Monthly Archives: December 2013

Content Mine: Sunlight in California – can AMI help make Spending data Open?

Marc Joffe of http://www.publicsectorcredit.org/ has an ambition – to make Open vast amounts of spending data in California. The Sunlight Foundation has funded Marc (http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/07/05/opengov-voices-local-government-financial-transparency-scalling-it-up/ ) – the problem is that the data is present in PDFs. So Marc mailed … Continue reading

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OKFN’s Open Science Working group is Global!

Jenny Molloy and Michelle Brooks have done a wonderful job in driving forward Open Science within the OKFN. Science is a huge topic and there are many areas where the Open philosophy and tools are now critical. Here's Jenny's end-of-year … Continue reading

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Content-mining: #animalgarden write a crawler

  Chuff: Hello Gulliver! I'm the OKFN OKAPI. Gulliver: Hello! I'm Gulliver, the BMC turtle. C: I know – you've got a blog http://gulliverturtle.wordpress.com/ where you tell the world about #openaccess. What's #ami2 doing? G: She's crawling BioMedCentral content. C: … Continue reading

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IFLA supports copyright exceptions for Text and Data Mining

Yesterday International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) issued a welcome statement on TDM: http://www.ifla.org/publications/ifla-statement-on-text-and-data-mining-2013. Snippets: IFLA maintains that legal certainty for text and data mining (TDM) can only be achieved by (statutory) exceptions. As an organization committed to … Continue reading

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Content Mining: Recent progress

A lot has happened in the last month and it's kept me so busy that I haven't blogged as much as I would have liked. The simple message is that we are starting to mine the scholarly literature on global … Continue reading

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Content-mining: how can I help?

I got a request today offering help for CM. Great! CM isn't a single activity –ideally it's a community of collaborating people and organizations combining resources. The first thing you can do is join, and post to, https://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/open-contentmining. Here's what … Continue reading

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Remember Aaron Swartz in January and join the New Hampshire walk

Larry Lessig has mailed today to remember Aaron Swartz and to join a many-day walk through New Hampshire. Is anything planned in UK/Europe? Seven years ago this January, Aaron Swartz visited me in Berlin to convince me to give up … Continue reading

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Content Mining starts today!

There is now an unstoppable interest and desire for content-mining. People want to know how, when where – what the problems are … all sorts of things. So Jenny Molloy and Katelyn Rogers (OKFN) have set up a mailing list. … Continue reading

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Would you share your genome sequence? Come to the Panton Arms on Monday!

On Monday, December 16, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT) Cambridge, United Kingdom http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/would-you-share-your-genome-sequence-tickets-9293969513 we are running our second Open Science meeting, in the Panton Arms. It's led by Fiona Nielsen, founder of DNADigest, a non-profit startup : … Continue reading

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Can we trust Commercial Publishers or are we moving to 1984-like “Publishers of Truth”? We must act now

In Orwell's 1984 the Ministry of Truth rewrote history and rewrote the present. Orwell showed that if you control the provision of information you can alter people's thoughts and values. I think we are in great danger of scholarly publishing … Continue reading

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