (OER) and open education in general. New institutions, with different objectives and business models, are emerging rapidly outside traditional universities: start-ups that offer free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), consortia of universities from four continents that share teaching materials and infrastructure, and universities where classes are taught by the students themselves.‬

 

This paper seeks to provide a historical overview of developments in the world of open education and a look at the key challenges that it faces. It considers how technology has altered the way in which information is obtained and shared and the consequences this has for the organization of education, from online learning to the flipped classroom. It also shows how roles and the balance of power between producers and consumers of content have become blurred leading to new possibilities for learning in different ways such as MOOCs, from peers and networks, etc. The new learning opportunities on offer can reach new groups of learners, a challenge that universities cannot ignore.‬‬‬‬

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The Future Of Open Data

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SAP’s Public Services Industry Business Solutions team wanted to find out more about the impact of these open data initiatives on the public and private sector, so it commissioned the Center for Technology and Government (CTG), an independent research organization at the State University at Albany (SUNY) to do further research in the area. The resulting whitepaper, “The Dynamics of Opening Government Data,”examines two case studies of open government initiatives and presents four recommendations based on CTG’s findings.

One of those case studies was the previously mentioned example with the New York City health department. The other case study involved the Department of Transportation for the city of Edmonton, Canada, and its release of data on planned road construction projects.

“In both cases, it was clear that simply opening government data – making it available to the public – is not the whole story,” says Anthony Cresswell, a senior fellow at CTG. “It has longer-term consequences that are difficult to predict. In our research, we sought to come up with strategies and policies that help government agencies understand ahead of time how opening data will affect all the stakeholders involved.”

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Open Data and what it means to BC – Part 3 | Community - DataBC

In government we end up collecting a lot of data. These vast spreads of information give us a traceable history of the province and help us develop policies and informed business decisions – but why stop there? Since July 2011, B.C. has made more than 3,000 of these datasets freely and easily accessible to citizens – a first in Canada. So how does this data get used?

This post is part three and the final segment of a few posts on open data I’ve shared over over the past week. This time I’m telling the story of how media outlets use open data to better communicate with British Columbians. If you missed the previous posts on open data, here’s part one and part two.

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Stefan Dietze - Linked Data for Open Education Data Sharing and Repository Federation

An overview over different alternatives and opportunities of using Linked Data principles and datasets for federated access to distributed OER repositories. The talk was held at the ARIADNE/GLOBE

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Paul Kawachi - Creating Open Educational Resources: Guidelines for Quality Assurance

Regional Consultation Workshop on Quality Guidelines for Open Educational Resources on 13-15 March 2013 at Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad
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giovanna g.: linee guida per realizzare risorse aperte, con caratteristiche di qualità (osia come assicurare e garantire la qualità di "apertura". Da twitter #OER

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Use of blended learning & the journey to adopt MOOC at HKPolyU

Eric Tsui's presentation at the Global Mindset Conference - Future of Higher Education & Skills Training in the Australasian Region – ‘Massive Open Online C

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Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network | in education

Open for Learning: The CMS and the Open Learning Network | in education | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The course management system (CMS) reinforces the status quo and hinders substantial teaching and learning innovation in higher education. It does so by imposing artificial time limits on learner access to course content and other learners, privileging the role of the instructor at the expense of the learner, and limiting the power of the network effect in the learning process. The open learning network (OLN)—a hybrid of the CMS and the personal learning environment (PLE)—is proposed as an alternative learning technology environment with the potential to leverage the affordances of the Web to dramatically improve learning.

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Will open access to research achieve transparency? Your responses, please

Will open access to research achieve transparency? Your responses, please | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The UK's minister for universities and science has taken a special interest in open access to journal articles. He chooses to talk about access to academic publications as enacting a particular principle of transparency. I cannot disagree with the principle. In fact I used the same line about sunshine as the best disinfectant when writing about the need for great access to scientific data. Although I attributed the phrase to the early 20th Century US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, not David Cameron.

But there are two missing links in Willetts's argument.

First, if sunlight is a disinfectant, then transparent government is meant to keep something clean. But the motivation for open access here is to enable more business access to research output. It is different to sharing surgeons' success rates to allow for greater scrutiny of public services or the Treasury's spending data so that anyone can get a handle on public spending. This is about creating economic opportunity not public accountability.

There is at least an uncomfortable fit between open access and the main thrust of the government's transparency programme. (Admittedly, David Cameron's announcement of the second part of his programme was more explicitly aimed at the economic opportunities from open data. But he used the line about disinfectant to praise the philosophy behind Wikileaks.)

Second, a taxpayers' "right to roam" in academic journals is not the same as a right-to-understand, to re-use, to make-something-of. Just because in four years' time I will be able mull over 75% of the UK's research output, it doesn't mean I will understand any more of it. Nor does it mean that small companies will either, let alone turn it into a product or service. Access to the written output of research is only part of true transparency.

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Socrata’s Momentum Helps Drive Open Data Adoption Worldwide

Socrata, a Seattle-based cloud software company focused exclusively on democratizing access to government data, today announced strong quarterly results that demonstrate how the company is accelerating open data adoption around the world.

A Host of New Customer Wins

Over the past two quarters, Socrata has added a host of new customers, including: the State of New York, Atlanta, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Kansas City (MO), Raleigh, Madison (WI), San Mateo County (CA), Travis County (TX), Snohomish County (WA), and Redmond (WA); as well as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government, and Halifax and the Province of Alberta in Canada.

These organizations join other forward-thinking Socrata customers like New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, the State of Maryland, the State of Hawaii, the State of Washington, the World Bank, Medicare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United Nations Development Programme, and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Open Corporates plans to 'have a URL for every company in the world' (Wired UK)

Open Corporates plans to 'have a URL for every company in the world' (Wired UK) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Open Corporates is on a mission to make corporate information easily accessible to the masses
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Datasets - ENUMERATE Data Platform

Datasets - ENUMERATE Data Platform | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

ENUMERATE is a EC-funded project, led by Collections Trust in the UK.  The primary objective of ENUMERATE is to create a reliable baseline of statistical data about digitization, digital preservation and online access to cultural heritage in Europe. Currently, statistical data on Europe’s digital heritage is tentative and scattered at best. For the European Commission and many of the agencies and actors in the field of culture there is no consistent evidence base for making strategic decisions on investments in digitisation. ENUMERATE will bring about major improvements in the quality and availability of intelligence about digital heritage.

 

 

A consortium of ten partners is at the heart of the ENUMERATE 'Thematic Network'. Together they will initiate a Europe-wide community of practice to share statistical data and knowledge on the progress of digitisation. This will be achieved by a multi-annual programme of coordinated surveys. There will be wide-scale harmonized statistical data-gathering and more in-depth surveying of digitization activities by European cultural heritage institutions.  All activities of ENUMERATE start from the principle that heritage institutions will receive useful information in return for sharing their data. Results will be published on an open data platform, where raw and summary data can be viewed and collated by interested parties.

 

ENUMERATE builds on the results of the NUMERIC project (2007-2009). This was a ground breaking initiative to create a framework for the gathering of statistical data on digital cultural heritage. ENUMERATE will improve and refine the methodology from NUMERIC and will bring the data online for re-use. ENUMERATE will also take into account the results of a recent study of Collections Trust into the costs of digitising Europe’s cultural heritage.

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