В Китае намерены требовать от пользователей указывать свои паспортные данные при регистрации в сети провайдера. Эту информацию сегодня подтвердили государственные СМИ страны. Таким образом, власти намерены ужесточить политику контроля, которая уже действует в отношении микроблогов. По официальной версии, таким образом, ведется борьба по распространению недостоверной и "пошлой" информации.
The federal government recently released a draft version of their long-expected Open Government Licence -- Canada (OGL-C), which will soon apply all government data available through the federal data portal at ">data.gc.ca. This licence includes some welcome improvements over the existing one, including some notable steps to align it with Creative Commons licences and the Creative Commons vision of openness. There remain a few minor flaws which should give users pause, but the ongoing public consultation process will hopefully bring these to light and shed them away.
(Source: CC - Creative Commons Corporation) As research communities worldwide look for new ways to make the scientific process and its data and results more open and participatory, New Zealand is showing us how it is done.
At the moment it is an incredibly exciting time to be a data artist. The field is wide open and it seems that there is real potential for some fantastic new projects (some even from people who haven’t previously regarded themselves as artists). The open data movement does not just benefit scientists and innovators– but also artists, who can use this data to comment on our changing environment, economy, etc.
Medical journals have been chronicling the latest scientific advancements for centuries - sharing medical knowledge for the first time in the late 1700s, documenting the first public demonstration of anesthesia in 1846, carrying the first reports...
Peer-Reviewed Open Research Data: Results of a Pilot
Irina Radchenko's insight:
Abstract Peer review of publications is at the core of science and primarily seen as instrument for ensuring research quality. However, it is less common to independently value the quality of the underlying data as well. In the light of the ‘data deluge’ it makes sense to extend peer review to the data itself and this way evaluate the degree to which the data are fit for re-use. This paper describes a pilot study at EASY - the electronic archive for (open) research data at our institution. In EASY, researchers can archive their data and add metadata themselves. Devoted to open access and data sharing, at the archive we are interested in further enriching these metadata with peer reviews.
The 2014 Global Land Project Open Science Meeting will synthesize and discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses.
We are are very pleased to announce that all Flat World Knowledge textbooks published under an open license are permanently and freely available from Saylor.org — free to read, free to download, free to share and remix under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.
Publishing government data on the web as open or linked data is an important goals of governments around the world. These initiatives can be grouped into two categories: creating catalogues of downloadable government data files in common formats; and creating applications that publish government as linked data and provide RESTful APIs and interfaces such as SPARQL query endpoints.
The Univeristy of Chicago launched a new research center to study cities using computational models. The Urban Center for Computation and Data is led by Charlie Catlett (left). Brett Goldstein, (center) the city's chief information officer and Douglas Pancoast, an associate professor of architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, are helping the center get on its feet.
The government -- at the local, state and federal levels -- provides some amazing sets of public data. Unfortunately, many public data sets are difficult to access and download, especially for bulk users like myself, because of the data portal sites. Two exceptional examples of great AND accessible data are the Arkansas GeoStor and the Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center, both of which allow users to access raw data through maps -- better for casual users -- and FTP directories, which are better for bulk data users.
Microsoft On the Issues is the Microsoft blog on technology policy and corporate affairs.
Irina Radchenko's insight:
Great idea of using the cloud computing to help researchers in their scientific work.
"We are witnessing the birth of the fourth paradigm of science where large-scale data analysis now stands as a peer of theory, experiment and simulation. Advanced visualization used to be the only way to spot the trends in massive amounts of scientific data. Now machine learning can recognize patterns in data collection that are far too large or complex to visualize. Advanced data analytics and machine learning are now being used widely in the commercial sector to understand how the economy works, how to make our online searches more relevant and how to help hospitals deal with high re-admission rates".
The evidence for the benefits - and challenges - of data are not just in healthcare - they are in the fundamentals of government itself. These are the formative years of the age of Open Government - a new era in our politics in which public access to data shifts power from the state to the citizen.
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