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Introducing “A free, libre and open Glossary”

The following guest post is by Chris Sakkas. A few months ago, we ran into a problem at work. ‘Let’s open source this,’ my boss said, and then ran a conventional brainstorming session. I am constantly frustrated by people misusing terms like free, libre and open that have well-established definitions. I decided to spend an […]

We Need an Open Database of Clinical Trials

The award winning science writer and physician [Ben Goldacre](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Goldacre) recently [launched a major campaign](http://www.badscience.net/2013/01/alltrials-campaign-launches-please-sign-and-spread/) to open up the results of clinical trials. The [AllTrials](http://www.alltrials.net/) initiative calls for all clinical trials to be reported and for the “full methods and the results” of each trial to be published. Currently negative results are poorly recorded and positive […]

“Carbon dioxide data is not on the world’s dashboard” says Hans Rosling

*[Professor Hans Rosling](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Rosling), co-founder and chairman of the [Gapminder Foundation](http://www.gapminder.org/) and [Advisory Board Member](http://okfn.org/about/team/board/#professor-hans-rosling) at the Open Knowledge Foundation, received a standing ovation for his keynote at [OKFestival](http://okfestival.org/) in Helsinki in September in which he [urged open data advocates to demand CO2 data from governments around the world](http://blog.okfn.org/2012/09/21/demand-carbon-dioxide-data-says-hans-rosling-to-open-data-advocates-at-okfestival/).* *Following on from this, the Open Knowledge […]

Did Gale Cengage just liberate all of their public domain content? Sadly not…

Earlier today we received a [strange and intriguing press release](http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/pd-discuss/2013-January/000942.html) from a certain ‘Marmaduke Robida’ claiming to be ‘Director for Public Domain Content’ at Gale Cengage’s UK premises in Andover. Said the press release: > Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is thrilled to announce that all its public domain content will be freely accessible on […]

Let’s defend Open Formats for Public Sector Information in Europe!

Following some remarks from Richard Swetenham from the European Commission, we made a few changes relative to the trialogue process and the coming steps: the trialogue will start its meetings on 17th December and it is therefore already very useful to call on our governments to support Open Formats! When we work on building all […]

Following Money and Influence in the EU: The Open Interests Europe Hackathon

This blog post is cross-posted from the Data-driven Journalism Blog. Making sense of massive datasets that document the processes of lobbying and public procurement at European Union level is not an easy task. Yet a group of 25 journalists, developers, graphic designers and activists worked together at the Open Interests Europe hackathon last weekend to […]

US Doctor Data to be “Open Eventually”

**Here’s an interesting project using slightly unorthodox means to get data out into the open: [crowdfunding the purchase of US healthcare data for subsequent open release](http://www.medstartr.com/projects/82-next-level-doctor-social-graph).** The company behind the project is [NotOnly Dev](http://notonlyfor.com/), a Health IT software incubator who describe themselves as a “not-only-for-profit” company. Earlier this year they released a [Doctor Social Graph](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4C3cloZEQk), […]

Reputation Factor in Economic Publishing

“The big problem in economics is that it really matters in which journals you publish, so the reputation factor is a big hindrance in getting open access journals up and going”. Can the accepted norms of scholarly publishing be successfully challenged? This quotation is a line from the correspondence about writing this blogpost for the […]

Making a Real Commons: Creative Commons should Drop the Non-Commercial and No-Derivatives Licenses

[Students for Free Culture](http://freeculture.org/) recently published two excellent pieces about why Creative Commons should drop their Non-Commercial and No-Derivatives license variants: * [Stop the inclusion of proprietary licenses in Creative Commons 4.0](http://freeculture.org/blog/2012/08/27/stop-the-inclusion-of-proprietary-licenses-in-creative-commons-4-0/) * [The Future of Creative Commons: Examining defenses of the NC and ND clauses](http://freeculture.org/blog/2012/09/19/the-future-of-creative-commons-examining-defenses-of-the-nc-and-nd-clauses/) As the first post says: > Over the past […]

New open source “publishing-house-in-a-box” makes it easier for scholars to publish open access monographs

Today the [Public Knowledge Project (PKP)](http://pkp.sfu.ca/) released a new piece of software called the [Open Monograph Press](http://pkp.sfu.ca/omp). As it says in their press release: > OMP is an open source software platform for managing the editorial workflow required to see monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions through internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and […]