Why This Audio Map for the Blind Offers an Open-Data Roadmap for the Country — Backchannel — Medium

“Imagine you’re blind. You have a smartphone, and you’re trying to find your own way to a spot downtown. To get there you’ll need precise voice directions to specific building numbers, but you can’t find an app that meets the challenge.

Next, imagine you’re an app-maker who wants to provide the most accurate navigation at the lowest cost ?to seeing-impaired customers. To do that you’ll need access to an accurate database of street addresses. While cities routinely collect this information, it isn’t necessarily publicly available.

Now a pioneering open data project in Louisville, Kentucky is lighting a torch to show cities, civic tech enthusiasts, and local businesses how to make sure assistive technology like this is easily and cheaply available. And its methods are so simple that they can applied to many more problems where open public data can make a difference….”

» A Clean House at the Directory of Open Access Journals ACRL TechConnect Blog

“The process of cleaning up the DOAJ has been going on for some time and is getting close to an important milestone. All the 10,000+ journals listed in DOAJ were required to reapply for inclusion, and the deadline for that is December 30, 2015. After that time, any journals that haven’t reapplied will be removed from the DOAJ….One of the remarkable things about the revitalization of the DOAJ is the transparency of the process. The DOAJ News Service blog has been detailing the behind the scenes processes in detail since May 2014. One of the most useful things is a list of journals who have claimed to be listed in DOAJ but are not. Another important piece of information is the 2015-2016 development roadmap….For too long we have been forced to use the concept of a list of “questionable” or even “predatory” journals. A directory of journals with robust standards and easy to understand interface will be a fresh start for the rhetoric of open access journals….”

How ContentMine at Cambridge will use CrossRef’s API to mine Science | ContentMine

“I’ve described how CrossRef works – now I’ll show how ContentMine will use it for daily mining. ContentMine sets out to mine the whole scientific literature “100 million facts”. Up till now we’ve been building the technical infrastructure, challenging for our rights, understanding the law, and ordering the kit. We’ve built and deployed a number of prototypes. But we are now ready to start indexing science in earnest. Since ContentMining has been vastly underused, and because publisher actions have often chilled researchers and libraries, we don’t know in detail what people want and how they would tackle it. We think there are many approaches – here are a few …”

New Research Hub Launches to Focus on Digital Asia | Berkman Center

“A diverse, international group of academic, civil society and private sector partners, including the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC), is excited to announce the formation of the Digital Asia Hub, an independent non-profit Internet and society research think tank based in Hong Kong.

Incubated by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and this broader collective, the Digital Asia Hub will provide a nonpartisan, open, and collaborative platform for research, knowledge sharing, and capacity building related to Internet and society issues with a focus on digital Asia….”

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Population level usage of health services, and HIV testing and care, prior to decentralization of antiretroviral therapy in Agago District in rural Northern Uganda
Abongomera G, Kiwuwa-Muyingo S, Revill P, Chiwaula L, Mabugu T, Phillips A, Katabira E, Musiime V, Gilks C, Chan

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Predictors of skilled assistance seeking behavior to pregnancy complications among women at southwest Ethiopia: a cross-sectional community based study
Lakew S, Tachbele E, Gelibo T
Reproductive Health 2015, 12:109 (28 November 2015)
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Influence of Plasmodium gametocyte carriage on the prevalence of fever, splenomegaly and cardiovascular parameters in children less than 15 years in the Mount Cameroon area: cross sectional study
Sumbele I, Bopda O, Kimbi H, Ning T, Nkuo-Akenji T
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Virological outcome among HIV-1 infected patients on first-line antiretroviral treatment in semi-rural HIV clinics in Togo
Konou A, Salou M, Vidal N, Kodah P, Kombate D, Kpanla P, Nabroulaba T, Nyametso D, Singo-Tokofaï A, Pitche P, Delaporte E, Prince-David M, Peeters M,

From ‘as soon as possible’ to ‘immediate’ Open Access

“NWO will tighten its granting conditions in the area of Open Access with effect from 1 December. In concrete terms this means that all publications emerging from a ‘call for proposals’ published by NWO after this date must be immediately accessible to everybody from the moment of publication …”

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Mortality of populations potentially exposed to ionising radiation, 1953–2010, in the closed city of Ozyorsk, Southern Urals: a descriptive study
Deltour I, Tretyakov F, Tsareva Y, Azizova T, Schüz J
Environmental Health 2015, 14:91 (27 November 2015)
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