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The human genome at ten

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| The race to complete the first human 
| genome sequence had everything a story 
| needs to keep its audience enthralled â 
| right down to a neck-and-neck sprint for 
| the finish by two fierce rivals. In the 
| end, the result was basically a tie. The 
| rivals â the international, publicly 
| funded Human Genome Project and the 
| private, for-profit company Celera 
| Genomics then based in Rockville, Maryland 
| â jointly announced the completion of 
| their draft sequences in June 2000 at a 
| gala televised press conference attended 
| by US President Bill Clinton and UK Prime 
| Minister Tony Blair.


Dramatic Growth of Open Access: March 31, 2010 Edition

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| The March 31, 2010 issue of the Dramatic 
| Growth of Open Access is now available. 
| Highlights: DOAJ is now at 4,863 journals, 
| having added a net total of 864 journals 
| in the past year for a DOAJ growth rate of 
| over 2 titles per day. The Bielefeld 
| Academic Search Engine now searches over 
| 23 million documents; this is an increase 
| of over 1.2 million in the last quarter, 
| or over 13,000 documents per day. There 
| are now more than 200 open access mandate 
| policies listed in ROARMAP, with strong 
| growth in every category. Compliance with 
| the U.S. National Institutes of Health 
| Public Access Policy is 62% - still not 
| 100%, but definitely getting closer. In 
| the past year,120 more journals began 
| contributing all content as open access to 
| PubMedCentral. There are now more than 
| 5,000 journals around the world using Open 
| Journal Systems (OJS). 


Achieving Impossible Things with Free Culture and Commons-Based Enterprise


Paywall/Open Debate Applied To University Education As Well

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| Now, the OCW critics will claim that this 
| takes away from the big schools that put 
| content into OCW, but again, that's 
| misunderstanding the market, and assuming 
| a zero-sum game, rather than an ability to 
| expand the overall pie, recognizing that 
| better education programs across the board 
| are a good thing that open up many more 
| opportunities than they take away.


Ordnance Survey opens up UK mapping data!

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| Subsequent to the recent consultation on 
| Ordnance Survey data and Gordon Brownâs 
| commitment to opening up (an unspecified 
| amount of) the data in a speech last week 
| - today the UKâs mapping agency is 
| releasing a significant portion of their 
| data for free use by the public.



U.S. systemic savings from a full shift to OA: $3.4 billion

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| King argues for an open access system via article processing fees,
| fully paid by the federal government. It is noteworthy that King's
| estimate is that this would cost, in a worst-case scenario, an
| increase of less than 1% of what the U.S. federal government
| spends on research grants right now. King acknowledges the
| unlikelihood of this scenario. Average cost-per-article of
| $1,500 and $2,500 U.S. scenarios are employed; the additional
| cost for 100% funding of articles would be $427 million (at
| $1,500 per article) or $712 million (at $2,500 per article).
| King estimates that academic and special libraries could,
| together, save an estimate $4.1 billion per year.

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