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I wrote this up on the request of a colleague who heard my talk recently on open data. I’m posting it here for comment and adding some hyperlinks… Moving from a Web of documents to a Web of data (or of Linked Open Data) is an oft-cited goal in the sciences. The Web of data…

I was in a roundtable yesterday talking about Health IT with a bunch of very smart people in the bay area. It was sort of a briefing of ourselves and others about the real issues underpinning what it would take to generate real disruptive innovation in health technology and health costs. The vast majority of…

Publishing science on the web

I spoke last week at an event at the British Library about the future of the scientific article. It was a lively event – lots of friendfeed and twitter reactions – and it got me thinking a lot about the way we use publication in science. In my conversations with research staff and leaders at…

Attribution v. Citation

There’s an interesting tweet about attribution in the data web. And it raises a tension I run into a lot but haven’t seen a lot written about: the shifting nature of what the word “attribution” means. We have a fairly common understanding of attribution in our daily lives: credit where credit is due is mine,…

Podcast on Cloud of Data

Paul Miller and I recorded a chat last week that’s now online as a podcast from Cloud of Data. Paul is a smart guy and it was a fun interview. We first met when he was working with Talis, which is a very progressive company in the UK (they sponsored some of the development of…

Digg adopts CC0

As noted on the Creative Commons blog, the folks at Digg have converted to CC0 (replacing a multiyear use of a different public domain legal tool). This is very cool on lots of levels. But Daniel Burka of Digg said it best, so I’ll make this a short post by simply quoting him… This is…

Open Data Guide @ OKF

Open Knowledge Foundation have released a short guide to open data as part of the open data commons project. I have my philosophical disagreements with OKF on some issues – and they with me! – but they’re the kind of disagreements that come from people on the same side of the fence. We all want…

(note – I have edited this post to add in Rufus Pollock, who I left out primarily because I wasn’t sure he would endorse the ideas in this post – Peter notes that he was not only at the meeting but essential, so I’m happy to add these edits!) Peter Murray-Rust has posted some essential…

The Tropical Disease Initiative has released a “kernel” for open source drug discovery. It’s been published in both Nature Biotechnology (ugh, subscription required) and in PLoS Neglected and Tropical Diseases (yay, open access fulltext under CC-BY). I am not steeped enough in the reality of drug discovery to make believable statements about how much this…

Modularity and scalability

Michael Nielsen gets it right, again. This is what I’m on about when I talk about ontologies and object-orientation of knowledge. In science, the code is the knowledge. Unlike computer programming, the code is locked up PDF and XML formats, and behind firewalls and copyrights (at least in code you could write your own if…