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Time to Walk the Walk

I am deeply frustrated with the sometimes closed atmosphere in academic life. I feel a profound discomfort when I encounter students and scholars who are paranoid that their research ideas will be stolen, that their sources will be discovered and, shock and horror, will be used by someone else. I’m simply incapable of sympathizing with […]

Endnote Takes A Shot at Zotero

The cold war between Endnote, the bibliographic software owned by Thomson Reuters that has long had a virtual monopoly on the academic market, and Zotero, the open source alternative created by the incredibly resourceful and innovative Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has finally broke out into an open conflict. Endnote […]

Watching US Online Media Outside the US

I logged on to see if I could watch part of the debate in Texas between Clinton and Obama. The debate, I believe, was partly sponsored by CNN. I tried to view the live feed on CNN but was given a message that is all too familiar to those of us outside of the United […]

Orphaned Works and the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

I just heard an interesting segment on NPR radio’s Fresh Air on Gospel Music Historian Robert Darden. He is an English professor at Baylor University and runs the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. Darden and his team are doing their best to hunt down gospel recordings from 1945 to 1970, restore them, and preserve a […]

Open Access: Footnote.com and the National Archives

I think students, researchers, and historians especially should become more aware of a disturbing trend in the world of digitized archival materials: contractual licenses replacing copyrights. I have already been concerned with this in the non-digital world. Many archives I have visited now ask visitors to sign a “license agreement” which, if you read it […]

Open Access in 2006

Peter Suber has summed up the Open Access developments for 2006 in the most recent issue of his OA newsletter. You can view the article on his OA blog: Open Access Newsletter 1/2/07. While I haven’t been keeping up with all the changes he mentions in the report, when summed up it is clear that […]

A Response to Sion Touhig’s “How the Anti-copyright Lobby Makes Big Business Richer”

I just read Sion Touhig‘s article “How the Anti-copyright Lobby Makes Big Business Richer” on the Register, and I found it deeply problematic, even if I sympathize with the cause he wants to defend: empowering and preserving the livelihoods of freelance professionals. See also his posting at his weblog here. From his opening: “I’m a […]

Gutenberg’s Distributed Proofreaders

Before there was Google Books there was Project Gutenberg. In fact, the Gutenberg project hasn’t disappeared and I think it is as important as ever. I have already blogged about my frustrations with Google Books and I can only hope that some of the concerns I discussed will be resolved in the future. In the […]

Columbia University Open Access Resolution

Via Open Access News, the Columbia University Senate has passed a resolution supporting the Open Access movement. Doesn’t look like it has teeth to it but seems to move Columbia closer to MIT’s position and hopefully they will consider adopting something similar to MIT’s Creative Commons License (See the full resolution below). Inside Higher Ed […]