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Doing Science Using Open Data – Part 8: Modelling Populations Part 3

Doing Science Using Open Data – Part 8: Modelling Populations Part 3 | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In the seventh part in the Open Science series I looked at the UK mid-2011 Census and obtained the data below which represents the summed male and female figures for the UK population from ages 16 through to 44.

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U.S. House makes legislative data more open to the people in XML - Strata

U.S. House makes legislative data more open to the people in XML - Strata | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

It was a good week for open government data in the United States Congress. On Tuesday, the Clerk of the House made House floor summaries available in bulk XML format. Yesterday, the House of Representatives announced that it will make all of its legislation available for bulk download in a machine-readable format, XML, in cooperation with the U.S. Government Printing Office. As Nick Judd observes at TechPresident, such data is catnip for developers. While full bulk data from THOMAS.gov is still not available, this incremental progress deserves mention.

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Reviewing the state's open government law

Reviewing the state's open government law | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is vital to ensuring an open, transparent government.
FOIA is a tool used by the news media to keep the public informed of the public's business, but it is not exclusively for the media.
The law is also there for Joe Citizen to get a copy of a police report, to be notified of public meetings at least two hours in advance, to look at financial figures, etc.
Newcomers to office may not know that FOIA has certain requirements of them. For instance, they may be unaware that if two city council members go to lunch together to discuss a potential action, that could be deemed a public meeting with the same requirements as a regular committee meeting or council meeting.
The entire FOIA handbook is available at http://www.arkansaspress.org/publications/38-foi-handbook/  but here are a few general questions and answers from the handbook.

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Open Access Publisher memberships « Library News

The Library has recently acquired open access memberships to various publishers to help Queen’s research staff with payment of open access publication fees. 

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Projects | The Open Data Research Portal

Projects | The Open Data Research Portal | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

As a leading research institute and technology provider for open communication systems, FOKUS develops concepts and solutions for efficient delivery, analysis, and processing of applications and services based on Open Data

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Projects: 

 

- Open Cities
- Open Government Data Deutschland – OGDD
- Open-Data-Portal Berlin – BODS
- Linked Open Data für Wissenschaft und Bürger – ENGAGE
- Open Data Across Borders – SPOCS
- Morgenstadt
- Gemeinschaftliche e-Mobilität – GeMo
- Crowdsourced Open Data
- Open Data Analytics as a Service
- Open Data Quality
- OUTSMART
 

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Open Data Bay Area

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We are very excited to announce that the January meeting of Open Data Bay Area will feature Paco Nathan presenting code examples of how to work with open data!
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Open data of U.S. House legislation now available in bulk format

Open data of U.S. House legislation now available in bulk format | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
It’s a good week for open government in the United States Congress. On Tuesday, the Clerk of the House made House floor summaries available in bulk XML format. Today, the House of Representatives...
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Major research council opts for open access policy - University World News

Major research council opts for open access policy - University World News | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Australia’s major non-medical research funding organisation has adopted a new, open access policy that means the results of all the research it backs must be made freely available. This will require the published results to be deposited in an ‘open access institutional repository’ within 12 months of the date of publication in a journal.

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Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: From Open Access to Open Learning: How Emerging Technologies are Leveling the Learning Landscape

Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: From Open Access to Open Learning: How Emerging Technologies are Leveling the Learning Landscape | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

I authored an article for the Spring issue of OnCUE magazine, which is available only to members of CUE. But the great folks at CUE (thanks, Sara Armstrong!) have provided me with a PDF of the article to make it more accessible to my educational network. 

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JSTOR begins offering free yet limited access to its online academic library

JSTOR begins offering free yet limited access to its online academic library | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

Online digital library JSTOR will begin offering free access to its catalogue of journals, papers, and books. The Register & Read program will now allow individuals to register for the service, but members will only be able to read three items every two weeks. Users won't be able to see JSTOR's whole library either: free accounts will only have access to 1,200 journals from 700 publishers. In exchanges for free access, users will have to enter their personal details at signup that will be shared with JSTOR along with its partners, giving them insight as to who’s reading specific material.

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Grading the Government's Data Publication Practices

Grading the Government's Data Publication Practices | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Barack Obama promised transparency and open government when he campaigned for president in 2008, and he took office aiming to deliver it.
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Second Draft of Next Generation Science Standards Open for Public Comments

Second Draft of Next Generation Science Standards Open for Public Comments | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

The long-awaited second draft of the proposed Next Generation Science Standards is available for public review and comment: http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards. Achieve, the nonpartisan nonprofit organization coordinating development of the voluntary standards, released the new draft this afternoon.

