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Investing in the open data economy - O'Reilly Radar

Investing in the open data economy - O'Reilly Radar | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

If you had 10 million pounds to spend on open data research, development and startups, what would you do with it? That’s precisely the opportunity that Gavin Starks (@AgentGav) has been given as the first CEO of the Open Data Institute (ODI) in the United Kingdom.


The ODI, which officially opened last September, was founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt. The independent, non-partisan, “limited by guarantee” nonprofit is a hybrid institution focused on unlocking the value in open data by incubating startups, advising governments, and educating students and media.

Previously, Starks was the founder and chairman of AMEE, a social enterprise that scored environmental costs and risks for businesses. (O’Reilly’s AlphaTech Ventures was one of its funders.) He’s also worked in the arts, science and technology. I spoke to Starks about the work of the ODI and open data earlier this winter as part of our continuing series investigating the open data economy.

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Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications

Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Academics are — slowly — adopting the view that publicly funded research should be made freely available. But data released yesterday suggest that, given the choice, even researchers who publish in open-access journals want to place restrictions on how their papers can be re-used —for example, sold by others for commercial profit.

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JCDecaux bringing real Open Data for Paris bike riders • Rude Baguette

JCDecaux bringing real Open Data for Paris bike riders • Rude Baguette | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Paris, like many other French cities, has a network of bicycle stations called Velib, where people with (very cheap) subscriptions can take a bike for free for as long as a half-hour. However, up until now, the data of what stations are full of available bikes, and which have space to put one back, was not open, and the overall information available to users pretty basic. This is all changing this spring (FR)!

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BioMed Central | BioMed Central publishing in partnership with societies

A substantial number of BioMed Central journals are published in collaboration with learned societies and government agencies located around the world. In recent years, society-affiliated journals have become the fastest growing segment of BioMed Central’s portfolio.

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German government screws up open data ← Open Gov Germany

German government screws up open data ← Open Gov Germany | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Last year, the German government commissioned a fairly extensive study (Link) on open data, and started preparations for an open government data portal. The open data community felt somewhat relieved. After all, lobbying for more open government in Germany, the cradle of prussian bureaucracy, is not exactly an easy task. This is a state apparatus dominated by information silos, dusty hierarchies, pen and paper workflows and an attitude towards citizens that often borders on arrogant. Bravo to the few change agents within the Federal Ministry on the Interior, who over the last months and years have closely collaboratored with a multitude of actors, including app contests and bar camps.

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Linked Learning 2012 2nd International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of Data (LiLe2012)

Linked Learning 2012 2nd International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of Data (LiLe2012) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The LILE2012 proceedings were published as Vol 840 of the CEUR Workshop Proceedings Series and are online at http://www.ceur-ws.org/Vol-840/. Beyond paper presentations, the programme will contain a keynote and a panel discussion. Please click on individual sessions for further details.

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CKAN Japan Open Data - Semanticommunity.info

CKAN Japan Open Data - Semanticommunity.info | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Japan Open Data is using CKAN. They have 71 data sets, not all of which are available. I am buidling an index that categories them and helps prioritize selection for a dashboard that puts the data sets within 4 mouse clicks: see the data, search the data, downlaod the data, and share the data.

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New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework | Government ICT Directions and Priorities

New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework | Government ICT Directions and Priorities | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

State Services agencies are strongly encouraged to apply the following principles in relation to:
- licensing their copyright works for re-use; 

- enabling public access to and re-use of their non-copyright material.


The licences and tools referred to in this section are explained in the next section on NZGOAL licences and tools.

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Anonymisation Code of Practice - Data Protection Act - ICO

Anonymisation Code of Practice - Data Protection Act - ICO | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Our code of practice on anonymisation and data protection explains the issues surrounding the anonymisation of personal data.
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Conceptual Help | ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Conceptual Help | ArcGIS API for JavaScript | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The ArcGIS API for JavaScript is a lightweight way to embed maps and tasks in web applications. You can get these maps from ArcGIS Online, your own ArcGIS Server or others' servers.

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Science and technology policy - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Science and technology policy - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

nnovative scientific research has a crucial role in addressing global challenges - ranging from health care and climate change to renewable energy and natural resources management. The speed and depth of this research depends on fostering collaborative exchanges between different communities and assuring its widest dissemination. The exchange of ideas, knowledge and data emerging from this research is fundamental for human progress.

