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Open Data 4 Development Project

Web Science Researchers Mark Frank and Johanna Walker have completed their Open Data 4 Development project 'User Centered Methods for Measuring the Value of Open Data'. The project attempts to derive 'bottom-up' methods for understanding the most valuable attributes of Open Data by looking at challenges experienced by third sector organisations in the UK and India and establishing what characteristics Open Data needs in order to be useful. Continue reading →

Open Data Institute Summit 2014

By Johanna Walker, Web Science PhD Student The conference consisted of 4 sessions; innovation, real life applications, culture and the future and involved 37 speakers, touching on areas from Amazon Web Services’ partnership with NASA to 3D printing to digitizing Burkina Faso to audio visual artworks. The mixture of formats allowed attendees to hear from academics, practitioners, government, publishers, producers, consumers and champions of Open Data. Continue reading →

Thunderclap – the results!

On 11th July (over 2 months ago - where has the time gone!) I blogged about our plan to set up a Thunderclap to help us promote the Digital Marketing and Web Science MOOCs. We set the completion date/time for Monday 8th September at 3:30pm. As long as we got at least 100 supporters by that date then our Thunderclap would go live. In the end we got 123 people to support it. The result was that we achieved a social reach of over 456,000 people. Continue reading →

Web Science Summer School 2014

Next week sees the University of Southampton Web Science Institute play host to the inaugural Web Science Summer School.  It aims to provide comprehensive education and networking opportunities to the next generation of Web Scientists. Official participant registration is closed, but staff and students of the University can still informally attend the keynote speeches for free. Continue reading →

Open Access

So here I am... sat here in Bay 7, Level 3 of building 32. It's a fairly warm Wednesday afternoon and unfortunately i'm wearing a black t-shirt (black absorbs heat). I'm trawling through the feed of tweets, when I come across one from @OA_Button... Join thousands of researchers in demanding #OpenAccess to research. Use the Open Access Button today: http://t. Continue reading →

Open Data Open Day 26th June

Meet the Open Data team! We're putting on an open day for all members of the university to come and discover what we do and how open data can help. We've booked the Access Grid Room and the Coffee Room in Building 32 (EEE) and will be running a series of talks, workshops and general 'get to know us' sessions throughout the day. Currently confirmed: Talks from members of the University community on how open data has helped them. Continue reading →