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

The Smithsonian Commons Prototype

The Smithsonian Commons Prototype website is now live. Once established it will be an example of the growing digital experience and learning model that helps people with their “lifelong learning journeys.” The creation of a Smithsonian Commons is going to be dedicated to stimulating learning, creation, and innovation through open access to Smithsonian research, collections and communities.

The Smithsonian explains why the Commons project is integral to their mission on their site:
“Our understanding of research, education, artistic creativity, and the progress of knowledge is built on the axiom that no idea stands alone, and that all innovation is built upon the ideas and innovation of others. The Smithsonian community has always championed these ideals.”

Read the blog.

Watch a video showing how the Smithsonian Commons is useful to citizen researchers.

Two upcoming conferences:

1. African Regional Conference on Community University Partnerships and Community Based Research

The purpose of the conference is to bring together students, scholars, civil society organizations and local communities to exchange experiences and practices of community-university partnership activities with a focus on the Africa region.

The call for abstracts is out: Presenters are asked to submit a 300-word abstract of their presentation by September 30th 2010.


To learn more about the conference themes and to read the Call for Papers click here

2. The NCCPE are hosting their first national conference in December 2010. The conference will focus on the broad theme of why and how universities should engage the public. Day one will focus on HEI public engagement. Day two will feature student volunteering, informed by our vinspired students project.

The aim of the conference is provide an opportunity for people passionate about university public engagement to come together to share effective practice and to explore how to embed public engagement within HEIs. The conference is for university staff (including senior managers, academics, researchers, teaching staff, support staff), community partners, and students.

To learn more about the conference themes click here