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Pan-European open data available online from EuroGeographics - Directions Magazine

Pan-European open data available online from EuroGeographics - Directions Magazine | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

New pricing and licensing package to improve access to authoritative data:

Data compiled from national mapping supplied by 45 European countries and territories can now be downloaded for free at www.eurogeographics.org.

From today (8 March 2013), the 1:1 million scale topographic dataset, EuroGlobalMap will be available free of charge for any use under a new open data licence. It is produced using authoritative geo-information provided by members of EuroGeographics, the Association for European Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities.

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Open SUNY : Instructor Home Page

Open SUNY : Instructor Home Page | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

OER-101 is an open, self-paced online community course that has been built to demonstrate how to find, adapt, and develop OERs step-by-step. These OER are openly licensed for reuse, usually through a Creative Commons license, which allows them to be integrated into any type of learning environment, including being printed and bound. The course is organized into five “pursuits,” each of which represents one facet of the world of OERs. Participants are encouraged to complete all of the pursuits by following the suggested course progression, but each pursuit can also be completed individually.

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Canada's Action Plan on Open Government

Canada's commitment to open government is part of the federal government's efforts to foster greater openness and accountability, to provide Canadians with more opportunities to learn about and participate in government, to drive innovation and...

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Kwa Watu - Technology for Humans: Working towards open legislative data

A few weeks back, I sent out a solicitation to a bunch of city clerks and other people connected to City Council bodies around the country that use Granicus's legislative management software, Legistar. I was requesting signatures on a publically available letter as a statement of the importance of opening the legislation data that Granicus collects through Legistar. This type of data has been a persistent interest of mine ever since I helped start Councilmatic a couple years ago.

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Global Open Access Portal | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Global Open Access Portal | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP), funded by the Governments of Colombia, Denmark, Norway, and the United States Department of State, presents a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world. For countries that have been more successful implementing Open Access, the portal highlights critical success factors and aspects of the enabling environment. For countries and regions that are still in the early stages of Open Access development, the portal identifies key players, potential barriers and opportunities.

The Global Open Access Portal is designed to provide the necessary information for policy-makers to learn about the global OA environment and to view their country’s status, and understand where and why Open Access has been most successful.

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Learning Innovations and Quality (LINQ-2013)

Learning Innovations and Quality (LINQ-2013) | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The motto of LINQ 2013 is:

Learning Innovations and Quality:
"The Future of Digital Resources"

The LINQ conference is addressing Innovations and Quality in Lifelong Learning, Education and Training: potential points of access to this field include new learning methods and design, Technology-Enhanced Learning, quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities.

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Open access to research, long a focus at KU, now grabbing national headlines / LJWorld.com

Taxpayers funded it. Researchers produced it. So why should scholarly work at universities sit behind fences built by publishing companies?

For a decade or so, Kansas University leaders have asked that question about academic research published in scholarly journals. But this year, the issue has made national headlines like never before.

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Open Government and Democracy

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The International Budget Partnership (IBP) has recently released the results of the Open Budget Survey 2012, which measures “the state of budget transparency, participation and oversight in 100 countries around the world”. In the survey report, the authors highlighted the positive relationship between budget transparency and democracy: A democratic political system is a significant factor that supports budget transparency (…) In fact, a switch from autocracy to democracy is typically associated with an improvement in a country’s OBI score by almost 20 points, after controlling for other variables. In addition, transparency seems to depend much more on current levels of democracy than on how long a country has been a democracy: for countries in transition, this means that rapid improvements in transparency can be achieved without having to wait for slow processes of learning and adaptation.
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Stimulating competition through open access networks

Stimulating competition through open access networks | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Even though the term “open access” is widely used in policy discussions surrounding broadband networks, there is little universal agreement as to what it means. A new OECD report entitled Broadband Networks and Open Access helps to shed some light on this important concept by examining how and why open access policies have been implemented in communication markets around the world.