The rapid development in computing technology and the Internet have opened up new applications for the basic sources of research – the base material of research data – which has given a major impetus to scientific work in recent years. Databases are rapidly becoming an essential part of the infrastructure of the global science system. The international Human Genome Project is but one good example of a large-scale endeavour in which openly accessible information is being used successfully by many different users, all over the world, for a great variety of purposes.

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MIT Can Honor Aaron Swartz by Fighting To Make Academic Journals Open to Everyone

MIT Can Honor Aaron Swartz by Fighting To Make Academic Journals Open to Everyone | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Beginning in the fall of 2010, Aaron Swartz repeatedly logged on to MIT’s campus network and used an automated script to download nearly 5 million articles from JSTOR, one of the largest digital archives of scholarly journals in the world. When they discovered Swartz’s actions, both JSTOR and MIT faced a choice—should they help prosecute Swartz as a nefarious hacker, or should they forgive him for skirting the law while pursuing his activism?

Last summer, after he agreed to return the articles he’d downloaded, JSTOR dropped its civil case against Swartz. MIT took a different course. According to Swartz’s friends and supporters, the university played a key role in federal prosecutors’ efforts to prosecute Swartz of a litany of computer fraud charges. On Jan. 11, facing the near certainty of jail time, Swartz committed suicide. Shortly afterward, MIT’s president released a heartfelt public statement. “It pains me to think that MIT played any role in a series of events that have ended in tragedy,” wrote L. Rafael Reif. He appointed Hal Abelson, a respected computer science professor, to lead an investigation into the university’s participation in the Swartz case.

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Education Standards Spur States to Create and Share Web-Based Curriculum and Portals

Education Standards Spur States to Create and Share Web-Based Curriculum and Portals | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A math question for eighth-grade graduation in 1888 in Indiana was: If you want a horse to graze on one-half acre of grass, how long must the rope be? But is this question too difficult for today’s eighth-grade student or even relevant for success in the 21st century? 

Defining what students are expected to learn — for graduation, for testing student competence, evaluating teacher skill and as a goal of instruction — is a complex and important task that has typically been developed by each state, school district or teacher.

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Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content | MindShift

Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content | MindShift | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

While the open content movement in education continues to gain steam, more teachers are starting to learn about free content they can use and adapt to their own needs for their classrooms.

But educators are focusing too heavily on acquiring content, rather than contributing and improving to it, according to a company that helps teachers and students access open education resources.

“People often hear the content piece rather than the open piece,” said Bill Fitzgerald, the founder of FunnyMonkey, a Portland, Ore.-based open educational resources company, during a presentation at Educon 2.5. “And it shifts [an understanding] about what open content is.”

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White House to host Open Data Day Hackathon -- FCW

White House to host Open Data Day Hackathon -- FCW | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Administration officials want clever programmers to improve the API that drives the 'We The People' petitioning system.
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Open Science Grid Operations: GOC Service Update Tuesday, February 12th at 14:00 UTC

Open Science Grid Operations: GOC Service Update Tuesday, February 12th at 14:00 UTC | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The GOC will upgrade the following services beginning Tuesday, February 12th, 2012 at 14:00 UTC. The GOC reserves 8 hours (14:00 - 22:00 UTC) in the unlikely event that unexpected problems are encountered. We encourage users to test affected services before the production release.

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We Need an Open Database of Clinical Trials | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

We Need an Open Database of Clinical Trials | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The award winning science writer and physician Ben Goldacre recently launched a major campaign to open up the results of clinical trials.

The AllTrials initiative calls for all clinical trials to be reported and for the “full methods and the results” of each trial to be published.

Currently negative results are poorly recorded and positive results are overhyped, leading to what Goldacre calls ‘research fraud’, misleading doctors about the drugs they are prescribing and misleading patients about the drugs they are taking.

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MOOCs, Curation and Open Access as Strategic Marketing Opportunities for Educational Institutions

MOOCs, Curation and Open Access as Strategic Marketing Opportunities for Educational Institutions | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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Can MOOCs and OER (open educational resources) represent a strategic marketing opportunity for educational institutions?


David Cormier writes about it: "According to the Times Higher article from yesterday, The University of Edinburgh got 300,000 students for its Coursera courses.


The article magically sets out what I have always thought was the most likely business model for MOOCs – the loss leader.


In 220 words they lay out their reasoning… they currently have 2000 online students. They want to have 10000 students. One can imagine that they hope that of the 300K 8000 students not currently registered for ‘for pay’ courses at the institution will decide to pay money to have a longer relationship with their institution."


