Tag Archives: Copyright

Missing you already…or not?

Happy new year! Here’s an interesting bit of news to start off 2017. An article in Science magazine 6 Jan 2017 describes how hundreds of universities, technical schools and research institutes and public libraries in Germany will be starting the … Continue reading

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Another article in support of open access

I’ve posted several times on the open access movement which aims to end the practice of charging to read academic papers describing research which has usually been publicly funded in the first place. The latest case for open access is … Continue reading

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Google progresses its mission to digitise libraries and make them searchable

A Happy New Year to you. Here’s to 2015, may the search continue! Oooh, that sounds a bit Star Wars-like, but there we are. As a friend once quoted Yoda to me: “do or do not, there is no try”, … Continue reading

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Nature publishers make articles free to share for read-only

This is an interesting move by Nature. The publishing group is enabling subscribers to share its articles without charge for others to read online. The initial paragraph stating that “all research papers from Nature will be made free to read … Continue reading

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The changing way we search for news: FreePint blog

Further to my last post on What’s happening to the way we search for news?, below is the link, as promised, to my summary FreePint blog post: Is it worth paying for premium news sources? FreePint’s blog is worth keeping an … Continue reading

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And some good news for open access…and a cautionary tale

A new Charity Open Access Fund has been created by 6 medical organisations: Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and open access’s old friend, the Wellcome Trust, which is … Continue reading

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Update on open access: the door is still closed and we might have to sleep for 100 years

I was recently asked by a colleague, for whom I’d been buying a number of academic papers, whether I was seeing much progress with open access. The costs were mounting, as he’d asked for quite a few and academic papers … Continue reading

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Welcome revisions to copyright law

Wow, it’s taken a while, but some helpful and long-called-for changes to copyright law have been made. It’s not really seen as an exciting topic of conversation (try introducing it at a party some time: “nice background music, good quality … Continue reading

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Scanning the horizon for all the books

It’s being widely reported in the media that Google has finally been given the green legal light to scan the world of books until it reaches the far horizon. It’s a lovely thought, and could be quite disruptive – a … Continue reading

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Nature’s special issue on the disruption taking place in scientific publishing

Nature’s 28th March 2013 issue took an in-depth look at all the changes that have been, and will be, taking place in scientific publishing, from the rise of “open access” to the hopefully soon-to-be launched Digital Public Library of America … Continue reading

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