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The Downside of Open-Access Publishing — NEJM

The Downside of Open-Access Publishing — NEJM | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Over the past couple of years, many people involved in scientific research and publishing have received increasing numbers of emails with invitations to submit papers to newly established journals, join their editorial boards, or even apply to serve as their editors-in-chief. Personally, I have been alternately amused and annoyed by these messages. A glance at the journal's name or the associated website has told me that these simply are not serious publications. But the establishment of new journals and publishers at a rapidly increasing pace should be taken seriously, since it affects the scientific record as a whole.

 

The Internet has profoundly and permanently changed the ways in which information can be disseminated and discussed. And since scientific publishing is precisely about getting new findings out to researchers and readers for discussion, the Internet has changed scientific publishing considerably, mostly for the better — and will continue to do so. Distribution costs can be very low if a journal chooses to publish only online, for instance, but there are still high costs involved for proper peer review and editorial quality control. The introduction, a decade ago, of an open-access model in which authors pay to have their work published offered an alternative way of financing this quality control. But it also opened up opportunities to charge authors a fee to publish their papers with little or no quality control.

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Open Data on the Web Workshop April 2013 | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Data on the Web Workshop April 2013 | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C) together with the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Data Institute, are pleased to invite you to join a jointly organized workshop to discuss how we can realize the promise of open data on the web.


What?: Open Data on the Web Workshop (for more, see topics below)
When?: 23-24 April 2013
Where?: Google Campus, 4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2 4BX
Deadline for applications: Sunday 3rd March – see below for how to apply!

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Industry Perspective: Accelerate Education With Open Source Cloud Techs

Industry Perspective: Accelerate Education With Open Source Cloud Techs | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Distance learning is more popular than ever, and the reasons are many: Students can work full time while taking classes that fit their schedules; educators are no longer constrained by the economics of the physical classroom -- one professor can teach thousands of students simultaneously, or alternatively teach exotic, “long tail” subjects that wouldn’t be sustainable at a single university's campus; and holding classes virtually is significantly less expensive.

Though distance learning has made significant strides over the years, there's still room for improvement -- and that's where open source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) can help.

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Data Expeditions on Open Data Day | School of Data - Learn how to find, process, analyze and visualize data

Data Expeditions on Open Data Day | School of Data - Learn how to find, process, analyze and visualize data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This post was written on Open Data Day, Saturday 23rd February about the latest data expeditions from the School of Data team in Amsterdam and Berlin.


Open Data Day in Berlin and we’re at the ZEIT Online offices. There’s pizza, alcohol-free beer, plenty of Club Mate and we’re ready to roll…

 

The day kicks off with a brief introduction to the world of Open Data and pitches from proposed projects.

School of Data is here and gearing up to some data expeditions. It’s handy that the first part of the day, teams have been working on completing the Open Data Census, which this year has been extended to include city-level data.

Berlin storms ahead and is the first city to complete the census, partially because we have representatives from the City of Berlin to help with some of the answers.[1]

Kicking off with the census was a great way to get people familiar with what data was out there in time for some data expeditions based upon that data to start.

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School of Open will launch during Open Education Week

School of Open will launch during Open Education Week | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

As promised, the School of Open is launching its first set of courses during Open Education Week, March 11-15, 2013. This means that all facilitated courses will open for sign-up that week, and all stand-alone courses will be ready to take then or anytime thereafter. The School of Open is a community of volunteers developing and running online courses on the meaning and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond. To be notified when courses launch, sign up for School of Open announcements.

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Governments looking for economic ROI must focus on open data with business value - O'Reilly Radar

Governments looking for economic ROI must focus on open data with business value - O'Reilly Radar | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

There’s increasing interest in the open data economy from the research wings of consulting firms. Capgemini Consulting just published a new report on the open data economy. McKinsey’s Global Institute is following up its research on big data with an inquiry into open data and government innovation. Deloitte has been taking a long look at open data business models. Forrester says open data isn’t (just) for governments anymore and says more research is coming. If Bain & Company doesn’t update its work on “data as an asset” this year to meet inbound interest in open data from the public sector, it may well find itself in the unusual position of lagging the market for intellectual expertise.

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Social Network Could Revolutionize Disease Treatment | Wired Business | Wired.com

Social Network Could Revolutionize Disease Treatment | Wired Business | Wired.com | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

PatientsLikeMe, a social network for those suffering from chronic diseases, says it will use a new $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build an open science platform to help patients measure the progression of their own diseases and to make that data available to medical researchers.

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Data journalism for all

We have a pipeline problem for people with data and programming skills for journalism. There are great organizations and institutions making tremendous headway, but we need an industry-wide solution for educating the next generation of journalists.

Today there are no course materials for learning skills for building modern news applications. Although there are many books, videos, and other training materials that may utilize programming, none have journalism-centric projects as the end goals. That is where For Journalism fills an enormous need and void in existing technical journalism training.

We are creating resources to address this need by employing professional experts in specific skill areas, and we will structure our materials to have journalism contexts.

