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The Authors Guild is "legally wrong" and "venal" on Google book scanning.

From +Mathew Ingram in Fortune:

"[T]he fact that someone has scanned tens of millions of books so that people could find and potentially buy them isn’t the worst thing that could happen to books as a social good, it’s the best thing. It’s exactly what the “fair use” exemption was intended to promote. And the Guild’s refusal to see that makes it not only legally wrong, but also makes it look far more venal than the company it is trying to criticize."

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Scanning books has a clear public benefit, which is exactly what copyright law was designed for.
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Kudos to MNI's institution-wide commitment to open science. Who's next?

"Guy Rouleau, the director of McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) and Hospital in Canada, is frustrated with how slowly neuroscience research translates into treatments. “We’re doing a really shitty job,” he says. “It’s not because we’re not trying; it has to do with the complexity of the problem.” So he and his colleagues at the renowned institute decided to try a radical solution. Starting this year, any work done there will conform to the principles of the “open-
science” movement—all results and data will be made freely available at the time of publication, for example, and the institute will not pursue patents on any of its discoveries...."

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Experiment aims to show whether forgoing patents and freeing up data can boost neuroscience research
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Happy 15th birthday, Wikipedia.

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“Wikipedia is why, even though I spent most of my adult life out of school as a refugee, when I finally got to a safe place and into a university I was able not only to compete with my peers, but to excel.” Ali United States. “I rely so much on the neutrality point of view that wikipedia offers.
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The +Berkman Center for Internet & Society is looking for summer interns. We're hiring in nearly all of our projects, including my own, the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP). Pass the word and help us find some good people.

We are looking forward to engaging a diverse group of students who are interested in studying -- and changing the world through -- the Internet and new technologies; who are driven, funny, and kind; and who would like to join our amazing community in Cambridge this summer for 10 weeks of shared ...
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One of the great editing jobs in OA publishing.
 
PLoS ONE is looking for an editor-in-chief.
http://councilscienceeditors-jobs.careerwebsite.com/jobseeker/job/26292318/Editor-in-Chief,%20PLOS%20ONE/PLOS/

Spread the word and help the +Public Library of Science (PLoS) find the best person.
 
For more job openings at PLoS, see the PLoS Careers page.
https://www.plos.org/careers/
 
#oa #openaccess #plos
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Nice note from a user of Harvard's #openaccess repository.
 
A recent DASH reader, reacting to a work by Harvard Professor Robert Barro: "Literally life-changing. There are companies that charge huge amounts for access to articles, and the idea that even a few could be made available to anyone, for no end other than the distribution and proliferation of human knowledge is just ace."
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Access for independent and unaffiliated scholars.

This article mentions several open resources, but it doesn't mention OA itself. When it briefly discusses open resources, it focuses on digitized public-domain books. It's silent on OA journals. It's silent on OA repositories. It's silent on open data. When it mentions journal literature, it's only to suggest that independent scholars might buy temporary memberships in JSTOR.

It wouldn't be hard for someone to write a better version of this guide. But why was it evidently so hard for the +Chronicle of Higher Education to realize that a better version was needed?

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What’s an independent scholar to do without access to an academic library?
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Not mentioned:

Junior / Community Colleges. Many will offer community borrowing and database privileges to all residents of their service area(s).

Inter-library lending. Both Inter-Library Loan, which can offer worldwide access to some materials, and more restricted regional lending systems. These hugely expand the reach of your local library.

Talk to your public library. Request database access, or specific materials. I've got a book on hold that I'd submitted on a lark only a week or so back -- they've already got it in.

And ask. Worst that can happen is they'll say "no". Sometimes there are other back-doors, such as working/volunteering at a research-based non-profit.

And, if the straightforward routes don't work: Reddit's /r/Scholar, Sci-Hub (for articles), and BooksXX / LibGen for books.


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I'm looking for a part-time research assistant for the Harvard Open Access Project.

There's no particular deadline for applications, but I hope to fill the position quickly. Please spread the word, at least to those based in Massachusetts (a Harvard requirement). See the ad below for more particulars. Thanks.

#oa #openaccess 
Join the Harvard Open Access Project! The Berkman Center's Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) is looking for part-time research assistant. The Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) fosters the growth of open access to research, within Harvard and beyond, using a combination of education, ...
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Hi +Annette Strauch We have 15+ good applications and are winnowing them now. 
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The page on "Open Science Collaboration" at Science Magazine is blank. Waiting for the embargo to run?

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I'm admiring what the Cambridge Univ Office for Scholarly Communication accomplished in its inaugural year, under the leadership of Danny Kingsley.
 
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A few minutes ago in Brooksville, Maine. Not a white Christmas, but with compensations.
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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). 
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