Blog archive for February, 2010

Data Sharing on the Web

February 5th, 2010 by Lisa Green

The February issue of Talis’ Nodalities magazine focuses on data sharing and includes an article by Science Commons’ own Kaitlin Thaney.

Last October, Kaitlin joined Jordan Hatcher, Leigh Dodds and Tom Heath to give a four hour tutorial titled “Legal and Social Frameworks for Sharing Data on the Web” at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC).  The tutorial covered the legal and social issues commonly found in data publishing, using the Linked Data Cloud as a leading example of how copyright restrictions, complex licenses and lack of clarity can quickly exacerbate problems for data sharing efforts.

Wish you could have been there? Me too.  Luckily for us, all four of the tutorial leaders are composing their thoughts on data sharing for articles in Nodalities.  Kaitlin produced a great piece for this month’s issue called Data Sharing on the Web .  Be sure to check it out! The hardcopy version of the February Nodalities is not out yet, but you can read it online here.

Nodalities is licensed under CC-BY-SA — but Kaitlin’s article, per her request, is under CC-BY.

T-shirt Contest Goes Global

February 3rd, 2010 by Lisa Green

Our Science Commons t-shirt design contest is now open to entrants outside of the US.  We realized that while we might not be able to afford to fly someone to Seattle from Australia or Germany, we would be missing out on too much talent if we limited the contest to US residents. The prize will be slightly different and negotiated separately, but all are welcome to submit their designs.

You can read more about the contest here in last week’s post, but a reminder about the quickly approaching deadline. Designs are due by February 12th – less than two weeks away – at 5 pm PST. Image files must be formatted as .jpg .png .ai .psd or .svg  An image of the Science Commons logo can be downloaded at our Logo Page. Contest submissions and any questions can be directed to Lisa Green.

So tell all your friends, get those pens to paper and jumpstart your design software. Times a’ tickin.