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SPARC Announces ‘Generation Open’ As Theme For 2014 International Open Access Week

Press Release | Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition | May 9, 2014

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has announced that the theme for this year's International Open Access Week is "Generation Open". The theme will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends...

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Spread the Momentum with Open Access Week

Ruth Suehle | OpenSource.com | October 25, 2011

This week is Open Access Week, celebrating its fifth year of helping academic and research communities learn more about the benefits of open access and inspiring wider open participation. Read More »

The Dutch Presidency Rises to the Occasion: 15 Council Conclusions That Will Set the Way Forward for R&I in the European Union

Press Release | The League of European Research Universities (LERU) | May 27, 2016

Today, the EU Member State Ministers responsible for Research have adopted conclusions that will set the way forward for research and innovation. These conclusions are the result of the exemplary Dutch Presidency of the EU Council. A Presidency that has put research high on the agenda and has made its actions match its words by delivering on its priorities. The Council conclusions set the course of action on the three main priorities identified by the Dutch Presidency in research and innovation...

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The Future Of Open Access: Why Has Academia Not Embraced The Internet Revolution?

Kalev Leetaru | Forbes | April 29, 2016

More than any other technology, the web has revolutionized access to the world’s information, putting everything from recipes to encyclopedias to books to news at the fingertips of anyone with an internet connection anywhere on the planet. The web’s role in democratizing access to global information has made it a poster child for the power of technology to advance society. Read More »

The Future of Scientific Discovery Relies on Open Science Models

Ross Mounce is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bath studying the use of fossils in phylogeny and phyloinformatics, completing his PhD at the University of Bath last year. Ross was one of the first Panton Fellows and is an active member of the Open Knowledge Foundation, particularly the Open Science Working Group. He is an advocate for open science, and he is actively working on content mining academic publications to reuse scientific research in meta-analyses to gain higher level insights in evolutionary patterns... Read More »

The growth of open access journals

Sabina Alam | BioMed Central | October 22, 2012

The 6th annual open access week is upon us, and one of the topics of particular interest to BMC Medicine is how open access (OA) publishing has been developing over the last decade. Read More »

The inexorable rise of open access scientific publishing

Stephen Curry | The Guardian | October 22, 2012

A new study shows that the rise of open access publishing of academic research is faster than anyone had previously realised...The academic publishing game has changed irrevocably. Read More »

The Internet's 25 Years And Future With Open Source

Robin Muilwijk | OpenSource.com | April 9, 2014

What began as ARPANET back in 1969, has become the Internet as we know it today. This year on March 12 marked 25 years of the World Wide Web. It all got started when...

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The Public Domain Still Needs Idealism

Anna Wiener | New Republic | January 15, 2016

In the current startup universe, there’s still a lot of chatter about changing the world, an objective that has become so cliché—and ridiculed—that it’s easy to forget that those voicing this desire genuinely, vehemently believe it. From the outside, the prospect of a world-changing software product is either very exciting or completely delusional, depending on who’s talking...Idealism about technology as a democratizing force currently looks a lot like defense: protecting digital civil liberties, and fighting against further erosion. This is the side that Justin Peters is most committed to documenting in his book The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, a partial biography of the late activist and Open Access advocate...

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The Road to a Career in Open Source and Science

My journey from bench scientist to open science software developer and how I develop better tools for open, reproducible scientific research. Read More »

The tranSMART Foundation to Highlight Its Award-Winning Open-Source Knowledge Management Platform at Bio-IT World Conference & Expo

Press Release | transSMART Foundation | April 21, 2015

The tranSMART Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a global, open-source knowledge management platform for scientists to share pre-competitive translational research data, today announced it will be highlighting the tranSMART platform v1.2 at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo April 21-23, 2015 in Boston, Mass. The platform is a finalist for both the Best of Show and Best Practices Awards. In addition to a presentation by the Foundation's CEO, Keith O. Elliston, Ph.D., the Foundation will also be providing demos in its booth (#113) and hosting a Community Meeting and its 3C Committee Meetings at the Bio-IT World Conference.

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Time For Research And Action

Anne Radl | PloS | July 9, 2012

In the first of a short series of posts, Anne Radl reflects on the Getting in the Access Loop webinar run last month by the Humanitarian Centre, HIFA2015 and PLoS. Read More »

Tracking Deadly Superbug Infections Across Europe with Web-Based Open Tools that Use Genome Sequencing and Open APIs

Press Release | Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | May 5, 2016

For the first time, scientists have shown that MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ infections can be tracked across Europe by combining whole-genome sequencing with a web-based system. In mBio today (5 May 2016) researchers at Imperial College London and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute worked with a European network representing doctors in 450 hospitals in 25 countries to successfully interpret and visualise the spread of drug-resistant MRSA...

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UC San Diego Bioengineers Create First Online Search Engine for Functional Genomics Data

Press Release | University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering | April 28, 2016

University of California San Diego bioengineers have created what they believe to be the first online search engine for functional genomics data. This work from the Sheng Zhong bioengineering lab at UC San Diego was just published online by the journal Nucleic Acids Research. This new search engine, called GeNemo, is free for public use at: http://www.genemo.org. GeNemo addresses a pressing challenge: effectively searching functional genomic data from online data repositories...

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UCL Press Releases Innovative Open Access Book Formats to Improve Scholarly Research

Press Release | UCL Press | June 16, 2016

UCL Press is delighted to present its open access books online in three new distinct and innovative formats: enhanced digital editions, monographs with scholarly functionalities, and BOOCs (books as open online content). Developed by Armadillo Systems (producers of the award-winning Turning the Pages system and Digital Bodleian), UCL’s platform offers new ways of publishing digital scholarship and responds to the needs of scholars working in non-traditional formats...

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