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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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Open Access at Cambridge

Open Access to research publications involves making them freely available online rather than charging readers to read and use them. Open Access to research data makes data more widely available for re-use by others to support research, innovation and wider public use.

The University has been operating under funder mandates for Open Access to publications for several years. The Wellcome Trust makes a block grant available for the payment of Article Processing Charges and both Wellcome and a number of other life-sciences funders require article deposit in Europe PubMed Central - an Open Access repository.

In response to the Finch report, RCUK announced a revised Open Access policy on 16 July 2012. The policy requires all RCUK-funded publications submitted for publication after 1 April 2013 to adopt either of the two OA models described below. The Government will provide the University with £1.15 million to be spent on Article Processing Charges (APCs) to pay for research to be published in Open Access journals under the Gold Open Access scheme.

HEFCE has promised a consultation on Open Access implementation early in 2013. The 2014 REF is not affected, but subsequent REFs may have Open Access requirements.

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Kickstarting Business with Open Data | NOOB TOOLS

Kickstarting Business with Open Data | NOOB TOOLS | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot of buzz about open data over the past couple of years in Amsterdam. The city has put significant investment and energy into making data available and raising awareness–through sponsored app contests, hackathons, forums, and software development kits.

These efforts are great for stimulating discussion about open data, and some interesting apps have been created. But actually making money with open data is still experimental, and we have yet to see truly viable businesses and products come from it.

So to help bring the open data potential to the next level,Appsterdam is launching an initiative to work with three local start-ups to support them in making successful businesses using open data.

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JH Libraries Open Access Promotion Fund | The Sheridan Libraries Blog

JH Libraries Open Access Promotion Fund | The Sheridan Libraries Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Way back in October, 2012, during Open Access Week, the Scholarly Communications Group announced an initiative to help JHU authors publish their articles in Open Access journals.

Now we need your help (yes, you!) to spread the word. Only 9 savvy and knowledgeable JHU authors have received money from the JH Libraries Open Access Promotion Fund. There should be more! Authors supported by NIH grants HAVE to make sure their articles are freely available to all within 12 months of publication.

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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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Stau-API für Köln | Offenes Köln Blog

Stau-API für Köln | Offenes Köln Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Gestern hat die Stadt Köln ein neues Datenangebot veröffentlicht: Eine API zum Abruf der aktuellen Verkehrsauslastung auf wichtigen Kölner Straßen. Dass diese Daten existieren, könnte dem einen oder anderen von der Stadt Köln Smartphone-App oder auch von dieser Seite bekannt sein. Diese Daten stehen nun unter CC-BY-Lizenz der Öffentlichkeit zur Verfügung.

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Events | ERC: European Research Council

Events | ERC: European Research Council | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The main goal of the European Research Council (ERC) is to encourage high quality research in Europe through competitive funding
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IP Policy Committee blog » Blog Archive » SOS Open Access: write to members of EU Council

Dear friends of Open Access in Horizon 2020:

At present the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council are negotiating in a “Trialogue” the final legislative text of the “Rules of Participation” for Horizon 2020, the 80 billion euro EU Framework for research and innovation.   Under great industry pressure, organized by publishers and “Business Europe”,  a number of EU member states are pushing for the removal of “mandatory open access” of EU financed published research results and many EU member states in the Council are also questioning the promotion of “open data” in H2020 as adopted by the European Parliament.

Also being placed into doubt by industry lobbyists are some proposed flexible licensing schemes in H2020 by which some research results could be exploited by the EU and member states.

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Open access to directors' names, but not their home addresses

Open access to directors' names, but not their home addresses | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The recent debate about the government proposals to restrict access to the personal information of company directors has been one-sided, so it is useful to re-examine the arguments carefully to see which elements, if any, of the proposals are justified, taking into account press freedom, access to information and privacy.

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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

Agenda

* 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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