From the original article by David Cormier: "...your ability to market online courses could increasingly be a question of whether you have the kind of faculty that people want to take a course with.


If i’m looking to learn something about connectivism, and I see George’s name on half the things that are written about them, I’m going to be tempted to take the connectivism course with george at Athabasca.


If he’d published all those things in closed journals, it seems less likely that they would get found..."



Interesting. Insightful. 8/10


Full article: http://www.xedbook.com/?p=120


(Image credit: Opportunities from Shutterstock)

Farid Mheir's curator insight, February 22, 2013 8:55 PM

Some classes register 300,000 students. Massive. Great evolution. But not as revolutionary as the Khan Academy could prove to be....

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US government to release open data using OKF’s CKAN platform | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

US government to release open data using OKF’s CKAN platform | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

You may have seen hints of it before, but the US government data portal, data.gov, has just announced officially that its next iteration – “data.gov 2.0″ – will incorporate CKAN, the open-source data management system whose development is led and co-ordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The OKF itself is one of the organisations helping to implement the upgrade.

Like all governments, the US collects vast amounts of data in the course of its work. Because of its commitment to Open Data tens of thousands of datasets are openly published through data.gov. The new-look data.gov will be a major enhancement, and will for the first time bring together geospatial data with other kinds of data in one place.

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W3C eGov Meeting on Open Data: 8 February 2013

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* How Linked Data is Transforming eGovernment<https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/semic/document/case-study-how-linked-data-transforming-egovernment>, Nikos Loutas
* Open Data at the World Bank and Developing Countries<http://data.worldbank.org/>, Tariq Khokhar
* eGov announcements, call for speakers, and upcoming topics, Jeanne Holm
* Updated information and upcoming meetings can be found at http://www.w3.org/egov/wiki/Main_Page
* Scribe: TBD

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Model Publication Schemes

Model Publication Schemes | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Information and guidance for using your rights to access public and environmental information through the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
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The Scottish Information Commissioner is a public official appointed by Her Majesty The Queen on the nomination of the Scottish Parliament. The Commissioner is responsible for enforcing and promoting Scotland's freedom of information laws, namely:
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004
The INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009  

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Create Professional Interactive Maps for Your Website or App with MapBox

Create Professional Interactive Maps for Your Website or App with MapBox | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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Sean de Basti's curator insight, April 12, 2013 4:57 AM

MapBox combines his own online hosting service with his desktop software TileMill to a very good opportunity for publishing maps!

Robin Martin's comment, April 30, 2013 3:00 PM
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Developer's Corner - GeoNB

Developer's Corner - GeoNB | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The GIS Developer's Corner is intended to become a collaborative space where partners can leverage past investments that others have made in geomatics technology and intelligence rather than redevelop or build applications from scratch.

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Enabling knowledge creation in data-driven science | iSGTW

Enabling knowledge creation in data-driven science | iSGTW | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Today, many scientific fields can be described as data-intensive disciplines, which turn raw data into information and then knowledge. If this sounds familiar it’s because this represents the late and influential computer scientist Jim Gray’s vision of the fourth research paradigm. Gray divided up the evolution of science into four periods or paradigms. One thousand years ago, science was experimental in nature, a few hundred years ago it became theoretical, a few decades ago it moved to a computational discipline, and today it’s data driven. Researchers are reliant on e-science tools to enable collaboration, federation, analysis, and exploration to address this data deluge, equal to about 1.2 zettabytes each year. If 11 ounces of coffee equaled one gigabyte, a zettabyte would be the same volume as the Great Wall of China.

The amount of data is so much that journals such as Neuroscience have stopped accepting supplementary files along with research manuscripts in order to better handle the peer review process. To answer this problem, some are creating infrastructures and software that are set to radically transform the way scientific publishing is done, which has been little changed for centuries.

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Sovereign Credit Risk: An Open Database | Open Economics

Sovereign Credit Risk: An Open Database | Open Economics | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Throughout the Eurozone, credit rating agencies have been under attack for their lack of transparency and for their pro-cyclical sovereign rating actions. In the humble belief that the crowd can outperform the credit rating oracles, we are introducing an open database of historical sovereign risk data. It is available athttp://www.publicsectorcredit.org/sovdef where community members can both view and edit the data. Once the quality of this data is sufficient, the data set can be used to create unbiased, transparent models of sovereign credit risk.

The database contains central government revenue, expenditure, public debt and interest costs from the 19th century through 2011 – along with crisis indicators taken from Reinhart and Rogoff’s public database.

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