Profile

Cover photo
Peter Suber
Works at Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
5,311 followers|1,723,485 views
AboutPostsPhotos+1's

Stream

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
Clinton and Trump on science.

From David Kramer in Physics Today, emphases added:

“Advancing science and technology will be among my highest priorities as president,” Clinton told ScienceDebate.org. “I am deeply concerned by the recent increase in partisan political efforts to interfere in science. I strongly support the free exchange of ideas and data, peer review, and public access to research results and other scientific information, all of which can help protect science-based policy decisions from undue influence from special interests.” ...

In her position statements, Clinton says that she will set aside a small portion of federal research budgets for commercialization efforts, enact reforms to reduce excessive patent litigation, and revise export controls. She would allow entrepreneurs temporary relief from student-loan repayments and would forgive up to $17 000 of student loans for innovators who start businesses in distressed communities.

In responses to ScienceDebate.org, Clinton says she will boost the NIH budget, which will include increasing research on Alzheimer’s and other dementias to $2 billion annually and continuing Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer “moonshot” initiative....

Trump wasn't silent. But he said nothing on the issues I've bolded above, and as Kramer notes, "Trump’s few utterances concerning federal R&D programs have been confusing at best."

#oa #openaccess #nih #patents #student_debt #cancer_moonshot
5
1
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
A few minutes ago in Brooksville, #Maine. A black duck on the Bagaduce River. 
6
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
"[Tracy] Slatyer’s career thus far demonstrates how the new era of open-source astrophysics data allows early-career researchers who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to secure observing time on a big telescope to make important discoveries."

#oa #openaccess #ecr

2
1
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
Harvard Open Access Project is hiring a half-time research assistant.

Please spread the word!

https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships/hoap

HOAP is a project within the +The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

#oa #openaccess


1
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
Open-access mandate for equipment manuals.

This is a great idea: OA for manuals plus the right to purchase the same parts as licensed dealers.

"A group of independent repair shops, mechanics and do-it-yourselfers who fix and resell used electronics, appliances, medical and farming equipment want to change that. They want to do so by requiring manufacturers to open access to the manuals, parts, tools, diagnostic equipment and permanent software that is almost exclusively available to their own employees and authorized dealers. The Repair Association has lobbied for “right to repair” bills in five states — Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and South Dakota. None have passed.The bills are modeled on a 2013 Massachusetts law that requires automakers to give the same information and parts to independent auto repair shops as to their licensed dealers. In 2014, automakers agreed to apply the law’s provisions across the country...."

#oa #openaccess #right_to_repair #right_to_tinker
Supporters of “right to repair” laws want electronics manufacturers to give access to manuals, parts and tools needed by independent repair shops to fix their products.
6
1
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
Webinar on "Open Principles in Education" requires users to download Blackboard tool.

#oa #openaccess #oer #blackboard #irony
1
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
Remembering 9/11: Restricting access to knowledge in times of danger.

Here's a piece I published in my newsletter five years ago, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11:

"Access to Dangerous Knowledge: Reflections on 9/11 Ten Years Later."
https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/8592167

Excerpts: "Apart from copyright, the chief restriction we put on the circulation of knowledge today is price. Like the Stamp Act [a tax on paper] and tobacco taxes, journal prices create a much larger access barrier for the poor than for the rich. If we wanted to reduce access only for dangerous people, and only for knowledge that could be used for dangerous purposes, then price tags do the job badly. The majority of people denied access have harmless or beneficial uses in mind, and for the rare terrorists who have harmful uses in mind, price is the least of their concerns. [The 9/11 hijackers were very well-funded.]...Open challenge: name any kind of knowledge that would be safe to publish in a [conventional, non-OA] journal but unsafe to make OA. We can be sensitive to danger and still want OA for all publishable knowledge, just as we can be sensitive to danger and think that the United States overreacted badly after 9/11 in restricting access to knowledge. But will we remember this when we need to?"

#oa #openaccess #censorship #terrorism
Title: Access to Dangerous Knowledge: Reflections on 9/11 Ten Years Later. Author: Suber, Peter ORCID 0000-0002-3577-2890. Citation: Peter Suber, Access to dangerous knowledge: reflections on 9/11 ten years later, SPARC Open Access Newsletter. November 2, 2012. Full Text & Related Files: ...
2
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
If you're planning an event for Open Access Week, please post it to the events page of the Open Access Directory (OAD).

Here's the page of 2016 events.
http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/2016

​The +OAD is a wiki and depends on the community to keep it accurate, current, and comprehensive. It's crowd-sourced and distributed under a CC-BY license. To limit spam, editing is limited to registered users, but registration is free and easy. Reading and reuse are free for all.
http://oad.simmons.edu

#oa #openaccess #oaweek #oad
3
2
Peter Suber's profile photo
 
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
Recommended: The +BuzzFeed investigation of #ISDS.

(ISDS = Investor-State Dispute Settlement.)

Excerpt:

Imagine a private, global super court that empowers corporations to bend countries to their will.

Say a nation tries to prosecute a corrupt CEO or ban dangerous pollution. Imagine that a company could turn to this super court and sue the whole country for daring to interfere with its profits, demanding hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars as retribution.

Imagine that this court is so powerful that nations often must heed its rulings as if they came from their own supreme courts, with no meaningful way to appeal. That it operates unconstrained by precedent or any significant public oversight, often keeping its proceedings and sometimes even its decisions secret. That the people who decide its cases are largely elite Western corporate attorneys who have a vested interest in expanding the court’s authority because they profit from it directly, arguing cases one day and then sitting in judgment another. That some of them half-jokingly refer to themselves as “The Club” or “The Mafia.”

