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  • 1. open data policy for scientists as citizens and for citizen science Mike Linksvayer (@mlinksva) Open Data Workshop Center for GIS, RCHSS, Academia Sinica 2012-11-01 1i
  • 2. meta 2
  • 3. in part Post- thoughts 3
  • 4. “citizen science” contributions to scientific processesoutside of instutional context and/orby non-scientists?“scientists as citizens” scientists [including citizenscientists?] cognizant of the role oftheir work for society? 4
  • 5. high priests used to be looked upon for“truth” … but they controlled it tightlyscientists are looked upon to worktowards truth … and their work isalways shared freely and open toscrutinyat least we have the right ideal now ☺ 5
  • 6. “open data”anyone, any purpose... 6
  • 7. easy to get hung up on vulgar policy,eg licensingthink broadly about what, where, ends 7
  • 8. what is a mass collaboration dataproject? x: latent / explicit y: distributed / centralized z: crowdsourced / collaborative …: ... 8
  • 9. consider location of “science” “semantic web” freebase musicbrainz openstreetmap wikidata dbpedia zooniverse ... 9
  • 10. what is a mass collaboration datapolicy? 10
  • 11. restrictions & permissionstry to be Open; use terms otherprojects do; if you have to think, publicdomain for max donor, copyleft [lookagain at nearby projects] for maxrecipient, but also possibly be bold,assume facts are free... 11
  • 12. “IP” never the ideal answerpoor substitute for other regulation... 12
  • 13. ...privacy, security, integritypublic licenses dull instruments forthese legitimate objectiveswhen so used overly restrictive,incompatible 13
  • 14. ...transparency, replicability,modifiabilitycopyleft!part copyright etc neutralization, partregulatorywholesome goalsbeware FUD, incompatibility 14
  • 15. explicit+centralized+collaborative= evinces need for public licenses likenothing else 15
  • 16. governanceof what?depends on location in each dimension 16
  • 17. software to facilitate masscollaboration, egwikis~source controlsemantic stuff 17
  • 18. data management 18
  • 19. consider key ~policy choices (so far)made by a couple of aforementionedprojects 19
  • 20. at what level should “policy” beconsidered (depends...)internationaljurisdicitoninstitutionalstandardsprojectindividual contributor 20
  • 21. some things to desire (~ends) frommass collaboration projects (thus toconsider in “policy”)curationprovenancedata improvement, normalization...innovation/disruption/not imaginedusesorientation toward public good... 21
  • 22. at least 3 methods of promoting andprotecting commonslaw&policybuildingextralegaleach has reactionary and progressiveaspects 22
  • 23. buildingfree knowledge & software invalidatesassumptions of, mitigates, and buildsconstituency against bad policyeach contribution to a commons is astrike against bad policy and dystopianfuture; that’s something to celebrateand proclaim! 23
  • 24. imagine a world in which Wikipedia isnot unusual:where mass collaboration obtains...disruptive innovationsuperior “product”greater equalitygreater freedom...in all of the most crucial humanenterprises 24
  • 25. links: convey yourself to gondwanaland.com/mlog @mlinksva 25i K✳0♡