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I just mailed the January 2010 issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue takes a close look at the progress of OA in 2009. The roundup section briefly notes 118 OA developments from December.
Flip Tanedo, Who will pay for the arXiv?, US LHC Blog, December 29, 2009.
Carl Malamud, A National Scan Center: A Public Works Project, O'Reilly Radar, December 30, 2009.
Patterns of information use and exchange: case studies of researchers in the life sciences, report by the Research Information Network and the British Library, November 2009. From the executive summary:
Sarah Rouse, Library of Congress Puts Thousands of Historic Books Online, America.gov, December 24, 2009.
See also our past posts on the program.
Dublin Institute of Technology has adopted an OA mandate:
The University of Abertay Dundee has adopted an OA mandate:
Steven Shavell, Should Copyright of Academic Works Be Abolished?, working paper, December 18, 2009. Abstract:
The conventional rationale for copyright of written works, that copyright is needed to foster their creation, is seemingly of limited applicability to the academic domain. For in a world without copyright of academic writing, academics would still benefit from publishing in the major way that they do now, namely, from gaining scholarly esteem. Yet publishers would presumably have to impose fees on authors, because publishers would no longer be able to profit from reader charges. If these author publication fees would actually be borne by academics, their incentives to publish would be reduced. But if the publication fees would usually be paid by universities or grantors, the motive of academics to publish would be unlikely to decrease (and could actually increase) – suggesting that ending academic copyright would be socially desirable in view of the broad benefits of a copyright-free world. If so, the demise of academic copyright should probably be achieved by a change in law, for the “open access” movement that effectively seeks this objective without modification of the law faces fundamental difficulties.