Article: Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data

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Why some researchers oppose unrestricted sharing of coronavirus data

“I was up all last night,” says Nnaemeka Ndodo, a molecular bioengineer at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Abuja. He sequences coronavirus genomes during the day, and then analyses and uploads the results to an online database at night, working tirelessly alongside his colleagues. “We don’t know Saturday, we don’t know Sunday,” he says.

Researchers around the world are racing to spot variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 so that they can determine whether the mutated viruses will evade vaccines or make COVID-19 deadlier. Like many scientists, Ndodo shares SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences in a popular data repository, GISAID, that requires users to sign in and to credit those whose data they analyse.

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Article: Health research council moves to mandate immediate open access

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Health research council moves to mandate immediate open access

Australian council releases discussion paper on immediate open-access publication of research it funds Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council has proposed that immediate open-access publication of research resulting from its grants should become mandatory.

The council already requires researchers to list their patents on the government’s SourceIP website, but its existing policy allows a 12-month delay to open-access publication of NHMRC-funded research. The proposed reforms would involve researchers publishing in open repositories, circumventing publishers’ fees, as well as publishing in traditional journals. Authors would be required to retain the rights to publish and share their work. It would also encourage researchers to release non-peer-reviewed preprints.

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Article: Libraries and American Chemical Society Sign Innovative ‘Read and Publish’ Open Access Agreement

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Libraries and American Chemical Society Sign Innovative ‘Read and Publish’ Open Access Agreement

Syracuse University Libraries and the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) recently signed an innovative “read and publish” open access agreement that will expand the reach of Syracuse University researchers’ scientific contributions.

Open access provides students, faculty and researchers with scholarly work that is published, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions for further use. Under this transformative “read and publish” agreement, Syracuse University has negotiated with ACS to publish University-affiliated researchers’ scholarly work as open access.

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Article: Building on a year of open data: progress and promise

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Building on a year of open data: progress and promise

One year ago, Microsoft launched an Open Data Campaign to help close the data divide between those countries and companies that have the data they need to innovate and those that do not. We learned quickly that this continued divide risks leaving some people behind, without the ability to put data to work and without the ability to generate economic wealth and opportunity more broadly.

To address the challenges of tomorrow, we need to make it easier to open, share and collaborate around data today. That’s why we’re sharing 10 key lessons from the first year of our campaign to help other organizations of all sizes unlock the power of data.

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Article: Participatory Geomatics Network for Coastal Mapping and Monitoring

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Participatory Geomatics Network for Coastal Mapping and Monitoring

Capacity-building and empowerment using low-cost geomatics equipment, easy-to-use field protocols and semi-automated processing algorithms provide a resilience pathway for coastal communities facing the effects of climate change.

This article presents a participative geomatics project with the goal of increasing southern Québec’s coastal communities’ ability to map and monitor changes in their coastal environment. This co-constructed project aims to develop a participatory network of individuals and groups capable of acquiring, processing and interpreting coastal geospatial data of the Estuary and Gulf of St Lawrence (eastern Canada).

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Article: Rapid7 Acquires Open-Source Community Project Velociraptor

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Rapid7 Acquires Open-Source Community Project Velociraptor

Rapid7 is acquiring Velociraptor, an open-source, endpoint-monitoring, digital forensics and incident response organization and professional community that it will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity while Rapid7 adopts some of its technology. The security analytics and automation company reported the deal on Wednesday and said it will use Velociraptor’s technology to enhance its incident response capabilities. At the same time, it will continue to help support and build the Velociraptor open-source community, Rapid7 says.

“We strongly believe that partnership with the open-source community is one of the most important ways to move the security industry forward and make the digital world a safer place for everyone,” says Richard Perkett, senior vice president of detection and response at Rapid7.

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Article: US and Iranian researchers collaborate on Lake Urmia restoration

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US and Iranian researchers collaborate on Lake Urmia restoration

In a rare exchange, scientists and water resources engineers from Iran and Utah are collaborating on a bold scientific study to restore one of the world’s largest saline lakes.

Lake Urmia — a massive salt lake in Iran’s northwest and a sister to Utah’s Great Salt Lake — has lost nearly 95 percent of its volume over the last two decades. As water levels drop, salinity spikes, threatening the lake’s brine shrimp population and the flamingos and other bird species that depend on the shrimp for food.

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Article: FSU undergraduate student research journal accepted into Directory of Open Access Journals

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FSU undergraduate student research journal accepted into Directory of Open Access Journals

The Florida State University peer-reviewed undergraduate student research journal, The Owl, was recently accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a collection of open access, high-quality professional scientific and scholarly journal.

“This is a huge achievement for any student publication, making our published articles accessible on many professional databases, including Google Scholar,” said Trystan Loustau, editor-in-chief. The Owl is produced by the Student Council for Undergraduate Research and Creativity (SCURC), a student group that aims to support undergraduate researchers at FSU.

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Article: Why Open Access Is a Game Changer

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Why Open Access Is a Game Changer

When research is free for everyone, as it’s been during the pandemic, scientific experts of all kinds can shine light on the many facets of a health crisis. The lightning-fast COVID-19 vaccination effort has been a major source of hope and relief during a harrowing time. And it was made possible by a revolutionary way of doing science.

During the health crisis, information has ping-ponged around the globe, quickly giving rise to important developments such as diagnostic testing and RNA-based vaccines. Underlying this massive wave of information sharing is open access: the simple but powerful idea that knowledge should be free for everyone, always.

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Article: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market to Cross $20 Bn by 2027; Global Market Insights, Inc.

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Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market to Cross $20 Bn by 2027; Global Market Insights, Inc.

Global Market Insights Inc. has recently added a new report on the open source intelligence market which estimates the market valuation for OSINT will cross US $20 billion by 2027. Increasing availability of open-source data, coupled with rising cyber threats, terrorism, and other illegal practices, is likely to drive the industry’s growth.

The growing adoption of open source intelligence among multiple organizations and the surge in demand for cloud-based OSINT among SMEs will drive the growth of the market. In addition, the increase in the need for OSINT by various industries to gain valuable insights for business decisions will fuel the growth of the open-source intelligence market. Social media analytics and text analytics will provide major opportunities for the expansion of the market in the future.

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