After reading this message, I asked Margo if I could post it, and she said go for it. Dear Colleagues: The day H.R. 5037 (Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 – FRPAA) was introduced, I happened to be sending an open access article to a headache support group. The article was the result of [...]
An article in zeropaid.com amplified the news about BioTorrents, a BitTorrent tracking and repository site created by researchers at the Genome Center of the University of California Davis, announced earlier in April in PLoS One (BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data). If you are a denizen of digital bazaar known as BitTorrent, this latest development in [...]
I have always been a fan of www.scientificcommons.org, as the electronic thesis records I curate are among the institutional repositories that are indexed though automated OAI-PMH metadata retrieval to create an organized and searchable record of more than 34 million publications. One minor complaint I have expressed concerns the absence of advanced searching. I noticed [...]
What are you doing on May 14th, 2010? You don’t have to go anywhere, because MacLearning and Apple Computer are producing a one-day online conference transmitted from two academic venues: AcademiX 2010: Learning in an open-access world. No fee. MacLearning will bring an excellent group of speakers into this program simultaneously at MIT and Northwestern [...]
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A press release today from the World Bank announces a new website, data.worldbank.org, offering free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers. Data will be available in languages other than English, with an initial 330 indicators translated into French, Spanish [...]
Scirus, the Elsevier-produced web index targeting the retrieval of over 380 million science-related Web pages, has always been a credible free alternative to the imprecision and paid-advertising that comes with attempts at scientific retrieval with basic google. (of course, Google Scholar is where you could go for better peer-reviewed scientific access). It is important to recognize that [...]
Peter Brantley in Madrid, April 2010: the future of open access, publishing, libraries.
What is at the foundation of the open content movement for education? A definition: The essence of an 4R framework described above is a very close cousin of the Creative Commons licensing movement, which has been providing free licenses to mark creative work with legal permission (license) to share, remix, and distribute a broad array of [...]
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is a young organization just about to hold their 2nd annual meeting on August 22-24 in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. The have already assembled a large membership roster of international publishing organizations, scholarly society publishers, and independent open access journals. There is also [...]