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[News] Heap of Wins for the Open Access Movement

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British Library still doesn’t get it

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| The BBC has a belated but fawning story today, Just click for a century of 
| news: 
|     The British Library has put two million digitised pages from 19th century 
|     newspapers online, taking research out of its dusty reading rooms into 
|     people’s homes.  
|     The pay-as-you-go service brings a century of history alive from Jack the 
|     Ripper to WC Grace. (etc) 
| Ah.  So, “just click”, eh?  What use is this to most of us?  Access for the 
| privileged only, it seems.  Can you imagine any of us paying for this?  
| But there is more, and worse, at the British Library site, where the new 
| government “Digital Britain” report is discussed. 


Don’t Hide your: Research, Share it!

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| Technology is slowly allowing scientists to take information distribution 
| back into their own hands as demonstrated by OpenWetWare.org. Not only does 
| it allow researchers to publish bits of information that do not fit in with 
| the conventional channels of journals but it also serves as a platform to 
| interact with other researchers in an environment that is not owned by a 
| profit-seeking company.     


Student Statement on The Right to Research

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| Scholarly knowledge is part of the common wealth of humanity.
| Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the scholarly literature, despite 
| advances in communications technology.  The high cost of academic journals 
| restricts access to knowledge; in some fields, prices can reach $20,000 for a 
| single journal subscription1 or $30 for an individual article.2  Despite 
| these high prices, authors of scholarly articles are not paid for their work. 
| The profits from these publications go solely to the publishers of the 
| journals.  A vast amount of research is funded from public sources – yet 
| taxpayers are locked out by the cost of access.        


The Master List of Free Language Learning Resources


OPSI’s new licensing model – taking the licensing of government content to the
next level 

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| The Government’s response to the Power of Information Taskforce’s 
| recommendation 8 stated that OPSI was developing a new licence model, 
| building on the success of the Click-Use Licence.  We thought it would be 
| good to post our initial thoughts about what the new licence terms could look 
| like here on our blog for your comments.     


Reclaim The Commons: A Manifesto

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| As long-suffering readers of this blog will have noticed, I rather like the 
| concept of the commons. As well as being good in itself, it also provides a 
| way of linking many disparate fields - software, content, data, knowledge, 
| fisheries, forests, oceans, the atmosphere. That's not really surprising, 
| since the thing these all have in, er, common is that we share them, and the 
| commons offers a model for sharing without destroying.     


Using Wikisource as an Alternative Open Access Repository for Legal Scholarship

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| There are plenty of sites in the world that aim to serve as repositories for 
| legal scholarship. Some of them are run by particular law schools and serve 
| to advertise scholarship produced by that institution’s faculty. Others, like 
| SSRN, aggregate scholarship from a variety of sources. Wikisource differs 
| from all of them in that its mission is broader: Wikisource doesn’t want to 
| be a scholarly archive, it wants to be a library. The very breadth and 
| generality of that objective, however, gives Wikisource some advantages as an 
| open-access repository that I don’t think have been adequately explored 
| elsewhere.        


OA journal ranks #1 in its field for impact

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| The OA impact advantage helps journals, not just authors.  TA journals may 
| have their reasons not to convert to OA, but they can't pretend that there's 
| nothing in the other pan of the scale.  


Proposed Rules On Public Research In South Africa Stir Debate 

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| But the negative impact of the regulations far outweigh any benefits, the 
| project argued. The draft rules focus on the use of patenting and other forms 
| of IP protection to commercialise research in the interests of innovation, it 
| said, adding that they are “hostile to, or at the very least suspicious of, 
| open source and open processes.”    



The world’s first Open Access Mandate?

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| In the process of writing something about the current state of Open Access
| (OA) mandates I became intrigued by the mandate introduced at Geneva-based
| particle physics laboratory CERN.


United Nation launches world's first free online university

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| For hundreds of millions of people around the world higher education is no
| more than a dream. The United Nations hope to make this dream a reality with
| their global tuition-free online University.


United Nations using Drupal

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| 117 million people participated in the United Nations' Anti-Poverty event,
| and it was organized on a Drupal site: http://www.standagainstpoverty.org/.


United Nations University urges legislators to support open source software

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| United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) experts urge parliamentarians to
| support open source software and information technologies as a way to let
| citizens participate meaningfully in the information society. They also
| emphasize that policy markers should consider information and communications
| technologies from a social rather than technical viewpoint.


UN agency and Microsoft plan increased collaboration

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| The head of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
| and the Chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates have discussed enhancing their
| collaboration on using information technology to spur development around the
| world.


UN think tank urges legislators to support 'open source' information
technologies, software

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| "Participation in, not just access to, the information society is important"
| Ghosh told the UN event, attended by members of parliament from over 40
| countries. "Open source software gives people fishing rods, not just fish."
| “The main issue here is a plea for open standards as they guarantee
| competition,” says Prof. Luc Soete, Director of Maastricht-based UNU-MERIT,
| underlining the importance of this topic to the Institute’s work. Recently
| published UNU-MERIT studies demonstrate the strong role of open source
| software in skills development.


UN University Launches OpenCourseWare

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| It seems a no-brainer that the United Nations University (yes, it exists)
| should make available its courses for the world and her dog to use...



Technical support for open source system now in GenSan

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| Dr. Francisco Sarmiento III, project officer of the United Nations
| Development Programme-International Open Source Network (UNDO-IOSN) Asean+3
| Sub-regional Node, said local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), government
| and non-government organizations migrating towards the free and open source
| software (FOSS) may now link up for support with the Mindanao State
| University's (MSU) Computer Center here.


UN partners with MSU-Gensan for dev't of 1st Foss center

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| A United Nations (UN)-funded organization promoting the use of the free and
| open source software (Foss) has forged a partnership with the Mindanao State
| University (MSU) for the development of Southeast Asia's first OpenHUB or
| accessible FOSS resource center.


Talking FOSS at the UN

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| Weesner says that despite the fact that speakers like Stallman and Cooper
| were well-received last year, "This year [the delegates] expressed a wish to
| hear more from real-world users instead of the technologists and advocates.
| This year's agenda does not include open source software developers, apart
| from Chris DiBona, who will be representing the Google case." Other
| unconfirmed guest speakers include Virgin America, SchoolNet Namibia, and
| Banco do Brasil.


UN body releases desktop Linux guide

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| A UN-funded organisation has produced a Linux desktop
| user guide to encourage the take-up of Linux in
| developing countries


UN Technical Agency Honors Mozilla

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| This is an enormous honor. It is a very significant recognition
| of the work of the Mozilla project. I want to thank the ITU for
| selecting Mozilla and congratulate the Mozilla community for
| making such an impact in people's online lives.


UN body releases desktop Linux guide

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| A UN-funded organisation has produced a Linux desktop
| user guide to encourage the take-up of Linux in
| developing countries


Editor's Corner (on Open Source in Healthcare)

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| Suggesting that a private healthcare provider switch from
| proprietary software to open source-based applications is one
| thing. But when an official affiliated with as august a body as
| the United Nations suggests that all member countries adopt open
| source for their healthcare applications, that's a much bigger deal.

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