[mp3 here] Last week, Andrew Odlyzko [wikipedia] a mathematician and historian, and former head of the University of Minnesota’s Digital Technology Center, posted a research paper that concludes that the data suggest that libraries are losing their competition with the publishers of academic journals. Andrew is a long-time open access advocate, so he’s not saying… Read more »
Posts Categorized: open access
Congratulations to the Open Knowledge Foundation on the launch of BibSoup, a site where anyone can upload and share a bibliography. It’s a great idea, and an awesome addition to the developing knowledge ecosystem.
Eric Frank is the president and co-founder of Flat World Knowledge, Inc., which publishes peer-reviewed online textbooks available under Creative Commons license. He explains his business.
The Royal Society — publisher of the first peer reviewed scientific article in history — has announced that its entire archive (which goes back to 1665) and all future issues will be available online for free. Here’s the searchable index.
The Association of College and Research Libraries has signed the Berlin Declaration. The ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, and has 12,500 members (which is about 20% of the ALA’s membership). The Berlin Declaration was written in 2003 and encourages open access publishing. [via American Libraries Magazine, and a hat tip to… Read more »
First, an email from Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive about Michael S. Hart: A dear friend and an inspiration unfortunately died yesterday. He dedicated his life to getting books to everyone in the world. He did this with no compensation and lived a life of near poverty. But he always shined with good cheer,… Read more »
A report on a survey of 350 chemists and 350 economists in UK universities leads to the following conclusion about open access publishing: …our work with researchers on the ground indicates to us that whatever the enthusiasm and optimism within the OA community, it has not spilled into academia to a large extent and has… Read more »
MacKenzie Smith of MIT and Creative Commons talks about the new 4-star rating system for open licenses for metadata from cultural institutions: The draft is up on the LOD-LAM site. Here are some comments on the system from open access guru Peter Suber.
Eric Hellman explains how GlueJar.com will enable readers to pool money to buy the rights to works so that those works can be made available for free to the world. (Recorded at the LOD-LAM conference in San Francisco.)
Kristin Eschenfelder of University of Wisconsin Madison discusses her recent research on why cultural institutions resist making their materials openly available (videoed at the LODLAM conference).