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[News] Promoting Open Access Versus Inhibiting Open Access

  • Subject: [News] Promoting Open Access Versus Inhibiting Open Access
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 14:22:46 +0100
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Can You Make Money from Free Stuff?

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| It's good to see companies like Getty Images 
| trying to include material that's licensed 
| under Creative Commons licences, but it will 
| be interesting to see how this all works in 
| practice. It does, in any case, emphasise 
| that making money from free stuff, while 
| perfectly possible, requires careful thought 
| about the licensing. But then you knew that 
| anyway. 


BCS EGM: It's Time To Vote For Transparency

,----[ Quote ]
| Despite the unbalanced presentation on the 
| official BCS web site (where there is no 
| attempt to represent the views of the loyal 
| and senior members who felt compelled to 
| call the meeting as a last resort - their 
| case is on their own site), the issues the 
| EGM raises are serious and reflect a 
| widespread disquiet among active BCS 
| members. The webcast by the BCS President 
| and CEO on June 10 didn't make things any 
| better, attacking the messengers further 
| rather than responding to the message, and 
| today I'm left with the same unease as I had 
| when I first saw the EGM was happening.


The EU proposal for increasing access?

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| The aim is to restrict the conditions that 
| would permit to increase the number and the 
| range of accessible format works available. 
| The Joint recommendation is about when 
| "there is no appropriate commercial product 
| on offer." If a book exist in an audio 
| format but not in a indexable format or 
| searchable format, is it "on offer" to 
| people with disabilities? 


Accountability and Transparency at ICANN? Not looking good

,----[ Quote ]
| Iâve been keeping schtum about the 
| Accountability and Transparency Review Team 
| (ATRT) for a while for three reasons:
|    1. I submitted a proposal along with a 
|    team of professional evaluators to be the 
|    reviewâs âindependent expertâ
|    2. I know nearly all the members of the 
|    team and I respect them all
|    3. Theyâre working to a tight timetable 
|    so you have to give some benefit of doubt



The return on peer review

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| A while ago I took a decision to only publish
| in open access journals. I recently received
| two requests to review articles for journals.
| Peer-review is one of the great unseen tasks
| performed by academics. Most of us do some,
| for no particular reward, but out of a sense
| of duty towards the overall quality of
| research. It is probably a community norm
| also, as you become enculturated in the
| community of your discipline, there are a
| number of tasks you perform to achieve, and
| to demonstrate, this, a number of which are
| allied to publishing: Writing conference
| papers, writing journal articles, reviewing.


What Do I Want from the Publisher of the Future?

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| When I took on the role of Editor-in-Chief of
| this open-access journal, I began, for the
| first time, to think about scholarly
| communication beyond submitting my papers and
| getting them published.


Blind Students Get Free Access to Cambridge U. Press Books

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| Texts for visually impaired college students
| are hard to come by. But a new agreement
| between Cambridge University Press and
| Bookshare, a nonprofit organization that
| converts books and journals into formats that
| blind people can read, may enlarge this
| library.


Highly Misleading Press Release by Oxford University Press Journals

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| Oxford University Press Journals has issued a
| highly misleading press release -- "Open
| Access Uptake: Five Years On," not making it
| clear that it is not Open Access (OA) uptake
| that is declining, but merely the uptake of
| OUP's pricey "Oxford Open (OO)" paid hybrid-
| Gold OA option.

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