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Outsell Open Access Report Highlights | CCC's Beyond the Book

Outsell Open Access Report Highlights | CCC's Beyond the Book | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Across all types of media, the onslaught of digital disruption typically prompts a defensive reaction. Publishers struggle to maintain their legacy business models, even as they must build out new models that are sustainable and scalable.

The digital challenge is nowhere more keenly felt than in scientific and scholarly publishing, where a revolution in free content and mandates for “Open Access” to information is upending centuries of tradition. Outsell, Inc., a research and advisory firm focused solely on media, information, and technology, has just published, Open Access: Market Size, Share, Forecast and Trends, a research paper with the latest analysis on this important trend. The complete report is now available for free from Copyright Clearance Center.

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New Open data hub from OKFN Greece | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

New Open data hub from OKFN Greece | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Opening up public sector data is becoming a top priority for governments throughout Europe and North America. We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Greek open data hub, developed and hosted by OKFN Greece. The data hub integrates the Open Knowledge Foundation’s open source data cataloging software CKAN, which is also the basis of the UK, the European and the US portals.

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Assessing Open Government Budgetary Data in Brazil - Zunia.org

Assessing Open Government Budgetary Data in Brazil - Zunia.org | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

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Budget transparency is an instrumental factor for better understanding the concept of budget within a democratic context. International codes for best governance practices in public management have appointed the internet as a communication media with the potential to provide this information in a timely and transparent manner to the several players in the society, and open government data has added important elements to this scenario.

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Open resources | open.conted.ox.ac.uk (beta)

Open resources | open.conted.ox.ac.uk (beta) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Welcome to open.conted.ox.ac.uk, the gateway to Open Educational Resources and other freely available resources created or selected by tutors of the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. Initially developed to support learners on the Department’s weekly classes, through the Sesame project, the site is open to all to use and no registration is required. Click on any of the tabs above to browse and explore the site or enter a specific term in the search box. For further information or help click on the links below.

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Home - WEU World Education University

Home - WEU World Education University | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

World Education University (WEU – pronounced WE-YOU) is a free, online university that aims to become a comprehensive, degree-granting institution offering unprecedented access to college diplomas and a better life for the growing millions of underserved,both nationally and around the globe.

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Open Sesame does not work for open data | Internews Center for Innovation & Learning

Open Sesame does not work for open data | Internews Center for Innovation & Learning | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The buzz around open data has begun to subside. Those voicing cautioning about both the immediate impact and long-term success and utility of open data initiatives are being heard and hopefully, heeded. Even as everything from multilateral data dumps to grassroots data initiatives take off, open data evangelists discover that creating a database does not automatically lead to accessibility, participation or transparency. In the case of international aid data, Stephen Davenport pointed out in the Guardian blog, key questions like "who updates the data?" and "what can they really use it for?” are often left hanging.  

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New Open Access Project for the Humanities and Social Sciences « University Library Blogs - University Library - UC Davis

New Open Access Project for the Humanities and Social Sciences « University Library Blogs - University Library - UC Davis | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A new open access publishing project for humanists and social scientists is developing. According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“A brand-spanking-new nonprofit organization, called the Open Library of Humanities, aims to create a humanities-and-social-sciences version of the successful Public Library of Science, or PLoS, which in the past decade has established itself as a major presence in open-access, peer-reviewed scientific publishing.” ( Howard, 2013)

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Introducing the Open Library of Humanities

While the open access (OA) movement has been moving at dizzying speeds for the past year, its strongest support from academia has been from the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community. But a group of academics and OA supporters are aiming to change that through the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). Their aim is to build a “low cost, sustainable, Open Access future for the humanities.” While the initiative is still in its early stages of development, it has moved at warp speed from informal conversations to grassroots support to a more organized effort and plan. In the past few weeks, the project has added many highly respected academics and members of the OA publishing community to its growing network of advisory committees. Efforts are now focused on moving forward the group’s ambitious ideas for a new model of scholarly publishing from vision to fruition.

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RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe

The Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe (RECODE) project will leverage existing networks, communities and projects to address challenges within the open access and data dissemination and preservation sector and produce policy recommendations for open access to research data based on existing good practice.

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Can we have open data without open access? | Open Economics

Can we have open data without open access? | Open Economics | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Many of the motivations which drive open access are similar to why we want open data in social science research: making one’s research more widely available to the research community and to the wider public, producing more and better research that can be reproduced and verified.

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Open government requires usefulness not just data

Open government requires usefulness not just data | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Open government initiatives need to frame the data they supply supply in ways the public can quickly understand and want to use, instead of simply supplying greater amounts of it, says the Center of Technology in Government.

In a Dec. 4 whitepaper (.pdf) the research center from the State University of New York-Albany says there exists a growing interest at all levels of government to open up government data.



