Open Access

Trelles A, Altman M, Magar E, McDonald MP. Open Data, Political Representation and Redistricting in Mexico [Datos Abiertos, Representación Política Y Redistritación En México]. Politica y Gobierno [Internet]. 2016;22 (3). Publisher's VersionAbstract

The claims and protests caused by the deterioration of the political elite during the last decade show, among other things, the urgency to strengthen the linkage between citizens and their representatives. From our perspective, the use of information technology, as well as the generation and use of open data, offers an opportunity to improve the levels of governance and democratic consolidation in Mexico. In this area, the delimitation of the electoral boundaries is key to improve political representation. Given the technicalities surrounding boundary delimitation processes –geographical, statistical, informatics, among the most recognizable– it is easy to fall into the temptation of relegating redistricting to specialists and lose sight of its importance for democracy. In this paper we discuss how new technologies can be useful to incorporate the design, analysis, and study of electoral cartography to the international standards of open government. Additionally, we describe how an open source web-based platform, available to any citizen, has great potential for increasing the levels of participation, transparency, communication, and accountability surrounding redistricting process in the country.

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Altman M, Avery M. Information wants someone else to pay for it: laws of information economics and scholarly publishing. Information Services and Use [Internet]. 2015;35 (1-2) :57-70. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Abstract: The increasing volume and complexity of research, scholarly publication and research information puts an added strain on traditional methods of scholarly communication and evaluation. Information goods and networks are not standard market goods – and so we should not rely on markets alone to develop  new forms of scholarly publishing. The affordances of digital information and networks create many opportunities to unbundle the functions of scholarly communication – the central challenge is to create a range of new forms of publication that effectively promote both market and collaborative ecosystems.


Trelles A, Altman M, Magar E, McDonald MP. Open Data, political representation and redistricting in Mexico. - Mexico's Official Open Government Site [Internet]. 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The various complaints and protests of various kinds in the last decade in The generation and use of information for this task is a priority area for governance and strengthening our young democracy. In this area, the delimitation of the electoral map is a key to achieving better political representation. 

Brand A, Allen L, Altman M, Hlava M, Scott J. Beyond authorship: attribution, contribution, collaboration, and credit. Learned Publishing [Internet]. 2015;28 (2) :151-155. Publisher's VersionAbstract
As the number of authors on scientific publications increases, ordered lists of author names are proving inadequate for the purposes of attribution and credit. • A multi-stakeholder group has produced a contributor role taxonomy for use in scientific publications. • Identifying specific contributions to published research will lead to appropriate credit, fewer author disputes, and fewer disincentives to collaboration and the sharing of data and code
Altman M, Andreev L, Diggory M, King G, Sone A, Verba S, Kiskis DL, Krot M. A digital library for the dissemination and replication of quantitative social science research: the Virtual Data Center. Social Science Computer Review [Internet]. 2001;19 :458–470. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The Virtual Data Center software is an open-source, digital library system for quantitative data. The authors discuss what the software does, how it provides an infrastructure for the management and dissemination of distributed collections of quantitative data, and the replication of results derived from these data.
Altman M. Open source software for libraries: from Greenstone to the Virtual Data Center and beyond. IASSIST Quarterly [Internet]. 2001;25 :5–11. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The growth of OSS has gained the attention of research librarians [Frumkin, 2002] and created new opportunities for libraries. We might well ask: What distinguishes OSS from commercial software? What are the advantages and disadvantages of OSS software? Out of the thousands of packages available, which are most useful in a library environment?