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Google Science Fair open!

Google Science Fair open! | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Google has announced their annual science fair for students aged 13-18.  There are some awesome prizes, including a trip to the Galapagos!  Submissions close in 89 days - enter now! Google Science ...
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Open Government Networking Mechanism Webinar on Proactive Transparency - ProAct

Open Government Networking Mechanism Webinar on Proactive Transparency - ProAct | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

1. Does the right of access to information imply that governments must publish information without an access to information request? 
2. Which information should be prioritized? What types of information are becoming emerging international standards as part of government obligations to publish proactive information?
3. What is the relationship between “open data” and proactively published information? 
4. What are good practices from different countries around the world? 
5. What should the proactive publication priorities be for countries which are members of the Open Government Partnership?

These are some of the key questions about proactive publication of information which will be discussed during this webinar led by Helen Darbishire of Access Info Europe, and Kevin Dunion of the Centre for Freedom of Information at the University of Dundee.

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World Allergy Organization Journal is now open access

World Allergy Organization Journal is now open access | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

World Allergy Organization Journal (WAO Journal) has published its first open access articles with BioMed Central today.

As the official Journal of the World Allergy Organization, the journal will publish WAO position papers, statements and guidelines, along with original research, clinical reviews and epidemiological studies that contribute to current knowledge in patient care.

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Despite New Program Promising Open Access, JSTOR Prices Remain a Concern

Despite New Program Promising Open Access, JSTOR Prices Remain a Concern | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

After years of restricted access, JSTOR announced on January 9 that it will make the archives of more than 1,200 journals available to the public for free, giving those who sign up for an account with JSTOR the ability to read up to three articles every two weeks. 

JSTOR’s announcement that it will be opening up its archives to the public, albeit with limitations, is part of its new Register & Read program, which JSTOR describes as “a new, experimental program to offer free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers.” Although subscribers can read up to three articles every two weeks, they will not be allowed to download or copy them. According to Inside Higher Ed, 150,000 signed up for the trial period of the new program, and 30 percent of those who signed up used the program more than once. However, only 16 percent of those who registered are researchers, with the majority of others being students.

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To Honor Aaron Swartz, Let Knowledge Go Free

To Honor Aaron Swartz, Let Knowledge Go Free | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Dr. Jennifer Chan, a public voices rellow at the OpEd Project, is the director of global emergency medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and an associate faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

On January 12, visionary and innovator Aaron Swartz took his life. His death, like his life, has reinvigorated the discussion about freeing up scholarly information for public use.

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Yet Another Open Access Inquiry | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Yet Another Open Access Inquiry | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Hot on the heels of the recent House of Lords inquiry, there is also a separate Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee inquiry into the new Research Councils UK open access mandate focusing on economic aspects. There were only 70 or so written evidence submissions to the House of Lords inquiry and few were from active researchers. Other countries around the world are closely following developments with UK policy so it is globally important that the UK mandate remains strong.

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Open Government Data: right to information 2.0 or its rollback version? - Zunia.org

Open Government Data: right to information 2.0 or its rollback version? - Zunia.org | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This paper discusses the relationship between the open government data (OGD) movement and the right to information (RTI) movement. While both movements are closely related, there are some differences that may have a considerable impact on the right of the citizen to access government information. The article argues that the calls for OGD may on the one hand risk limiting the access to government information, while on the other hand they may also provide an alternative source of access to information for existing freedom of information legislation, which is being threatened in some countries.

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UK Government Fails Its First Big Procurement Test

UK Government Fails Its First Big Procurement Test | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

As regular readers of Computerworld UK know, the UK government has repeatedly said that it wishes to move on from the past patterns of procurement that have seen the UK spending far more on IT than comparable governments elsewhere. For years the UK has been the IT industry's dream: a rich but gormless customer that believes everything it is told by suppliers, and happy to pay through the nose for projects that consistently fail to deliver, assuming they are even completed. Indeed, the UK government has become proverbial in the IT world for its inefficiency and incompetence in this area.