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News Challenge on open gov launches Feb. 12

News Challenge on open gov launches Feb. 12 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Knight News Challenge on open government will run from Feb. 12 to March 18. It’s an opportunity to win part of the $5 million we’ll use this year to support innovative projects.

 

We expect the News Challenge to generate proposals to improve the way citizens and governments interact. Projects could help parents evaluate schools, make weather data more usable, identify best routes from one town to another, or identify pork in the federal budget.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks: what can we do in NZ? | The National Business Review

Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks: what can we do in NZ? | The National Business Review | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, aka the inventor of the web, presented in Wellington to an InternetNZ-sponsored event, supported (and thank-you) by the Department of Internal Affairs (the NZ Government CIO), Chorus, Catalyst IT and Google (watch it again via the link here).

 

Sir Tim made the point that just as the US government reaches beyond its borders, so too can we; we can lobby offshore, change laws here to show and spread the benchmark.

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Europe's 'Database Right' Could Throttle Open Data Moves There | Techdirt

Europe's 'Database Right' Could Throttle Open Data Moves There | Techdirt | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

One of the more benighted moves by the European Union was the introduction of a special kind of copyright for databases in 1996: not for their contents, but for their compilation. This means that even if the contents are in the public domain, the database may not be. Thanks to a recent court judgment in France, this "database right" now threatens to become a real danger for the burgeoning open data movement in Europe (original in French).

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Open science is a research accelerator : Nature Chemistry : Nature Publishing Group

Open science is a research accelerator : Nature Chemistry : Nature Publishing Group | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
An open-source approach to the problem of producing an off-patent drug in enantiopure form serves as an example of how academic and industrial researchers can join forces to make new scientific discoveries that could have a huge impact on human...
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Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER | wcet.wiche.edu

Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER | wcet.wiche.edu | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This webcast is provided free and open to all, but space is limited.* Register today for the WCET webcast, "Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER" on April 18 at Noon MDT. The free webcast will run for 60 minutes.

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Why science doesn’t belong to everyone (yet) –

Why science doesn’t belong to everyone (yet) – | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Publications are the key to science -- but it's an expensive exercise. And it puts a price on research that the public can't afford to pay, argue science writers Upulie Divisekera and Adam G Dunn.
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Open academies and academy projects in development - Schools

Open academies and academy projects in development - Schools | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

As of 1 February 2013 there are 2673 academies open in England. These academies are listed in the open academies spreadsheet available to download from this page. This information will be updated once a month.

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Government should open up data for citizen-built services

Government should open up data for citizen-built services | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The federal government should make its data available to the public so citizens can use the data to address their own needs and concerns, said panelists at a recent ACT-IAC event.

In a panel discussion last Thursday, Stephen Buckner, the director for new media and promotions at the Census Bureau, said that most data collected by federal agencies is public data and should be owned by the public once any personal information is removed and privacy is secured.

Buckner said that data should be published in APIs and turned over because "it's not what we can do with the information, it's what the public can do with the information. There is no way the government can develop every single web application or every single format of the data that the public wants or needs."

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Urban Data Challenge / Open Data Day

Urban Data Challenge / Open Data Day | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

We are meeting up on International Open Data Day to catch up and work on the Urban Data Challenge (February 6 - March 31) projects kicked off at Lift Conference 13 (plus inspire everyone who was not there to start one too!), then have a video conference with teams in San Francisco, and tune in to all the Open Data happenings around the world this weekend.

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Open data an untapped goldmine

Open data an untapped goldmine | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
A study by an international consultancy suggests that evidence of economic returns from open data is building - and that the UK will be among the first nations to experience it.
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Open Science Course Sprint: An Education Hackathon for Open Data Day - Creative Commons

Open Science Course Sprint: An Education Hackathon for Open Data Day - Creative Commons | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The future of Open is a dynamic landscape, ripe with opportunities to increase civic engagement, literacy, and innovation. Towards this goal, the Science Program at Creative Commons is teaming up with the Open Knowledge Foundation and members of the Open Science Community to facilitate the building of an open online course, an Introduction to Open Science. The actual build will take place during a hackathon-style “sprint” event on Open Data Day on Saturday, February 23rd and will serve as a launch course for the School of Open during Open Education Week (Mar 11-15).

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Open Textbooks: List | Student PIRGs

Open Textbooks: List | Student PIRGs | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This list provides information about some of the top examples of open textbooks, which are college texts offered online under a license that allows free digital access, low-cost print options and customization by instructors. 

Subjects:Accounting & FinanceBusiness, Management & MarketingComputer Science & Information SystemsEconomicsGeneral EducationHumanities & LanguageMathematics & StatisticsNatural & Physical SciencesSocial Sciences
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Open Yale Courses

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
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