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Open Science Training

Reproducibility. Openness. Communication. The high connectivity of the digital age has made it easier than ever before to work collaboratively and share our research with a global audience. The Open Science movement has an instrumental role to play in this, by driving the development of data-sharing infrastructure, methodologies and licensing practices. Policy changes are starting to happen at the level of research councils and publishers, but we now need to ensure that openness can thrive at all levels of academia, requiring open science education. Openness in academia needs to be supported both by top-down policy change, and by bottom-up training of new recruits. At opensciencetraining.com, we aim to tackle the second of these, by helping you to integrate open science training into your existing teaching framework.

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RCUK publishes revised guidance on Open Access - RCUK

RCUK publishes revised guidance on Open Access - RCUK | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today (6 March 2013) published the latest version of its guidance for its revised Policy on Open Access, which comes in to effect on 1 April 2013.

This latest version draws the policy and the guidance together into one document and aims to give researchers, research organisations as well as publishers further clarity on the implementation of the policy.

RCUK is keen to continue to engage with its stakeholders on the development of the guidance, so is inviting organisations to provide further input to this version where aspects may still not be clear. RCUK will then revise the guidance further to take into account these clarifications.

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New Center for Open Science Designed to Increase Research Transparency, Provide Free Technologies for Scientists

New Center for Open Science Designed to Increase Research Transparency, Provide Free Technologies for Scientists | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The new Center for Open Science, based at U.Va., will encourage openness, accessibility and reproducibility of research across all scientific fields.
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How Open Data Is Changing The Way Vancouver Shelters Its Homeless

How Open Data Is Changing The Way Vancouver Shelters Its Homeless | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Last month, seemingly out of nowhere, the Province of British Columbia announced it would spend $1 million (in Canadian dollars) to address health and safety violations in a number of the single resident occupancy (SRO) buildings it owns in Vancouver.

The reason...? Open data.

Indeed, what follows is a wonderful example of how data and transparency can drive policy and encourage governments to fulfill commitments that help those most at risk.

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New York Launches Open Data Portal

New York Launches Open Data Portal | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Andrew Cuomo launched a new open data website -- Open.ny.gov -- in an effort to open up data across the federal, state and local levels of government.

The new portal contains data focusing on economic development, health, recreation and public services to name a few, according to the New York state Executive Chamber.

“This new website will dramatically increase public access to one of our most valuable assets – data,” Cuomo said in a statement. “As it expands and evolves over time, Open.ny.gov will spark innovation, improve efficiency, promote accountability, and bring the people back into government.”

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Learning Resource Metadata Initiative

Learning Resource Metadata Initiative | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) is working to make it easier to publish, discover, and deliver quality educational resources on the web. 

Led by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the LRMI has developed a common metadata framework for describing or “tagging” learning resources on the web. This framework is a key first step in developing a richer, more fruitful search experience for educators and learners. Once a cricital mass of educational content has been tagged to a universal framework, it becomes much easier to parse and filter that content, opening up tremendous possibilities for search and delivery.

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Public Works and Government Services Canada

Buyandsell.gc.ca is the Government of Canada’s new user-friendly procurement Web site. It is the main location to find information about doing business with the Government of Canada.

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UC Irvine Unveils Open Chemistry: Online Access to Comprehensive UC Chemistry Curriculum at No Cost for Students, Self-Learners and Educators

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) today announced the launch of Open Chemistry ("UCI OpenChem"), the most comprehensive chemistry curriculum ever offered online at no cost to students, self-learners and others worldwide. Developed as part of UCI's commitment to fostering learning globally through a collaborative effort of the UCI School of Physical Sciences and UCI OpenCourseWare, UCI OpenChem provides free and open access to 15 quarter-length undergraduate and select graduate chemistry video lectures. UCI OpenChem was the brainchild of Chemistry Professor James Nowick, Ph.D., whose three classes of Organic Chemistry lectures have been viewed thousands of times and have earned praise from students around the world. By releasing the full path of study as OpenCourseWare, UCI contributes its world-class resources in chemistry to advance the study of on-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects.

