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The Doctor Who Model of Open Source

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| How do we sustain Open Source in a distributed world? We are facing this 
| challenge with several of our chemical software creations/packages. People 
| move, institutions change. Open Source does not, of itself, grow and 
| flourish – it needs nurturing. Many packages require a lot of work before 
| they are in a state to be usefully enhanced by the community - “throw it over 
| the wall and it will flourish” does not work.     
| Many OS projects have clear governance and (at least implicitly) funded 
| management. Examples are Apache, Eclipse, etc. Many others have the “BDFL” -  
| Benevolent Dictator For Life with characters such as RBS, Linus, Guido 
| Python, Larry Perl, etc. These command worldwide respect and they have income 
| models which are similar to literary giants. These models don’t (yet?) work 
| for chemistry.    


UNESCO releases new publication on open educational resources

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| UNESCO has released its first openly licensed publication. Open Educational 
| Resources: Conversations in Cyberspace brings together the background papers 
| and reports from the first three years of activities in the UNESCO OER 
| Community. Access the online edition – or buy the book!   


Why Scientific Publishing Will Never be the Same

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| For those of us tracking open access and its wider import, it's pretty clear 
| that scientific publishing has changed for ever. But for some within the 
| industry, there remains the desperate hope that all this new-fangled open, 
| collaborative stuff will just blow over.   


It's Our Data: Time to Open Up

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| Last week I wrote about David Cameron's fine words about cancelling ID cards 
| and generally opening up data. It was full of sound and fury, but I reserve 
| judgement on just how much it really signified.  
| But here's a hopeful sign that things really might change if the Tories win 
| power at the next general election. It's a new report from the Centre for 
| Policy Studies  



Open Access and the A-Bomb

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| Importantly, by putting their papers into arXiv physicists ensure that they
| are freely available to anyone who wishes to access them – assuming they have
| an Internet connection – regardless of whether they or their institution has
| a subscription to the journal in which the paper is published. Indeed, some
| papers in arXiv are never published in a journal at all.


Book Publisher Eksmo Acquires Online Ebook Store LitRes


Article: It’s our data

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| The 700,000 pages of scanned images put online in pdf were described by Sir
| Stuart Bell as a ‘great achievement’ for Parliament. And I suppose it is if
| you’re used to inscribing your words on animal skins.


Five minutes of your time to help us: take part in UK PubMed Central images

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| The British Library project team, which manages development activities for
| UKPMC, and is specifically tasked with identifying additional, hard to find
| content to add to UKPMC, is keen to understand what types of images
| researchers would find useful for potential inclusion in the repository.


Finding a fair price for free knowledge

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| TEN years ago, a piece of software called Napster taught us that scarcity is
| no longer a law of nature. The physics of our universe would allow everyone
| with access to a networked computer to enjoy, for free, every song, every
| film, every book, every piece of research, every computer program, every last
| thing that could be made out of digital ones and zeros. The question became
| not, will nature allow it, but will our legal and economic system ever allow
| it?


No Raw Data on Recovery.gov. Significant Failure

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| Speaking for the coalition, Gary Bass, OMB Watch’s director and CAR’s
| co-chair, applauded the significant transparency steps OMB has taken in
| certain key respects. However, much data from the recipients of Recovery Act
| funds will not be collected or disclosed according the the new guidelines.


ScenicOrNot raw data now available for re-use

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| It’s available under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 3
| Licence, and we greatly look forward to seeing what people do with it.


Elsevier Does a Microsoft with Open Access

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| I've seen these kind of stories so many times in the world of open source,
| with Microsoft as the main protagonist, that they warm the cockles of my
| heart when I see them popping up in other areas like open access. Why?
| Because if a multi-billion pound company like Elsevier is starting to stoop
| to this kind of tactic, it demonstrates just how profoundly worried it is -
| and how close open access is to widespread acceptance.


