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OKCon 2013 Guest Post: Is Open Source Drug Discovery Practical?

The following guest post is by Matthew Todd, Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney and Sydney Ambassador of the Open Knowledge Foundation. As part of OKCon 2013 Matthew will host a satellite event entitled ‘Is Open Source Drug Discovery Practical?’, taking place on on Thursday 19 September from 09:00 – 12:00 […]

Network Summit

Twice-yearly the whole community of the Open Knowledge Foundation gathers together to share with, learn from and support one another. The Summer Summit 2013 took place in Cambridge (UK) last week (10th-14th July), with staff updates on the Thursday and network representatives joining on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was so inspiring to hear […]

Rigour and Openness in 21st Century Science

**Here’s a few great videos from a recent conference attended by members of our Open Science Working Group, about Rigour and Openness in 21st Century Science.** A team of researchers at the University of Oxford and University of Koblenz recently joined forces to organise an event on ‘Rigour and Openness in 21st Century Science‘ examining […]

G8 Science Ministers Support Open Data in Science

As you may have seen, [open data and transparency is set to be a major topic of discussion](http://blog.okfn.org/2013/06/14/g8-countries-must-work-harder-to-open-up-essential-data/) at the [G8 Summit in Northern Ireland](https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/g8-2013) next week. We were pleased to see [a joint statement](https://www.gov.uk/government/news/g8-science-ministers-statement) from the G8 science ministers released yesterday – expressing a strong commitment to open data in science. The third section […]

Panton Fellowships: Apply Now!

The Open Knowledge Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the new Panton Fellowships! Funded this year by [The Computer & Communications Industry Association](http://www.ccianet.org/), Panton Fellowships will be awarded to scientists who actively promote open data in science, as per the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science. Visit the Panton Fellowships home page […]

Open Knowledge may yet come to medicine – let’s help make it happen

**Today is International Clinical Trials Day. To mark the event, here’s a post from Iain Hrynaszkiewicz reviewing the current state of open knowledge in medicine. You can see an earlier version [on F1000’s blog](http://blog.f1000.com/2013/05/07/one-step-forward-for-better-evidence/).** The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the organisation which approves drug license applications from the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, has made important […]

The White House Seeks Champions of Open Science

Here at the Open Knowledge Foundation, we know Open Science is tough, but ultimately rewarding. It requires courage & leadership to take the open path in science. Nearly a week ago on the open-science mailing list we started putting together a list of established scientists who have in some way or another made significant contributions […]

Science Europe denounces ‘hybrid’ Open Access

Recently Science Europe published a clear and concise position statement titled: Principles on the Transition to Open Access to Research Publications This is an extremely timely & important document that clarifies what governments and research funders should expect during the transition to open access. Unlike the recent US OSTP public access policy which allows publishers […]

Opening up the wisdom of crowds for science

**We are excited to announce the official launch of [Crowdcrafting.org](http://crowdcrafting.org/), an open source software platform – powered by our Pybossa technology – for developing and sharing projects that rely on the help of thousands of online volunteers.** At [a workshop on Citizen Cyberscience](http://informatique.cuso.ch/activities/detail-activity/item/courses/citizen-cyberscience/) held this week at University of Geneva, a novel open source software […]

Panton Fellowship wrap up: Ross Mounce

  **[The Panton Fellowships]( http://okfn.org/panton-fellowships/) have come to an end. The work that our two Panton Fellows, [Ross Mounce](https://twitter.com/rmounce) and [Sophie Kershaw](https://twitter.com/StilettoFiend) have done over the past year to promote openness in the sciences has far surpassed what any of us expected. Here Ross details his wide-ranging experiences and achievements over the past year, and […]