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[News] Open Access/Content Milestones, Going Mainstream

  • Subject: [News] Open Access/Content Milestones, Going Mainstream
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:45:07 +0100
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Open Access Science ?= Open Source Software

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| As a software engineer who works on open 
| source scientific applications and 
| frameworks, when I look at this, I scratch 
| my head and wonder "why don't they just do 
| the equivalent of a code review"? And 
| that's really, where the germ of the idea 
| behind this blog posting started. What if 
| the scientific publishing process were 
| more like an open source project? How 
| would the need for peer-review be balanced 
| with the need to publish? Who should bear 
| the costs? Can a publishing model be 
| created that minimizes bias and allows 
| good ideas to emerge in the face of 
| scientific groupthink?


Flickr, stock photography and Creative Commons

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| This is where the ethical and practical 
| implications take place. I am not really 
| too concerned about the Getty collection, 
| I really thing that this is a good 
| development. However, I am concerned about 
| the potential negative impact on the take-
| up of CC licences in Flickr. By stating 
| clearly that any CC licensed picture will 
| be only eligible for the cheaper royalty-
| free licensing option, Getty has created a 
| disincentive to licence under Creative 
| Commons. While I give the Flickr community 
| enough credit not to answer the sirenâs 
| call en masse, this could be a concern on 
| the long run. We could have a two-tier 
| Flickerverse of low-quality CC-licensed 
| images, and high-quality content available 
| only by paying fees to Getty.


21 Years of Open Access Publishing

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| In August 1989, I began my scholarly 
| digital publishing efforts, launching one 
| of the first e-journals on the Internet, 
| The Public-Access Computer Systems Review. 
| This journal, if it was published today, 
| would be called a "libre" open access 
| journal since it was freely available, 
| allowed authors to retain their 
| copyrights, and had special copyright 
| provisions for noncommercial use.



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.

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