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Interview with Jordan Hatcher

Over the past twenty years or so we have seen a rising tide of alternative copyright licences emerge — for software, music and most types of content. These include the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) licence, the General Public Licence (GPL), and the range of licences devised by Creative Commons (… Continue

Added by Richard Poynder on October 18, 2010 at 19:08 — No Comments

Silke Helfrich on the commons and the upcoming International Commons Conference

As more and more of the world’s population has gained access to the Internet so a growing number of free and open movements have appeared — including the free and open source software movements, free culture,…

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Added by Richard Poynder on October 4, 2010 at 15:14 — No Comments

Open Notebook Science: Interview with Jean-Claude Bradley

Jean-Claude Bradley is an organic chemist at Drexel University in Philadelphia. As with most scientists, Bradley used to be very secretive. He kept his research under wraps until publication and frequently applied for patents on his work in nanotechnology and gene therapy.However, he asked himself a difficult question 5 years…

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Added by Richard Poynder on September 1, 2010 at 14:31 — No Comments

Open Data: The Panton Discussions

If you are interested in the Open Data (OD) movement but unclear about the issues, or what scientists can do to support the movement, what better way of finding out than by talking to

leading OD advocates Peter Murray-Rust of the University of Cambridge and Jordan Hatcher of…

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Added by Richard Poynder on August 26, 2010 at 11:43 — No Comments

Free our data: For democracy's sake

The open data movement is growing apace. What better demonstration of this than news that the UK coalition government is making its Combined Online Information System (COINS) freely available on the Internet, inviting people not only to access the data but to re-use it…

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Added by Richard Poynder on June 28, 2010 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

A letter to CGIAR in support of Open Access

Indian Open Access (OA) advocate Professor Subbiah Arunachalam (Arun) recently organised a letter to the top management of CGIAR — the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. The letter speaks of the… Continue

Added by Richard Poynder on June 3, 2010 at 9:11 — No Comments

Michael Geist on The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

There will soon be a big new beast in the IP jungle. And while the creature comes with the seemingly innocuous acronym of ACTA, cyber activists and copyright mavens fear that it will pave the way for a Global DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) that will significantly impact on…

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Added by Richard Poynder on March 8, 2010 at 0:59 — 3 Comments

Open Access linked to Alabama shooting

Some Open Access (OA) advocates shocked by the shooting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) may not be aware of the OA link to the story: The last paper authored by Amy Bishop — the researcher charged with killing three of her colleagues – was published in the International Journal of General Medicine, an OA journal published by New Zealand-based OA publisher Dove Medical Press. Since Bishop cited three of her teenage daughters as co-authors… Continue

Added by Richard Poynder on February 27, 2010 at 2:03 — No Comments

Open Access Publishing Bogeymen

In their efforts to derail the onward march of Open Access (OA) opponents have conjured up a number of bogeymen about Open Access publishing. First, they maintain, asking authors to pay to publish could turn scholarly publishing into a vanity press.Second, they say, OA publishing will in any case inevitably lead to lax or… Continue

Added by Richard Poynder on February 14, 2010 at 3:25 — No Comments

Germany plans enquiry into the digital society

On 14th January the Christian Democratic Union and its Union partner in the German government the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CDU/CSU) proposed setting up an Enquete Commission to examine the implications of the Internet on society. Amongst other things, the Commission will be asked to look at initiatives for providing free access to publicly-funded research. Could this announcement be connected with the e-petition in support of Open Access (OA) launched in Germany last November? Does it… Continue

Added by Richard Poynder on February 7, 2010 at 20:22 — 3 Comments

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