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.

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

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

open letter for greatly increased public access

A coalition of President, Provosts, and research Vice Presidents of 27 Americans leading research universities and colleges has issued an open letter calling for greatly increased public access to the results of research funded by major federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Read the letter here

Promoting Open Knowledge in a Digital Age

The Open Knowledge Foundation is an english non-for-profit organization whose objective is to promote open knowledge, defined as:

Any content, information or data that people are free to use, re-use and redistribute — without any legal, technological or social restriction. The main principles are:

1. Free and open access to the material
2. Freedom to redistribute the material
3. Freedom to reuse the material
4. No restriction of the above based on who someone is (e.g. their nationality) or their field of endeavour (e.g. commercial or non-commercial)

The main purpose seems to be to apply to culture and knowledge the same principles that were developed for free and open source software. To achieve their objectives they work on several projects, a couple of which revolve around the idea of open data and open government too.

To get a better sense of the great work they do…
check out their projects.