A hackfest to open up encoded texts

Freely available, yet difficult to access In January 2015, over 25,000 texts from the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) were made freely available as open data under a Creative Commons (CC 0) licence. This unique corpus represents … Continue reading

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Openpop.org: a collaborative blog on global population issues

Meeting a need for clear and accessible reporting of population research From an academic’s perspective, the topic of population change is somewhat prone to popular misconception. The media representation of issues such as immigration, birth rates and population ageing can … Continue reading

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The FreeSpeechDebate

Harnessing the Internet to Explore and Debate Free Speech The internet has transformed the conditions for both free speech and for debating free speech, as images, information and ideas – as well as people – move across frontiers. However, until recently there … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding then and now: saving Shakespeare’s First Folio ‘for the nation’ and sharing it with the world

Two public fund-raising campaigns around the Bodleian Library’s copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, separated by a century, provide more than an intriguing historical parallel. They show how digital technologies have made it possible for people all over … Continue reading

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Innovative Doctoral Training: Reproducibility and Open Science

Introduction The Open Science Training Initiative (OSTI), is designed to address the problem of reproducibility in science. The programme, which is led by Sophie Kay of the Department of Computer Science, harnesses the principles and techniques of open science to … Continue reading

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Navigating Open Oxford: the new OpenSpires Mind Map

Try the brand new interactive OpenSpires Mind Map, freely available online. The new map is intended as a gateway into Open Educational practice at Oxford. It is designed to: explain the story and showcase the achievements of OpenSpires, show how the … Continue reading

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Open Educational Resources: A contributor’s case-study

Dr. Marianne Talbot, lecturer in philosophy at the Department for Continuing Education,  University of Oxford, has published a case study on OER (Open Educational Resources) and public engagement following the release of her extremely successful podcast series through the University of Oxford … Continue reading

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Digital humanities: The William Godwin’s Diary project

Introduction The William Godwin‘s Diary project has transcribed, edited, and annotated 48 years of William Godwin’s diary from 1788-1836, and made this resource freely available online.  This project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust Major Research Grant, John Fell Fund … Continue reading

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Engaging with the cutting edge: Student podcasting

Ankita Anirban is a second year in undergraduate Physics at King’s College London. She met Howard Noble, Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University IT Services, in Kenya when he was there for a research project using agent based modelling. Whilst on a … Continue reading

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Promoting research: Podcasting for engagement

Introduction Professor Mark Williams’ extremely successful podcast series “The New Psychology of Depression” was released through Oxford University podcast pages in late 2011. Mark has also run a high-visibility campaign for his research across a number of platforms, including Twitter, … Continue reading

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