Article: Health research council moves to mandate immediate open access

Access, Document, Open Decision-Support, Research

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: Ushering in the age of greater data demand

Geospatial, Open Data

Ushering in the age of greater data demand

The availability of marine open data infrastructure has significant economic and societal potential for coastal nations to facilitate marine domain interoperability and the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) best practices for marine spatial data publishing on the Web.

With the recent Indian directive on open data and the reuse of public sector information, IIC Technologies is ideally positioned to serve the Indian coastal and inland waterway segments in facilitating a continuous data capturing of spatial-temporal physical phenomena and human activities in coastal areas and riverbanks, doing the corresponding data analysis, and the decision- making for achieving continual improvement in the marine planning and management processes.

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Article: The not-so-secret value of sharing commercial geospatial and open-source information

Geospatial, Open Data, Open Source

The not-so-secret value of sharing commercial geospatial and open-source information

Two years ago, reports surfaced that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was detaining hundreds of thousands of China’s Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in so-called “re-education” camps. Chinese authorities initially denied the existence of these camps until human rights organizations and media sources provided indisputable evidence that they do exist.

Discovering human rights abuses such as this would be nearly impossible without access to commercial geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) provided by satellite imagery that established visual evidence of the camps. Beyond the discovery of the camps, GEOINT also provided the ability to track developments at the camps by comparing images taken over time.

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Article: Making Hardware Is a Total Pain. But Not in This Factory

Hardware, Open Manufacturing
Parker Dillmann, right, and Chris Church

Making Hardware Is a Total Pain. But Not in This Factory

CHRIS CHURCH JUST wanted to make cool stuff for cameras. In 2011 he left his job at the cloud software company he co-founded to run Dynamic Perception, a camera hardware company he’d initially started as a hobby. But the hardware business was maddening.

Just getting quotes from different manufacturers would take weeks. Some shops wouldn’t respond to a request for a quote at all. Others would provide wildly different quotes, making it hard to know what was driving the costs of a certain project. And once it was time to actually manufacture the prototypes, he would be left in the dark throughout the process, unless something went wrong. “It was frustrating because the processes seemed so archaic,” he says. “I spent too much time on [manufacturing] operations.”

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Article: Owning Is the New Sharing

Access, Open Decision-Support, Open Source

Owning Is the New Sharing

One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since.

He began telling me about his latest undertaking, Evergreen, a digital currency system that he described as “organic” and “without additives.” I was doing all I could to understand it, and he was struggling to fund it in a way that suited his vision. He needed money, and quickly, but he didn’t want to sabotage his ideals in the process.

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