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PLOS ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR THE ACCELERATING SCIENCE AWARD PROGRAM

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PLOS is pleased to announce the six finalists for the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP).  The program recognizes the use of scientific research, published through Open Access, that has led to innovations benefiting society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust and Google. Three top awards of US$30,000 each will be announced on October 21 in Washington, DC at an Open Access Week kickoff event hosted by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the World Bank.

As award finalists, these individuals and teams are being honored for addressing a real-world challenge either by reusing previously published Open Access research or by creating a new repository of freely available research data to assist current and future collaborative research projects.  Open Access is the free, immediate online availability of articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully as long as the author and the original source are properly attributed.

“As these finalists illustrate, Open Access is good for science, good for business and good for the public, because it eliminates artificial constraints on the dissemination of research findings. This means that every student, every scientist and every citizen can benefit from any study published by Open Access done anywhere in the world,” said Elizabeth Marincola, Chief Executive Officer of PLOS. “The ASAP sponsors are proud to have received many worthy nominations. The six finalists embody the Open Access ethos by drawing on freely available research to create innovations that better society.”

The six finalists, along with the challenges they address and their innovative approaches, include:

  • HIV Self-Test Empowers Patients (Nitika Pant Pai, MD, MPH, PhD, Caroline Vadnais, Roni Deli-Houssein and Sushmita Shivkumar):  Worldwide it is estimated that as many as six in 10 HIV-infected individuals don’t know their HIV status and don’t seek testing. To increase awareness, knowledge and access to a convenient HIV screening option, and to expedite connections to treatment in nations hardest hit by the disease, Dr. Nitika Pant Pai and medical staff at McGill University and McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, developed a strategy based on the synergy of the Internet, an oral fluid–based self-test and a cell phone. This integrated approach included HIV education, an online test to determine HIV risk level, instructions for testing and interpreting the results, and confidential resources for referrals to trained counselors, support and healthcare workers. The tailored smartphone application, developed on the basis of original research published in multiple Open Access journals, helps circumvent the social visibility of testing in a healthcare facility. The application could alleviate fears of stigma and discrimination and make HIV detection simple and confidential.
  • Global Collaboration to Fight Malaria (Matthew Todd, PhD):  At least one child dies of malaria every minute of every day, mainly in Africa and Asia. According to Matthew Todd, who leads the Open Source Malaria Consortium in Sydney, Australia, given minimal financial incentives for pharmaceutical companies to develop new treatments and a high degree of suffering among the affected communities, a large-scale collaborative research model provides a solution. Todd turned publicly available data into a global effort to help identify new anti-malaria drugs.  He did this by creating an open-source collaborative involving scientists, college students and others from around the world. They use open online laboratory notebooks in which their experimental data is posted each day, enabling instant sharing and the ability to build on others’ findings in almost real time.  Todd’s Malaria Consortium could provide a model for researchers collaboratively tackling other daunting medical challenges, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Smartphone Becomes Microscope (Saber Iftekhar Khan, Eva Schmid, PhD and Oliver Hoeller, PhD):  Science teachers often struggle to engage young students when their classroom experiences are limited to pre-prepared biological samples viewed through standard microscopes. Mr. Saber Khan, a middle school technology teacher, teamed up with University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco scientists Eva Schmid and Oliver Hoeller to develop a student-ready cell phone microscope, turning a clinical diagnostic tool into a portable device students and teachers could use as a mobile learning laboratory. To meet this challenge, Schmid and Hoeller drew on an Open Access article by global health researchers who’d invented the original cell phone microscope for use in remote clinical settings. With the adapted tool in hand, Khan’s middle school students collected and imaged samples in city parks, geotagged their locations and blogged about their results. Today, a traveling kit of cell phone microscopes has helped engage students from Hawaii to Austria.
  • Calculating Ecotourism Impact (Ralf Buckley, PhD, Guy Castley, PhD, Clare Morrison, PhD, Alexa Mossaz, Fernanda de Vasconcellos Pegas, Clay Alan Simpkins and Rochelle Steven): An obstacle hindering the efforts to make the case for ecotourism as a sound conservation policy is the lack of dollar value put on protected species by  policymakers and the public, especially in low- and middle income countries. Ralf Buckley and his team from the International Centre for Ecotourism Research in Queensland, Australia developed an innovative method for calculating the value of ecotourism for endangered animals, based on freely available data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Calculations applied by Buckley’s team to endangered mammals, birds and frogs across the world, were published in Open Access publications in order to help publicly funded nature preserves make the most of their resources to protect and expand protected areas.
  • Measuring and Understanding the Sea (Mark J. Costello, PhD):  At a time when research shows 20,000 land and sea species to be directly threatened with extinction, marine ecologists are concerned they haven’t inventoried a vast number of oceanic species. Without this hard data, scientific knowledge and the potential effectiveness of conservation efforts are diminished. Dr. Mark Costello manages the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), the largest real-time collaboration of species (taxonomic) experts and marine biologists in the world. Their work completed the naming of more than 200,000 known species, adding up to 2,000 new species every year. WoRMS is now the international standard for marine species nomenclature and is relied upon by a large number of institutions.  In addition, a collection of Open Access articles specifically utilized the WoRMs Register.
  • Visualizing Complex Science (Daniel Mietchen, PhD, Raphael Wimmer and Nils Dagsson Moskopp): Many aspects critical to understanding science, experiments and the natural world can only be described in words and diagrams  in a limited way. Good quality multimedia can help make that understanding easier. Daniel Mietchen and his group accessed articles in PubMed Central to help them create the Open Access Media Importer (OAMI), a bot that can scrape and download supplementary multimedia files from Open Access science articles, repositories and data stores.  The bot has uploaded more than 13,000 files to Wikimedia Commons and has been used in more than 135 English Wikipedia articles that together garnered more than three million views.

