News Archives - 2008

September 28, 2008

Campuses and organizations who wish to participate in the online events scheduled for October 14, 2008 are reminded to register at http://openaccessday.org/contact/ no later than Friday, October 3. Details to access the broadcasts will be sent only to registered participants and registration is limited to 100 for each event. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture have jointly announced the first international Open Access Day. Building on the worldwide momentum toward Open Access to publicly funded research, Open Access Day will create a key opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content.

September 18, 2008
By:
Andrew Albanese, Library Journal
Within hours of last week’s hearing on the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, a sweeping, publisher-supported bill that would ban public access measures similar to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH), lawmakers all but ruled out action on the bill in 2008. With Congress set to adjourn on September 26, Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), who chairs the subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, which sponsored last week’s hearing, said the bill would be held until at least next year.
September 12, 2008
By:
Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle
A life-and-death battle is going on over public access to federally financed research--life for taxpayers and many scientists, and death for publishers. Or so each side claims. That battle, whose outcome will affect many university researchers, kicked into high gear on Capitol Hill yesterday, as the combatants debated the merits of a bill that would curtail the National Institutes of Health's public-access policy.
September 11, 2008
By:
Library Journal Academic Newswire
September 11, 2008

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced a prominent slate of speakers for the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 in Baltimore on November 17 and 18. The gathering, organized by SPARC in cooperation with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan (a Japan National Informatics Institute initiative), will examine how open online archives may be enhanced to further serve scholars, institutions, and the public.

September 05, 2008
By:
Andrew Albanese, Library Journal
In less than a week, on Thursday, September 11, the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property of the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on what sources tell LJ is a legislative attempt to redress publishers' concerns that public access policies—namely the recently enacted policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—conflict with copyright and intellectual property laws.
August 28, 2008

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture have jointly announced the first international Open Access Day. Building on the worldwide momentum toward Open Access to publicly funded research, Open Access Day will create a key opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content.

August 12, 2008

The organizers of the Sparky Awards video contest have released several new resources to help college instructors and librarians engage students in an exploration of information sharing and copyright by encouraging their participation in the 2008 contest. The competition, which recognizes the best new short videos on the value of sharing, is well suited for use as a class assignment.

August 04, 2008
By:
Daniel Ferreras, West Virginia University
Daniel Ferreras is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at West Virginia University. He specializes in Spanish and French modern literature, popular and marginal narrative genres, and literary theory. He also serves as an editor to the Popular Culture Review and is an active member of the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation / Institutional Repository Task Force at West Virginia University. A long-time advocate for open digital communication, he was the first faculty member from the WVU Department of Foreign Languages to direct a thesis under the electronic submission mandate nearly a decade ago.
July 31, 2008

Please join us for the latest installment in The Right to Research campaign. At this online event, student leaders Gavin Baker and Nelson Pavlosky will lead a discussion on: why working with students is critical to advancing the discussing of access to research; how to effectively engage students on campus and what resources are available; and specific actions to take next semester – including an announcement of our next nationwide on-campus event to raise awareness.

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