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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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Sheila Miguez Python and open science Links in talk are available in this gist. https://gist.github.com/codersquid/4969016
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FASTR Aims to Speed Open Access to Government-Funded Research

FASTR Aims to Speed Open Access to Government-Funded Research | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced on February 14 in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. If passed, FASTR would require government agencies with annual extramural research expenditures of more than $100 million make electronic manuscripts of peer-reviewed journal articles based on their research freely available on the Internet within six months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Featured Apps Archives | Citizenville

Featured Apps Archives | Citizenville | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Here are some incredible apps made possible by local open data efforts around the country, many are featured in Citizenville.

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Join Us Thursday, Feb. 21 for a Google+ Hangout on the Impact of Open Data

Join Us Thursday, Feb. 21 for a Google+ Hangout on the Impact of Open Data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Last Friday, we launched an early version of Energy.gov/Data, a site that will become a central resource for developers, journalists, researchers, and citizens who are looking for energy data and resources, as well as examples of companies and organizations who are using energy data every day. Are you wondering what "open data" is? Would you like to learn more about why it matters for the energy industry? Then join us for our second Google+ hangout, where we'll discuss these questions and more.

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Guest Post: Open Data Day, Course Sprints, and Hackathons! | Sci-Ed

Guest Post: Open Data Day, Course Sprints, and Hackathons! | Sci-Ed | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Today, we’re welcoming Billy Meinke to the blog to discuss their upcoming Open Science Sprint course. Billy is an intern in the Science Program at Creative Commons, and is using his background in educational technology to explore new approaches to collaborative online learning. Read on to learn all about Open Science, their upcoming Open Data Day, and the “Course Sprint” they’ll be offering on February 23rd. Special thanks to Liz Flavall (Publications Manager of PLOS Currents) for helping to set this up.

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Open and Shut?: Open Access: A Tale of Two Tables

Open and Shut?: Open Access: A Tale of Two Tables | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In an article published recently by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Colin Macilwain concludes “If the open-access story started as a battle between open-access advocates and publishers, it seems to have morphed into a feud between gold and green open access, which cuts out the publishers.”

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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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Stop polarising the MOOCs debate - University World News

Stop polarising the MOOCs debate - University World News | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The academic conversation on MOOCs is starting to polarise in exactly the talking-past-one-another way that so many complex conversations evolve: with very smart points on either side, but not a lot of recognition that the validity of certain key points on one side does not undermine the validity of certain key points on the other.

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The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: Creative Commons and Open Access to Scholarly Works

The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: Creative Commons and Open Access to Scholarly Works | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This paper explores the question of the use of Creative Commons (CC) licenses in scholarly works, focusing on journals and books and the intersection between Creative Commons and open access to scholarly works. The CC license suite offers a powerful set of tools to facilitate scholarly sharing. At a superficial level, the CC-Attribution only license appears to embody the spirit of libre or strong open access as defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI).

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Chicago: A New Approach To Big Data (Video, Vote)

Chicago: A New Approach To Big Data (Video, Vote) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Chicago will build the first open-source predictive analytics platform that will help leaders make smarter, faster decisions in real-time to help address and prevent problems before they develop. Click here to vote for this idea.

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Open data: decentralising and democratising social justice

Open data: decentralising and democratising social justice | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Chris Worman writes about Open Courts, the dataset which provides a model for others interested in data-driven advocacy
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Open Data in Your App: 2 events, 2 days, 2 speakers, 2 templates! | Make Web Not War

Open Data in Your App: 2 events, 2 days, 2 speakers, 2 templates! | Make Web Not War | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This Saturday, February 23rd is the international Open Data day, and the teams at Québec Ouvert, Montréal Ouvert & OpenNorth are organizing an event – focused on open data.

Just 2 days later on Monday 25th, one of the organizers Stéphane Guidoin from OpenNorth is speaking at our WebNotWar / HTLM5mtl 2-day Hackathon in Montreal, where open data is one of the themes.

The 2 open data speakers at our hackathon represent initiatives in 2 cities: Montreal and Ottawa – with Rob Giggey from the City of Ottawa speaking on Tuesday, February 26th.

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