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Openness at Oxford

This podcast series explores the movement towards ‘Openness’ at the University of Oxford and beyond. Informational videos address topics ranging from ‘What is Openness?’, to ‘Open Educational Resources’, to ‘Podcasting’, while individual interviews with researchers and academics at the University offer fascinating insights into projects and initiatives conducted in the spirit of ‘openness’. Finally, ‘Open Data: The Golden Age of Discovery’ is a short documentary on the growing relevance of Open Data and Big Data not only to the academic community, but to humanity as a whole. Find out more at openspires.it.ox.ac.uk.

The Openness at Oxford project was initiated, filmed and edited by two student at Oxford: Suzy Shepherd, an undergraduate in Classics, and Adelina Tomova, a postgraduate in Modern Languages.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons Open Data: The Golden Age of Discovery This documentary follows the experiences of a number of academics and researchers at Oxford as they discuss the implications of Open Data for their research, for academia and for humanity. Chris Lintott, Ben Goldacre 15 Jul 2015
2 Creative Commons Open Research Researchers and Academics at Oxford share their experiences with sharing their data openly and the projects, collaborations and opportunities Open Data makes possible. Maja Zaloznik, Antoine Jerusalem 15 Jul 2015
3 Creative Commons Open Data in the Humanities Jacob Dahl, Associate Professor of Assyriology at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, talks about his research with cuneiform tablets and his hopes for the future of Open Data in the Humanities. Jacob Dahl 15 Jul 2015
4 Creative Commons What is Openness? ‘Openness’ is a far-reaching concept--find out what it is about and why it is becoming increasingly important to academics, researchers, students and the general public! Marianne Talbot, Simon Benjamin 06 Jul 2015
5 Creative Commons Podcasting Watch leading academic talk about their experiences with the University’s Podcasting Initiative! Ian Goldin, Julian Savulescu 06 Jul 2015
6 Creative Commons Open Educational Resources (OER) Find out about the Open Education Resources and Initiatives at the University of Oxford! Sean Faughnan, Marion Manton 06 Jul 2015
7 Creative Commons Antoine Jerusalem on Open Research Data Antoine Jerusalem, Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering Science, talks about the importance of Open Data for his work on the computational modeling of materials and his involvement in the Human Connectome Project. Antoine Jerusalem 15 Jul 2015
8 Creative Commons Ben Goldacre on Open Data Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma, shares his views on Open Data and discusses his involvement in projects created in the spirit of openness. Ben Goldacre 15 Jul 2015
9 Creative Commons Luciano Floridi on The Ethics of Open Data Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, discusses the ethical questions raised by the emergence of Open Data and Big Data. Luciano Floridi 15 Jul 2015
10 Creative Commons Ian Goldin on the Oxford Martin School Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development and Director of the Oxford Martin School, discusses the efforts of researchers at the Oxford Martin School to address the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Ian Goldin 15 Jul 2015
11 Creative Commons Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics on Public Engagement Julian Savulsecu and Dominic Wilkinson discuss the efforts of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to encourage and support debate on practical ethics through its open events and online materials. Julian Savulescu, Dominic Wilkinson 15 Jul 2015
12 Creative Commons Free Speech Debate on Global Free Expression Dr Dorian Singh and Sebastian Huempfer discuss Free Speech Debate, a project founded on the belief that making content freely available for non-commercial purposes is an integral part of promoting a global debate on free expression. Dorian Singh, Sebastian Huemfer 15 Jul 2015
13 Creative Commons Victoria McGuinness on TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities) Victoria McGuinness, the Business Manager for The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), talks about the Centre’s role as a home for major research programmes at Oxford and its efforts to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research. Victoria McGuinness 15 Jul 2015
14 Creative Commons Ben Holmes on Open Code Ben Holmes, a web developer for the Oxford IT Services, talks about the relevance of Open Code for the University’s WebLearn platform, the Mobile Oxford App, and his own involvement in GitHub. Ben Holmes 15 Jul 2015
15 Creative Commons Emma Goodwin on 'Crowdscribing' Emma Goodwin is the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Project, ‘Promoting Interdisciplinary Engagement in the Digital Humanities’ (dhAHRC). Emma Goodwin 09 Jul 2015
16 Creative Commons Simon Benjamin on Open Science Simon Benjamin, Associate Professor at the Materials Department, gives an in-depth talk on the importance of Open Science for researchers, students and the general public. Simon Benjamin 09 Jul 2015
17 Creative Commons Aruna Bhaugeerutty on Open Museum Collections Aruna Bhaugeerutty, Manager of Digital Collections at the Ashmolean Museum, talks about the Museum’s efforts to open up its collections to a wider audience via interactive online platforms. Aruna Bhaugeerutty 09 Jul 2015