Publish what you find….

Information needs to be timely, accessible, comparable and comprehensive.

Aid is a precious resource, but to get the most out of it we need more and better aid information. Working with organisations from around the world, “Publish what you find” calls on donors to publish what they fund.

Focused as the Global Campaign for Aid Transparency, the Publish What You Fund, group has four guiding principles:

  1. Information on aid should be published proactively – a donor agency or organisation should tell people what they are doing, for whom, when, and how.
  2. Information on aid should be comprehensive, timely, accessible and comparable – the information should be provided in a format that is useful and meaningful.
  3. Everyone can request and receive information on aid processes – ensure everyone is able to access the information as and when they wish.
  4. The right of access to information about aid should be promoted – donor organisation should actively promote this right.

  5. In collaboration with freedom of information, governance integrity and aid effectiveness organisations, these principles were designed to be applied by all public and private bodies engaged in the funding and delivery of aid, including donors, NGOs and contractors.

Read more about Publish What You Fund and about the issues here

Students clamour for an Open World…

Nick Schokey
Many students are beginning to realize that access barriers to journals are as unnecessary as they are harmful. Just like the many other stakeholders they want to reform the current academic publishing system into one that is open and equitably serves the interests of all who depend on it, not just those who can afford the often high cost of access.

“They want information to be Free. Immediately Accessible. Re-Mixable. and Equally Accessible.” says Nick Shockey, Director of the Right to Research Coalition, and Director of Student Advocacy at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) at the Apple-sponsored AcademiX 2010 conference.

“To succeed students need access to scholarly journals, Instead they find themselves cut off from journals crucial to their research needs and papers. ”

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SciDev

SciDev.Net – the Science and Development Network – is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing reliable and authoritative information about science and technology for the developing world. SciDev.Net’s vision is to achieve better-informed decisions by individuals and organisations in the developing world on science- and technology-related issues, and thus the better integration of scientific knowledge and technological innovation into policies, programmes and projects intended to achieve sustainable development at all levels of society.

SciDev.Net’s vision is to achieve better-informed decisions by individuals and organisations in the developing world on science- and technology-related issues, and thus the better integration of scientific knowledge and technological innovation into policies, programmes and projects intended to achieve sustainable development at all levels of society.

They say, “the website is accessible for policymakers, researchers, the media and civil society as information and a platform to explore how science and technology can reduce poverty, improve health and raise standards of living around the world.”

But it is not just for them… as an Open Access resource, it is free and actually accessible for everyone! Check it out here.

ChemSpider wins another award

ChemSpider was awarded the prestigious ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation 2010 in a shortlist of four. This Award recognises a significantly innovative approach to any aspect of publication. The judges considered the originality and innovative qualities of each application, together with its utility, benefit to its community and long term development prospects.

The judges said: “ChemSpider has quickly become a highly valued and comprehensive community resource and has immense potential for future development.”

ChemSpider is an Open Access collection of of structure-based chemistry information available online and is provided for the benefit of the community by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Available for free to everybody, this tool aggregates chemical structures and their associated information into a single searchable repository. The tool builds on the collected sources by adding additional properties, related information and links back to original data sources. ChemSpider offers text and structure searching to find compounds of interest and provides unique services to improve the data by providing tools to curate and use the data.

Antony Williams, VP Strategic Development at the RSC, said: “Our efforts remain focused on innovating and extending the reach of the ChemSpider platform with the intention of providing a free online resource of high-quality chemistry data for the community. We are honoured that ALPSP have acknowledged our work with this innovation award.”

Other ALPSP winners include: CRCnetBASE from CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). This is a sophisticated platform won the Award for Best eBook Publisher – best platform. Shortlisted were: the Semantic Biochemical Journal from Portland Press and the University of Manchester and UniPHY from the American Institute of Physics. Also shortlisted were the American Institute of Physics’ Scitation eBooks Hosting and Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences from Morgan & Claypool Life Sciences.


Go to ChemSpider here.
Read about the ALPSP Awards 2010 – Winners here.

CeDem Call for Papers

CeDEM11 brings together e-democracy, e-participation and e-voting specialists working in academia, politics, government and businesses.

The conference will take place at the Danube University in Krems in early May 2011
The call for papers reads:
“During the last 10 years, the world has focused on social media and the new forms of societal behaviour, including content generation, collaboration and sharing as well as network organisation. These behaviours and expectations, in particular transparency and access to data, new ways of interacting with government and democratic institutions will continue to develop, and profound changes in society are to be expected. Society has been confronted with “Open Government”, “Open Data” and “Open Access”. What have the experiences been so far? How do these impact society, democratic structures and organisations? What changes occur at citizen level? What are the implications for democracy, society, science and business?”

Read more here