Elsevier Reveals More Details About Its Fake Journal Division

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| Remember how Elsevier and Merck were caught putting out a fake journal that
| had articles favoring Merck drugs, implying peer reviewed articles that
| weren't? Soon afterwards, it came out that Elsevier had a whole division for
| such things. However, following an internal investigation, it looks like
| Elsevier is backtracking a bit and saying that, while the group's practices
| were problematic, most weren't as egregious as the "Australasian Journal of
| Bone and Joint Medicine (AJBJM)" that was created by Merck and Elsevier.


Elsevier Had A Whole Division Publishing Fake Medical Journals

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| Remember a week ago when we wrote about pharma giant Merck and publishing
| giant Elsevier working together to publish a fake journal that talked up
| various Merck drugs and was used by doctors to show that the drugs were safe
| and useful?


No bottom to worse at Elsevier?

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| The latest development, though, strikes me as something that should be
| shouted from every available rooftop: Elsevier simply must answer the
| questions raised.
| Via Dorothea: Jonathan Rochkind has done a little "forensic librarianship"
| and raised astonishing questions about the entire imprint, Excerpta Medica,
| which published the fake journal that started all of this.
| Go read Jonathan, but the bottom line is this: Excerpta Medica does not
| provide a straightforward list of its own publications or make clear which
| are, ahem, "industry-sponsored".


Another Reason We Need Open Access

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| One of the more laughable reasons that traditional science publishers cite in
| their attempts to rubbish open access is that it's somehow not so rigorous
| as "their" kind of publishing. There's usually a hint that standards might be
| dropped, and that open access journals aren't, well, you know, quite proper.


Merck Makes Phony Peer-Review Journal

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| It is this attitude within companies like Merck and among doctors that allows
| scandals precisely like this to happen. While the scandals with Merck and
| Vioxx are particularly egregious, we know they are not isolated incidents.
| This one is just particularly so. If physicians would not lend their names or
| pens to these efforts, and publishers would not offer their presses, these
| publications could not exist. What doctors would have as available data would
| be peer-reviewed research and what pharmaceutical companies produce from
| their marketing departments--actual advertisements.


Merck And Elsevier Exposed For Creating Fake Peer Review Journal

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| Of course, this is exactly the sort of thing that you can do when everything
| is locked up and proprietary, rather than open. There's almost no way to
| confirm or check the data or information to make sure it's legit, so people
| tend to assume it is. In that regard, perhaps it's no surprise that the two
| companies eventually went down this road, but it does highlight one of the
| problems with the way the system works today. As Shirky later points out this
| is hardly unique for a firm like Elsevier, which has faced some serious
| ethical questions regarding its publications in the past as well.



The serials crisis has a name, and it's Reed Elsevier.

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| Mind you, I don't mean to imply that we should launch another boycott;
| reigning in Elsevier's profit margins and/or market share would do little to
| offset the serials crisis. The only answer to that, in the long term, is Open
| Access, because it scales where Toll access doesn't. No, this entry is not
| really about OA at all, it's just a little kick in the shins for my favorite
| Greedy Bastard Publishers.


Elsevier steals, then copyrights other people's free stuff

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| Reed Elsevier caught copying my content without my permission:
|     I was not asked for, and did not give, permission for my work to appear
|     on that page, much less in that format. Needless to say, I felt a little
|     slighted.
|     The website in question appears to be a custom version of the LexisNexis
|     search engine. This particular version appears to be Elsevier's own
|     custom version, intended for internal use. I don't have conclusive proof
|     of that, but the title bar at the top of the page reads, "Elsevier
|     Corporate", and the person who accessed my blog from that page had an IP
|     address that's registered to MD Consult, which is an Elsevier subsidiary.
|     My guess is that Elsevier's keeping track of news articles and blog posts
|     that mention them, along with the context in which they're mentioned.
| [...]
| Reed Elsevier Is Stealing My Words:
|     I received an email from ScienceBlogling Mike Dunford that Reed Elsevier
|     had excerpted one of my posts. No problem there--I like it when people
|     read my stuff....except for one thing:
|     The fuckers copyrighted my words.
| Copyright violation?:
|     Apparently, publishing companies don't always get permission for the
|     materials they use, either. Mike Dunford caught Reed Elsevier copying his
|     content without permission (from Stephen Downes).

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