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.

Chemical & Engineering News: "Open Source" For Virtual Screening

This article in C&EN by Elizabeth Wilson discusses an example of Open Access publishing for a molecular database.

Call it the Linux of molecular databases. Chemists have unveiled a new online collection of 2.7 million commercially available compounds, already prepared for use in docking programs--and it's free.

Science Commons to launch January 1

Science Commons is a new project of Creative Commons and will launch on January 1, 2005.

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

When asked what I believe is the most important feature of the Internet, I boil it down to one thing: dis-intermediation.

Letter to NDP critics: Keep eye on the future during Bush visit

I wrote a letter to key NDP issue critics discussing the importance of policy around patents and copyright.

Canada is at a crossroads: It could join the "coalition
of the billing" which are those countries that bow to US pressure to
outsource their cultural and economic policy to foreign special economic
interest groups. Alternatively, Canada can adopt a modern way of looking
at development in the knowledge economy and become a world leader.

Also posted on: Rabble Babble

Mindjack - Cities Without Borders: Digital Culture and Decentralization

This feature article by Paul Hartzog includes:

What Howard Rheingold has termed "tools for thought" provides a whole new market in cultural goods, a market that is extraordinarily crucial to digital culture. The development of Linux and the evolution of the pro-sharing norms of the open-source community are quite possibly the pre-eminent cultural explosion of our day.

BBC R&D works on Open Source video codec

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is working on an Open Source video codec. Many video codecs are proprietary, and this has been one of the limitations people observe when trying to operate with a completely free/libre computing platform.

The BBC seems to be doing quite a few publicly-minded projects, including their Creative Archive which will include content under Creative Commons licenses.

Canadians should ask: where is the CBC in this movement? (Hint: CBC download references a large number of proprietary vendors, including referencing proprietary codecs from RealNetworks and Apple for audio/video)

Open access is on the way

Open access publishing will become the most predominant model for scientific research within the next five years, according to Jan Velterop, publisher and director of open access site BioMed Central.


"This could be a major contribution to scientific understanding - open access publishing could utilise the intellectual capacity of the world,"

Read full article on dotJournalism.

SPARC Open Access Newsletter and Discussion Forum

Peter Suber offers a great newsletter and forum for Open Access.

I was forwarded a copy of the Aug 2 issue which included references to movements within the UK and US governments to support (or mandate) Open Access for government funded research. This logic can extend to all forms of research funded by governments, as well as to things such as government created software.

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