And imagine that the penalties this court has imposed have been so crushing — and its decisions so unpredictable — that some nations dare not risk a trial, responding to the mere threat of a lawsuit by offering vast concessions, such as rolling back their own laws or even wiping away the punishments of convicted criminals....

#isds, #tpp
A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation.
4
1
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
Funding "for increasing access to the results of scientific research."

"The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF)...is seeking Letters of Interest from organizations with innovative ideas to facilitate open science. Specifically, LJAF is interested in ideas for increasing access to the results of scientific research, including access to publications, research data, algorithms, computer code, reagents, and tools....Letters of Interest should be submitted by Dec. 15, 2016...."

#oa #openaccess 
4
1
Add a comment...

Peter Suber

Shared publicly  - 
 
Want to improve access to research on glyphosate? Try harder than the Glyphosate Task Force.

To improve access to research on glyphosate, the Glyphosate Task Force (GTF) gathered print copies of 71 research reports. Each report is owned by a member of the GTF and could presumably have been digitized, if not made #openaccess. The GTF put the print copies in a room in Brussels, requires registration to use the room, and plans to close the room at the end of October.

What's wrong with this picture?


3
1
Peter Suber's profile photo
 
Update from Euractiv:
http://www.euractiv.com/section/science-policymaking/news/monsanto-and-greenpeace-bicker-over-access-to-glyphosate-studies/

Greenpeace agrees that the studies should be more widely accessible: "Greenpeace, which supports a complete ban of glyphosate, expressed concerns about the fact that the studies could only be seen in a reading room. Greenpeace’s food and agriculture director, Marco Contiero, told EurActiv.com that the pro-glyphosate lobby had failed to address the problem. 'Studies on the safety of chemicals to which human beings and the environment are constantly exposed to must be publicly available, as required by EU law,' he stressed."

Monsanto disagrees: "Brandon Mitchener, Public Affairs Lead for Monsanto Europe [said,] 'The reading room provides an unprecedented level of access while protecting companies’ legitimate business interests.'”




Add a comment...
Story
Introduction
I work for the free circulation of science and scholarship in every field and language. In practice that means research, writing, organizing, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. I wear several hats:
I'm the founder of the Open Access Tracking Project, co-founder of the Open Access Directory, and co-developer of TagTeam.

My latest book is Open Access (MIT Press, 2012). The book itself is OA, and I use the book home page for posting updates and supplements, and linking to reviews, translations, and OA editions. Also see my other writings on open access, my writings on topics other than open access, and my section of the Harvard institutional repository.

For more detail, see my home page.

My G+ posts are automatically reposted to my Twitter account. I seldom post to Twitter manually. I don't use FB or LinkedIn at all. 

Most of my G+ posts are about open access (OA), but most of what I want to share about OA doesn't yet make it to G+. I tag new OA developments for the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP). You can follow complete versions of the OATP feed on the web or by RSS, Atom, JSONP, or email. There are also Twitter and G+ versions of the feed, but unfortunately they are both abridged (details here and here respectively). 
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Peter Suber's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Added Sugar: Ensuring Public Access to the Unsweetened Facts
www.ucsusa.org

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citi

Why we have set publisher requirements | Wellcome
wellcome.ac.uk

Wellcome has introduced a set of publisher requirements for open access (OA) publications. Robert Kiley, our Head of Digital Services, expla

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
www.eff.org

What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement tha

Harvard Open Access Project Part-Time Research Assistant Opportunity | B...
cyber.law.harvard.edu

Join the Harvard Open Access Project! The Berkman Klein Center's Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) is hiring a part-time research assistant

Technicians, Farmers Fight for ‘Right to Repair’
www.pewtrusts.org

Supporters of “right to repair” laws want electronics manufacturers to give access to manuals, parts and tools needed by independent repair

The Berkman Klein Center Dips Its Toes Into Open Data Directories
newsbreaks.infotoday.com

Open Definition defines open data as unique in that it can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose, including creatin

Miller, Trott Urge President Against Forcing Lame-Duck TPP Vote
candicemiller.house.gov

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Candice Miller (MI-10) and Dave Trott (MI-11) along with Representatives Bill Shuster (PA-9), Tim M

Resignation letter
goplifer.com

Yesterday I resigned my position in the York Township Republican Committeemen’s Organization. Below is the letter I sent to the chairman exp

Google and Harvard's Open-Access Repository | Harvard Library
library.harvard.edu

How well does Google index Harvard's open-access repository? Three interns with the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) tackled this qu

Elsevier has started destroying SSRN
svpow.com

As predicted, the popular and useful Social Sciences repository SSRN, having been acquired by Elsevier, is now being destroyed. Papers are b

As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More t...
chronicle.com

Hal Plotkin, a longtime supporter of open educational resources, says efforts like the Zero Textbook Cost degree could save students billion

Following years of prodding, Virginia opens up corporate data for free
statescoop.com

The State Corporation Commission plans to stop charging for a pair of sought-after databases, after hearing from one determined open data ad

Why we’re launching a new publishing platform | Wellcome
wellcome.ac.uk

Wellcome Open Research launches this autumn. Robert Kiley, our Head of Digital Services, explains why we’ve taken this bold step.

Why I Am Suing the Government
socialmediacollective.org

(or: I write scripts, bots, and scrapers that collect online data) I never thought that I would sue the government. The papers went in on We

Two-thirds of UK academics back open access, survey finds
www.timeshighereducation.com

Jisc/RLUK study charts sector’s shift towards making research freely available online

Home Should Not Be a War Zone - The New York Times
www.nytimes.com

Some of our politicians and the people who back them seem to promote a culture of gun ownership that does not conform with what I learned in