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[News] Freedom Principles Spread to Research, Data, and More

  • Subject: [News] Freedom Principles Spread to Research, Data, and More
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:23:06 +0100
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CDK-Taverna: an open workflow environment for cheminformatics

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| To freely support open science based on 
| these data resources, it is desirable for 
| the processing tools to be open-source and 
| available for everyone.


Base Map 2.0: What Does the Head of the US Census Say to Open Street Map?

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| Ian White, the CEO of Urban Mapping, makes 
| his living collecting and selling geo data. 
| For next week's Where 2.0 has put together 
| a panel of government mapping agencies (the 
| UK's Ordnance Survey and the US's Census 
| Department) and community-built mapping 
| projects (Open Street Map and Waze). 
| Crowdsourced projects like Waze and Open 
| Street Map have forced civic agencies to 
| reconsider their licensing. They have 
| similarly encouraged larger companies like 
| Google, NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas to implement 
| their own crowdsourcing platforms (like 
| Google Mapmaker and Tele Atlas' MapShare). 
| Ian and his panelists will discuss all of 
| this in Base Map 2.0 on Thursday at Where 
| 2.0 - you can consider their conversation 
| as Part 1 of the panel. 


Open Source Ethics and Dead End Derivatives

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| Open Source Hardware is hardware that has 
| an open license. You can copy it, develop 
| it, and even sell it yourself. You must 
| provide attribution to the designer and you 
| must also release the derivative source 
| files under the same license. This applies 
| even if you use a proprietary program for 
| your designs.


Search engine collects historical resources

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| A search engine is being created to help 
| historians find useful sources.
| The Connected History project will link up 
| currently separate databases of source 
| materials.
| Once complete, it will give academics or 
| members of the public a single site that 
| lets them search all the collections. 


The Cass Sunstein Campaign against Open Source Leaks

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| There is no evidence Sunsteinâs theories of 
| governmental information control have to do 
| with the apparent increasing persecution of 
| open source leak outlets, but it does seem 
| to stem from the same kind of authoritarian 
| instinct.


New Wikipedia Redesign Is Coming Soon

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| Wikipedia is close to rolling out a new 
| design that it hopes will make the âuser-
| editedâ encyclopedia easier to use and 
| navigate, and thus potentially appeal to 
| new users more than the slightly clunky-
| looking current site.


Collaborative Futures

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| FLOSS Manuals, true to its name, produces 
| manuals for free software applications. The 
| manuals themselves are freely licensed and 
| often written in book sprints. This 
| January, as part of the Transmediale 
| festival in Berlin, FLOSS Manuals attempted 
| its first non-manual booksprint â a 
| considerably harder task, as no structure 
| is implied. Only the book title, 
| Collaborative Futures, was given â a 
| collaborative experiment about the future 
| of collaboration.


Time to get the bike out â Kids traffic safety curriculum goes open source

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| In the midst of Treena Grevattâs twitter 
| reminders of the early start of cycling in 
| Ottawa (and her retweets of wise words and 
| links such as this to remind motorists like 
| me!), it was encouraging to read the recent 
| story entitled Kids traffic safety 
| curriculum goes open source. 


The Battle for Scholarly Publishing's Soul

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| Before Peter Suber became Mr Open Access, 
| he was a philosopher by trade. This is 
| evident in the long, thoughtful essays he 
| writes for the SPARC Open Access 
| Newsletter, which help console us for his 
| absence these days from the world of 
| blogging.
| Here's the latest of them, entitled "Open 
| access, markets, and missions". It asks 
| some deep questions about what kind of 
| scholarly publishing we should strive for: 
| market oriented or mission oriented?


Free: Why Authors are Giving Books Away on the Internet 


Sales Impact of Free eBooks Dissertation Published

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| Dr. John Hilton, who until just recently 
| was a doctoral student of mine, has written 
| a great dissertation on the impact giving 
| away free ebooks has on sales of printed 
| books. The findings may surprise you.


Apple's iPad to launch with 30,000-volume free library

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| Apple's e-book reader application, iBooks, 
| may be more widely available than 
| anticipated, thanks to the inclusion of 
| more than 30,000 free e-books from Project 
| Gutenberg.


Cologne-based libraries release 5.4 million bibliographic records via CC0

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| From the press release,
|     Rolf Thiele, deputy director of the USB 
|     Cologne, states: âLibraries appreciate 
|     the Open Access movement because they 
|     themselves feel obliged to provide 
|     access to knowledge without barriers. 
|     Providing this kind of access for 
|     bibliographic data, thus applying the 
|     idea of Open Access to their own 
|     products, has been disregarded until 
|     now. Up to this point, it was not 
|     possible to download library catalogues 
|     as a whole. This will now be possible. 
|     We are taking a first step towards a 
|     worldwide visibility of library 
|     holdings on the internet.â
|     â
|     âIn times in which publishers and some 
|     library organisations see data 
|     primarily as a source of capital, it is 
|     important to stick up for the 
|     traditional duty of libraries and 
|     librarians. Libraries have always 
|     strived to make large amounts of 
|     knowledge accessible to as many people 
|     as possible, with the lowest 
|     restrictions possible,â said Silke 
|     Schomburg, deputy director of the hbz. 
|     âFurthermore libraries are funded by 
|     the public. And what is publicly 
|     financed should be made available to 
|     the public without restrictions,â she 
|     continued.