For Journalism is an effort to equip every student, mid-career journalist, professor and graduate student with the knowledge they need to learn technical skills for doing journalism.


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The EU Open Data Portal is here

Just before Christmas, we launched an important element of the Commission's Open Data Policy: a portal site for data held by the Commission, the European Environment Agency, and potentially other institutions and bodies of the Union.


We have launched it in beta version, and we would love you to try it out and give us feedback while we continue to work on the capabilities and the content of the site. The site provides, for the first time, a single point of access to data held by different departments of the Commission, making it easy to find and retrieve datasets currently published on a multitude of different sites and portals. It currently also includes data from the European Environment Agency. And that's not all: other institutions of the Union can publish there, and we hope that in time it will give access to data from more and more EU bodies.

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Jack Andraka launches petition for Open Access

Jack Andraka launches petition for Open Access | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Jack Andraka – the bright young mind behind a revolutionary new weapon in the battle against cancer – is waging a war for Open Access, as the US Congress weighs a bill that would make federally funded research available publicly.

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Alexandra Elbakyan's comment, February 25, 2013 5:01 AM
Child prodigy в 16 с гаком лет. Дожили. Неудивительно, что 25-летних в "молодежь" записывают
Irina Radchenko's comment, February 25, 2013 5:09 AM
Teen prodigy.
Все ок.
Alexandra Elbakyan's comment, February 25, 2013 5:11 AM
Это уже какой-то новый термин ) Просто о стремлении сдвинуть "норму" в сторону 60+ академиков и политиков. "Prodigy" - это не о норме, а об исключении, подтверждающем правило...
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PLOS Commends White House Directive on Open Access | The Official PLOS Blog

PLOS Commends White House Directive on Open Access | The Official PLOS Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

PLOS applauds the Obama administration for issuing a directive that calls for expanding open access to federally funded research.  We stand firmly alongside any organization or initiative that attempts to eliminate unnecessary barriers to the immediate availability, access and use of research, and we look forward to working with them in the journey towards full Open Access. Here are some key points from the Directive:

 The Directive affirms the principle that the public has a right to access the results of publicly funded research, calling on all federal agencies with annual research and development budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with free online access to the results of that research.It specifically calls for research manuscripts arising from publicly funded research to be made available no later than 12 months after publication in a scientific journal.The Directive also provides guidance to ensure that data resulting from publicly funded research is made widely available in a timely manner.
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Philanthropy Can Catalyze an Open Government Movement (SSIR)

Philanthropy Can Catalyze an Open Government Movement (SSIR) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The initial phase of Open Government Partnership (OGP) illustrates how philanthropic funding can catalyze and help build sectors. In September 2010, a small group of private organizations—under the aegis of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, a donor collaborative including funders such as Omidyar Network, Open Society Foundations, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Hivos (as well as two leading international NGOs, International Budget Partnership and Revenue Watch Institute)—recognized the opportunity OGP presented. They backed the government and civil society reformers with funding, connections, and intellectual support.

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Is Open Government a States' Rights Issue, Too?

Is Open Government a States' Rights Issue, Too? | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Virginia goes to the Supreme Court over a law that limits public-records access to its residents. Here's why it matters for all Americans.
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School of Data - Learn how to find, process, analyze and visualize data

School of Data - Learn how to find, process, analyze and visualize data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This Saturday was International Open Data Day. Over a hundred cities worldwide hosted events in which applications were built, data was liberated, and the open data cause was promoted. The interactive IODD map gives some sense of the scale of the event.

 

Visualizing.org launched the Global Development Sprint in collaboration with the World Bank on Open Data Day. This is “a collaborative data visualization project where anyone can fork code to visualize the same open data set”, aiming to demonstrate the benefit of open data policies.

 

Probabilistic programming, as Rob Zinkov explains, is a powerful and intuitive way of specifying complex models. You can learn this paradigm with “Probabilistic Programming and Bayesian Methods for Hackers”, a Github-hosted ebook that provides a hands-on introduction to Bayesian inference in Python and PyMC.

 

Syracuse University’s Jeffrey Stanton has made his “Introduction to Data Science”, an interactive textbook for a non-technical audience, available for free. Syracuse will also offer a free and open online course, “A Brief Introduction to Data Science with R”, later this month.

 

DataFreeze allows you to script static JSON and CSV exports of relational databases for use in data-driven apps. As its creator explains, this is a handy solution to the problem posed by the cumbersome datastores used by high-volume websites.

 

Videos of over 300 natural language processing lectures have been posted to Vimeo by Chris Callison-Burch. Everyone who works with text—that is, just about everyone!—should check out this collection of cutting-edge research presentations.

 

For a fun, difficult introduction to d3.js, check out the slides from Tom MacWright’s presentation to the DC jQuery Users Group. MacWright’s presentation will make the most sense to those who bring strong JavaScript abilities.

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Italian Senate Data Portal | European Public Sector Information Platform

Italian Senate Data Portal | European Public Sector Information Platform | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Italian Senate has launched their open data portal, dati.senato.it, 23 February, to coincide with both international Open Data Day as well the elections.

