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The Business Case for Open Data

We hope that readers of the WDS Blog may be interested in the recent report 'Open for Business', which provides a business case for Open Data and was commissioned by the Omidyar Network for the G20. Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network’s director, policy (UK)  makes the economic case for open data in the following article in Government Transparency (18 June 2014):

John Orcutt Named Editor of New Open Access Journal: Earth and Space Science

John Orcutt is a Professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and is very interested in the issue of data publishing, having written a number of articles about this subject.

The American Geophysical Union have announced that Prof Orcutt will be the inaugural editor of its newest open access, peer-reviewed journal, Earth and Space Science. The journal will begin accepting papers in late summer 2014, and the first articles will be available in the autumn.

For more information on this appointment, please see the following link:

AGU to Make Journals Freely Available Online

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Wiley (WDS Associate Member) have announced that, starting on 01 May 2014, all AGU journal content published from 1997 to 24 months ago will be made freely available—including its weekly newspaper, Eos. Additional content will continue to become open every month, on a 24-month rolling cycle.

In addition to increasing free access to journals online, AGU has also joined the innovative Access to Research initiative through its publishing partner, Wiley. This programme provides patrons of U.K. public libraries instant online access to journal content from 1997 to the present.

To find out more on AGU improving access to its articles, please click here.

French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research to launch its first Open Data Portal

On 24 April 2014, the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research introduced its new open data portal during the Paris Conference about Open Data and Open Government. The Ministry has been working with OpenDataSoft, a French online data processing and publishing company, to realize this platform, and greater than 2.5 million data records have already been published.

A press release on the portal written by Marie-Cécile Huet can be found on the OpenDataSoft website