Kathleen Hickey of GCN.com reports, “NASA’s OpenNEX is one of the latest federal research projects moving to the cloud to improve collaboration with the academic, public and private sectors. In doing so, the space agency is using Amazon Web Services to make terabytes worth of climate and Earth science data available to researchers, app developers, academia and the public. The first data sets became available in March and include temperature, precipitation and climate change projections, as well as data processing tools fromNASA’s Earth Exchange (NEX), a research and collaboration platform from NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center in California.” Read more
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According to a new article on Gov.uk, “The UK’s Open Data Institute (ODI) and Taiwan’s Open Data Alliance (ODA) have signed a Letter of Intent today, which will see the two organisations promote and explore the potential open data holds for the public, private and academic sectors in both countries. The Letter was signed by ODI Chairman and Co-Founder Sir Nigel Shadbolt during a visit to Taipei, and Chairman Peng Chi-Ming, from Taiwan’s Open Data Alliance at a high level open data forum which involved Taiwan’s ICT Minister Chang San-Cheng and Chris Wood, Director of the British Trade & Cultural Office in Taiwan.” Read more
There’s money in that open data. A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute finds that machine-readable information that’s made available to others has the potential to generate significant economic value: $3 trillion annually in seven domains, to be exact.
The report, entitled Open Data: Unlocking Innovation And Performance With Liquid Information, sees the potential economic effect unfolding in education, transportation, consumer products, electricity, oil and gas, health care and consumer finance. Data becomes more liquid, the report authors note, when it is open, widely available and in shareable formats, and when advanced computing and analysis can yield from it — potentially in conjunction with proprietary data — novel insights. It doesn’t specifically mention Linked Data, but hones in on government open data platforms – including the Linked-Data infused data.gov.UK, which it cites as having had 1.4 million page views this summer – as critical to the economic good tidings. It records more than 40 countries with open data platforms, and up to 1 million data sets as having been made open by governments worldwide.
Justin Ellis of the Nieman Journalism Lab reports, “Knight Foundation and Mozilla have announced a new class of fellows who will take their hacker skills into newsrooms around the US and across the globe. The new class of five Knight-Mozilla Fellows has just been announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, and their bios include some of the sort of descriptions you might expect: media scholar, activist, interactive developer, code monkey. This third class of fellows will be embedded in top news organizations in the U.S. and abroad and work to connect their code-driven backgrounds to journalistic goals.” Read more
Ian Coady of data.gov.uk reports reported that yesterday marked “the launch of http://statistics.data.gov.uk as the landing page for access statistical geographies in a linked data format. This linked data site is the culmination of three years’ work that started with a request in 2010 by the UK Location Programme to pilot the use of linked data to meet UK’s obligations under INSPIRE, an EU Directive to harmonise how spatial datasets are supplied across Europe.” Read more
10-01-2013 05:41 PM CET - IT, New Media & Software — The new established partnership will combine Digirati’s (digirati.co.uk) expertise in delivering high volumes of complex data and content online with SWC’s PoolParty (poolparty.biz) product suite. These solutions will aim to break the mould of traditional content managed websites and portals by creating a higher level of content findability as well as flexibility of content delivery. Read more
Leena Rao of TechCrunch recently wrote, “It’s not often you come across a founder that measures startup success by winning the Nobel Peace Prize one day. When ResearchGate [see our previous coverage] founder Ijad Madisch said that to Benchmark partner Matt Cohler a few years ago, he knew that his startup, which has developed a communication and crowdsourcing platform by which scientists can share and publish their research, was going to potentially change the way we solve real world problems with scientific collaboration. Flash forward two years, and Berlin-based ResearchGate is actually seeing progress being made in areas like disease, terrorism and more from collaborations and shared knowledge taking place on its platform.”
Rao continues, “One of the major challenges to plague scientific research and innovation is redundancy. A team of scientists hard at work on protein data analysis publish their results only to learn that a group on the opposite side of the world has just done the same. The collaborative web changes this. As both a physician and a researcher, Madisch decided that the best way to reduce research redundancy would be to create an online professional network in which scientists could easily share data, information and results.”
TechCrunch’s description of the company states, “ResearchGate is the leading social network for scientists. It offers tools and applications for researchers to interact and collaborate. ResearchGate offers a social, crowdsourced platform designed for researchers. The platform provides a global scientific web-based environment in which scientists can interact, exchange knowledge and collaborate with researchers of different fields. The results of ResearchGate’s new search engine, called ReFind, are not merely based on keywords, but selected in an intelligent way based on semantic, contextual correlations.”
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ODI Celebrates Double First – Announces University of Southampton as Honorary Partner on One-Year Anniversary
Tuesday 1st October 2013 — The Open Data Institute (ODI) has awarded Honorary Founding Partner status to the University of Southampton in recognition of its exceptional contribution to the setup and development of the organisation. It comes exactly 12 months after its unofficial opening and move to its London HQ.
Since the ODI’s inception, the University has provided expertise, practical advice and in the very early stages, seed funding. On an ongoing basis, Southampton remains a key partner: the ODI’s Chairman and co-founder, Sir Nigel Shadbolt is also Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University; and it provides academic guidance and hands-on support in the delivery of the ODI’s training programme. Read more
09-24-2013 06:12 PM CET — The EU’s “digital.me” project brings Fraunhofer IAO together with seven research and industry partners to develop a system for user-controlled social networks and services that can serve as a central hub for managing a user’s various digital identities. The project has now released the source code from its software development work as an open-source project.
The use of personal information for private and business life is a trend in our increasingly information-driven society. With the rise of social media, individuals are revealing more personal data online than ever before. This data disclosure provides value to users, such as enhancing social contacts or obtaining personalized services and products. However, the existing social internet makes it difficult for using personal information in a controlled way while retaining privacy where required. Read more
GovTech reports, “New York City IT leaders, including Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot and Open Platform Officer Michael Flowers, announced on Monday, Sept. 23, that they were releasing dozens of ‘high-value’ data sets on a revamped open data portal. The portal, first launched in 2011, now includes more than 1,100 data sets, with contributions from more than 60 different agencies, according to a news release. As outlined in open data legislation signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year, the city will continue to release data sets on a regular schedule, with a stated goal of publishing all public data on the portal by 2018.” Read more
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