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[News] Free and Openness of Data Seen as Opportunity and Advantage, Not Danger

  • Subject: [News] Free and Openness of Data Seen as Opportunity and Advantage, Not Danger
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:53:28 +0000
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SXSW: Shirkyâs New Opportunities in Public Sharing

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| Today social technology theorist Clay 
| Shirky delivered a fitting counterpoint to 
| Danah Boydâs keynote on privacy at SXSW the 
| day before. Where Boyd spoke of the danger 
| of making information more public than 
| users intended it, Shirky talked about new 
| opportunities for sharing information 
| online and elsewhere.


Shirky: Napster tapped into our primate instincts

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| New York University professor Clay Shirky 
| thinks he's getting old, or in other words, 
| "my average age has been going up at the 
| alarming rate of about one year per year." 
| Recently, he said, he had to explain 
| Napster to a class of his students because 
| they were too young to have known much 
| about the groundbreaking music-sharing 
| service in its heyday.


estimating ullage

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| Ullage, the word for the empty space at the 
| top of a wine bottle, is Peter Suber's term 
| for the gap between a library's actual 
| holdings and its patrons' access needs. 
| That's a difficult thing to measure, but I 
| might have found a way to estimate it with 
| reference not to patron needs but to all 
| published journals, as follows.


Making Public Information Available Online: Rep. Israel Introduces the Public Online Information Act

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| Today, Representative Steve Israel 
| introduced the Public Online Information 
| Act, which if enacted would free a vast 
| treasure trove of government information. 
| All too often, information that the law 
| requires be publicly available is hidden 
| behind stone walls and paper barriers. POIA 
| tears down these walls by:
|     * Requiring Executive Branch agencies 
|     to publish publicly available 
|     information on the Internet in a timely 
|     fashion and in user-friendly formats.
|     * Creating a multi-branch advisory 
|     committee to develop government-wide 
|     Internet publication guidelines.


Transparency Is Trending

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| This week is Sunshine Week, a lot of people 
| are very excited and are taking the time to 
| write about why open government is 
| important to them.  Here are just a few of 
| the great posts people are writing, 
| explaining why transparency is important.


Battle of the Opens

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| So hereâfree, gratis, libre, and openâis a 
| brief, simplistic guide to several flavors 
| of open, organized around the following 
| questions:
|     * What is the target of this movement? 
|     What is being made open? As compared to 
|     what?
|     * What legal regimes are implicated?
|     * How does openness happen? What are 
|     the major variants of open works of 
|     this type?


Open Sourcing A Disease Diagnosis

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| If you follow Larry Lessig on Twitter, you 
| noticed that all day Monday he was putting 
| messages on Twitter about how "JZ" was sick 
| and was trying to "open source" his 
| diagnosis.



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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