Accelerating Impact: Real-world Applications of Open Research

Video Featuring Practices of Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science

This 5-minute video features six teams of scientists whose innovative reuse of existing research enabled important advances in medical treatment and detection, ecology and science education. These examples demonstrate how the reuse of Open Access research can accelerate scientific progress and benefit society as a whole. This includes comments from Open Access advocates from publishing, academia and industry and features finalists, winners and sponsors from the Accelerating Science Awards Program (ASAP).

Managing Your History Research: From Creating to Sharing

Data Management, Open access, and Digital Tools for Historians

In this blog post, Dr Matt Phillpott as a historian talks about how to manage data. He opens his post addressing the question of what research data is.

“During the research process historians produce a whole heap of materials including notes, quotations, statistics, interview transcripts, images, databases, spread sheets and much more besides. We consider this part of the research process, but rarely consider it in terms of producing data that needs to be conserved and archived in its own right. I think it’s still true that historians still tend to talk in terms of final publishable content, and not in terms of the underlying materials (or data) that the publications rely upon.”

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Education Open Data Challenge

Education Open Data Challenge Closes 1st March

The Open Data Institute and Nesta are currently running an Education Open Data Challenge where they are making available new open data and also piloting secure access for a group of parents to their child’s to the National Pupil Database. They are looking for teams to work with this data to create products and solutions to help parents make informed choices about their children’s education in one (or more) of three key areas: 1) Expressing a preference for a school; 2) Choosing a subject or other learning priorities; 3) Engaging with their children’s learning.

More information is available from here.

A Short Guide to Better Manage Scientific Data

10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data 

In this article entitled 10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data, authors from Computational Biology and Information Science (Alyssa Goodman, Alberto Pepe, Alexander W. Blocker, Christine L. Borgman, Kyle Cranmer, Mercè Crosas, Rosanne Di Stefano, Yolanda Gil, Paul Groth, Margaret Hedstrom, David W. Hogg, Vinay Kashyap, Ashish Mahabal, Aneta Siemiginowska, Aleksandra Slavkovic) offer a short guide to the steps scientists can take to ensure that their data and associated analyses continue to be of value and to be recognized. In just the past few years, hundreds of scholarly papers and reports have been written on questions of data sharing, data provenance, research reproducibility, licensing, attribution, privacy, and more, but the goal of this article is not to review that literature. Instead, authors present a short guide intended for researchers who want to know why it is important to “care for and feed” data, with some practical advice on how to do that.

Data, Metrics, and Professional Realities

It’s the Neoliberalism, Stupid: Why instrumentalist arguments for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science are not enough | LSE Blog

For those interested in stepping back and looking at how data issues play a role in the evolving institutional and financial context of research, here’s a blog post by Eric Kansa who directs Open Context a data publishing venue for archaeology. He explores how better metrics (to encourage data publication) are not necessarily a panacea by themselves, but need to be examined along with other issues in the professional context of research.