Category: Research

Actions to turn the power of open data into real impact

At the third international workshop on the impact of open data for agriculture, a new action agenda was discussed by a mix of organisations. They concluded that more focus is required on benefits for less favoured actors, that open data

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Catching up with Collideoscope

It’s been a while since we looked in on Collideoscope, our project for reporting and collating data on cycling collisions and near misses, developed in collaboration with ITP. But what better time than now, when days are short and accidents

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Evolution of Open data initiative

While the term “open data” isn’t even 20 years old, the idea that scientific research should be free to all was popularized by Robert King Merton, (founding fathers of Sociology and Noble prize winner…

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A Plethora of Data Set Repositories

These 19 ‘sets of data sets’ cover free or public data from various industries, including small and large, structured and unstructured data sets. Hone your data science and machine learning skills on these data sets, or use them for testing

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Quick Guide to Data Journalism

Originally published on https://www.datacamp.com/community/admin/blog/data-journalism-guide-tools Continue reading on »

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Peer Reviewing Our Data Stories

By Ariana Giorgi, Christine Zhang SRCCON peers, reviewing. (Erik Westra) As journalists who analyze data for stories, we strive to hold ourselves accountable to a high standard of accuracy. But checking our work is rarely a straightforward process… Read the

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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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Help me use your data

I’ve been interviewed a couple of times recently by people interested in understanding how best to publish data to make it useful for others.  Once by a startup and a couple of times by researchers. The core of the discussion

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Science Without Open Data Isn’t Science

A new position paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has generated a lot of controversy among some scientists… Continue reading on Medium »

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Stanford scientists successfully map poverty from space

Stanford scientists successfully map poverty from space Using satellite imagery, researchers from Stanford were able to assess poverty rates from Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Malawi, revealing variations of the economy and state of income of the average citizens. The

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