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Open Access Resources For Biblical Studies

Isaac M. Alderman | Bible Junkies | October 24, 2013

I have recently posted on issues of crowdsourcing (Ancient Lives  and  Wikiloot), and a related issue is that of open access in scholarship. Since this is Open Access Week, I thought I would make a few comments on the matter, as well as noting some very useful and freely available resources for biblical studies. Read More »

Open Education Is About Improving Lives, Not Taking Tests

While recently reading The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent and Lead, by George Couros, I was struck by the parallels between the author's thinking and that of Jim Whitehurst in The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance. "Sometimes it scares me to think that we have taken the most human profession, teaching, and have reduced it to simply letters and numbers," Couros says early in the book. "We place such an emphasis on these scores, because of political mandates and the way teachers and schools are evaluated today, that it seems we've forgotten why our profession exists: to change—improve—lives." In other words education has lost it's "Why?"—and that is central to its mission...

Open Source Malaria Research Paves Way for Inexpensive Medicines

Press Release | University of Sydney | September 14, 2016

A real-time drug discovery project involving some 50 researchers in nine countries has shown open source malaria research works - providing a potential alternative for medicines similar to the way in which open source products compete with proprietary products in software. Malaria is one of the leading causes of mortality in developing countries – last year killing more than 400,000 people. Researchers worldwide have found the solution for drug discovery could lie in open, “crowd-sourced” science...

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Open Source Wearable Angel Shuts Down

Jonah Comstock | Mobi Health News | December 2, 2016

Angel, a company that has been working since 2013 on an open source wearable tracker that could be programmed for different use cases, has shut down the project and, likely, the company. The company announced the news via a large banner on its website reading "This project is no longer active". Angel executives did not respond to MobiHealthNews's request for an interview. Bob Troia, known as "Quantified Bob" in quantified self circles, spotted the announcement and posted about it on Twitter and on the Quantified Self forum...

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OpenFDA Backstory: Breaking The Paperwork Backlog

David F. Carr | InformationWeek Government | June 5, 2014

The startup Captricity uses a combination of crowdsourcing and OCR to digitize mountains of paper records, particularly for government agencies and healthcare. Read More »

OpenFDA Backstory: Breaking The Paperwork Backlog

David F. Carr | Information Week | June 5, 2014

The startup Captricity uses a combination of crowdsourcing and OCR to digitize mountains of paper records, particularly for government agencies and healthcare...

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OpenStreetMap Response To Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda

Pierre Beland | Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) | November 17, 2013

The Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda in Philippines is the worst ever registered. The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines. Currently we are supporting the active OpenStreetMap Philippines community. [...] Read More »

Project Daniel and the World’s First 3D-Printing Prosthetics Lab

Last week, the 2014 International CES conference in Las Vegas unveiled a startling new project that has the health technology world buzzing with excitement. [...] Equipped with 3D printers and Ultrabooks, [Not Impossible LLC] has been supplying prosthetic arms and hands for amputees in the Nuba Mountains, a war-ridden area within South Sudan. Read More »

RandomiseMe: Our Fun New Website That Lets Anyone Design And Run A Randomised Controlled Trial.

Ben Goldacre | Bad Science | December 16, 2013

Catching up and blogging this year’s activities: here’s a fun website I made with my friend Carl Reynolds, fellow doctor behind NHS HackDays (where nerds who love the NHS build useful tools). RandomiseMe lets you design and run randomised controlled trials, either on yourself, or on your friends. [...] Read More »

ReFigure – Connecting Scientific Insights Across the Web

Press Release | eLife | August 23, 2017

Today, we are introducing ReFigure, a new science curation and publication tool supported by the eLife Innovation Initiative. ReFigure is a chrome extension and website that allows researchers to connect new and previously reported findings across publisher websites and repositories. It is currently in beta and being developed in the open on GitHub... ReFigure was born from an idea that research outputs should be incremental, immediately connected to published findings and not confined to the websites of individual journals...

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Should Your NGO Go Open Source?

Catherine Cheney | Devex | February 26, 2016

The open source model of universal access and collaborative intelligence has extended from Web development to global development. NGO leaders can maximize the impact of their organizations either by taking their models to scale or opening the books on their projects and programs and allowing peer organizations to take them and run with them. Whether proprietary information belongs in the business of fighting poverty is open to debate. On one hand, intellectual property can drive competition and innovation, but on the other hand, collaborative models can lead to greater success stories.

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Tata Trusts support the creation of the Open Source Pharma Foundation

Press Release | Tata Trusts, Open Source Pharma Foundation | September 29, 2015

Seeking to create a world of affordable medicine for all, Tata Trusts has announced their support for the creation of the Open Source Pharma Foundation (OSPF) at OSP2, the 2nd Annual Global Open Source Pharma conference. Held at Castle Rauischholzhausen in Germany on Sept 01 to 03, 2015, the OSP conference brought together researchers, NGOs, industry professionals, philanthropists and entrepreneurs...Open Source Pharma (OSP) is a concept inspired by the Linux model of operation. Adapted to tackling important public health challenges, it hopes to catalyze radical change in the way we do medical R&D and deliver better and more affordable innovation quicker and cheaper to patients.

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The Chipotle Corporate Sabotage Theory Returns

Deena Shanker | Bloomberg | July 25, 2017

Yet another outbreak of foodborne illness last week at Chipotle Mexican Grill did what it usually does to the burrito chain: The stock price plummeted. It's bad news—particularly for the patrons who got sick—but it's a boon for anyone that had the foresight to short the stock. The latest outbreak was first noted by iwaspoisoned.com, a website that crowdsources reports of customer illnesses following visits to restaurants...

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The Death Of The Academic Book And The Path To Open Access

Roxanne Missingham | The Conversation | October 22, 2013

Is publishing academic books a dying trade? And if so, are free e-books from universities likely to deal the final blow? Read More »

The Global Innovation Competition!

Mathias Antonsson | Ushahidi | November 15, 2013

Hosted annually, this competition will tackle a different problem each year in the citizen to government feedback loop in order to improve government performance. It is unique through a crowdsourcing and peer review process and the fact that all finalists will receive expert mentoring by our Jury upon arrival in Nairobi for the Global Innovation Week [...]. Read More »