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Ben Goldacre makes a call on the WHO on the publication of clinical trials.

"AllTrials.net estimates that around half of all clinical trials have not been published. Currently, drug companies and researchers may withhold the results of clinical trials from doctors and patients, which can mislead people about the benefits or risks of a treatment. Transparency of clinical results would provide practitioners with more accurate estimates of the effects of interventions and prevent the repetition of costly research."

IP Watch Newsletter: http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/05/24/who-should-have-the-evidence-ben-goldacre-refutes-who-directors-claim/?utm_source=post&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alerts
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+David Worth These are wonderfully evocative photos of modern archaeology
 
Oh my goodness. Abandoned places for anyone with an imagination to fall in love with
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thanks Eve.
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Why all pharmaceutical research should be made #openaccess - http://bit.ly/UcbSwq yup: the next battle #oa
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This is an important debate - we need to articulate the developing world view on these issues.
 
The future of #OpenAccess - http://bit.ly/WJqFRw lots of good thoughts from various viewpoints
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Another example - this time from the social sciences - of the value of large-scale collaborative, interdisciplinary research in our South African context. The Carnegie 3 project on Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality was launched with a conference at UCT this week, involving a wide range of university, research council, NGO and government players, dedicated to breaking down the silos and building the linkages that could make a real contribution to poverty reduction in a country blighted by massive inequality.
http://www.uct.ac.za/dailynews/?id=8226
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Trevor Manual, Minster for National Planning, was quoted as having said, as he previewed the long list of participants in this conference, that a lot of valuable research was clearly being done in the country, but was it getting distributed beyond the offices of the researchers, beyond scholar-to-scholar discussion?
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A boon for under-resourced institutions and their researchers?
 
New universal repository for OA publications and data

Zenodo is an exciting new universal repository for researchers who don't have a good OA repository in their institution or field. Created by CERN and OpenAire, Zenodo accepts any kind of deposit (publication, poster, presentation, dataset, or multimedia), in any language, and allows the depositor to add any kind of license. It's integrated with DropBox for easy deposit, gives every deposit a DOI for easy citation, and fills in basic metadata fields automatically. Naturally, it's OAI-compliant.

Zenodo itself
http://www.zenodo.org/

Zenodo FAQ
http://www.zenodo.org/faq

Zenodo policies
http://www.zenodo.org/policies

Zenodo launch announcement
http://blogs.ifla.org/social-science/2013/05/08/zenodo-sharing-research-data-across-europe-making-science-more-visible/

I'm so impressed that I've added it to the short list of universal repositories I recommend in my online handout, How to make your own work open access.
http://bit.ly/how-oa 

#oa #openaccess #zenodo
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It is good to see the Mail and Guardian pick up this issue
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An important and urgent petition to push for a rethink of a retrograde maximalist IP approach built into a secretly-negotiated proposal for a Pan-African IP body (PAIPO). The creation of  PAIPO will be put to a vote of African Ministers in mid-November. Without voices from the development community the Ministers may not be aware that they might risk signing away hard-won concessions on access to affordable medicines, farmer's control over seed crops, access for the visually impaired on a continent with a very high rate of blindness, and access to knowledge.
Most of all, the African continent needs an IP regime that gives it control over its own production of knowledge rather than being cast as the consumer of knowledge products from powerful countries and corporations.

http://www.change.org/petitions/a-new-course-for-the-pan-african-intellectual-property-organization-is-urgently-needed
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" Membership and participation in the multilateral trade system is now premised on adoption of the TRIPs Agreement which has in effect internationalised intellectual property (IP) law. This has highlighted the problematic nature of IP as a legal transplant that, it is argued, lies in its domestication of norms and values that are fundamentally irreconcilable or irrelevant in their transposed context. The preferential shift towards knowledge-based economic systematisation in which IP rights play a crucial role has propelled information and communication technologies (ICTs) as the vanguard for economic growth. 

"The gap in terms of economic development between developed and less developed countries is ascribed to how fully they have exploited and utilised ICT. The discourse is replete with rhetoric of a ‘digital divide’ or ‘knowledge gap’ manifesting a cyber-age reincarnate of fossilised stereotypes embedded in the construction of ‘otherness’.
The rapidity with which technology and the information superhighway operate has contributed to the predominance of Occidental legal and commercial imperatives implicit in the conception of IP. 

"The far-reaching effects of IP law have entrenched the misappropriation of indigenous knowledge and culture, and pose a danger to the wellbeing of the vast majority of people in developing countries. Developing countries and indigenous communities have sometimes resorted to human rights to avert these threats. The chauvinism typified in the formulation of IP treaties and some judicial decisions involving claims to customary rights of ownership, lays claim to an unqualified morality and indisputable sagacity embodied in the norms and values intrinsic to the Western and (increasingly) multilateral model of IP, and the attendant universalism with which they are advocated. It is postulated that there can be no valid claim to universalism. The multilateral international IP regime is a negotiated compromise between original stakeholders with a background that recognises the peculiarities of the law in their respective countries. Furthermore, the violence and nature of law by which distinction and definition is constituted by purported difference from the Other militates against ecumenical claims upon which the transplantation of IP law is propagated."

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Akalemwa Ngenda (2005): The Nature of the International Intellectual Property System: Universal Norms and Values or Western chauvinism?, Information & Communications Technology Law, 14:1, 59-79
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The International Publishers Association 2012 Congress in Cape Town ended just a few days before the Finch Commission Report was released. Critics of the Finch Report findings have speculated that the decision to support the Gold Route of open access journal publishing was the result of publisher pressure and will make researchers vulnerable to price gouging.
What can we learn from the IPA proceedings? A new Gray Area blog
http://ow.ly/cAzst
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