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[Guest Blog] Why I’m calling for a New Deal on Data

[Guest Blog] Why I’m calling for a New Deal on Data | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"a New Deal on Data
... The key to building this digital nervous system are ‘digital breadcrumbs’ that we all leave behind us as we move through the world – call records, credit card transactions, and GPS location fixes, among others. My research laboratory at MIT is finding that we can use these breadcrumbs to explain phenomena—financial crashes, political upsets, flu pandemics—that were previously mysterious. Going forward, data analytics can give us stable financial systems, functioning governments, efficient and affordable healthcare, and more

 

.... In short, to achieve the exciting possibilities of a data driven society, we require what I have called the New Deal on Data – workable guarantees that the data needed for public goods are readily available while, at the same time, protecting the citizenry. Maintaining protection of personal privacy and freedom is critical to the success of any society.

 

To help guarantee such individual freedoms, over the last five years I have helped curate a discussion among leading politicians, CEOs of multinational corporations and public advocacy groups around the world. The result is a New Deal on Data developing in the commerce regulations of the UK, EU, US, and other countries . These changes are beginning to give individuals unprecedented control over data that are about them while at the same time providing for increased transparency and insight in both the public and private spheres.

 

 In collaboration with Telefonica, I am helping to make the New Deal on Data a reality, through events such as Campus Party, where participants in the Datathon for Public Good will have the opportunity to explore the potential of open data, and in Living Laboratories, where researchers investigate how to deal with the sensitivities of collecting and using deeply personal data in real-world situations. For instance, the miData and Trento Living Labs are being used as pilots for the New Deal on Data and to discover new ways to give users control and use of their personal data."

 

from source: http://blog.digital.telefonica.com/

 

#BigData #Digital-Breadcrumbs #NewDealonData #NewDeal #Data #Telefonica #MIT #breadcrumbs #Open-Access #OA #Open-Data #Open-Scholarship

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This article shows how Big and Little Data can in aggregated, private form can be used to better understand trends in a variety of national and global interests. The premise is a combination of supporting privacy and the use of Open Data and Open Access content.

 

This is an activity that may prove to be a good model for Information, Computing, and Telecommunications technologies as we move forward.

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Ilkka Tuomi: Open Educational Resources and the Transformation of Education

Ilkka Tuomi: Open Educational Resources and the Transformation of Education | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

The extremely rapid expansion of open educational resource (OER) initiatives and the millions of learners they attract can be understood as an indicator of an emerging revolution in education and learning. This article describes recent developments in this area and develops conceptual foundations for studies and policies on OER. We describe four different types of OER, locate these in a field of learning theories, and discuss how the wide adoption of OER may constrain and accelerate the transformation of learning and education in the knowledge society.


Via Andreas Link, juandoming, Heiko Idensen
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RCUK welcomes recommendations made by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on open access - RCUK

Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report, The Implementation of Open Access, which has been published today.
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This article is evidence that the United Kingdom is taking seriously the need for Open Access. RCUK makes a brief but important response in this article.
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Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"Open access isn't just for scientists. Opening up research is an idea that appeals to more and more humanists and social scientists. The trick has been how those fields can support the open sharing of research.

Several recent publishing ventures and platforms, including the Open Humanities Press and Anvil Academic, are investigating how to bring more open-access journals and monographs online. 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 ( http://www.plos.org/ ), which in the past decade has established itself as a major presence in open-access, peer-reviewed scientific publishing. Like PLoS, the Open Library of Humanities, or OLH, will be peer-reviewed." - from source: http://chronicle.com/

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This is a significant in that it illustrates just how much the Humanities are moving forward in the open movement as well as expanding their digital footprint. It's role model the Public Library of Science ( http://www.plos.org/ ) has proven it's value with various platforms and channels such as journals, blogs, networks, Hubs, Collection and News Aggregation. So, the Public Library of Humanities should prove a great resource and nexus for the increasing digital resources for Digital Humanists everywhere.

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Professor Sees 'Moral Imperative' for Open Access

Professor Sees 'Moral Imperative' for Open Access | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

An audio podcast with "David Parry, an assistant professor of emerging media and communications at the University of Texas at Dallas, argues that scholars have an obligation to publish their research in journals that make free copies available online. The Tech Therapy team talks with him about how the debate over open access to research has heated up in recent months, and invites journal publishers to give their views on next month’s podcast." from source: http://chronicle.com

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In this podcast David Parry is interviewed by Jeff Young and Warren Arbogas of the Chronicle. Davide expresses that faculty have a moral and ethical duty to keep their research and published work open. He sees Universities and Scholarly Press as Knowledge Cartels or in other words gatekeepers that prevent timely dissemination of scholarship and knowledge. This fact prevents innovatioin and development of new knowledge resources.

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Exploring the Effects of a Transition to Open… « InfoDoc MicroVeille

"The Open Access (OA) movement, which postulates gratis and unrestricted online access to publicly funded research findings, has significantly gained momentum in recent years. The two ways of achieving OA are self-archiving of scientific work by the authors (Green OA) and publishing in OA journals (Gold OA). But there is still no consensus which model should be supported in particular. The aim of this simulation study is to discover mechanisms and predict developments that may lead to specific outcomes of possible market transformation scenarios. It contributes to theories related to OA by substantiating the argument of a citation advantage of OA articles and by visualizing the mechanisms of a journal system collapsing in the long-term due to the continuation of the serials crisis. The practical contribution of this research stems from the integration of all market players: Decisions regarding potential financial support of OA models can be aligned with our findings – as well as the decision of a publisher to migrate his journals to Gold OA. Our results indicate that for scholarly communication in general, a transition to Green OA combined with a certain level of subscription-based publishing and a migration of few top journals is the most beneficial development." from source: http://microblogging.infodocs.eu

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This is the basic abstract to their research report. At the end of the article is a link to the PDF of the report. This is a formal research project, so be aware that it might be dry and technical, but at the same time it provides the material for the concluding statement that they made in their abstract. "ur results indicate that for scholarly communication in general, a transition to Green OA combined with a certain level of subscription-based publishing and a migration of few top journals is the most beneficial development."

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Citizen Science Open Technical Workshop on Google+ Hangout ...

Citizen Science Open Technical Workshop on Google+ Hangout ... | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it
It's our pleasure to invite you to join the Citizen Science Open Technical Workshop to be held Wednesday 30th January 16:00 CET virtually using Google Hangout. You can attend the meeting and send all your comments in ...
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This should be an interesting venue. I'll be having a look to see and hear what  is to be said about the informal, Citizen Science.

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