The portal is licensed under Creative Commons, requiring only attribution of the source. Daily data on legislation in process and political activity is available. The portal provides a SPARQL endpoint and provides Linked Data.

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US science to be open to all

US science to be open to all | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The rumours have been buzzing around Capitol Hill since before last year’s election, and last week, supporters of open-access publication in the United States got most of what they wanted. The White House declared that government-funded research would be made free for all to read, rather than kept behind paywalls. However, those hoping that the government would require papers to be free from the time of publication were disappointed.

 

In a 22 February memo, John Holdren, director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), gave federal agencies until 22 August to produce plans for making the data and papers from the research they fund more accessible to the public. The move, he says, would “accelerate scientific breakthroughs and innovation” and boost economic growth. Agencies should aim to make research papers free by 12 months after publication — a concession to publishers, who say that a year’s delay is needed to maintain their revenue from subscriptions.

 

The policy applies to an estimated 19 federal agencies, which each spend more than US$100 million on research and development. It would roughly double the number of articles made publicly available each year to about 180,000, according to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, an open-access advocacy group in Washington DC, which called the memo a “landmark”. Until now, only the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has required its research to be publicly available after 12 months.

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Inside View from Ireland: The Value of Open Data

Inside View from Ireland: The Value of Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

I TRY TO ensure our creative multimedia students understand the importance of sharing data points through simple things like online photos. And I listen to strategic thinkers like Tony Clement explain why our world is better with Open Data in it.

 

I wish anybody in charge of State money in Ireland had to certify (1) Open Data compliance and (2) API end point access for public data they gather or maintain. In my mind, it's a matter of accessibility. We hear the accessibility standard discussed in every developers' conference. Public servants have to be concerned with accessible internet resources and they're graded accordingly. We need to impose the same kind of public expectation on all the data that's culled and presented online by State agencies.

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Early Results: International Open Data Day 2013

Early Results: International Open Data Day 2013 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Hackathons are all the rage these days. And how could they not be? When cities host the events, they invite computer programmers and software developers to use their open data to work together and create new applications and visualizations around that data. 

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Welcome to Philadelphia's open data revolution

Welcome to Philadelphia's open data revolution | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

City of Philadelphia's open data policy (enacted in 2002) -- paired with an ascendant local tech community -- has spawned a new generation of integrated tools that make digesting data easy.

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Switzerland's Roche pledges to open up access to drug data

Switzerland's Roche pledges to open up access to drug data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding has agreed to expand access to its clinical trial data as the pharmaceutical industry faces calls for greater transparency on scientific data.

The company's move follows a decision this month by British rival GlaxoSmithKline to publish detailed clinical study reports as well as the results of all drug trials.

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Culture Labs | OpenGLAM

Culture Labs | OpenGLAM | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Here is a a list of open-source the tools that the Open Knowledge Foundation has produced for working with open cultural data and content. Interested in one of them? Visit the project page and install the code yourself!

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Slow progress on Government's open data effort

Slow progress on Government's open data effort | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Australia's Information Commissioner has described the Government's progress on open data as patchy and "transitional", some three years after the Federal Government’s declaration of open government.

Launching a report into open data in Canberra on Friday, Information Commissioner John McMillan said many agencies were embracing an open access and pro-active disclosure culture. The report included responses from over 190 agencies.

But he nonetheless found evidence of many obstacles that worked against efforts to make Government information and data discoverable and useable, to move to a default position of open access to information and to have sufficient resources for robust information asset management.

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Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research | The White House

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research | The White House | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Obama Administration is committed to the proposition that citizens deserve easy access to the results of scientific research their tax dollars have paid for. That’s why, in a policy memorandum released today, OSTP Director John Holdren has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. OSTP has been looking into this issue for some time, soliciting broad public input on multiple occasions and convening an interagency working group to develop a policy. The final policy reflects substantial inputs from scientists and scientific organizations, publishers, members of Congress, and other members of the public—over 65 thousand of whom recently signed a We the People petition asking for expanded public access to the results of taxpayer-funded research.

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Open Data & My Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Data & My Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Knowledge Foundation believes in open knowledge: not just that some data is open and freely usable, but that it is useful – accessible, understandable, meaningful, and able to help someone solve a real problem.

A lot of the data which could help me improve my life is data about me – “MyData” if you like. Many of the most interesting questions and problems we have involve personal data of some kind. This data might be gathered directly by me (using my own equipment or commercial services), or it could be harvested by corporations from what I do online, or assembled by public sector services I use, or voluntarily contributed to scientific and other research studies.

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White House Unveils Long-Awaited Public Access Policy - ScienceInsider

White House Unveils Long-Awaited Public Access Policy - ScienceInsider | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In a victory for open access advocates, the White House science office today released a long-awaited policy aimed at sharing the results of federally funded research with the public. The policy will require that science agencies make papers that they fund freely available online within 12 months after the results appear in a journal.

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