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[News] Open Access Receives Funds, Commonsware Publishing Model Explained

  • Subject: [News] Open Access Receives Funds, Commonsware Publishing Model Explained
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:21:27 +0100
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OpenUp â TSO Launches Open Data Challenge with Â50,000 Development Fund

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| TSO (The Stationery Office), the leading 
| provider of publishing solutions to the 
| public sector, has today announced the 
| launch of OpenUp, a Â50,000 development 
| fund aimed at encouraging the British 
| public to come up with ideas of how open 
| data can be put to better use for their 
| communities. The move by TSO to offer the 
| substantial fund for investment follows the 
| recent launch of Data.gov.uk by the 
| Government. Individuals or teams of people 
| are encouraged to enter the competition by 
| submitting an idea that can use public data 
| to deliver value to communities locally, 
| regionally, nationally or even 
| internationally. As well as securing the 
| fund to see their idea developed the winner 
| will also be awarded a personal prize of 
| Â1,000.


The commonsware publishing model

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| CommonsWareâs publishing strategy is fairly 
| simple: try to give readers a fair deal.
| Digital publishing with a price tag 
| attached â whether it be books or music or 
| movies â is trying to leverage an 
| artificial scarcity. For all intents and 
| purposes, there is really no additional 
| costs for delivering 200 copies than there 
| are for delivering 2 copies. However, the 
| alternative revenue models are works-in-
| progress.



An Approach to Open Access Author Payment

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| There have been hundreds of articles in
| recent years exhorting the strengths and
| warning of the weaknesses of Open Access
| through author payment. This article
| discusses a few of the favorable and
| unfavorable issues and proposes an approach
| that takes advantage of the favorable aspects
| and overcomes some of the unfavorable ones.
| It requires extensive government support,
| which may or may not be feasible, but the
| approach is presented here nevertheless. Some
| evidence is given for the potential savings
| that would be achieved by scientists,
| publishers and libraries in the US.

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