“Hepitopes: representing why I am an enthusiastic pioneer of the Wellcome Open Research platform.”

Hepitopes’ is a new online resource, comprising a database of immune responses to Hepatitis B virus (HBV). We believe this will be an important resource for the HBV research community, with implications that range from characterising the basic science of virology and immunology, through to informing vaccine design and understanding clinical outcomes of infection. The database is designed as a live interactive resource that will evolve and develop over time, with improvements in the quality and content of the data, links to other tools and resources, and the potential to underpin scientific dialogue and new collaborations. Continue reading ““Hepitopes: representing why I am an enthusiastic pioneer of the Wellcome Open Research platform.””

Open Cultural Data Symposium: 25th November 2016

This symposium presents an opportunity to reflect upon several decades of major digitisation initiatives within UK cultural institutions.

Motivated by the desire to improve public access and capitalise on the potential of new technologies, the mass digitisation of collections and archives in the UK has been one of the most significant contemporary changes to our cultural and heritage institutions. These projects have been enthusiastically funded by public organisations, such as the AHRC and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as private companies, charities and foundations, such as Google and the Wellcome Trust. Given the advances made in public access initiatives in recent years, this appears to be an ideal moment to look back at this developing history of cultural digitisation, reflect upon its underpinning rationales, and discuss the successes and challenges faced by those entrusted with carrying out these projects. Continue reading “Open Cultural Data Symposium: 25th November 2016”

The Open Access Button moves into Open Data

12 January 2016

We are delighted to announce that we have been working on an incubator grant from the Center for Open Science, to help advance openness, integrity, and reproducibility in science.

We will be using this grant to build a brand new tool to include Open Data in our work. Like research articles, research data is often not openly available, preventing you from building upon the research and making science reproducible. We are building an Open Data Button, so that you can request that data associated with a publication is made accessible. The Open Data Button will be integrated with the Open Science Framework to facilitate data deposits.

All tools and services developed with these grant funds will have open licenses to maximize collaboration, reuse, and community support. These grants were made possible by an anonymous donation to the Center for Open Science, and we thank both the Center for Open Science and their anonymous donor for this grant.

If you have any questions about this grant or would like to be amongst the first to test the new tool as part of our testing group, get in touch hello@openaccessbutton.org.


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