Finding God Through Open Source

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| Regardless of your own feelings, there are 
| people who find that this open source 
| religion to be more reasonable and in line 
| with their own spiritual and world outlook. 
| From my investigation, a large number of 
| these people are somewhat "geeky" in nature 
| and have been exposed to open source 
| principles through the open source software 
| movement. But that doesn't make it any less 
| real for them.


Mapping software developed by Idaho State University, USU is international hit

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| This free, open-source software is so 
| popular that the ISU geosciences department 
| will host the 1st International MapWindow 
| GIS Users and Developers Conference March 
| 31-April 2 at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. 
| At least 60 users and developers from 
| around the world are expected to attend the 
| conference. Attendees include 
| representatives from the Environmental 
| Protection Agency, National Oceanic and 
| Atmospheric Administration and several 
| private companies and universities.


Eyes wide shut?

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| A debate is underway among the proponents 
| and gainsayers of open access about the 
| reality of whether OA leads to more 
| citations. I am not over-concerned with 
| citations as they are not the sole 
| indicators of the usage of research output. 
| As one of the contributors has said, there 
| is an âinvisible collegeâ within which 
| data, methodology, ideas are shared among 
| researchers via conferences, coffee-breaks, 
| workshops, emails, reports, social 
| networking and other communication devices. 
| While this âcollegeâ informs, it is seldom 
| cited.
| Another statement made in these exchanges 
| was that âopen access is a solution looking 
| for a problemâ. This stopped me in my 
| tracks, since over the last decade, 
| evidence has been accumulating showing the 
| high level of information imbalance and 
| paucity, especially - but by no means only 
| - in the developing world. And it was for 
| this reason that the EPT and many other 
| initiatives were formed to help resolve the 
| problem. It is indisputable that access to 
| all necessary research findings had not 
| been met in pre-web days. Researchers, we 
| had a problem.


Sharing Ideas about Open Philanthropy

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| As regular readers of this blog will know, 
| for the last five years or so I have been 
| tracking the diffusion of the ideas behind 
| open source into other spheres. I'm 
| particularly interested to see what does 
| and does not translate easily to other 
| domains. 
| Here's another application: open 
| philanthropy.


Making Public Records Public: Why open formats are essential for sharing and preserving government data.

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| Governments worldwide have taken great 
| strides in improving the accessibility of 
| public information in the last year, but 
| itâs just the beginning. Opening of 
| government information will be a gradual 
| process, but these initial steps and 
| realized success have enough momentum to 
| accelerate this process â making both 
| governance and citizenship better in near 
| future.


How to Spark a Snowcrash, & What the Web Really Does

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| In order to understand the implications of 
| the shift and to internalize it, you need 
| to experience it firsthand. You canât tell 
| your organization that youâre going to be 
| implementing âsocial mediaâ and everyone is 
| going to start âcollaborating,â and assume 
| that waving a magic wand is going to make 
| this happen. My experience has been that I 
| had to learn what trusting and sharing 
| means on my own.
| [...]
| What does society reward? Cheating. 
| Stealing. Exploitation. Fame. Big houses. 
| Fancy cars. Executive titles. Material 
| stuff. All these things are attached to 
| something else. Something has to be 
| sacrificed to get these things. And they 
| often donât make you happy in the end. 
| Theyâre not who you really are, or what you 
| really care about, but you do them because 
| thatâs how itâs set up, and weâre just 
| operating within the framework that exists.
| But, thereâs this other way.
| In this experimental society in which you 
| can participate, if you want â people are a 
| little more âreal.â People will give you 
| advice, pass along a link they think might 
| interest you, offer to collaborate on a 
| real project, or exchange some information 
| with you, for no other reason besides that 
| itâs âhow THIS system works.â
| The precondition is trust. You canât buy 
| trust. You canât force trust.
| You earn trust.


Open Notebook Science 

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| Open notebook science (ONS) is the practice 
| of making the primary record of a research 
| project publicly available online as it is 
| generated. This involves placing the 
| personal, or laboratory, notebook of the 
| researcher(s) online along with all raw and 
| processed data, and any associated 
| material. The approach can be summed up by 
| the slogan "no insider information".


Open Source: Next generation Focuses on Data

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| First there was Open Source â for software.  
| The next phase is about data â Open Data.  
| And local, state and federal grovernments 
| are setting the trend.

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