Monday, May 28, 2007
In an article in the Toronto Star ("Science and Tech Strategy a Missed Opportunity"; archived version) Michael Geist is strongly advocating that the new Canadian government's science and technology strategy go further, and mandate the Open Access for articles derived from publicly -supported research, those supported by the Federal research funding agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, etc), as well as the opening of publicly-supported research data ("raw scientific data"). This to better support re-use by both industry and researchers without the existing complicating and onerous licensing regimes that encumber these data.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Scientific data is very expensive to acquire, and much of it cannot be reproduced, due to its temporal nature. Vast resources of data acquired through publicly-funded research languish due to the lack of archiving of these data sets. Much of this exists on the hard-drives and (yes) floppy disks of researchers, much of which is thrown away when the researcher retires.
Both due to the loss of dataset, and the lack of standard metadata (some disciplines are better off than others) and tools for the discovery and use (interoperability) of existing data sets, re-use and re-purposing of data is -- at present -- very limited, and the kind of unforeseen and creative use of data analogous to the Web 2.0 mashups are not possible. The metastudies and metasyntheses that are often more revealing and more powerful than the original works need to be made possible.
Thanks to Cliff Lynch (CNI) for pointing out this solicitation.
- NSF's 1998 Workshop: Interfaces to Scientific Data Archives. CalTech
- SODA: A self-service online digital archive for unloved scientific data. Rex Saunders. Geoinformatics 2007 Conference (17–18 May 2007) San Diego, California.
- Management Issues for Permanent Access to Scientific Information: Increases in Programmatic Scale and Change. Raymond McCord. A Presentation for “Workshop on Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development.” May 9, 2007 Atibaia, SP, Brazil.
- Metasynthesis: The State of the Art—So Far.Deborah Finfgeld. Qualitative Health Research, Vol. 13, No. 7, 893-904 (2003).
Create, curate, re-use: the expanding life course of digital research data. Chris Rusbridge. 2007. Digital Curation Centre.
The Special Case of Scientific Data Sharing with Education. Wallis, Jillian C. and Milojevic, Stasa and Borgman, Christine L. and Sandoval, William A. (2006) The Special Case of Scientific Data Sharing with Education. In Grove, Andrew, Eds. Proceedings 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) 43, Austin (US).
- New Collaborative Relationships: The Role of Academic Libraries in the Digital Data Universe.Chuck Humphrey. 2006.
- Digital Data Preservation and Curation: A Collaboration Among Libraries, Publishers, and the Virtual Observatory. Robert Hanisch et al. Open Data (ALA 06).
Scientific Data and Knowledge within the Information Society. Brian McMahon. CODATA 2006 - Beijing, 22-25 October 2006.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
This morning I attended the panel session "Building a Semantic Web in Which Our Data Can Participate" session, moderated by Paul Miller of Talis, with panelists
- Steve Coast (OpenStreetMap)
- Peter Murray-Rust (University of Cambridge)
- Rob Styles (Talis)
- Jamie Taylor (Metaweb)
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Tim O'Reilly points out in his presentation at the W3C AC meeting at Banff, Alberta, that since Google is the largest deployed Linux app (the backend Google farm is Linux boxen), and since everyone uses Google, therefor everyone uses Linux.