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One step closer to open science

You know the news already: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust announced today that they are to support a new, top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research. The three organisations aim to establish a new journal that will attract and define the very best research publications from across […]

Open Foo: sharing practice, social movement and technology

In the discussion under my recent post on incompatibilities between open source and open data Bill Anderson pointed out frequent confusion between “open source” and “free software”. He cited Richard Stallman’s essay which argues that open source is a software development methodology, while free software is a social movement. Building on that, Bill wrote that […]

Open Data citation advantage

Quite recently my colleagues published a paper on genome-wide model of translation (in PLoS Computational Biology). They have used a number of different data, although in one case the data wasn’t available in the text or as a supplementary material – they needed to ask the other group for certain raw numbers from their experiment […]

Open data and open source. Incompatible?

Open data movement seemingly doesn’t differ much from other “open” movements – its goal is to have  free access to data (you can substitute data for articles/source code/creative content) without certain restrictions and mechanisms of control. Quite recently a group of usuall suspects (Cameron Neylon, John Wilbanks, Peter Murray-Rust and Rufus Pollock) put together a […]