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Poerup. Policies for OER Uptake

POERUP is carrying out research to understand how governments can stimulate the uptake of OER by policy means. We aim to convince decision-makers that in order to be successful with OER, they will have to formulate evidence-based policies based on looking beyond one’s own country, region or continent, beyond the educational sector they look after.

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Open Education 2030. Future of Open Education

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) have recently become hot topics, not only for educational researchers, but also for policy makers in Europe and abroad. There is a general agreement that openness has the potential to widen access to education and to improve, amongst others, cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning. In its recent Communication on Rethinking Education, the European Commission announced a new initiative on “Opening-up Education” to be launched mid-2013.

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I`ve got this link from Webinar "Learning Innovations and Learning Quality: The future of open education and free digital resources" by Christian M. Stracke @ Open Education Week 2013.

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A framework for developing competencies in open and distance e-learning | Arinto | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

A framework for developing competencies in open and distance e-learning | Arinto | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Many open universities and distance education institutions have shifted from a predominantly print-based mode of delivery to an online mode characterised by the use of virtual learning environments and various web technologies. This paper describes the impact of the shift to open and distance e-learning (ODeL), as this trend might be called, on the course design practices of faculty members at a small single-mode distance education university in the Philippines. Specifically, the paper presents and analyses the faculty’s perspectives on how their course design practices have changed and issues and challenges arising from these changes. The findings suggest that faculty training programs in ODeL should aim to develop a comprehensive range of ODeL competencies in a systematic and coherent way. Based on the findings, as well as research on practitioner development in teaching effectively with technology, a framework for developing ODeL competencies among faculty is proposed. Aside from covering the four areas of change in course design practice identified in the study, the framework also specifies levels of expertise (basic, intermediate, and advanced), indicating degrees of complexity of the knowledge and skills required for each area at each level. All of the competencies listed for all four areas at the basic level comprise the minimum competencies for teaching an online distance education course.
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Transparency Project by EFF

Transparency Project by EFF | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Knowing “what the government is up to” is often the first step in ensuring that the government respects the civil liberties of its citizens. Transparency is especially important given the government’s increasingly secretive use of new technologies for law enforcement and national security purposes. From cell phone location tracking, the use of surveillance drones, secret interpretations of electronic surveillance law, and the expanding use of biometrics, EFF wants to hold the government accountable and uphold your digital rights.

 

To that aim, EFF’s Transparency Project is dedicated to using federal and state freedom of information laws, the courtroom, and our megaphone to shine light on government activities. 

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StatWorld - Interactive Maps of Open Data | StatSilk

Visualize open data: Increasingly government institutions and organizations are releasing data free of charge. Through StatSilk’s StatWorld and the first-prize winning StatPlanet World Bank, interactive visualizations of thousands of indicators can be explored and analyzed. Lack of Internet connectivity does not need to be a barrier, as there are desktop and web versions.

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Cost Effectiveness for Open Access Journals

In order to select a suitable open access journal in which to publish, it can be helpful to understand what it is that you are paying for with your publication charges. In this context, we find it useful to think about the economics of scholarly publishing.
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Open Science Framework. OSF launches public beta!

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is part network of research materials, part version control system, and part collaboration software. The purpose of the software is to support the scientist's workflow and help increase the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices.

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Government 3.0: Rethinking Governance and Re-Imagining Democracy for the 21st Century

We live in an era of unprecedented technological innovation with ingenious new advances for achieving clean energy, eradicating disease and providing greater wellness, more equitably and effectively delivering education, and improving the quality of human existence and expression. At the same time, we are experiencing clear deficits within centralized institutions of government and civil society: deficits of agility, innovation and capacity.

 

These traditional institutions are failing to tap into the diversity of expertise and experience of individuals and communities, rendering us less able to quickly discover, recognize, implement and scale innovative approaches to pressing problems and making it impossible to translate technological innovation into social progress.

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