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[News] Open Data/Access Encouraged by Harvard, ABC, OpenFlights

  • Subject: [News] Open Data/Access Encouraged by Harvard, ABC, OpenFlights
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:55:05 +0100
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Harvard to digitize Chinese rare book collection 

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| One of the most extensive collections of rare 
| Chinese books outside of China will be digitized 
| and made freely available to scholars worldwide 
| as part of a six-year cooperative project 
| between Harvard College Library (HCL) and the 
| National Library of China (NLC). ...


ABC chief champions 'free' online content 

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| ABC managing director and tweeting Web 2.0 
| aficionado Mark Scott will maintain the public 
| broadcasters' policy of free online content, and 
| says traditional publishers like Rupert 
| Murdochâs News Limited and Fairfax plan to 
| charge fees for content is unrealistic.


OpenFlights data released under Open Database License (ODbL)

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| OpenFlights is a site for âflight logging, 
| mapping, stats and sharingâ.


Stitching science together

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| Google Wave is the kind of open-source online 
| collaboration tool that should drive scientists 
| to wire their research and publications into an 
| interactive data web, says Cameron Neylon.



Welcome to the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #138

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| I want to celebrate the progress of OA journals and the launch
| of the OASPA by setting out what I see as the 10 greatest
| challenges facing OA journals.  I want to do this without
| pretending to set the association agenda and without
| presupposing that association members don't already know these
| challenges very well.  I'm not a member of the association or
| even a publisher.  I merely want to see OA journals succeed.


Better world: Share things

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| Looking for a romantic way to do your bit for the
| planet? Then move in with your lover, take baths
| together and snuggle up on the sofa to watch TV
| together.
| An awful lot of energy could be saved if only people
| shared things more, especially their homes. The evidence
| comes from the opposite end of the love spectrum.
| According to a recent study, if all the couples who
| divorced in the US had stayed together, in 2005 alone
| they would have used 2373 billion litres less water and
| 73 billion kilowatt-hours less electricity. Each
| divorced person spent 46 per cent more on electricity
| and 56 per cent more on water.


At End of Act II: Are we Played for Fools OR Building a Enlightened Digital World?

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| This would be the World Wide Web of Books that we have
| been dreaming of rather than a Monopoly of Books.
| Google has helped build momentumâ lets take it the rest
| of the way without blowing it.   This could be done by
| Congress or the Justice Departmentâ both of which are
| working on this right now.

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