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[News] Open Data and Open Access Gaining More Momentum

  • Subject: [News] Open Data and Open Access Gaining More Momentum
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 09:10:08 +0000
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Campaign welcomes decision to drop proposed cabinet papers exemption

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| The governmentâs announcement that it has 
| dropped its proposal to exempt cabinet 
| papers from the Freedom of Information Act, 
| and that it will reduce the 30 year rule to 
| 20 years, was welcomed by the Campaign for 
| Freedom of Information today.


The open society

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| America is in the lead on data access. On 
| his first full day in office Barack Obama 
| issued a presidential memorandum ordering 
| the heads of federal agencies to make 
| available as much information as possible, 
| urging them to act âwith a clear 
| presumption: in the face of doubt, openness 
| prevailsâ. This was all the more remarkable 
| since the Bush administration had explicitly 
| instructed agencies to do the opposite.


Open Access linked to Alabama shooting

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| On 15th February, for instance, The Daily 
| Kos pointed out that the International 
| Journal of General Medicine charges authors 
| to publish their papers. This fact alone, 
| The Daily Kos seemed to imply, meant that 
| the paper would have been inadequate. But 
| there was more.


Free Our Data response to the DCLG consultation on OS Free

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| The Free Our Data campaign was co-founded in 
| March 2006 by Charles Arthur and Michael 
| Cross with the aim of persuading government 
| that non-personal datasets created by 
| government-owned agencies and companies and 
| organisations should be made available for 
| free reuse without licence restrictions.


Democracy Club is up and running

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| Democracy Club is up and running. Last week 
| meetings were held up and down the country 
| organised by volunteers involved with the 
| new initiative to bring transparency to 
| government. The project is an out-growth of 
| TheyWorkForYou and other associated websites 
| of MySociety founded by the ever inventive 
| Tom Steinberg.
| Thanks to the formidable resources it began 
| with, with the emails of all those who've 
| signed up to those sites on its database, 
| Democracy Club already has over 3000 
| volunteers spread across 641of 650 of the 
| UKâs constituencies.


European research funders throw weight behind UK open access repository

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| Four European research funders have today 
| added their support to the open access 
| repository UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) by 
| agreeing that the life sciences research 
| outputs made possible with their funding are 
| made freely available through this 
| repository. 



Adventures of an Amateur Cartographer

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| While striding manfully across the streets
| of suburbia this week I've been listened to
| some back issues of FLOSS Weekly that I'd
| previously missed. This excellent podcast by
| Randal Schwartz covers all aspects of Free
| Libre Open Source Software, occasionally
| straying into open source hardware and, in
| the case of the podcast I was listening to,
| open source data.


Textbooks That Professors Can Rewrite Digitally

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| In a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks,
| Macmillan, one of the five largest
| publishers of trade books and textbooks, is
| introducing software called DynamicBooks,
| which will allow college instructors to edit
| digital editions of textbooks and customize
| them for their individual classes.
| Professors will be able to reorganize or
| delete chapters; upload course syllabuses,
| notes, videos, pictures and graphs; and
| perhaps most notably, rewrite or delete
| individual paragraphs, equations or
| illustrations.

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