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[News] Free Literature Improves Rather Inhibits, Makes Money

  • Subject: [News] Free Literature Improves Rather Inhibits, Makes Money
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:23:06 +0000
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WikiPremed: Making Money from Free

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| The virtues of free are pretty inarguable, 
| but advocating the open release of stuff 
| inevitably begs the question: but how do you 
| make a living from it? So it's always great 
| to come across a *thriving* business built 
| on giving stuff away, like WikiPremed MCAT 
| Prep Course, "an open access comprehensive 
| course in the undergraduate level general 
| sciences".
| [...]
| But irrespective of the how, the simple fact 
| of WikiPremed's success is good news: it 
| means that Wetzel is likely to continue to 
| offer his content for free, helping who 
| knows how many impecunious students in the 
| process; it also means that free content has 
| another great case study showing how you can 
| make money from giving stuff away.


Association of American Publishers continues its campaign of textbook (mis)information

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| The Open Educational Resource movement, 
| based on the idea that educational content 
| which is publicly licensed for modification 
| and redistribution is a positive innovation 
| in education, has just begun to break into 
| the mainstream. Conceptually, the idea has 
| been in the public sphere for years now with 
| projects like the OpenCourseWare growing to 
| over 200 schools and universities with over 
| 13,000 courses online getting over 100 
| million visits from around the world.


A digital renaissance: partnering with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage

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| Today weâre announcing an agreement with the 
| Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage that 
| will push this vision forward. Working with 
| the National Libraries of Florence and Rome, 
| weâll digitize up to a million out-of-
| copyright works. The libraries will select 
| the works to be digitized from their 
| collections, which include a wealth of rare 
| historical books, including scientific 
| works, literature from the period of the 
| founding of Italy and the works of Italy's 
| most famous poets and writers. It marks the 
| first time weâve ever joined forces with 
| Italian libraries, and the first time we've 
| worked with a ministry of culture.



Spacehack: Open Source Astronomy for All

,----[ Quote ]
| After all the hullabaloo over Balloon Boy,
| itâs reassuring to learn that some Americans
| look up for reasons other than media pranks.
| In fact, whole communities of amateur
| astronomers and citizen scientists look to
| the skies for discovery, education, and
| inspiration. Aiding them in those pursuits
| is Spacehack, an online directory of and for
| people who want to participate in space
| exploration.


Promoting Open Source Science

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| Open Source Science is a collaborative and
| transparent approach to science. To me, it
| means four things:
|    1. Open Source: the use of open and
|    freely accessible software tools for
|    scientific research and collaboration.
|    2. Open Notebook: transparency in
|    experimental design and data management.
|    3. Open Data: public accessibility of
|    scientific data, which allows for
|    distribution, reuse and derived works.
|    4. Open Access: public access to
|    scholarly literature.


Making Open Source Communities (and Open Cities) More Efficient

,----[ Quote ]
| My friend Diederik and I are starting to
| work more closely with some open source
| projects about how to help "open"
| communities (be they software projects or
| cities) become more efficient.


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.


The Open PhD â What a Concept

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| Did you know MIT has 1800+ courses available for your
| viewing pleasure?  You can even download the syllabus
| and assignments (with answers).  Some courses even
| provide copies of old exams.  How could I have missed
| this?  Itâs not just MIT â other schools belong to the
| consortium â Carnegie Mellon, Standford, Oxford, Yale,
| the list keeps going.

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