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My presentation from Open Repositories 2012 in Edinburgh, in which I make the case for housing institutional repositories within library based research centers, and compare librarians to beekeepers...
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Choice quote: "Tom Doherty Associates, sci-fi publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen and part of the Macmillan trade empire announced that by July, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free. Their logic was that there authors and consumers were a technical savvy group and had demanded it for some time. DRM was cited as an inhibitor. We will not know if this was a shrewd move by Macmillan to test the market in a controlled vertical, or they just woke up one morning to a cathartic moment and realised what they stakeholders wanted."
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Overall an interesting read, although this bit got my hackles up: "Since the future is already here, we can see that many publishers are placing bets on a declining library market. I think that’s the prudent thing to do. The evidence for this is that librarians keep telling us that their budgets are shrinking. I sometimes wonder if librarians understand that they are making a strategic mistake: by talking about their money woes, they reduce their clout with publishers. Librarians tend to argue on moral grounds, publishers on economic grounds. Most of the time, the money wins."
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A widely-adopted platform adding open ePUB output and cooked-in rights metadata? Sounds like a winner to me!
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Awesome post--I particularly enjoyed the notion of a 1660s dataviz mash-up!
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