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From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes - Connected Learning Alliance
"The growth of online communication, media, and gaming is driving dramatic changes in how we learn. Responding to these shifts, new forms of technology-enhanced learning and instruction, such as personalized learning, open online courses, educational games and apps, and tools for learning analytics, are garnering significant public attention and private investment. These technologies hold tremendous promise for improving learning experiences and outcomes. Despite this promise, however, evidence is mounting that these new technologies tend to be used and accessed in unequal ways, and they may even exacerbate inequity. In February and May 2017, leading researchers, educators, and technologists convened for in-depth working sessions to share challenges and solutions for how learning technologies can provide the greatest benefits for our most vulnerable learners.The aim was to develop guiding principles and a shared agenda for how educational platforms and funders can best serve diverse and disadvantaged learners. These principles include inclusive design processes, ways of addressing barriers, and meth- ods to effectively measure impact. This report synthesizes the research, learnings, and recommendations that participants offered at the two workshops. After framing the nature of the challenge, the report then describes promising strategies and examples, and it ends with recommendations for next steps in research and coalition building."
digital-pedagogy  teaching  technology  diversity  access  equity 
november 2017 by tsuomela
Political behaviour and the acoustics of social media : Nature Human Behaviour
"Social networks are not a new phenomenon — people have always associated with like-minded others — but the advent of social media has led to a vast increase in the amount of social information that we see. We need data and experiments to understand how this information shapes our political landscape."
social-media  research  data  access  private  facebook  business 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Smithsonian Deputy Undersecretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support | Public Access
"The Smithsonian Institution’s Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research was developed based on the principles in the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s February 2013 memo calling for increased public access to publications and data resulting from federally funded research. The Smithsonian’s Public Access Plan is effective on October 1, 2015 and applies to manuscripts in all major Smithsonian research areas – science, history, art, and culture – that are subject to the plan and that are submitted to publishers on or after that date. The plan promotes the following objectives:"
public  access  open-access  museum(Smithsonian)  research  federal  government 
september 2015 by tsuomela
PLOS ONE: Sizing the Problem of Improving Discovery and Access to NIH-Funded Data: A Preliminary Study
"This study informs efforts to improve the discoverability of and access to biomedical datasets by providing a preliminary estimate of the number and type of datasets generated annually by research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). It focuses on those datasets that are “invisible” or not deposited in a known repository."
data-curation  discovery  access  health  health-care  information-science 
august 2015 by tsuomela
Negotiating a Text Mining License for Faculty Researchers | Fox | Information Technology and Libraries
"This case study examines strategies used to leverage the library’s existing journal licenses to obtain a large collection of full-text journal articles in extensible markup language (XML) format; the right to text mine the collection; and the right to use the collection and the data mined from it for grant-funded research to develop biomedical natural language processing (BNLP) tools. Researchers attempted to obtain content directly from PubMed Central (PMC). This attempt failed due to limits on use of content in PMC. Next researchers and their library liaison attempted to obtain content from contacts in the technical divisions of the publishing industry. This resulted in an incomplete research data set. Then researchers, the library liaison, and the acquisitions librarian collaborated with the sales and technical staff of a major science, technology, engineering, and medical (STEM) publisher to successfully create a method for obtaining XML content as an extension of the library’s typical acquisition process for electronic resources. Our experience led us to realize that text mining rights of full-text articles in XML format should routinely be included in the negotiation of the library’s licenses. "
libraries  publisher  text-mining  data  access  licensing 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Open Data Institute
"The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues."
open-data  academic-center  institute  research  open  access 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research | The White House
"The Obama Administration is committed to the proposition that citizens deserve easy access to the results of scientific research their tax dollars have paid for. That’s why, in a policy memorandum released today, OSTP Director John Holdren has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research. OSTP has been looking into this issue for some time, soliciting broad public input on multiple occasions and convening an interagency working group to develop a policy. The final policy reflects substantial inputs from scientists and scientific organizations, publishers, members of Congress, and other members of the public—over 65 thousand of whom recently signed a We the People petition asking for expanded public access to the results of taxpayer-funded research."
science  government  federal  policy  data-curation  access  data  management 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Copyright actually makes books disappear, according to study TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
"“A random sample of new books for sale on Amazon.com shows three times more books initially published in the 1850’s are for sale than new books from the 1950’s. Why? This paper presents new data on how copyright seems to make works disappear,” runs the abstract of the study, How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear (and How Secondary Liability Rules Help Resurrect Old Songs), by Professor Paul J. Heald (pictured at left), of the University of Illinois College of Law, and visiting professor at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Britain’s Bournemouth University."
copyright  books  research  access  intellectual-property  publishing 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Joyce and the Internet: What Leopold Bloom Didn't Know - Alan Jacobs - The Atlantic
"James Joyce's narration leads us through the difficulty of finding knowledge in a pre-Internet era, reminding us how lucky we are to have this technology, despite all its flaws."
internet  benefits  technology-effects  knowledge  class  distribution  access  history 
april 2013 by tsuomela
I've Seen the Worst Memes of My Generation Destroyed by Madness
"The problem, for Morozov, is that this new open government -- the thing that Silicon Valley types would love to inject into our actually existing government -- wouldn't be about accountability to its citizens and political transparency. It's would be about making government data available to companies that will mine it for profit. "
open-government  access  business  ideology  data 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Is the collaborative economy only for the privileged?
"While we can always argue about the terms that are used, what’s more important is to identify the different motivations and abilities people have, and the differences coming from their different backgrounds and capabilities. How can we create a new collaborative economy that is equally beneficial for everyone, no matter where they come from?"
sharing  collaboration  economics  commons  class  socioeconomic  access  peer-production 
march 2013 by tsuomela
BMJ Group blogs: BMJ » Blog Archive » Richard Smith: A bad bad week for access
I was once the editor of the BMJ and chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group. I work for a $100 billion company. I’m an unpaid professor at both Warwick University and Imperial College London. But, mighty and pretentious as this sounds, I’m down there in the gutter when it comes to accessing scientific articles, and this has been a particularly bad week. I want you to know about it.
open-access  scholarly-communication  publishing  economics  access 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Art and Science Get Intimate
Both the exhibition and the book are the outcome of Andrea Grover’s research as a Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow at Miller Gallery and the Studio for Creative Inquiry. In her curatorial statement for Intimate Science and in the introduction to New Art/Science Affinities, Grover explains that contemporary artists working in the art/science matrix are distinct from their 1960s predecessors, a shift she attributes to the networked communication and open-source culture enabled by the internet: “Artists two generations ago were dependent on access to technicians, labs, computer time or manufacturers to realize works of scientific or technological complexity.” In contrast, “practitioners now have greater agency to work fluidly across disciplines and beyond rarified institutions and industries.”
art  science  new-aesthetic  collaboration  access  technology 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Portal Problem, Part 2: The Plight of the Library Collection « The Scholarly Kitchen
"Today, I’d like to suggest that the traditional research library faces a similar challenge. The library collection is simply a bigger version of the encyclopedia: a seemingly exhaustive but actually (in the great majority of cases) very limited information portal that invites increasingly-skeptical customers to “start your research here.”"
libraries  future  access  research  purpose  information-science 
april 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: How -- And For Whom -- We Write
"But while I certainly want academic history to continue valuing clear, non-technical prose, I also think we should try to have a more realistic sense of who we reach and how we reach them. The myth of accessible academic history has its costs as well as its benefits.

