Monthly Archives: September 2012

#okfest #openscience being streamed today. Updates.

Update: OKFest is being streamed today: http://okfestival.org/streams/aalto-pro-lecture-room/ (6 viewers so far) Jenny Molloy is introducing. Now Puneet Kishor from CC-science See http://science.okfn.org/blog for details. Yesterday we hacked PyBossa for crowdsourcing of spintronics. I will update this blog over the next … Continue reading

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#okfest #openscience: the hacking begins: OpenBib to analyse patterns of science funding

The great things about a good hackathon is that you don't know what you will be doing until you get together and pool ideas and expertise. Today we have our Open culture and science hack-day. About 20 "streams" ranging from … Continue reading

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#okfest: The preparation

Today is when people start arriving en masse for OKFest – the main sessions start tomorrow. I'm hanging out with the organizers, volunteers , etc. The staff and volunteers are doing the last-minute stuff whih is always more than you … Continue reading

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#okfest name badges

OKFest is about fun, and making things (and a lot more). So here's examples of our laser cutting badges. Chuff went to Massimo, smiled and asked could he have a name badge. "#OKFEST, CHUFF, OKAPI". He is now the smartest … Continue reading

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Open Content Mining: Authors and Readers should control the process; act before it’s too late

Scientists write articles so people can read them. But now we've realised that machines can read them as well. And we have argued http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2012/09/16/our-manifesto-the-right-to-read-is-the-right-to-mine-universities-you-must-fight-for-open-content-mining-before-its-too-late/ that if you subscribe to read an article you also have the right to use machines … Continue reading

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#okfest is and will be amazing

I am at #okfest in Helsinki – 13 (THIRTEEN) separate tracks on Openness. I am already gutted that I shall miss most of them because they are in parallel. I'm helping run Open Research and Education and obviously that will … Continue reading

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Our manifesto: “The Right to Read is the Right to Mine”; Universities: you must fight for Open Content Mining before it’s too late

Over the last ten years University (Libraries) have signed or resigned one million contracts with scholarly publishers (eg. Elsevier) which forbid re-use of the subscribed material. Thus, for example, if your university rents a scientific journal for 5000 USD a … Continue reading

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#animalgarden at Digital Research 2012 (#openbiblio and BibSoup) and OKFest

It's a very busy time for #animalgarden – the group of animals committed to Openness. Last month they made the allegorical movie of weak chemical AI ("Magic Chemical Panda", http://blogs.ch.cam.ac.uk/pmr/2012/08/17/animalgarden-present-the-chemical-chinese-room-at-the-american-chemical-society-meeting/ and ). Now they've been busy on #openbiblio and #okfest. … Continue reading

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Data Liberation and the Long Tail: (and a puzzle)

Next Tuesday I am giving an invited talk at Oxford on Open Data http://digital-research.oerc.ox.ac.uk/ , http://digital-research.oerc.ox.ac.uk/programme , and also involved with a session run by the OKF immediately afterwards. As always I don't know what I am going to say … Continue reading

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