Category: Education

Creative Commons and Hope — How Open Access Journals Helped Me in a Dark Time

I’m bad with linear time. Sometime about two months ago, my daughter was four months old. She was healthy and happy and life was good for our family. When we brought her in for her four-month vaccination, I asked our

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‘Bring Open Data to Your School’: connecting teens with open data in Argentina

With access to more data about their communities, teenagers can use it to shape decisions and plan their futures. Supported by the ODI’s mini-grants programme, the Argentine Government set out to empower young people with tools to find and compare

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To boldly go… the librarian’s role in text and data mining

Jane Secker et al examine the ways in which librarians can facilitate the work of researchers who want to use text and data mining. The authors also argue that librarians need to encourage researchers to exploit the new copyright exceptions

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Our Lives in Data – Science Museum Late Review

As mentioned previously on this blog, we were delighted to be involved in the ‘Late’ at the Science Museum on Wednesday August 31 as part of the ‘Our Lives in Data’ exhibition. It was great to see hundreds of people coming along to

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Improving safe routes to school through champions for open data

The following post is based on a presentation to a Safe Routes to School National Partnerships webinar, “Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking.” The accompanying slides and t…

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Chatting With ONS Data Via a Simple Slackbot

A recent post on the ONS Digital blog – Dueling with datasets – describes some of the design decisions taken when putting together the new Office for National Statistics website (such as having a single page for a particular measure

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Using open data to stimulate new methods of human rights monitoring

Open Schools Kenya, which uses data from multiple sources to map education institutions in the capital of Nairobi. The traditional strategy of monitoring human rights violations goes like this: Local and international human rights groups often focus on legal advocacy,

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Crowd2Map Tanzania

“Crowd2Map Tanzania is a new crowdsourcing initiative aimed at creating a comprehensive map ofTanzania, including detailed depictions of all of its villages, roads and public resources (such as schools, shops, offices etc.) in OpenStreetMap and/or Google Maps, both of which are sadly

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Practical Participation – 2016 update

Although this year my primary focus is on PhD write-up, I’m still keeping active with the two companies I’ve co-founded. So, a couple of updates – firstly, the annual Practical Participation newsletter, compiled by Jennie Fleming. Practical Participation 2016 –

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Getting Started with Data Science: Storytelling with Data

(This article was first published on eKonometrics, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) Earlier this month, IBM Press and Pearson have published my book titled: Getting Started with Data Science: Making Sense of Data with Analytics. You can download sample pages,

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