A selection of the emerging coverage of various case studies on how open data is being used to create new business opportunities, increase government transparency or change the way drugs are developed.
On this website you'll be able to get data to do your own analyses on ash and ash dieback. You can see the results of other peoples work as soon as it is available and share your own discoveries in the same way. You will always get full credit for your work and in doing so contribute to a real community effort.
The defining characteristic of open data is that everyone can use it. Data that you have to pay for to reuse isn’t open data because people who can’t afford to pay can’t use it. Data that you can only access after going through an application process, and where that application might be refused, isn’t open data because people whose applications fail can’t use it. Data that you can’t use within a business isn’t open data because people who want to make money from using the data can’t use it. These are some of the fundamental lines between closed and open data.
InnoCentive, Inc., the global leader in open innovation, crowdsourcing, and prize competitions, and Scientific American, the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media, today announced a partnership for the Scientific American Open Innovation Pavilion, an online hub where science enthusiasts will be able to help solve global scientific problems. Scheduled to go live in the Spring of 2013, the Scientific American Open Innovation Pavilion will be hosted jointly on InnoCentive.com and ScientificAmerican.com.
The reason academics are going to publishers and not just sticking their own books up online is that they get a range of benefits from the publisher, which include:
Reputational benefit – if you self-publish you’re seen as a looney with a fragile ego, if a publisher puts your book out, you’re an author. This matters in academia where the book sales won’t amount to much more than in literature (where you can be the next 50 shades success and not give a damn about reputation because you have a massive yacht). Copyediting – you really do need a professional to go through an 80,000 word book and do a proper job of copyediting Layout, design – no, you can’t use that clip art. Or comic sans. Manufacture – making all those book things Promotion – this is probably the biggest one. Getting books into libraries, promoted at conferences and reviewed in places is difficult. I have to say all my publishers have really relied on me to provide places for review, and even then I’m not sure they ever got them reviewed, so this service isn’t as good as it should be. But library distribution is important.
ShareCA is a collection of links to recent essays published in Cultural Anthropology, which authors have kindly made available for free download. Essays available for free are listed below by author's last name in alphabetical order.
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Technology is moving fast and has an ever-increasing influence on the way researchers work. Sarah Porter, head of innovation at Jisc, has worked alongside her colleague Torsten Reimer to pull out key redictions for the future of research. Sarah says, “With rapidly increasing amounts of data generated, digital technology offers new and innovative ways of finding and analysing relevant information. It also allows academics to work with citizen scientists and engage the public in their research. This will allow researchers to undertake projects on a larger scale with more impactful results.”
Sarah and Torsten believe that, in the future, the quality of research will depend on an informed use of technology and hope the below predictions will help you to stay ahead of the game.
Scientific American is teaming up with open innovation platform InnoCentive to launch the Scientific American Open Innovation Pavilion, an online hub where citizen scientists will come together to tackle scientific challenges that stump companies, non-profits, and governments.
The UK’s Data Strategy Board has released minutes of a meeting held on 28 November. These minutes provide a first look at the list of datasets identified by the Open Data User Group as good potential...
Many journalists aren’t paying attention to how governments are opening up data. Part of that is cultural. Governments do keep secrets. As the amount of information grows, so do the secrets. Good journalists, operating ethically, try to reveal the secrets that should be public. We often find ourselves, with the help of organizations like the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Freedom of Information Coalition, suing the government to force it to obey its own open records laws. In addition, news organizations and state freedom of information groups tenaciously demand better open government laws.
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