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AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Open Access Journal: Journal of World-Systems Research

AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Open Access Journal: Journal of World-Systems Research | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The main editorial goal of the Journal of World-Systems Research is to develop and disseminate scholarly research on topics that are relevant to the analysis of world-systems. We especially want to include works that proceed from several different theoretical stances and disciplines. These include, but are not limited to, civilizationists, evolutionary approaches, international political economy, comparative, historical and cultural analysis. We seek the work of political scientists, historians, sociologists, ethnographers, archaeologists, economists and geographers.

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Open data economy: Eight business models for open data and insight from Deloitte UK - O'Reilly Radar

Open data economy: Eight business models for open data and insight from Deloitte UK - O'Reilly Radar | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

When I asked whether the push to free up government data was resulting in economic activity and startup creation, I started to receive emails from people around the United States and Europe. I’ll be publishing more of what I learned in our ongoing series of open data interviews and profiles over the next month, but two responses are worth sharing now.

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Heading for the open road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications | Research Information Network

Heading for the open road: costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly communications | Research Information Network | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This new report investigates the drivers, costs and benefits of potential ways to increase access to scholarly journals. It identifies five different routes for achieving that end over the next five years, and compares and evaluates the benefits as well as the costs and risks for the UK.

The report suggests that policymakers who are seeking to promote increases in access should encourage the use of existing subject and institutional repositories, but avoid pushing for reductions in embargo periods, which might put at risk the sustainability of the underlying scholarly publishing system. They should also promote and facilitate a transition to open access publishing (Gold open access) while seeking to ensure that the average level of charges for publication does not exceed c.£2000; that the rate in the UK of open access publication is broadly in step with the rate in the rest of the world; and that total payments to journal publishers from UK universities and their funders do not rise as a consequence.

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Open Online Courses : Gateway : MOOC Tool

Introduction to Communication Science
Starts: Feb 20, 2013
Since antiquity, scholars have appreciated the importance of communication: as social beings, we cannot exist without communication. We need to interact with people around us, to make sense of the world and to position ourselves in a wider social and cultural reality. This course explores some of the basic theories, models and concepts from the fields of mass, interpersonal and intrapersonal communication.

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First Open Economics International Workshop Recap | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

First Open Economics International Workshop Recap | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The first Open Economics International Workshop gathered 40 academic economists, data publishers and funders of economics research, researchers and practitioners to a two-day event at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, UK. The aim of the workshop was to build an understanding around the value of open data and open tools for the Economics profession and the obstacles to opening up information, as well as the role of greater openness of the academy. This event was organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law and was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

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Open Science Case Studies | Digital Curation Centre

This project looked at what motivates researchers to work in an open manner with regard to their data, results and protocols, and whether advantages are delivered by working in this way.

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Open Access & Open Data: Projects that librarians should know about (and share with others!)

Open Access & Open Data: Projects that librarians should know about (and share with others!) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Heather Joseph –  a representative of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) – to hear about some of the great open access journal publishing initiatives taking place. There are a variety of publishing platforms that have emerged as of late that offer their own unique way of promoting open access and supporting research sharing. I thought I would share with you some of the initiatives that Heather highlighted in her talk. 

To extend the discussion into the realm of open access data, I also want to discuss a few of the data sharing initiatives I have found while working on my current projects. I believe that these data sharing resources represent an ideal  future for research and data publication; they offer platforms where investigators can share data, collaborate and modify data with other researchers and even use software to transform their datasets into education materials. To access each resource, click on the images to link to their respective webpages.

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Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project

Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

On Monday, January 28th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the announcement of the Open Book Project. The Open Book Project is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization and leading education innovators to expand access to free, high-quality open educational resources in Arabic, with a focus on science and technology and online learning. Open educational resources are materials released under open licenses that allow free use, sharing, and adaptation to local context. Offering access to these resources will help to create educational opportunity, further scientific learning, and foster economic growth.

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We Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Belgium

We Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Belgium | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

We’ve launched an exciting new working group, called “We Open Data.” The group is for freelancers who have knowledge about open data tools (such as CKAN and The DataTank). They give consulting under the name We Open Data to local governments, ICT departments, and so on. The group has already notched up a couple of cool projects, including a tourism initiative for West Flanders, a job database for Flanders, and a local data portal data.gent.be.

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U.S. News and World Report Examines the Growth of Open Education - Creative Commons

U.S. News and World Report Examines the Growth of Open Education - Creative Commons | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This week, U.S. News and World Report ran an excellent storyabout the rise of openly-licensed educational materials. Simon Owens’ article touches on many of the open education landmarks we’ve been celebrating over the past year, including the Department of Labor’s TAA-CCCT grant program and open textbook legislation in British Columbia and California. Owens interviewed CC director of global learning Cable Green as well asDavid Wiley, the Twenty Million Minds Foundation‘s Dean Florez, and several other experts in the space.

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SciStarter

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Starter will bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the resources, products, and services that enable citizens to pursue and enjoy these activities. We aim to:

Enable and encourage people to learn about, participate in, and contribute to science through both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts.Inspire greater appreciation and promote a better understanding of science and technology among the general public.Create a shared space where scientists can talk with citizens interested in working on or learning about their research projects.Satisfy the popular urge to tinker, build, and explore by making it simple and fun for people—singles, parents, grandparents, kids—to jump in and get their hands dirty with science.
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Futures of Academic Publishing: UNT's 4th Symposium on Open Access | Open Access @

Futures of Academic Publishing: UNT's 4th Symposium on Open Access | Open Access @ | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The year's conference is bringing together key stakeholders from industry, academic research, funding agencies, and publishing to explore the futures of academic publishing.

