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  • The Liberation of Textbooks: ‘The Open Educational Resources movement works to make high-quality educational materials freely available to everyone and, through the creative use of copyright laws, permits those using the resources to improve the materials, as well as re-edit them to make them more suitable to individual teaching situations.’
  • Student coalition for Open Access solidifies, now represents over 5 million students internationally: ‘The student Right to Research Coalition, a group of national, international, and local student associations that advocate for governments, universities, and researchers to adopt Open Access practices, has now grown to include some of the most prominent student organizations from the United States and across the world. The recent addition of 8 new organizations brings the number of students represented by the coalition to over 5 million, demonstrating the broad, passionate support Open Access enjoys from the student community.’
  • Access to Publicly-Funded Research: Why Not Now?: Reasons to support the Federal Research Public Access (FRPAA) Act currently pending in the US Congress.
  • Is open-access journal publishing a vanity publishing industry?: ‘From an empirical point of view, current open-access journals display a pricing structure that does not indicate a vanity press industry, as we demonstrate below in a new analysis of OA publication fee data.’
  • The Collège de France broadcasts its courses for free on line: The prestigious French academic institution now has a channel on the online video sharing site Dailymotion.
  • Massively collaborative mathematics: ‘The “Polymath Project” proved that many minds can work together to solve difficult mathematical problems. Timothy Gowers and Michael Nielsen reflect on the lessons learned for open-source science.’
  • Open Access Week is 19-23 October.
  • Library savings from full flip to open access via article processing fees: about two-thirds savings: ‘I calculate that library savings from a full flip from subscriptions to open access via article processing fees, at the PLoS One rate of $1,350 would be at least 64%.’
  • Canadian universities closed-minded on open access: ‘Canadian universities may benefit from far more public funding than their U.S. counterparts, but they have been much more reluctant to adopt open access mandates.’
  • Put it in the Depot: ‘The Depot is an assured gateway to make your research Open Access.  We provide two main services: (1) a deposit service for researchers worldwide without an institutional repository in which to deposit their papers, articles, and book chapters (e-prints); (2) a re-direct service which alerts depositors to more appropriate local services if they exist.’

Written by Benjamin Geer

20 October 2009 at 10:10

Posted in News

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