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Open call: become a Frictionless Data Reproducible Research Fellow

- May 8, 2019 in Featured, fellowship program, Frictionless Data, grant, Open Science

The Frictionless Data Reproducible Research Fellows Program, supported by the Sloan Foundation, aims to train graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career researchers how to become champions for open, reproducible research using Frictionless Data tools and approaches in their field. Fellows will learn about Frictionless Data, including how to use Frictionless tools in their domains to improve reproducible research workflows, and how to advocate for open science. Working closely with the Frictionless Data team, Fellows will lead training workshops at conferences, host events at universities and in labs, and write blogs and other communications content. In addition to mentorship, we are providing Fellows with stipends of $5,000 to support their work and time during the nine-month long Fellowship. We welcome applications using this form from 8th May 2019 until 30th July 2019, with the Fellowship starting in the fall. We value diversity and encourage applicants from communities that are under-represented in science and technology, people of colour, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTI+ individuals.

Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research

The Fellowship is part of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project at Open Knowledge International. Frictionless Data aims to reduce the friction often found when working with data, such as when data is poorly structured, incomplete, hard to find, or is archived in difficult to use formats. This project, funded by the Sloan Foundation, applies our work to data-driven research disciplines, in order to help researchers and the research community resolve data workflow issues.  At its core, Frictionless Data is a set of specifications for data and metadata interoperability, accompanied by a collection of software libraries that implement these specifications, and a range of best practices for data management. The core specification, the Data Package, is a simple and practical “container” for data and metadata. The Frictionless Data approach aims to address identified needs for improving data-driven research such as generalized, standard metadata formats, interoperable data, and open-source tooling for data validation.

Fellowship program

During the Fellowship, our team will be on hand to work closely with you as you complete the work. We will help you learn Frictionless Data tooling and software, and provide you with resources to help you create workshops and presentations. Also, we will announce Fellows on the project website and will be publishing your blogs and workshops slides within our network channels.  We will provide mentorship on how to work on an Open project, and will work with you to achieve your Fellowship goals.

How to apply

We welcome applications using this form from 8th May 2019 until 30th July 2019, with the Fellowship starting in the fall. The Fund is open to early career research individuals, such as graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, anywhere in the world, and in any scientific discipline. Successful applicants will be enthusiastic about reproducible research and open science, have some experience with communications, writing, or giving presentations, and have some technical skills (basic experience with Python, R, or Matlab for example), but do not need to be technically proficient. If you are interested, but do not have all of the qualifications, we still encourage you to apply. If you have any questions, please email the team at frictionlessdata@okfn.org, ask a question on the project’s gitter channel, or check out the Fellows FAQ section. Apply soon, and share with your networks!

Aperto il programma di micro finanziamenti per chi organizza l’Open Data Day: presenta oggi la domanda!

- January 29, 2015 in Events, grant, hackathon, Incontri, Open Data, Open Data Day, opportunità

questo articolo è la versione italiana di Launching Open Data Day Coalition Micro-Grant Scheme: Apply Today! OPEN DATA DAY 2015 è alle porte, e diversi partner si sono uniti per fornire un numero limitato di micro-finanziamenti destinati a sostenere le comunità che organizzano attività ODD in tutto il mondo! L’Open Data Day (ODD) è uno […]

Aperto il programma di micro finanziamenti per chi organizza l’Open Data Day: presenta oggi la domanda!

- January 29, 2015 in Events, grant, hackathon, Incontri, Open Data, Open Data Day, opportunità

questo articolo è la versione italiana di Launching Open Data Day Coalition Micro-Grant Scheme: Apply Today! OPEN DATA DAY 2015 è alle porte, e diversi partner si sono uniti per fornire un numero limitato di micro-finanziamenti destinati a sostenere le comunità che organizzano attività ODD in tutto il mondo! L’Open Data Day (ODD) è uno […]

Aperto il programma di micro finanziamenti per chi organizza l’Open Data Day: presenta oggi la domanda!

- January 29, 2015 in Events, grant, hackathon, Incontri, Open Data, Open Data Day, opportunità

questo articolo è la versione italiana di Launching Open Data Day Coalition Micro-Grant Scheme: Apply Today! OPEN DATA DAY 2015 è alle porte, e diversi partner si sono uniti per fornire un numero limitato di micro-finanziamenti destinati a sostenere le comunità che organizzano attività ODD in tutto il mondo! L’Open Data Day (ODD) è uno […]

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Funds Open Economics Working Group at the Open Knowledge Foundation

- February 23, 2012 in grant, News, OKF Projects, Open Economics, Our Work, WG Economics

We are delighted to announce that the Open Knowledge Foundation in partnership with the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the development of an Open Economics Working Group. The aim of the working group is to encourage more active and efficient collaboration between scholars and the dissemination of economic results to the wider society (see below for more on what we will be doing). “Open datasets have the potential to revolutionize economics as a discipline and accelerate breakthroughs in the field,” says Daniel L. Goroff, Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “Support for the Open Knowledge Foundation’s work will not only help advance empirical research by academics, but also improve everyone’s understanding of important economic processes and trends.” The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

What will the Working Group be doing?

The Working Group aims to help in the development of a self-identifying and self-sustaining community of economic researchers working with open data and standards in economics. It will also assist in the creation and development of several concrete projects to accelerate open academic research and open data. The project is also expected to provide new knowledge on how to strengthen cooperation on open data between the government, academia and civil society. Specifically, we will:
  • Organise two international academic workshops on open economic data, one in the US and one in the UK
  • Maintain a website containing:
    • Documentation and guidance on legal and technical best practices for publishing economic data
    • Regular blog posts about open economic data from a variety of invited contributors
    • Information about best of breed tools for working with economic data
  • Provide a platform for sharing of economic data hosted at theDataHub.org
  • Incubate demonstrator projects such as a project for a machine-readable format for reporting regression results making easier to find and compare results
  • Organise hackdays and other events bringing together people with different background and skills to work on project for presenting economic data to the general public.

Why does the Working Group exist?

Today, we have available the technologies and legal mechanisms to open up an unprecedented amount of information relevant to understanding economies and markets. In opening up economic data we enable it to be freely combined and redistributed with other sources of information, leading to the emergence of a richer ecosystem of information sharing and a greater ability to combine this material with the increasingly sophisticated tools for representation, visualization and analysis that are available. These developments would benefit both expert economists and the wider general public interested in economic issues. However currently many individuals and organisations involved in publishing economic data are not making their data explicitly open and are not aware of the benefits of doing so. Moreover, now more than ever, it is imperative for us to gain a better shared picture of economies and markets around the globe, to inform policies aimed at economic recovery, to make economic decisions more transparent, and to make decision makers more accountable. From understanding the roots of the financial crisis to the impact of patents on innovation to the effectiveness of international development funding, sharing economic data more effectively is the first step towards better policies, and more collaborative research around major international problems.

Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved:
  • Visit our Website
  • Sign up to our Mailing List
  • Attend the regular Working Group meeting: next forthcoming date: March 14, 6pm GMT
  • Follow us on Twitter: @OKFNecon and use the general hashtag: #openecon
  • Get in touch: contact the Working Group coordinator Velichka Dimitrova: velichka.dimitrova [at] okfn.org.