 

Photos and video interviews of the finalists can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/asaptoolkit/ . The six finalists will be narrowed down to three award recipients by an international committee composed of distinguished leaders in multiple fields, including:

  • Agnes Binagwaho, MD, Minister of Health, Rwanda and faculty member in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Helga Nowotny, PhD, President of the European Research Council (ERC) and professor emeritus of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich
  • Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media
  • Harold Varmus, MD, Nobel laureate, Co-founder of PLOS and the current Director of the National Cancer Institute

 

The ASAP program sponsors share a commitment to affect policy and public understanding to support the adoption of Open Access. They include the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Co-Action Publishing, Copernicus Publications, Creative Commons, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Doris Duke Charitable Trust, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), eLife, Hindawi, Health Research Alliance (HRA), Howard Hughes Medical Institute, ImpactStory, Jisc, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, Mendeley, Microsoft Research, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), Research Councils UK (RCUK), Research Libraries UK (RLUK), Social Science Research Network (SSRN), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), SURF (Netherlands), the World Bank, and major sponsors Google, PLOS and the Wellcome Trust.

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About the Public Library of Science

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. PLOS engages in outreach activities that promote Open Access and innovations in the communication of research. 2013 marks PLOS’s tenth anniversary as an Open Access publisher, reaching an international audience through immediate and free availability of research on the Internet. PLOS publishes a suite of journals: PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS Pathogens. PLOS ONE publishes research from more than 50 diverse scientific fields and is the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world.

 

About the Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests. www.wellcome.ac.uk

 

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Stay Unique – PLOS introduces ORCID Identifiers

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PLOS is pleased to announce the introduction of ORCID Identifiers to the people records in the manuscript submission system.

This update improves the accuracy of over 600,000 author and reviewer records. Matching researchers with their own work, and not that of someone else with the same or a similar name, is important because careers are built on these connections.

ORCID in PLOS submission system

After registering for an ORCID Identifier or inserting an existing one, Authors can build a professional profile by importing their work (articles, videos, conference abstracts) from the web or adding it manually.

Rebecca Bryant, Director of Community for ORCID said “ORCID is delighted to be working with PLOS.  Providing authors the opportunity to associate publications with their unique researcher identifier makes their work more discoverable and supports the open science goals of PLOS.”

Please update your EM information with an ORCID Identifier when submitting an article to PLOS.

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The nordic Creative Commons filmfestival 2013 – visa, titta och dela film tillsammans

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Jag sitter idag på premiären för den första nordiska creative commons filmfestivalen. En annorlunda filmfestival där alla som vill kan arrangera en filmvisning av en CC-licensierad film. Den är öppen för alla att delta i och du kan lätt arrangera en visning och delta. Kolla in manifestet för the Nordic Creative Commons filmfestival.

Vi kommer att arrangera en visning på .SE på onsdag den 4 sept av filmen Everywhere klockan 12.00. Den är öppen för alla och du är hjärtligt välkommen, men du måste anmäla dig i förväg. Anmälan sker genom följande formulär.

