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[News] Openness and Sharing in Science Increase

  • Subject: [News] Openness and Sharing in Science Increase
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 01:07:07 +0000
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Spacehack: Open Source Astronomy for All

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| After all the hullabaloo over Balloon Boy, 
| itâs reassuring to learn that some Americans 
| look up for reasons other than media pranks. 
| In fact, whole communities of amateur 
| astronomers and citizen scientists look to 
| the skies for discovery, education, and 
| inspiration. Aiding them in those pursuits 
| is Spacehack, an online directory of and for 
| people who want to participate in space 
| exploration. 


Promoting Open Source Science

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| Open Source Science is a collaborative and 
| transparent approach to science. To me, it 
| means four things:
|    1. Open Source: the use of open and 
|    freely accessible software tools for 
|    scientific research and collaboration.
|    2. Open Notebook: transparency in 
|    experimental design and data management.
|    3. Open Data: public accessibility of 
|    scientific data, which allows for 
|    distribution, reuse and derived works.
|    4. Open Access: public access to 
|    scholarly literature.


Making Open Source Communities (and Open Cities) More Efficient

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| My friend Diederik and I are starting to 
| work more closely with some open source 
| projects about how to help "open" 
| communities (be they software projects or 
| cities) become more efficient.



Better world: Share things

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| Looking for a romantic way to do your bit for the
| planet? Then move in with your lover, take baths
| together and snuggle up on the sofa to watch TV
| together.
| An awful lot of energy could be saved if only people
| shared things more, especially their homes. The evidence
| comes from the opposite end of the love spectrum.
| According to a recent study, if all the couples who
| divorced in the US had stayed together, in 2005 alone
| they would have used 2373 billion litres less water and
| 73 billion kilowatt-hours less electricity. Each
| divorced person spent 46 per cent more on electricity
| and 56 per cent more on water.


At End of Act II: Are we Played for Fools OR Building a Enlightened Digital World?

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| This would be the World Wide Web of Books that we have
| been dreaming of rather than a Monopoly of Books.
| Google has helped build momentumâ lets take it the rest
| of the way without blowing it.   This could be done by
| Congress or the Justice Departmentâ both of which are
| working on this right now.


The Open PhD â What a Concept

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| Did you know MIT has 1800+ courses available for your
| viewing pleasure?  You can even download the syllabus
| and assignments (with answers).  Some courses even
| provide copies of old exams.  How could I have missed
| this?  Itâs not just MIT â other schools belong to the
| consortium â Carnegie Mellon, Standford, Oxford, Yale,
| the list keeps going.

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