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Recent links on Open Access

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  • The return of FRPAA: if you’re a US citizen, please support this bill, which would require OA to publicly-funded research.
  • Converting to Open Access: guides for publishers on starting a new OA journal and on converting a journal to OA.
  • Rejecta Mathematica: an OA journal publishing only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals in the mathematical sciences.  They have a wonderful slogan: caveat emptor.
  • Google’s Big Plan for Books (New York Times editorial): ‘it is likely that as a result of the settlement, Google would be the only company with the right to “orphaned” works, books whose rights owners have not been located.’
  • Obama’s Great Course Giveaway: the US government plans to fund the creation of online university courses that anyone can use freely.  For an example of what they have in mind, have a look at Carnegie-Mellon University’s amazing Open Learning Initiative.
  • Open Teaching Multiplies the Benefit but Not the Effort: ‘In 2004 I began asking my students to post their homework on their personal, publicly accessible blogs. . . . The very first semester I began asking students to share their homework this way, a popular e-learning newsletter found and liked one of my students’ essays and pointed its readers to the student’s blog. When the visits and comments from professionals around the world started coming in, students realized that the papers they were writing weren’t just throw-away pieces for class – they were read and discussed by their future peers out in the world. The result was a teacher’s dream — the students’ writing became a little longer, a little more thoughtful, and a little more representative of their actual intellectual abilities.’

Written by Benjamin Geer

5 August 2009 at 19:46

Posted in News

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