Saturday, 22 March 2008

My Faves for Friday, March 21, 2008

A short and sweet summary of the Cambridge report sizing up the UK Trading Funds (such as the Met Office, Land Registry and the Ordnance Survey) and their business models. Bottom line? Opening up the data vaults at these agencies "could benefit the economy to the tune of net £164m." Link through to the full report and on to the Guardian's Free Our Data Campaign.

[tags: open data, OS, geospatial data, blogs, report]

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

My Faves for Monday, March 17, 2008

The theme is the complications of making mashups from external data sources, which may not be standardised or consistent.

[tags: mashup, data integration, data publishing, interoperability]

Create Change is an educational initiative that examines new opportunities in scholarly communication, advocates changes that recognize the potential of the networked digital environment, and encourages active participation by scholars and researchers to guide the course of change.
It was developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and is supported by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

[tags: Canada, Open Access]

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Friday, 14 March 2008

Libraries in the Converging Worlds of Open Data, e-Research, and Web 2.0

As part of the JISC-funded DISC-UK DataShare project, an article has been written by Stuart Macdonald and Luis Martinez Uribe discussing some of the key technologies, tools, and organizations within the open data movement.
This project deliverable entitled 'Libraries in the Converging Worlds of Open Data, E-research, and Web 2.0' can be viewed at:

For other project deliverables visit:

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

My Faves for Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chris Rusbridge examining whether repositories add value to data in terms of search engines.

[tags: blogs, DSpace, google, repositories, research data]

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Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Open Data blogs

As part of the Festival for Social Science week, Intute is hosting a blogging special this week. Today DataShare project officer Stuart Macdonald, who is an editor of the Data and Statistics section of Intute, describes his favourite blogs about Open Data.

My Faves for Monday, March 10, 2008

A comparison across institutions at different stages of Institutional Repository development (published in D-Lib Nov/Dev 07)

[tags: institutional repositories, repositories, libraries, US, articles]

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Friday, 7 March 2008

What's Different About Data?

In terms of repositories, Peter Murray-Rust suggests that there are at least two differences. One might be the underlying technology (are the usual EPrints, DSpace, and Fedora the best choices for digital objects that aren't research papers?), the other is whether access can be open or not.

After posting his abstract for the opening keynote of Open Repositories 2008 on his blog, I commented on my surprise that he hadn't mentioned Open Data. This led to a a few more exchanges where he emphasised his view that data repositories based in institutions must focus on the needs of the data creator (scientist).

What does “Open” mean in Open Repositories? - March 7th, 2008

Should Data Repositories be Open? - March 6th, 2008

Repositories for Scientific Data (at OR08) - March 4th, 2008

and also his brief observations about Australian developments (in between the others).
Robin Rice

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

My Faves for Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The VERSIONS project - funded by JISC and has produced a Toolkit to address the issues and uncertainties relating to versions of academic papers in digital repositories.

[tags: project, institutional repositories, open access, LSE, eprints, guidelines, JISC]

A new blog from the JISC team that manages a number of programmes including ours - the Repositories and Preservation Programme.

[tags: jisc, open access, preservation, repositories, blogs]

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