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Saturday, September 28, 2002

Abstracts of the major presentations from the January 18, 2002, conference, IFLA In Deutschland, are now online. The conference theme was Freedom of Information and Libraries. Note especially the presentations by Susanne Seidelin, Director of the IFLA/FAIFE, Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression, and Stuart Hamilton, doctoral candidate at the University of Copenhagen, Internet Accessible Information. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)

The German Library Federation has criticized the recent report from the Ministry of Education, Zukunft der wissenschaftlichen und technischen Information (Future of scientific and technical information). The librarians criticize the report's endorsement of centralization and pay per view. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)

The travelling exhibition, Illegal Art, now has a web site. The exhibition features pieces from the gray area of recent, aggressively expanding copyright law. "Rooted in the U.S. Constitution, copyright was originally intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas but is now being used to stifle it." Don't forget to read the clickwrap license. (Thanks to Stay Free!)

The third issue of H.M. Gladney's Digital Document Quarterly is now online.

Cambridge University is changing its copyright policy. Formerly most creative work done at the university belonged to the creators. Now it will belong to the university. Dissenting faculty have launched a web site explaining how the new policy will harm academic freedom, faculty, students, and industry. (Thanks to Red Rock Eater.)

Thursday, September 26, 2002

More on the Patriot Act....Mary Minow has written a very helpful table summarizing the new rules for searching and seizing library records.

From Christopher Gutteridge: I've not submitted this for publication yet, but I hope people will find it useful... Gutteridge, Christopher and Harnad, Stevan (2002) Applications, Potential Problems and a Suggested Policy for Institutional E-Print Archives. Full text available as: PDF - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewer. ASCII Abstract ... we describe the potential uses for an institutional archive running either the GNU EPrints software or software intended to provide similar functionality and how those applications may complement or interfere with each other. We then discuss policy decisions which should be made when implementing an archive and suggest a possible policy based on our own experience at Southampton University where the Electronics and Computer Science Department has been running an archive and database of our publications since 1998 and has provided software and assistance to many other institutions setting up a variety of electronic archives.

Sarah Faraud of CERN has put online her Self-Archiving Thematic Bibliography, January-September 2002.

"The Digital Speech Project urges you to get active in fighting for your electronic freedom. Protection of copyright should not mean taking away our right to compute."

The transcript of Kenneth Frazier's colloquy on bundling ejournals is now online. The September 19 colloquy was hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. (The transcript is only accessible to CHE subscribers.) Quoting Frazier on " forms" of scholarly publication: "It remains to be seen, however, if universities will be willing or able to support investment in these new products if [they're] obliged to devote a large share of their available resources to paying for costly, old forms of research communication."

The Fairleigh Dickinson University Libraries and the NJ chapter of the ACRL are sponsoring an essay contest, The Academic 'Library' in 2012. The contest offers $2500 in prizes. Papers are limited to 1000 words and are due October 19.

Klaus Graf maintains a site in German and English on intellectual property issues facing museums, archives, and libraries.

The Powerpoint slides from the September 13 ALPSP conference, Open Access Journals --Will They Fly? are now online.

More on the Patriot Act....The Act prohibits providing "material support or resources" to terrorists, including "communications equipment". Does this include web links to sites associated with terrorism? The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) thinks the answer is yes, and has demanded that a student organization delete links to the Colombian Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia (FARC). (PS: As far as I can tell, no court has ruled that web links constitute "communications equipment" under the Patriot Act, and no court has ruled that FARC fits the Act's definition of terrorism. If UCSD was threatened by prosecutors into taking this step, it isn't saying so, inviting the interpretation that this is simply UCSD's idea of how to be patriotic. What if someone at UCSD writes an essay in support of FARC? Or denouncing FARC but mentioning the FARC URL in a footnote?)

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Paul Ginsparg has won a MacArthur Fellowship for his work on arXiv, the pioneering open-access repository for physics, mathematics, and computer science. Venerable by internet time, arXiv was founded in 1991, and is by far the most used and most useful open-access archive for any discipline. It has been indispensable not only for accelerating research in its fields, but for an exemplary "proof of concept" that has accelerated the FOS movement itself. Congratulations Paul!

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

On September 16, Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research released its report, Zukunft der wissenschaftlichen und technischen Information and the data on which it is based. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)

Sunday, September 22, 2002

Mike McGrath, Interlending and Document Supply: A Review of Recent Literature, Interlending and Document Supply, 30 (2002) pp. 145-151. Only the abstract is free online: "Reviews recent interlending and document supply literature. Considers the implications of open access archiving and the ongoing developments in consortia and electronic journals. A number of other issues are reviewed briefly."