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Strategies for disseminating research findings

(researchtoolkit.org): A community research partnership is ideally part of a larger collaboration that includes the interests of each partner and spans a wide range of activities. Often a neglected afterthought in busy research schedules, the dissemination of key findings upon project completion is a crucial step in community-based research. In an effort to increase ease and efficiency, this document provides key strategies for dissemination, including practical advice and specific templates you can adapt for your use. Through this strategic dissemination approach, CARE (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement) intends to distribute salient findings to affected communities, participant agencies, health departments, researchers, policy makers, and health advocacy groups. We hope this will help you to do the same.
   
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UK government adopts Creative Commons licenses for open data

(openaccesscentral.com): The UK government has in recent years made significant amounts of government data openly available for reuse. They Work for You is an example of a website which creatively reuses data on UK parliamentary activity, and its parent organization, MySociety, has played an important role in encouraging the UK government towards opening up more data. The latest development in UK government open data sharing is the launch of data.gov.uk, launched in beta test form last month , which "provides a single access point to over 2,500 central government datasets that have been made available for free re-use".
   
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Climate change emails between scientists reveal flaws in peer review

(guardian.co.uk): Scientists sometimes like to portray what they do as divorced from the everyday jealousies, rivalries and tribalism of human relationships. What makes science special is that data and results that can be replicated are what matters and the scientific truth will out in the end.
   
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A world of connections - special report on social networking

(economist.com): Online social networks are changing the way people communicate, work and play, and mostly for the better. Although Facebook is the world's biggest social network, there are a number of other globetrotting sites, such as MySpace, which concentrates on music and entertainment; LinkedIn, which targets career-minded professionals; and Twitter, a networking service that lets members send out short, 140-character messages called "tweets". All of these appear in a ranking of the world's most popular networks by total monthly web visits.
   
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DoD 'Wiki' Increases Technical Collaboration

(defense.gov): Scientists traditionally share information by publishing their completed research studies in academic journals. But the pace and nature of technological change renders that process much too slow. That's why, in 2008, the Defense Technical Information Center launched a scientific and technical "wiki" Web site to increase real-time exchanges between experts across the Defense Department. Access to the wiki also is granted to scientists working in related government agencies and contracting firms. There now are more than 11,000 monthly users.
   
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