Category Archives: Open data

NASA Launches Public Portal for Research Results

NASA-funded research data can now be accessed via their recently unveiled public web portal, PubSpace.  All authors of peer-reviewed papers resulting from research funded by NASA, starting in 2016, will be required to deposit copies of publications and associated data within one year of publication.

This archive of original science results will be available online without a fee. “Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research,” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. “As scientists and engineers, we work by building upon a foundation laid by others.”

 

Open Data Button is here!

The Open Data Button has been launched in a beta release. This browser-based* application helps people find, request, and share research data with the click of a button. Following on from the Open Access Button, this experimental tool makes it easy to get at the data behind published research (even if it’s behind a paywall). If the data can’t be found online, the Button contacts the author and invites them to make it available via the Open Science Framework. Every request is tracked and the status made available, allowing researchers to see–and tell stories about–how their research is making an impact.

Read more and download here: www.opendatabutton.org

*Currently available only for Chrome; Firefox will be supported soon.

Travel Scholarship Available

Are you interested in creating better access to research and educational materials? Do you want to help make that a reality on the UT Austin campus? If so, please consider applying for a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015. OpenCon is an academic conference for students and early career researchers about open access, open education, and open data. It takes place November 14th-16th in Brussels, Belgium.

The chosen applicant will receive a $2500 scholarship to attend the conference. Conference planners have designed the conference so that $2500 will cover all expenses. This conference is an excellent opportunity to learn more about open access, open education, and open data, and to learn how to advocate for these issues. The program includes keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops, and hackathons. Last year there was an opportunity to lobby at the US Congress and conference planners are trying to plan something similar this year with the international organizations in Brussels. It truly is an international conference – last year’s conference included attendees from 5 continents!

The UT Austin applicant chosen to attend OpenCon 2015 will be expected to share what they’ve learned once they return to Austin. The attendee may choose to host a presentation and/or panel discussion in either fall 2015 or in spring 2016. Library staff will be available to help coordinate the event, but the attendee is expected to do most of the content planning. The attendee will also be expected to give reports on the conference to both Student Government and to Graduate Student Assembly.

Requirements:

UT Austin graduate student or postdoc. Attendee must be able to travel internationally. Attendee agrees to coordinate a presentation and updates to undergraduate and graduate student government upon their return.

To apply:

Please send a 500 word essay detailing why you would be a good candidate to attend OpenCon2015. You may include any experience you have with open access, open education, or open data, and any ideas you might have for an event upon your return. Submit your essay and resume/CV to c.lyon@austin.utexas.edu by August 15th, 2015. Applicants will be notified with a decision by Monday, August 31st. If you have questions about the conference or about the application process, please contact Colleen Lyon, 512-495-4244, or c.lyon@austin.utexas.edu.