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[News] Openness/Transparency Spreads Like Fire

  • Subject: [News] Openness/Transparency Spreads Like Fire
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 20:11:03 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Parliament pushes for all EU documents to be made public 

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| EU access to documents laws should be 
| widened to cover all European institutions, 
| bodies and agencies following the adoption 
| of the Lisbon Treaty, MEPs said yesterday 
| (17 December), criticising the European 
| Commission for failing to update the rules.


Time for a University Prepress?

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| Given that the OU is a publication house, 
| publishing research and teaching materials 
| as a way of generating income, I wonder if 
| there is an opportunity for the Library to 
| support the research publication process 
| providing specialist support for research 
| authors, including optimising them for 
| discovery!


Free Culture Gets Political

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| For years, the free culture world was 
| resolutely focused on building its eclectic 
| array of commons projects â free software, 
| open-access journals, wikis, and pools of 
| creative works using Creative Commons 
| licenses. History may record that the free 
| culture reached a turning point in 
| Barcelona, Spain, in November 2009. At the 
| Free Culture Forum, a conference that just 
| concluded this week, free culture activists 
| from about twenty countries came together to 
| assert a shared political and policy agenda.


Ransom America's public domain video treasures back from the National Archives!

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| Background: these videos were made at US taxpayer expense, and 
| they are in the public domain. However, they aren't distributed 
| for free by the National Archives; instead they're sold 
| through Amazon as a money-maker for the government, 
| which charges you to get access 
| to the stuff you already own and paid for. The 
| Archives get a minuscule amount of money by doing 
| this: $3,273.66 over the past two years! In order to 
| make a measly three grand, the National Archives have 
| closed off the entire USA's access to its video treasures. 



Obama Promotes New Open Government Initiative

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| U.S. government agencies must publish their
| information online in "open formats," under
| a new open government plan released by U.S.
| President Barack Obama's administration.


Full Nelson: Video: San Francisco Goes Open, Transparent

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| CTO Adams and the city of San Francisco are
| looking to share the technology, which is
| built on an open source platform.

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