2018/sep/13: Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data, and Edward Snowden has done to the state security complex, the young Kazakhstani scientist Alexandra Elbakyan has done with Sci-Hub to the multibillion-dollar industry that traps knowledge behind paywalls.
Last week, a consortium of European funders, including major research agencies in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Italy, published their “Plan S”. It insists that, from 2020, research we have already paid for through our taxes will no longer be locked up. Any researcher receiving money from these funders must publish her or his work only in open-access journals.
The publishers have gone ballistic. Springer Nature argues that this plan potentially undermines the whole research publishing system. Yes, that’s the point.
I'm in the latter stages of preparing my PhD thesis for submission, and I've been told I have to submit the whole thesis through plagiarism-detection software turnitin. But I'm not intending to do
Scientists seek demigod status, journals want blockbuster results, and retractions are on the rise: is science broken?
A recent Wall Street report declares the death of open access. What can we learn from their analysis?
Melissa Lefebvre is interviewed for Careers in Open Source Week at Opensource.com on her experience as an operations manager for the open source library system, Koha.
Imagine an industry where a few companies make billions of dollars by exerting strict control over valuable information -- while paying the people who
THIS morning, the Financial Times leads with a striking allegation: "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", the bestselling analysis of inequality by economist Thomas Piketty, is fundamentally flawed thanks to errors in the data backing the book. The story is based on work done by Chris Giles, economics editor of the paper.
Publishing scholarly papers with, and on, Wikipedia
The Wellcome Trust recently published details of how much it spent on open access publishing in the year 2012-2013 in an attempt to make the debate around the costs of open access publishing more evidence-based. The data we released fuelled much discussion online and Robert Kiley, Head Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, gives an
The Open Movement has made impressive strides in the past year, but do these strides stand for reform or are they just symptomatic of the further expansion and entrenchment of neoliberalism? Eric K
The policy support for improving the ability to store and share data on agriculture is growing. But how do you ensure farmers in developing countries benefit and will it achieve food security?
La pubblicazione dell'Albo d'Oro dei Caduti della Grande Guerra vuole essere una rinnovata onoranza per il sacrificio di quanti combatterono e caddero nella prima guerra mondiale del novecento. La memoria di essi sia imperitura e di monito vivente per le nuove generazioni.
Lisa Petrides, president and founder of ISKME, explores the need to license OER metadata and the pressure to keep it fully open.
Foundation essay: This article on the open access and science by Bj195182rn Brembs is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the UK. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment
by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven ZuckerThe preservation, transmission, and advancement of knowledge in the digital age are promoted by the unencumbered use and reuse of digitized content for resear
Cara collega (non mi rivolgo a te come "Gentile Ministro" perché il giuramento non è ancora avvenuto) pochi giorni fa hai affrontato il problema dell'Anvur e delle procedure per la valutazione della ricerca e per le idoneità dicendo questo: "Per rendere il sistema meno soggetto a problemi di corruzione e localismo nel corso degli anni
La Commissione Europea passa in Parlamento la bozza di revisione della Direttiva sull'accesso alle informazioni nel settore pubblico. Nella speranza di riciclare enormi quantità di informazioni da musei, biblioteche, archivi
By Sumandro: Is Open Access still relevant? "The last years have been both satisfying and challenging for the Open Access community worldwide. On one hand, we have experienced numerous 'victories' of the OA agenda, such as the OA policy of Research Council UK, the Finch Committee report, and the OA policy of World Bank. Various... Continue reading ...