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Gregory N. Price and Elizabeth M. Stark, Access for All, Harvard Crimson, April 27, 2007. Price is a mathematics student and Stark a law student at Harvard. They are founding members of Harvard College Free Culture. Excerpt:
I'm on the road with few opportunities to blog. I'll start catching up this weekend.
The Science & Intellectual Property in the Public Interest (SIPPI) project of the AAAS has released five reports on the Effects of Intellectual Property Protections on the Conduct of Scientific Research. Three are on intellectual property experiences of scientists in the US, UK, and Germany, one is on research-tool access in Japan, and one summarizes the other four.
PS: Congratulations to everyone at SHERPA, especially to Bill Hubbard for his expert leadership.
Update. Also see the SHERPA press release.
Heather Morrison, Open Access Policy Update, a presentation at Beyond Limits: Building Open Access Collections (Burnaby, BC, April 19, 2007).
Dorothea Salo, Repository middleware, Caveat Lector, April 24, 2007. Excerpt:
Peter Murray-Rust, What is an Institutional Repository for? A Scientist and the Web, April 24, 2007.
Reme Melero has made a list of the OA repositories in Spain. Most, but not all, already appear in OpenDOAR and ROAR. The page also includes a Google custom search engine for searching across this set of repositories.
Update. Also see the OAI harvester for Spanish repositories, from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)
Remedios Melero and Jordi Prats Prat, The route of a homeless Digital Object from "Closeland" to "Openland", a presentation at the CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (Geneva, April 18-20, 2007).
Matt Asay, Red Hat: Let's open source science next, Open Sources (a blog for InfoWorld), April 19, 2007. Excerpt:
If you remember, the MIT libraries canceled their access to the Society of Automotive Engineers' digital library when the SAE refused to lift its onerous DRM. Now Randy Reichardt reports that the SAE has heard from more angry customers and may back down. Excerpt:
Tracey Caldwell, EThOS begins in earnest, Information World Review blog, April 19, 2007. Excerpt:
Germany's Coalition for Action on Copyright for Education and Research (Aktionsbündnis: Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft) issued a press release on April 19 calling on Germany's Bundestag to reject copyright proposals that would impede research and adopt proposals that would promote and facilitate research. Read it in German or Google's English.
Rainer Kuhlen, Speaker for the Coalition, has been kind enough to send me some additional details on the press release and copyright proposals:
Update. Also see Stefan Krempl, Professoren schlagen Alarm wegen der Urheberrechtsnovelle, Heise online, April 20, 2007