Open Access/Data

Open Access usually refers to the open-access movement, the worldwide movement to disseminate scientific and scholarly research literature online, free of charge and free of unnecessary licensing restrictions. (See Wikipedia entry, Public Library of Science) See also the Open Definition initiative.

Hon. MP Bill Siksay on copyright legislation in Canada

Responding to an edited letter sent by me through Digital Copyright Canada's "Send a letter to your member of parliament" campaign, the Honourable MP Bill Siksay of Burnaby-Douglas has kindly sent me the following reply.

Dear Mr. Lee,

Thank you for your most recent letter about copyright legislation in Canada. As I have stated before, copyright is always a difficult balancing act between the fair use of the consumer and fair remuneration for artists. What has made the issue more difficult is the explosive growth of digital technologies in recent years.

U.S. advised to promote open standards, source, innovation

A LinuxDevices article includes:

A business- and university-led public policy group has issued a downloadable 72-page report examining open standards, open source software, and "open innovation." The report concludes that openness should be promoted as a matter of public policy, in order to foster innovation and economic growth in the U.S. and world economies.
The report was released by the Committee for Economic Development (CED), a non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization comprised of about 200 senior corporate executives and university leaders.
The CED report concludes that intellectual property (IP) law and business practices designed for the trade of physical goods threaten economic development and innovation in digital information product markets such as software.

(emphasis added)

Public Library of Science March E-Newsletter

It is important for everyone, whether they are a researcher, policy maker or private citizen, to be aware of the value of Open Access publishing. For an example see the Public Library of Science March newsletter. Read more about the Public Library of Science.

Give us back our crown jewels

This Guardian UK article includes:

Our taxes fund the collection of public data - yet we pay again to access it. Make the data freely available to stimulate innovation, argue Charles Arthur and Michael Cross

I was told about this article in the Citizens for Open Access to Civic Information and Data (COACID) mailing list. This is a Canadian group that among other things is trying to get this information we have already paid for out of governments so that we can have all the follow-on economic and social benefits.

In other areas Canadian policy makers like to point to our trading partners. The United States does not have the concept of Crown Copyright. In fact, all works created by the US government are automatically in the public domain.

UK Open Knowledge Forum Network "open content" panel.

I wanted to point people to the talk given in London, England, on Wednesday 22nd February 2006. An audio recording has been pointed to from Cory Doctorow's BLOG, with Cory being one of the participants.

As a teaser:

Cory discusses some of his personal experiences as a science fiction writer thinking about the future ways of making money with literary works. He discusses how charismatics, with their on-stage presence, saw the advent of radio as destroying their profession. This gave way to virtuosity being the most important quality. We now have the virtuosos complaining that new media transforms again, with the most successful artists being those who now build relationships with fans. Virtuosos are a dime a dozen, but friends and even acquaintances are few. It is now the relationship builders, not the virtuosos or the charismatics, that will survive. Interestingly, this relationship building may restore some of the value of the charismatics of the past: technology giveth, and technology taketh away.

Copyrighting species descriptions is 'biopiracy'

A Science and Development Network article points to a letter published in Nature magazine includes:

This seems little better than biopiracy: taking biodiversity material from the developing world for profit, without sharing benefit or providing the people who live there with access to this crucial information.

PLoS Share Our Vision For Scientific Publishing

Dear Open Access and PLoS Supporter,

Happy New Year!

As co-founders of the Public Library of Science (PLoS), we would like to invite you to join the open access movement by becoming a member of PLoS. With the support of open access advocates like you, we are dramatically changing the landscape of scientific and medical publishing.

Our commitment to making the latest scientific and medical research freely available via the Internet is unwavering. Since the launch of its first journal in 2003, PLoS has established itself as a leader and catalyst in the global open access publishing movement. Just over two years later, we are publishing five open access journals all of which are peer-reviewed and free via the Internet: our flagships, PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine, and our three new Community Journals - PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, and PLoS Pathogens.

s.Moving to real solutions to textbook cash-saving, eradicating the legal hassle

An article by Adam Gonshor for Metro Toronto that discusses Access Copyright received the following letter to the editor.

Access Copyright has been lobbying hard to oppose the best solution to the problem of textbook pricing and potentially illegal copying of textbooks. Access Copyright is an administrative body for a largely outdated business model, namely the collecting of royalties for any copying of literary works. While this model made sense in the past when copying was more expensive, with photocopiers and the Internet there are far better solutions.

Top Finland movie online

p2p news / p2pnet: Further proof, if it were needed, of the power of the Net comes from new Number One movie in Finland.

Harry Potter? Nope. Walk the Line, then? Or Chicken Little?

Nope. The movie that's pulling is Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning, a Star Trek spoof. And its popularity is all down to the fact it's available online.

Read full article on p2pnet...

Books Online: The Fee versus Free Battle Begins

This Information Today article by Barbara Quint includes:

Now that all the busy book digitizers have done enough to create what anyone would call library-size collections, they have begun to deliver the full text electronically and to reveal how they plan to “monetize” their investments.

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