Recent links on Open Access
- Survival — Through Open Access: Utah State University Press survives by becoming part of the university library and embracing open access. Library Journal has more details.
- Pirate Party Gains Second Seat In EU Parliament: The new MEP ‘will focus on a platform of fairer and more sensible copyright legislation, and will spend time on education and the development of Europe’s knowledge economy’.
- A Call for Copyright Rebellion: Lawrence Lessig argues that academic research should be released under Creative Commons licences.
- Open access movements in developing countries: ‘Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Executive Director from UNISA responds to questions raised at the conference about whether the benefits of open access are limited in developing countries. She stresses the importance of the open access movement for researchers in developing countries and argues that it can support greater access to local research. She talks about how institutions need to change and promote their own researchers work in-country rather than purchasing from elsewhere, and encourage researchers to publish in open access journals.’
- Nobel Prize-winning scientists urge Congress to act to ensure free online access to federally funded research results: The scientists sent the letter in support of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA): ‘For America to obtain an optimal return on our investment in science, publicly funded research must be shared as broadly as possible.’
- Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) 2010: Call for Proposals: ‘OKCon, now in its fifth year, is the interdisciplinary conference that brings together individuals from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of presentations and workshops.’ The conference will take place in London, UK, on 24 April 2010.
- Open Access: Petition to the German Parliament: ‘A Petition to the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) for Open Access of documents in science and research has been launched.’ Please sign it if you’re an EU citizen.