Board on Research Data and Information – worth a look

Board on Research Data and Information
Board on Research Data and Information
The mission of the Board on Research Data and Information is to improve the stewardship, policy, and use of digital data and information for science and the broader society.

Their website announces several upcoming events that focus on the need for greater public disclosure of scientific data:

  • 4th Meeting of the Board on Research Data and Information November 30-December 1, 2010, Washington, DC
  • The Value of Shared Access and Re-use of Publicly Funded Scientific Data: A Public Symposium 1 December 2010, Washington, DC
  • The Future of Scientific Knowledge Discovery in Open Networked Environments March 10-11, 2011 – details TBA
  • BISO-BRDI-CFRS International Symposium on the Case for International Scientific Data Sharing: A Focus on Developing Countries April 18-19, 2011 – details TBA

Read more about the BRDI here.

On the same page look for the link to a recent published meeting recap by the Board: “The Changing Role of Libraries in Support of Research Data Activities, June 3, 2010: Meeting Recap.”

Open Access – Open Data Conference in Cologne Germany

From December 13 – 14, 2010, the “Open Access – Open Data” Conference will be taking place in Cologne. This international expert conference will look closely on how the Open Access movement has developed within the last five years and what is going to happen within the next five to ten years. Additionally, the “Open Data Movement” that is gaining more and more importance will be under consideration.

The conference is organized by Goportis, the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information. Goportis is an advocate for Open Access. Partners in Goportis are the three German National Libraries TIB (German National Library of Science and Technology, Hanover), ZB MED (German National Library of Medicine, Cologne/Bonn) and ZBW (German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel/Hamburg).

The conference program is not fully formed yet but I hope to see a community-benefit connection than I see in the abstracts on view at the moment. If I do, I want to go!

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Demanding taxpayer access to taxpayer-funded research

Between May 10 and July 13, more than 2000 Canadian individuals and organizations registered to share their ideas and submissions. Canadian Open Access advocates Heather Morrison, and others, participated in public consultation period about Canada’s digital l economy by posting a letter on the government website. The executive summary reads:

“We recommend that Canada develop a policy requiring open access to federally funded Canadian scholarship,
i.e. research funded by the research granting councils CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC, and NRC. This policy would ensure taxpayer access to taxpayer-funded research, maximum impact of taxpayer-funded research, bring Canadian policy into line with international policy developments, and appropriately secure a place for Canada as a leader in this area. Please note that this is an update of an earlier submission, reflecting additional signatures. ”

Go to the page and read the letter here.

Secrecy in science is corrosive

natural newsOn Friday, April 09, 2010 David Gutierrez commented in about an opinion piece article that had appeared in the Financial Times. In it Michael Schrage charged that “”Too many scientists in academia, industry and government are allowed to get away with concealing or withholding vital information about their data, research methodologies and results,” Schrage writes. “That is unacceptable and must change.”

“Why should … taxpayers fund scientists who deliberately delay, obfuscate and deny open access to their research?” he writes.


Scientific revolutions at Berkeley

This summer, scientists, hackers, students, patients, and activists will convene to discuss the future of our science/technology paradigm. Topics include: Synthetic Biology, Gene Patents, Open Data, Open Access, Microfinance for Science, DIY science, DIY Biology, Alternative Funding for Science, Open Source Drugs, Patent Pools, Open Health/Medicine, Patient Advocacy for Innovation

Ready for a rapid, radical reboot of the global innovation system for a truly free and open 21st century knowledge economy? Join the first Open Science Summit, an attempt to gather all stakeholders who want to liberate our scientific and technological commons to enable an new era of decentralized, distributed innovation to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.

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