To begin with, the myth of accessibility can devalue some of what academic historians do uniquely well. We produce knowledge about the past regardless of whether there is a mass market for the knowledge we produce. And since I don't believe that the mass market does a good job of determining what's worth knowing, I think we ought to moderate our polemics against specialization. Many good ideas--even ideas that eventually have a profound impact on broad, public conversations--start in abstruse corners of academic work. Think, for example, of Kuhn and the idea of a "paradigm shift.""
history  profession  outreach  audience  public-understanding  writing  academic  specialization  access  tone 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Web Interface Design
"Interface design encompasses three distinct, but related constructs--usability, visualization, and functionality (Vertelney, Arent,
interface  design  web-design  computers  information-science  information-architecture  usability  visualization  functional  access 
february 2012 by tsuomela
The public domain: The ivory tower opens its treasure chest | The Economist
Yale University aims to change all that. In an announcement on May 10th, the university says its libraries, museums and archives will provide free universal access to high-resolution digitisations of holdings in the public domain
online  access  public-domain  school(Yale)  art  digital-humanities  digitization  intellectual-property  copyright 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Attention and Information – The Aporetic
So what appears to us as “too much information” could just be the freedom from necessity. I don’t have to worry about find ing and cut ting and storing fire wood: I don’t even have to man age a coal furnace.  That attention has been freed up for other things. What we see as “too much informa­tion” is probably some thing more like “a surplus of free attention.”

As a historian, I no longer have to spend hours scanning texts to find the smaller sets of information  I need. They pop up quickly when I deal with digitized texts, and the search process is stream lined and auto mated much in the way a gas burner stream lines and auto mates a wood stove.
attention  information-overload  history  academic  standards  practice  archive  digital  access 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Blue Ribbon Task Force - Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information
Conduct an analysis of previous and current models for sustainable digital preservation, and identify current best practices among existing collections, repositories and analogous enterprises.
Develop a set of economically viable recommendations to catalyze the development of reliable strategies for the preservation of digital information.
Provide a research agenda to organize and motivate future work in the specific area of economic sustainability of digital information.
access  information  digital  curation 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Sunlight Labs
Programming and development arm of the Sunlight foundation.
public-data  open-government  politics  technology  mashup  access  data 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age
As digital technologies are expanding the power and reach of research, they are also raising complex issues. These include complications in ensuring the validity of research data; standards that do not keep pace with the high rate of innovation; restrictions on data sharing that reduce the ability of researchers to verify results and build on previous research; and huge increases in the amount of data being generated, creating severe challenges in preserving that data for long-term use.

Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age examines the consequences of the changes affecting research data with respect to three issues - integrity, accessibility, and stewardship-and finds a need for a new approach to the design and the management of research projects.
data-curation  archive  access  computing  data  research  science  preservation  internet  data-management 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Office of Scientific and Technical Information, OSTI, U.S. Department of Energy
The mission of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is to advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to Department of Energy (DOE) researchers and the public.
science  research  energy  government  technology  reference  physics  federal  access 
march 2010 by tsuomela
A Writing Revolution § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
Nearly universal literacy is a defining characteristic of today’s modern civilization; nearly universal authorship will shape tomorrow's.
authorship  literacy  writing  publishing  access  media  reading 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Data Drip - Because public policy needs publicly-available data
Data Drip is a collective conversation about data, data policy, and research on media, information, and communications policy.
weblog-group  data  access  open-access  data-sources  open-government 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education
Concerned with the current state of American education, the College Board convened the Commission on Access, Admissions and Success in Higher Education to examine demographic, socioeconomic, public policy, and educations trends that affect college access and success.
education  college  research  future  cost  class  access  academic 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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