Meet the guy whose life is Open Access and Open Data

Fiona Murphy (Wiley) recently interviewed Mark Thorley (NERC, the Natural Environment Research Council) about his work on Open Access (OA) policy and research data. as Chair of the RCUK Research Outputs Network. In his interview, he talks about his mission to remove as many barriers as possible to the outputs of the funded research – both publications and data – in order to support research as well as other exploitation uses, both commercial and non-commercial.

Continue reading Fiona Murphy’s blog reporting her interview with Mark Thorley…

So, is Open Science already here?

According to Wikipedia, “Open science is the umbrella term of the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. It encompasses practices such as publishing open research, campaigning for open access, encouraging scientists to practice open notebook science, and generally making it easier to publish and communicate scientific knowledge.” Despite the wealth of Open platforms, most of the products of science, including, most notably, the data upon which scientific insights rests, remain behind closed doors. While attitudes and regulations are clearly changing, as the latest attempts by PLoS to establish routine sharing of data illustrate (just Google #PLOSfail), we are not there yet.

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Open Data Can Empower Archaeologists

Over the last few years, the DART project collected large amounts of archaeological data, and as part of the project, a group of archaeologists created a purpose-built data repository to catalogue data and make them available, using CKAN, the Open Knowledge Foundation’s (OKF) open-source data catalogue and repository. In their recent blog post of OKF, Anthony Beck and Dave Harrison talk about the project and its progress, and revisit the meaning of open data and open science for archaeologists.

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).

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.

Opening up Open Data: An Interview with Tim O’Reilly

Today we find ourselves in the midst of an open data revolution

How do you define ‘open data’? Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.” This is how OKFN defines open data.  

In this short video, Tim O’Reilly talks about the value of openness, the definition of open data, as well as the meaning of open data. 

Here is the link to interview transcript and video (6:49).

How to Find an Appropriate Research Data Repository, an Open Science tool, heps you find a data repository

In our earlier Data Forwards posts (Sept. 19 & Nov 22), we introduced whose goal is to create a global research data repositories. 

Recently, Heinz Pampel, one of the people behind, wrote a blog post on this new emerging Open Science tool that helps researchers to easily identify a suitable repository for their data and thus comply to requirements set out in data policies. covers the following aspects of a research data repository:

  • general information (e.g. short description of the repository, content types, keywords),
  • responsibilities (e.g. institutions responsible for funding, content or technical issues),
  • policies (e.g. guidelines and policies of the repository),
  • legal aspects (e.g. licenses of the database and datasets),
  • technical standards (e.g. APIs, versioning of datasets, software of the repository),
  • quality standards (e.g. certificates, audit processes).

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