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4 Ideas for Defending the Open Data Commons | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

4 Ideas for Defending the Open Data Commons | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

There is a direct link between the open data movement and the philosophy of common goods. Open data are an illustration of the notion of common informational goods proposed by Elinor Ostrom, winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for economics. Open data belong to everyone and, unlike water and air (and other common goods), they are non-exclusive: their use by one does not prevent others. If I reuse an open data set, this does not prevent other reusers from doing so. This proximity between the commons and open data is also suggested by the presence of the initiator of Creative Commons licences, Lawrence Lessig, at the 2007 Sebastopol meeting in which the concept of open data itself was defined.

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Open Government Initiatives Helped New Yorkers Stay Connected During Hurricane Sandy | TechCrunch

Open Government Initiatives Helped New Yorkers Stay Connected During Hurricane Sandy | TechCrunch | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
Editor's note: Rachel Haot is the first Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, where she leads NYC Digital and is focused on the city’s digital media strategy.
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From hackathons to social media, open government is transforming the way that Mayor Bloomberg’s administration and New York City government serve the public. And there has been no greater testament to open government’s potential than the strategy and innovation in action during Hurricane Sandy.

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The most open government in the world? It doesn't feel like it… - Public Service

The most open government in the world? It doesn't feel like it… - Public Service | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

As businesses increasingly run public services, transparency is more important than ever. But accessing data on how the taxpayer's pound is spent is getting 'harder and harder and harder', Margaret Hodge tells Matthew D'Arcy

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International Open Data Hackathon

It’s a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world's local, regional and national governments.

 

 

If you have an idea for using open data, want to fina an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualize or analyze data or simply want to see what's happening, then definitely come participate! No matter your skillset or interests, we are encouraging organizers to foster opportunities for you to learn and help the global open data community grow.

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Open Access to Scholarly Literature and How to Achieve It ~ Policy by the Numbers

Open Access to Scholarly Literature and How to Achieve It
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The recent Finch Report, sponsored by the UK government, claimed that Green Open Access had failed to deliver substantial Open Access to scholarly/scientific journal papers and that instead extra funding should be provided to pay for Gold Open Access author fees.

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Demos - Data-gov Wiki

Demos - Data-gov Wiki | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This wiki currently hosts 47 demos. This page lists 32 demos. Additional demos can be found at Even More Demos and Labs, but these may be under development or out-dated, they remain available for pedagogical purposes.

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A New Open Data Push from the Governor in New York State

A New Open Data Push from the Governor in New York State | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

In his State of the State speech Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would implement a comprehensive statewide open data portal as part of a renewed focus on transparency.

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Join Creative Commons During Open Education Week (March 11-15) - Creative Commons

Join Creative Commons During Open Education Week (March 11-15) - Creative Commons | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This year Open Education Week takes places on March 11-15 and features a series of events, workshops, project showcases, and webinars from around the world. If you care about sharing knowledge, reducing barriers to educational access, and helping to grow the amount of free and open educational resources (OER) available on the web — join Creative Commons and many other organizations and institutions by answering the Call for Participation.

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ORA - Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences | ESRC | The Economic and Social Research Council

ORA - Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences | ESRC | The Economic and Social Research Council | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research and training in social and economic issues, focusing on six research areas: economic affairs, education and human development, environment and planning, government and law, industry and...
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CIHR Open Access Policy - CIHR

CIHR policy on access to research outputs: summary, context of its development and adherence to the policy on open access publications. Provides links to additional information and resources.
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The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: A simple definition for open access: a proposal to open the discussion

The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: A simple definition for open access: a proposal to open the discussion | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it

This post proposes a shift from the detailed BBB definition of open access to Peter Suber's brief definition, as follows: Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (from Suber's Open Access Overview).  

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A Model Strategy for Data Journalism in a Country Without Open Data: Strata 2013 - O'Reilly Conferences, February 26 - 28, 2013, Santa Clara, CA

A Model Strategy for Data Journalism in a Country Without Open Data: Strata 2013 - O'Reilly Conferences, February 26 - 28, 2013, Santa Clara, CA | Open Knowledge | Scoop.it
A way to introduce the idea that access to Big Data in many countries – especially Argentina – is still a work in progress and somewhat politicized.
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