 

Overblik over danske filmfremvisninger i Nordic Creative Creative Commons Film Festival

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Så er det idag at Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival løber af stablen, og frem til 8. september vil der i hele Norden og i resten af Europa være masser af filmfremvisninger med åbent licenserede film Skandinavien, dvs. film som bruger Creative Commons licenser til at nå et bredere publikum og inviterer publikummet til deling og remixing.

Filmfestivalen er bygget op således, at alle kan arrangere en fremvisning ved at vælge én eller flere film fra en liste med 40 film indenfor et vælg af genrer, udvalgt af filmfestivalen. Filmfremvisningerne kan foregår hvor som helst, og arrangørerne skal blot skaffe projektor, stole og et lokale. Med andre ord: Film indenfor eller udenfor biograferne – publikum bestemmer.

I Danmark er vi også godt med, og således er der 5 arrangementer annonceret i henholdsvis København og Aalborg (se liste nedenunder). Hvis man bor i København kan man også smutte over på den anden side af sundet og deltage i én eller flere af de 10 fremvisninger der er i Malmö og Lund.

Filmfestivalens danske program:

30. september 2013 kl. 19.30 - Platform4, Aalborg - (program)(Facebook event) (arrangør: KinoPlatform/Platform4)

3. september 2013 kl. 16.30 – Nordisk Kulturfond, København – (program) (arrangør: Nordisk Kulturfond)

4. september 2013 kl. 19.00 - 1000fryd, Aalborg - (program)(Facebook event)(arrangør: PeepShoppen/1000fryd/KinoPlatform)

4. september 2013 kl. 18.30 – 5e Kødbyen, København – (program)(Facebook event)(arrangør: Filmstationen, ROI, 5e & Creative Commons Danmark)

6. september 2013 kl. 20:30 - Videomøllen, København - (se program)(arrangør: Videomøllen)

Alle arrangementerne har fri entré, og ved åbningen i Aalborg i aften vil der endvidere efter filmene blive skruet op for lyd- og videoindtrykkene med et program af dj’s og vj’s. Læs mere om åbningsarrangementet her eller se Facebook eventet. Kig også hele det internationale program for festivalen her.

Deltag i gratis workshop
Som ekstra aktivitet kan man også komme bag kameraet og lære om at lave film. Film-communitiet KinoPlatform i Platform4 i Aalborg inviterer således til gratis videoproduktionsworkshop d. 1.-2. september. Her vil deltagere lære både at film og redigere film – læs mere (herunder hvordan man melder sig til) ved at klikke her.

Husk: Man kan stadigvæk sagtens nå at arrangere flere fremvisninger, og vi hører gerne fra andre som griber initiativet rundt omkring i landet. Skriv blot til os på info (a) creativecommons (dot) dk.

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New data source added to PLOS ALM

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We’re expanding the range of data sources in PLOS ALM to provide users with additional ways to evaluate the importance of research. F1000Prime recommendations now appear on 3000 highly influential PLOS articles (this number will grow as more articles are added).

Leading PLOS articles recommended by this new data source will feature the visual below, which includes a numerical score allocated to each review.

John Chodacki, Director of Product Management at PLOS said “Along with F1000Prime recommendations, researchers now have a diverse combination of metrics that more comprehensively evaluate the impact of an article.”

Increasing the range of PLOS ALM data sources helps tell a more complete story of how articles are used once they have been published – the F1000Prime metric is a new type in our suite, a qualitative recommendation, rather than a quantitative “share” or citation.

This valuable information can be shared with collaborators, institutions and funders to demonstrate the broader impact of research and helps guide readers to influential articles.

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Den nordiske CC Film Festival nærmer sig! Bliv vært for en filmfremvisning

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Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival nærmer sig! Fra 30. august til 8. september vil den første nordiske film festival for film udgivet under Creative Commons licens blive afholdt i hele Norden. En filmfestival som rent faktisk afholdes af DIG!

Et udvalg af 45 højt anbefalede film fylder programmet for festivalen, som derigennem viser filmkunst fra hele verden, i adskillige genrer lige fra dokumentar, animation, fuldlængde spillefilm, musik videoer og helt over i det eksperimenterende. Hvilke af dem skal du se?