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Cloud Computing for Learning and Teaching: Open Source Options For Education

Cloud Computing for Learning and Teaching: Open Source Options For Education | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented here in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the course of teaching and learning. 

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Open access plans are 'attack on academic freedoms' - Telegraph

Open access plans are 'attack on academic freedoms' - Telegraph | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Under proposals backed by David Willetts, the universities minister, publicly funded research will shift to an "open access" model by 2014, allowing anyone in the world to access the latest studies online without having to pay.

But now leading scholarly societies whose members collectively include Prof David Starkey, Sir David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and Alan Bennett have warned the move could have a serious impact on academic life, The Observer reports.

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Massive Open Online Courses: Free Learning For Everyone

Massive Open Online Courses: Free Learning For Everyone | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
If you have not heard about the current revolution taking place in higher education, please take some time and research the word MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses.
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Berlin's Energy Data Open | European Public Sector Information Platform

Berlin's Energy Data Open | European Public Sector Information Platform | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Vattenfall the energy utility company that runs the grid in Berlin, in collaboration with Fraunhofer FOKUS, have opened up data concerning the energy grid to the public. This is a first in Germany, and part of the company's transparency initiative. In Italy, ENEL, the country's largest energy producer earlier made similar steps, although the data made available in Berlin is much more detailed.

The new portal, Netdaten-Berlin, is listed as being in beta, and currently holds just under 90 data sets. It also features a few applications based on the published data. All data is licensed under Creative Commons BY, requiring just attribution of the source.

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Should "Open Government Data" be a Product or a Service (and why does it matter?)

Should "Open Government Data" be a Product or a Service (and why does it matter?) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Through a series of various types of meetings over the last couple of years I’ve been arguing the need to include notions of “inclusion” when discussing “open government data” and “openness” in general.  My interventions along those lines are often greeted either with the dull stare of incomprehension; or with a quick nod of the head indicating agreement but with an equally quick averting of the eyes to indicate that the subject has no interest in this context and we should move on.

These results for my well-intentioned attempts to broaden and deepen the significance and audience for open data has generally left me feeling either frustrated or irritated or both.

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Sunlight Foundation: The Day in Open Government 1/31/2013

The Office of Congressional Ethics released its 2012 end-of-year report showing it forwarded 13 matters to the House Ethics Committee for review of 32 matters it opened. (Roll Call)Two cases before the House Ethics Committee are being held until the panel has its first organizational meeting and can officially begin taking action. (Roll Call)The Government Accountability Office issued a report calling for better interagency contracting practices in the federal government. (GovExec)
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Massive open online classes raise questions about future of education

Massive open online classes raise questions about future of education | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

University of Virginia history professor Philip Zelikow has taught the course, "The Modern World: Global History Since 1760" for 16 years -- but this semester is different. Instead of delivering it to 120 students on campus, he'll be teaching 42,000 students around the world.

While online learning is not new, access to top-notch professors at some of the world's most prestigious universities is. Along with the University of Virginia, Harvard University, Stanford University, Brown University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University are among dozens of elite institutions partnering with start-up companies such as Coursera, Udacity and edX, to deliver so-called massive open online courses or MOOCs.

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Open Access to scientific information: Policy guidelines released | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Open Access to scientific information: Policy guidelines released | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Addressing a major concern of Member States, UNESCO has released a new publication entitled Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access to demystify the concept of Open Access and provide concrete steps on putting relevant policies in place.

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AlphaData showcases federal open data -- FCW

AlphaData showcases federal open data -- FCW | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Building on President Barack Obama's Digital Government Strategy, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program has launched an experimental one-page website that showcases "the very best" open data resources at http://alpha.data.gov.

Users of the site can view existing government open data resources in a variety of subject areas, like education, health, energy and commerce, and discover ways in which private-sector entrepreneurs and innovators are using that data to solve problems and benefit the public.

