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  • Subject: [News] Latest Open Access/Content and Open Data Wins
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 May 2010 21:43:53 +0100
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Over Bogus Industry Studies On Co

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| CC Korea prepares "The 1st Shared Film 
| Festival" for showing and sharing global 
| movies with CC License. The festival, 
| lasting from June 3 to June 9, will be held 
| at Cine-maru located in Seoul, South Korea.


What We Can Learn From the Guardianâs New Open Platform

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| The Guardian isnât the kind of tech-savvy 
| enterprise one would normally look to for 
| guidance on digital issues or Internet-
| related topics. For one thing, itâs not a 
| startup â itâs a 190-year-old newspaper. And 
| itâs not based in Palo Alto, Calif., but in 
| London Manchester, England. The newspaper 
| company, however, is doing something fairly 
| revolutionary by simply changing the way it 
| thinks about value creation and where that 
| comes from in an online world.


DRM: Publishers donât want it. So why?

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| I should make it clear that although I 
| campaign gently for Open Access publishing 
| (as opposed to frenetically for Open Data) I 
| accept that there are closed-access 
| publishers. My concern there is that they 
| make it clear what they are providing, what 
| rights they have extracted from the author, 
| what restrictions they have placed on the 
| reader (sorry, enduser-customer) and whether 
| they provide reasonable value for money. For 
| example, a closed-access publisher usually 
| has an Open Access option where authors can 
| pay â in some cases this is very good value 
| (e.g. Acta Crystallographica) and in others 
| (ACS) itâs very poor (the freely visible 
| material is not open and festooned with 
| restrictions). 


Open Government and open data

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| In a classic example of the Broken Window 
| Fallacy successive governments have regarded 
| the data they, or government-supported 
| monopolies such as the Post Office, 
| collected as the governmentâs property to be 
| monetised to the hilt. They have also kept 
| many details of their own working practices 
| secret. In this article I will deal with the 
| case for as much openness as is possible in 
| both these areas: government produced data 
| and data about government.
| So, first on government produced data. The 
| previous government had some good track 
| record on the principles here, passing the 
| Freedom of Information Act and setting up 
| data.gov.uk. The principles were right here, 
| but they failed to go the distance and truly 
| change the attitudes embedded in government 
| that data by default should be kept secret 
| and only opened up when necessary. the 
| incoming government need to work hard to 
| change this attitude and free the data. 
| Unless it is PII (see Lilianâs article on 
| the challenges for the new government on 
| privacy) government data should be free (as 
| in speech). Very narrow lines requiring 
| significant work to justify closure should 
| be put in place otherwise. 


Academia as a Commons

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| The very mission and identity of academia is 
| implicated in the future of digital 
| technologies, the Internet and copyright 
| law. At stake is the ability of colleges and 
| universities to act as inter-generational 
| stewards of knowledgeâ to assure that their 
| own scholarly output is freely accessible 
| and usableâ. to curate knowledge in better 
| ways and to disseminate it as broadly as 
| possibleâ.and to foster innovative research 
| and learning.



US academic leaders support open-access bill


Open Access to Nobel Prize awarded work â a pilot project

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| Lund University Libraries, Head Office
| have previous experience in database
| development and have been involved in
| projects related to copyright issues,
| parallel publishing, open access and is
| the provider of DOAJ (Directory of Open
| Access Journals).

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