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CBA, Telstra join Open Data Centre Alliance

CBA, Telstra join Open Data Centre Alliance | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Open Data Centre Alliance (ODCA) has signed up the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and Telstra as adopter members of its cloud and data centre roadmap.


The two companies get access to ODCA’s usage models which are designed to help members with data centre purchasing and planning decisions. In addition, CBA and Telstra will have the opportunity to assess new cloud technologies. 


Commonwealth Bank's CIO, Michael Harte, said that its advocacy of cloud and the potential benefits for both employees and customers were a priority.

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MAIRS Open Science Conference 2014

MAIRS Open Science Conference 2014 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The MAIRS programme (Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study) formally started in 2006 during the 2nd ESSP (Earth System Science Partnership) open science conference in Beijing. The aim of MAIRS is to advance understanding of the interactions between the human and natural components of the overall environment in the monsoon Asia region, as well as the implications for the global earth system, in order to support strategies for sustainable development. From the beginning of MAIRS, there has been a focus on promoting multidisciplinary studies among natural, social scientists and stakeholders through effective collaboration and the establishment of new projects and networks in the region.

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Opening Up Through Public Libraries

The Ukrainian OGP Action Plan, just like most other country OGP Action Plans, takes advantage of the power of the internet. It contains the creation of new online resources that will improve public access to government information; it foresees new ways of government-citizen online interaction; and it places an increasing number of government services online, making the government’s work more transparent and efficient.

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Open_Access_Publishing_a_guide_to_recent_policies_web.pdf

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"In 2012, the government and many research funding bodies released new policies mandating the open access publication of
UK funded research. These new policies aim to widen access to research findings on the basis that the traditional model of
subscription publication limits access to research findings to a small audience of academics and to those who are able to pay
subscriptions to journals. The government maintains that publicly funded research should result in publicly available resources."

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State promotes open access to educational materials in Arabic

State promotes open access to educational materials in Arabic | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The State Department on Monday launched the Open Book Project, an initiative designed to promote and create open-access Arabic language educational resources.

State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs is working with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization to create open access educational resources with a specific focus on science and technology oriented materials, according to a fact sheet released Friday.

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Open Research Data Handbook Sprint – 15-16 February | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Research Data Handbook Sprint – 15-16 February | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

On February 15-16, the Open Research Data Handbook Sprint will happen at the Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE.

The Open Research Data Handbook aims to provide an introduction to the processes, tools and other areas that researchers need to consider to make their research data openly available.

Join us for a book sprint to develop the current draft, and explore ways to remix it for different disciplines and contexts.

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Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education in Open and Distance Learning

Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education  in Open and Distance Learning | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education

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miracletrain 夢想驛站's curator insight, January 20, 2013 10:37 PM

Interesting stats, Baby boomers and Gen X were dominating the MOOCs' user groups. 

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, January 21, 2013 10:18 PM

Interesting to note that the main MOOC users are the ones who are in the agegroup which is Considered the WORKING POPULATION! signalling that it is the most ideal for WORKPLACE LEARNING!

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Research Fundermentals: Notes from Open Access Forum, University of Kent

Research Fundermentals: Notes from Open Access Forum, University of Kent | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Over fifty members of staff gathered in the Senate Chamber on 15 January to discuss issues around the Government’s Open Access (OA) policy. This had been developed following the publication ofDame JanetFinch’s report in June, which recommended that

‘a clear policy direction should be set towards support for publication in open access or hybrid journals...as the main vehicle for the publication of research, especially when it is publicly funded’.

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Open Data Culture Change | Blog | New Zealand Government Web Toolkit

Colin MacDonald is Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs and Government Chief Information Officer. Here he reflects on the huge cultural change required by New Zealand government agencies in making data openly available, the benefits and the progress we are making.

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How To Publish an Open Access Monograph | Open Science

Assumptions are dangerous, yet I will dare to make one here: if you are reading this post you are probably already convinced that publishing your research in open access is the way to go. This text, thus, is not going to be about the whys of Open Access; rather than preaching OA ideology to the (hopefully) already convinced choir, I will try to give authors some practical tips about things to think about and to do when publishing their books in the open access model.

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Zooniverse - Real Science Online

Zooniverse - Real Science Online | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Zooniverse is home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. Our current projects are here but plenty more are on the way. If you're new to the Zooniverse, we suggest picking a project and diving in - the same account will get you into all of our projects, and you can keep track of what you've contributed by watching 'My Zooniverse'.

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Making Open Access articles much more visible, automatically | Random Stuff that Matters

Making Open Access articles much more visible, automatically | Random Stuff that Matters | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In April, I wrote about my desire to make OA publications much more visible on my academic wiki, and whenever I cite them. The first challenge was to capture the URL I downloaded the files from (ideally automatically), and then check if it is “truly” OA, and not just available to me because I am using the university network. (Yes, I’d love for all articles to be formally OA, using a CC license etc, but for now, I’m more than happy to see articles available for download to the world!)

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Open Data Makes Enterprises Richer – Gartner Report | CloudTimes

Open Data Makes Enterprises Richer – Gartner Report | CloudTimes | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

A recent study by Gartner predicted that big data in 2-5 years will have a transformative impact on the organization and it would reach the “peak of inflated expectations” as early as 2012.

However, Open Data especially open government data, is a tremendous resource that is yet untapped. IT companies can transform analysis of open data in a commercial product that can be delivered to business for increasing revenue and business value – analysts at Gartner maintain.

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