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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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Public Works and Government Services Canada

Buyandsell.gc.ca is the Government of Canada’s new user-friendly procurement Web site. It is the main location to find information about doing business with the Government of Canada.

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UC Irvine Unveils Open Chemistry: Online Access to Comprehensive UC Chemistry Curriculum at No Cost for Students, Self-Learners and Educators

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) today announced the launch of Open Chemistry ("UCI OpenChem"), the most comprehensive chemistry curriculum ever offered online at no cost to students, self-learners and others worldwide. Developed as part of UCI's commitment to fostering learning globally through a collaborative effort of the UCI School of Physical Sciences and UCI OpenCourseWare, UCI OpenChem provides free and open access to 15 quarter-length undergraduate and select graduate chemistry video lectures. UCI OpenChem was the brainchild of Chemistry Professor James Nowick, Ph.D., whose three classes of Organic Chemistry lectures have been viewed thousands of times and have earned praise from students around the world. By releasing the full path of study as OpenCourseWare, UCI contributes its world-class resources in chemistry to advance the study of on-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects.

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Poerup. Policies for OER Uptake

POERUP is carrying out research to understand how governments can stimulate the uptake of OER by policy means. We aim to convince decision-makers that in order to be successful with OER, they will have to formulate evidence-based policies based on looking beyond one’s own country, region or continent, beyond the educational sector they look after.

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Open Education 2030. Future of Open Education

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) have recently become hot topics, not only for educational researchers, but also for policy makers in Europe and abroad. There is a general agreement that openness has the potential to widen access to education and to improve, amongst others, cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning. In its recent Communication on Rethinking Education, the European Commission announced a new initiative on “Opening-up Education” to be launched mid-2013.

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I`ve got this link from Webinar "Learning Innovations and Learning Quality: The future of open education and free digital resources" by Christian M. Stracke @ Open Education Week 2013.

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A framework for developing competencies in open and distance e-learning | Arinto | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

A framework for developing competencies in open and distance e-learning | Arinto | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Many open universities and distance education institutions have shifted from a predominantly print-based mode of delivery to an online mode characterised by the use of virtual learning environments and various web technologies. This paper describes the impact of the shift to open and distance e-learning (ODeL), as this trend might be called, on the course design practices of faculty members at a small single-mode distance education university in the Philippines. Specifically, the paper presents and analyses the faculty’s perspectives on how their course design practices have changed and issues and challenges arising from these changes. The findings suggest that faculty training programs in ODeL should aim to develop a comprehensive range of ODeL competencies in a systematic and coherent way. Based on the findings, as well as research on practitioner development in teaching effectively with technology, a framework for developing ODeL competencies among faculty is proposed. Aside from covering the four areas of change in course design practice identified in the study, the framework also specifies levels of expertise (basic, intermediate, and advanced), indicating degrees of complexity of the knowledge and skills required for each area at each level. All of the competencies listed for all four areas at the basic level comprise the minimum competencies for teaching an online distance education course.
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Transparency Project by EFF

Transparency Project by EFF | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Knowing “what the government is up to” is often the first step in ensuring that the government respects the civil liberties of its citizens. Transparency is especially important given the government’s increasingly secretive use of new technologies for law enforcement and national security purposes. From cell phone location tracking, the use of surveillance drones, secret interpretations of electronic surveillance law, and the expanding use of biometrics, EFF wants to hold the government accountable and uphold your digital rights.

 

To that aim, EFF’s Transparency Project is dedicated to using federal and state freedom of information laws, the courtroom, and our megaphone to shine light on government activities. 

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StatWorld - Interactive Maps of Open Data | StatSilk

Visualize open data: Increasingly government institutions and organizations are releasing data free of charge. Through StatSilk’s StatWorld and the first-prize winning StatPlanet World Bank, interactive visualizations of thousands of indicators can be explored and analyzed. Lack of Internet connectivity does not need to be a barrier, as there are desktop and web versions.

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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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Kwa Watu - Technology for Humans: Working towards open legislative data

A few weeks back, I sent out a solicitation to a bunch of city clerks and other people connected to City Council bodies around the country that use Granicus's legislative management software, Legistar. I was requesting signatures on a publically available letter as a statement of the importance of opening the legislation data that Granicus collects through Legistar. This type of data has been a persistent interest of mine ever since I helped start Councilmatic a couple years ago.

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Global Open Access Portal | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Global Open Access Portal | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP), funded by the Governments of Colombia, Denmark, Norway, and the United States Department of State, presents a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world. For countries that have been more successful implementing Open Access, the portal highlights critical success factors and aspects of the enabling environment. For countries and regions that are still in the early stages of Open Access development, the portal identifies key players, potential barriers and opportunities.

The Global Open Access Portal is designed to provide the necessary information for policy-makers to learn about the global OA environment and to view their country’s status, and understand where and why Open Access has been most successful.

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Learning Innovations and Quality (LINQ-2013)

Learning Innovations and Quality (LINQ-2013) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The motto of LINQ 2013 is:

Learning Innovations and Quality:
"The Future of Digital Resources"

The LINQ conference is addressing Innovations and Quality in Lifelong Learning, Education and Training: potential points of access to this field include new learning methods and design, Technology-Enhanced Learning, quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities.

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Open access to research, long a focus at KU, now grabbing national headlines / LJWorld.com

Taxpayers funded it. Researchers produced it. So why should scholarly work at universities sit behind fences built by publishing companies?

For a decade or so, Kansas University leaders have asked that question about academic research published in scholarly journals. But this year, the issue has made national headlines like never before.

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Open Government and Democracy

Open Government and Democracy | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) has recently released the results of the Open Budget Survey 2012, which measures “the state of budget transparency, participation and oversight in 100 countries around the world”. In the survey report, the authors highlighted the positive relationship between budget transparency and democracy: A democratic political system is a significant factor that supports budget transparency (…) In fact, a switch from autocracy to democracy is typically associated with an improvement in a country’s OBI score by almost 20 points, after controlling for other variables. In addition, transparency seems to depend much more on current levels of democracy than on how long a country has been a democracy: for countries in transition, this means that rapid improvements in transparency can be achieved without having to wait for slow processes of learning and adaptation.
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Stimulating competition through open access networks

Stimulating competition through open access networks | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Even though the term “open access” is widely used in policy discussions surrounding broadband networks, there is little universal agreement as to what it means. A new OECD report entitled Broadband Networks and Open Access helps to shed some light on this important concept by examining how and why open access policies have been implemented in communication markets around the world.

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