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MOOCs and Open Education in the CTLT Newsletter | MOOCs & More

The January edition of the CTLT Newsletter features a couple of different interviews about MOOCs and Open Education at UBC.  In an article about the UBC MOOC pilot, Kevin Leyton-Brown and Rosie Redfield describe some of the structures and strategies they’ve implemented or are developing for their Coursera courses.

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Nature Publishing Group Releases Open-Access Article Containing Next Generation Epigenetics Drug Target Dashboard Powered by Relay Technology Management

Nature Publishing Group Releases Open-Access Article Containing Next Generation Epigenetics Drug Target Dashboard Powered by Relay Technology Management | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Relay Technology Management Inc. is pleased to announce that a series of six articles featuring Relay Innovation Engine-powered interactive dashboards will be published open-access in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. The first article, which was published this morning, features Relay's Epigenetics Drug Target Explorer interactive dashboard. Its publication marks the start of a new era in interactive scientific research exploration, offering readers of Nature's prestigious articles a new way to interact with the information in real-time. The article can be found here.

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iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » World Education Games: Registration Now Open!

iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » World Education Games: Registration Now Open! | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Today registration is open for World Education Games!!  If your students have never participated with World Education Games (like World Math Day), this is the year.  They will thank you for including them in this fun world wide contest.

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Local media take lead in Open Data

Local media take lead in Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Many internet users will narrate how frustrating it is trying to get specific information on Kenya from the net without success.

There is a serious shortage of data on Kenya and trying to gather conclusive and updated information on business, agriculture, education,administration, health or many other topics is a real challenge. Despite heavy investments in making sure there is enough bandwidth to support such data, Kenyans have probably lost countless opportunities due to shortage of information. There is also the challenge of having data that users can make sense of.

The World Bank, African Media Initiative and other concerned players like the Kenya ICT Board, iHub Research and iLabAfrica undertook an incubation programme to help accelerate the ability for public to make sense of data and galvanise engagement around public issues. The programme, dubbed Code4Kenya, saw three media houses and a civil society group develop Applications and service platforms that would ease access to vital public data.

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The limits of open government

The limits of open government | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A troubling outcome of the ongoing financial crisis has been a collapse of trust in democratic institutions and politicians. Can greater "transparency" - the new political mantra of civic activists and an increasing number of democratic governments - reverse this trend?

The hope is that a combination of new technologies, publicly accessible data and renewed civic engagement can help people control their representatives more effectively. But the idea that transparency will restore public trust in democracy rests on several problematic assumptions, primarily the belief that "if only people knew", everything would be different.

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Do Now #61: Copyright vs Open Access | Edspace

Do Now #61: Copyright vs Open Access | Edspace | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Aaron Swartz downloaded 4 million articles from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology digital library of scholarly works – JSTOR (or journal storage). Why did he do that? Aaron Swartz was a visionary. His Internet activism was all about open and unlimited access to knowledge and the wealth of material available on the Internet. He built technology for the open licensing project Creative Commons and sought access to academic and research work which he felt should be freely available to further learning for the greater good.

The arguments about open access in relation to academia are these: JSORT articles are scholarly funded through research grants to academics for the purpose of advancing learning for all. As government funded assets, they should be publicly available.

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Local hackers find uses for online data in hackathon competition

Local hackers find uses for online data in hackathon competition | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

WATERLOO — About two dozen people were quietly hunched over their laptops, immersed in the work on the screen.

What could have been mistaken for a relaxed Saturday study session was actually an exciting competition. The participants, mostly from Kitchener and Waterloo, had taken on a “hackathon” challenge posed by local web search engine companySortable.

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Open Data Figshare Announces Partnership With PLoS

figshare, a Digital Science portfolio company, has announced a new partnership with open access publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS) to host the supplemental data for all seven PLoS journals, as well as provide a widget that will enable PLoS users to view data in the articles in the browser alongside the content. 

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