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Michael Geist's Blog

Tracking the Dramatic Growth of Open Access

Heather Morrison tracks the latest growth statistics of open access, including more than 4,000 fully open access peer reviewed journals in DOAJ, 1,500 open access repositories, 30 million scientific publications free online, and 20 percent of the world's medical literature freely available two years after publication.
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Yet Another Global Study Finds Canada Lagging on Broadband

Research teams from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and the University of Oviedo’s Department of Applied Economics (supported by Cisco) have released a new study on global broadband quality.  Researchers analyzed approximately 24 million broadband speed test records from Speedtest.net from May to July of this year.  The Canadian rankings are lousy given that the country aspires to be viewed as a global leader.  Canada ranks:
  • 17th for broadband leadership (which combines speed and access)
  • 30th for broadband quality (down from 26th in 2008)
  • 30th for download speeds
  • 31st for upload speeds
  • 25th for broadband quality as measured by stage of economic development
The speeds in countries such as Korea, Japan, and Sweden far surpass Canada, as they are countries deemed "ready for tomorrow." 
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The Three Laws of Open Government Data

David Eaves has a great post on the three laws of open government data: find it, play with it, and share it.
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