open data

Policies for open research

I was tweeted some great questions about RDM and open access policies today and thought they warranted more than a 140 character response.

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IDCC11: Open data driving scholarly communications in 2020

Professor Philip E Bourne from the Department of Pharmacology at University of California San Diego and Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Computational Biology gave a remote presentation to the conference via Skype to outline what he sees as the future for data publishing.

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IDCC11 Session 2B: Preservation

Parellel Session 2B on preservation seemed to be only loosely connected to preservation, but all the institutions involved have taken open approaches to archiving.

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IDCC11: Public data opportunities

Public Data Opportunities

Summary of keynote at #idcc11 by Ewan McIntosh, CEO, NoTosh

Photo (c) Tim Gander

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IDCC11 Preview: An interview with Victoria Stodden

In the fourth in our series of preview posts ahead of the IDCC 11, we interview Victoria Stodden, Assistant Professor at the Department of Statistics at the University of Columbia. She shared with us what she sees as the main stumbling blocks to open science and explains why she believes reproducibility of research is a key driver for openness...

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IDCC11 Preview: An interview with Ewan McIntosh

The 7th International Digital Curation Conference is just around the corner and we are anticipating an animated debate about the open data landscape when our international audience gather in Bristol in two weeks time.

In the first of our series of preview posts, our opening keynote speaker Ewan McIntosh, the CEO of NoTosh, gives us his insights into some of the current issues... 

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The case for open data: the Duke clinical trials

A recent story in the Times Higher Educational Supplement, backed up by leader comment, provides a highly readable summary of a long and complex case of flawed clinical research and the difficulties encountered by those trying to expose the flaws. It also provides a strong argument for being open with data and code at an early stage, even where sensitive data is involved.

Since this research involved cancer chemotherapy, the lives of people and their quality of life whilst undergoing treatment potentially depended on the truth of the research findings. As the article shows, falsifying the findings would have been far easier and quicker had the original data, and the methods used to analyse it, been made available from the outset. Expensive clinical trials could have been avoided. Potentially, better treatments could have been brought to trial more quickly once the false promise of this particular intervention was clear.

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Research Data and Freedom of Information (FOI) - JISC Draft FAQs

Draft FAQs aimed at researchers who might receive a FOI request for research data have been released by JISC. A web version has been set up to allow comments.

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What will Openness do for Science? More on Climategate

Thought provoking article in THE by Adam Corner, with more debate on climategate and the implications for science of open data and transparency in the research process.

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Debate Continues on "Climategate" Data Implications

Times Higher Education discusses implications for data release, arising from a recent ruling by the Information Commissioner's Office on tree-ring data, and the Russell Report on the "Climategate" emails affair.

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