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The House of Lords on Open Access

This month, the House of Lords science committee is [hearing evidence](http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/science-and-technology-committee/news/open-access/) on the likely effects of the new Research Councils UK (RCUK) [Open Access](http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/openaccess/read) policy that will come into force in April this year for all RCUK-funded researchers. The UK, and many other countries around the world are making this bold move to allow everyone […]

Open Research Data Handbook Sprint – 15-16 February

On February 15-16, the Open Research Data Handbook Sprint will happen at the Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE. The Open Research Data Handbook aims to provide an introduction to the processes, tools and other areas that researchers need to consider to make their research data openly available. Join us for a […]

Open Data and Privacy Concerns in Biomedical Research

**Privacy** has long been the focus of debates about how to use and disseminate data taken from human subjects during clinical research. The increasing push to share data freely and openly within biomedicine poses **a challenge to the idea of private individual information**, whose dissemination patients and researchers can control and monitor. In order to […]

Members of the public asked to help tend Feynman’s Flowers

A project at the [London Centre for Nanotechnology](http://www.london-nano.com/) (LCN) is making fantastic use of the [Pybossa](http://pybossa.com/) tool (a project of the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org/) and the [Citizen Cyberscience Centre](http://www.citizencyberscience.net/)) in a citizen science project called [‘Feynman’s Flowers’](http://pybossa.com/app/feynmanflowers), which launched this weekend. The project asks members of the public to help unlock the secrets of magnetism […]

Open Science Hackday – with donuts, the Queen, and a whole lot of rain…

**This is a post by Jenny Molloy, coordinator of the OKFN Open Science Working Group, and Laura Newman, community coordinator. The blog post is also featured [on the Open Science blog](http://science.okfn.org/2012/07/24/open-science-hackday-with-donuts-the-queen-and-a-whole-lot-of-rain/).** It was a day of ‘firsts’ for the Open Knowledge Foundation’s [Open Science](science.okfn.org) working group at their summer hackday on Saturday: the first hackday […]

Open Science Hackday, 7th July, in London and Online!

The next OKFN Open Science hackday will be taking place in a few weeks on Saturday 7th July. It would be great to see plenty of open-science folk either in London or online, wherever you are in the world! When: Saturday 7 July 2012, 1000-1700 UTC+1 Where: Centre for Creative Collaboration, London OR OKFN IRC […]

Introducing PyBossa – the open-source micro-tasking platform

For a while now our network has been working on applications, tools and platforms for crowd-sourcing and micro-tasking. At the end of last year, [we posted](http://blog.okfn.org/2011/11/17/introducing-the-data-digitizer/) about a cute little app developed at a hackday called the [Data Digitizer](http://blog.okfn.org/2011/11/17/introducing-the-data-digitizer/) that was being used to transcribe Brazillian budgetary data. In recent months we’ve been working closely […]

Petition the White House to Open Up Publicly Funded Research

John Wilbanks, co-author of the [Panton Principles](http://pantonprinciples.org/) and past OKFN Advisory Board Member, just [launched a petition](https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ) to ask the White House to mandate free access to publicly funded research in the US. Here’s what it says: > We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published […]

Introducing our Panton Fellows!

  The Panton Fellowships are a new initiative to support scientists who promote open access to data. Funded by Open Society Foundations, the Open Knowledge Foundation are proud to welcome Ross Mounce and Sophie Kershaw as the first ever Panton Fellows. ##What are the Panton Fellowships? Many scientists believe in the benefits of open data. […]

Panton Fellowships – Apply by 24th February!

**The following post is by Laura Newman, a Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation and Coordinator of the Panton Fellowships.** * Funding for scientists who promote open data. * £8,000 over one year, plus a small discretionary budget for travel and related expenses. * **How would you promote open data in science?** * See […]