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[News] Open-Access Publication Celebrates More Wins

  • Subject: [News] Open-Access Publication Celebrates More Wins
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:27:45 +0100
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A Compact for Open-Access Publication

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| September 14, 2009âFive of the nation's premier institutions of 
| higher learningâCornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the Massachusetts 
| Institute of Technology, and the University of California, 
| Berkeleyâtoday announced their joint commitment to a compact for 
| open-access publication.


Open Humanities Press to publish OA books

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| The Open Humanities Press (OHP) announced recently that it is 
| entering the Open Access (OA) book publishing market, launching 
| five new OA book series. The books will all be made freely 
| available online as full-text electronic files, as well as being 
| offered as print on demand (POD) paperbacks. To get a better idea 
| of the significance of the news I contacted a few OA advocates, 
| and emailed some questions to OHP co-founder Sigi Jottkandt. The 
| latter questions were answered collectively by the OHP Steering 
| Group.


Mobile app sees science go global

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| The approach is outlined in the open-access journal PLoS ONE.
| The software has been developed for so-called smartphones that run 
| Google's Android open-source operating system. 



'Cyberlaw Cases' blog monitors top Internet-related cases

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| Two University of California, Berkeley, professors are teaming up with two
| colleagues to launch "Cyberlaw Cases," a blog covering what they consider the
| top 10 most important pending U.S. legal cases involving issues that impact
| the Internet, databases and software programs.


Peter Murray-Rust on the (Scientific) Value of Sharing

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| There has been a history of controlling data through commercial means, and
| there are a lot of organizations which up until now have made an income by
| collecting data from the community and then packaging it and selling it back.
| That was a reasonable thing to do in the 20th century. But in the 21st
| century, so much information is now born digital that it makes sense to think
| of an economy where as we create the data, we release it to the community
| rather than locking it up.


Open Source DNA: Mathematical Formula Protects Genetic Privacy

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| In the chilling science fiction movie Gattaca, Ethan Hawke stars as a man
| with "inferior genes" who assumes another's genetic identity to escape a
| dead-end future. The 1997 film illustrates the very real fear swirling around
| today's genome research â fear that private genetic information could be used
| negatively against us.


Europe Seeks to Ease Rules for Putting Books Online

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| The European Commission on Friday will propose drafting rules that would make
| it easier to put many books and manuscripts online. The move is a part of the
| commissionâs effort to bolster access to information and to encourage online
| businesses.


Steve Schultze to Join CITP as Associate Director

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| I'm thrilled to announce that Steve Schultze will be joining the Center for
| Information Technology Policy at Princeton, as our new Associate Director,
| starting September 15. We know Steve well, having followed his work as a
| fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard, not to mention his collaboration
| with us on RECAP.


Online tool sheds sunlight on court records

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| "User fees are not on their face an absurd proposition," said RECAP
| co-developer Stephen Schultze, who is also a fellow at Harvard University's
| Berkman Center for Internet and Society. "On the other hand, there may be
| enough benefits to open access . . . and justice that it would be worth
| funding it out of general taxpayer dollars."


Another Reason for Open Access

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| Why not, indeed? For as Neylon points out:
|     If an author feels strongly enough that a paper will get to a wider
|     audience in a new journal, if they feel strongly enough that it will
|     benefit from that journalâs peer review process, and they are prepared to
|     pay a fee for that publication, why should they be prevented from doing
|     so? If that publication does bring that science to a wider audience, is
|     not a public service publisher discharging their mission through that
|     publication?
| Which is only possible, of course, in open access journals adopting a funder
| pays approach, since traditional publishers need to be able to point to the
| uniqueness of their content if they are trying to sell it - after all, why
| would you want to buy it twice? Open access journals have no such imperative,
| since they are giving it away, so readers have no expectations that the stuff
| is unique and never seen before.


Draft Open Access and Licensing Framework released

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| Today the State Services Commission is releasing the draft New Zealand
| Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) (HTML with comments
| [*]). This document provides guidance for State Services agencies on:
|     * open access to non-copyright information; and
|     * open licensing of copyright works,
| in both cases with a view to allowing their re-use by others. (It does not
| apply to information or works containing personal or other sensitive
| information).


Defending the Digitised Public Domain

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| This is a crucially important issue. At the moment, some publishers are
| trying to create a new copyright in public domain materials just because they
| have been digitised. This is not only absurd, but threatens to nullify much
| of the huge potential of turning analogue knowledge into digital form.



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| We already have a substantial free legal web, but it is not joined up. We
| have the resources and the technologies to join it up â now â for the benefit
| of lawyers and the community at large. Those of us who have an interest in
| access to the law and justice and the efficient provision of legal services
| have a duty to make this happen.
| There has in the past 18 months been a sea change in Governmentâs attitude to
| the provision of Public Sector Information (PSI) and the encouragement of
| user-generated services supporting government. In particular, the independent
| Power of Information Review recommended changes that have been substantially
| accepted by Government, who, through the Power of Information Task Force are
| now committed to making this happen.
| The time has come to build the Free Legal Web.

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