Festivalen ønsker at være dér hvor du er: Konceptet går nemlig ud på at DU kan være vært for én eller flere af fremvisningerne. Vælg den eller de film du gerne vil se og opret dig selv med et event på festivalens hjemmeside som “Event Manager”. Du kan enten vise filmen i dit hjem for dine venner eller snakke med en lokal café, bibliotek, forsamlingslokale eller noget helt fjerde om de vil lægge lokaler til en fremvisning. Del derefter eventet i dit netværk og skab dermed et åbent kulturarrangement til gavn for dit lokale community.

Hvis du vil vide mere, så læs VærtsmanifestetEventguiden og denne baggrundsinformation. Det kan også være andre i dit lokalområde er igang med at arrangere noget, og mangler en hjælpende hånd eller et par nysgerrige filmkiggerøjne til selve arrangementet – så hold øje med hjemmesiden.

Følg endvidere festivalen, som arrangeres af en samling Skandinaviske ildsjæle, på Facebook og Twitter – eller skriv til dem på info@nordicfilmfestival.cc med eventuelle spørgsmål og idéer.

 

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Hur erkänner du fotografen korrekt vid CC-licensierade bilder?

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Det är en av de vanligaste frågorna som vi får om hur man gör för att erkänna upphovsmannen till Creative Commons licensierade material. I nedanstående infografik från foter ges en överblick över Creative Commons licenserna samt hur man gör för att erkänna fotografen korrekt.

När jag tittar igenom den så tycker jag det är skrämmande statisk som presenteras att 90% av alla CC-licensierade bilder har inget erkännande alls, och att 99% inte har ett korrekt erkännande. Så svårt är det inte :)

Vi på .SE har dessutom gjort en kortfilm som finns på Youtube på svenska som berättar samma sak, kort och gott, illustrerad av @entapir.

Gæsteblog: Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival – en åben og deltagerorienteret festival for filmelskere i de nordiske lande

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Vi giver af og til mikrofonen videre til danske projekter, som vælger at bruge Creative Commons værktøjerne til at bidrage med nye og spændende tiltag i de mange kreative miljøer man finder landet over. Denne gang det internationale projekt Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival.

Mellem 30. august og 8. september 2013 vil den første nordiske festival for film, der er skabt og distribueret under Creative Commons licenser, blive afholdt i de nordiske lande – og den inviterer alle til at være med. 

NCCFF, Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival, er en non-profit platform, som selv er registreret under en CC-licens (CC-BY-NC). Dette betyder at festivalen kan downloades, kopieres, remixes og redistribueres. Den er inspireret af verdens første CC-filmfestival, Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival, som startede for 3 år siden, samt ‘privat forevisning’-konceptet som blev introduceret af den danske musikgruppe Efterklang og instruktør Vincent Moon med dokumentaren ‘An Island’ tilbage i 2011.

Festivalen vil vise udvalgte film fra hele verden under kategorierne kortfilm, dokumentarer, spillefilm og animation i diverse biografer og kulturcentre i en lang række nordiske byer. Et seminarprogram vil endvidere understøtte fremvisningerne i flere af byerne med formålet at stimulere debatten omkring nye former for produktion, finansiering og distribution af film i den digitale æra.

I Danmark foregår festivalen i samarbejde med Platform4 i Aalborg. Platform4 er et multihus, der eksperimenterer med nye teknologier og digitale platforme i kombination med kunstneriske og kreative genrer. Huset bliver ét af de officielle fremvisningssteder der viser CC film og afholder tilhørende seminarer. I København vil festivalen arbejde sammen med det kreative bureau Makropol.

Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival opfordrer alle til at blive medvært for festivalen. Enhver kan blive vært hvis blot man kan samle minimum 5 mennesker og fremskaffe basalt teknisk udstyr til at vise film. Festivalens website på nordicfilmfestival.cc vil fungere som samlingspunkt for både kuratering af film og som oversigt over hjemmefremvisninger i hele regionen. Festivalen søger således fremvisningssteder og værter i alle de nordiske lande.

Hvis du har skabt en film under Creative Commons licens kan du indsende den inden 30. juni og blive valgt til fremvisning. Hvis du derimod ikke selv har lavet film, men har forslag til andres film under CC-licens – så hører vi også gerne fra dig. Festivalen leder endvidere efter partnere og sponsorer.

Kontakt festivalen på info@nordicfilmfestival.cc – og hold dig opdateret med seneste nyt ved at følge festivalen på Facebook, Twitter eller naturligvis på festivalens hjemmeside

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