Open Access

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Knowledge Unlatched Launches Institutional Usage Statistics Reports

Press Release | Knowledge Unlatched | October 24, 2016

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is delighted to announce that it will be launching institutional usage statistics reports in November for libraries which participated in KU's Pilot Open Access e-book collection. The reports are based on institutional IP addresses using COUNTER-compliant data provided by one of KU's official hosting platforms, OAPEN. Until now, KU has been publishing aggregated reports for the Pilot Collection only. Looking at the overall usage from HathiTrust and OAPEN, KU can reveal that the Pilot titles have been downloaded and viewed more than 100,000 times...

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Knowledge Unlatched Make Open Access Open for Trade Partners

Press Release | Knowledge Unlatched | June 28, 2016

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is partnering with a number of sales agents specializing in library sales to better promote its Open Access offering to libraries. Starting in September, countries including Austria, Germany, Italy, Israel, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Turkey will be covered by three different partners: Schweitzer, Karger Libri and Casalini Libri will join KU’s long-standing partner LYRASIS and include information Knowledge Unlatched into their outreach towards librarians in their core markets...

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Knowledge Unlatched – Scaling Up In 2016

Press Release | Knowledge Unlatched | March 11, 2016

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is pleased to announce that it is expanding and scaling up. There will be several announcements over the next few months about KU's greatly expanded new collections. As Knowledge Unlatched scales up it will experiment with more choices - more curated thematic and topical packages, new subjects and more diverse content. KU is looking now at opening up access to journals as well as to backlist books...

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KU Launches Pledging Period for KU Select 2016

Press Release | Knowledge Unlatched | September 1, 2016

Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the global initiative for Open Access monographs, today launches its next front list and backlist collections; KU Select 2016. KU Select 2016 offers 343 titles to libraries (147 front list to be published between November 2016 – April 2017 and 196 backlist published between 2005 – 2015) with 16 subject areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences...

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Law for All: Free Law Project’s Radical Approach to Legal Transparency

What does open access look like for the law? Through free access to primary legal sources, the Free Law Project provides an important service to advocates, journalists, researchers, and the public. Joining with an international movement for Free Access to Law, the US-based organization helps people know their rights in an increasingly uncertain and rapidly changing legal era. The Free Law Project is an umbrella organization for a variety of projects, including Court Listener for millions of pieces of legal data, the RECAP project (begun by Aaron Swartz in 2009) to freely open the PACER archive of legal data, a complete repository of Supreme Court Data, a repository of judicial opinions and seals, and a Free Law Reporters Database...

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Librarians Are Continuing To Defend Open Access To The Web As A Public Service

Timothy Geigner | TechDirt | December 18, 2014

Librarians have built up quite a reputation for activism in all the right ways...These stances occasionally put them at odds with some in the community that they serve, perhaps most notably with parents who have pushed for restrictions on internet access within libraries...

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MIT news: Global impact of sharing 'open access' research & knowledge

Editor | MIT News | October 22, 2012

Three years after MIT faculty chose to make their scholarly articles openly accessible through the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, individuals around the world have benefited from free access to MIT's research. Read More »

Modified Open Source Laser Cutter Prints 3-D Objects from Powder

Press Release | Rice University | February 22, 2016

Rice University bioengineering researchers have modified a commercial-grade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS, an open-source, selective laser sintering platform that can print intricate 3-D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials. The system costs at least 40 times less than its commercial counterparts and allows researchers to work with their own specialized powdered materials. The design specs and performance of Rice’s OpenSLS platform, an open-source device similar to commercially available selective laser sintering (SLS) platforms, are described in an open-access paper published in PLOS ONE.

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Mozilla's Science Lab Is a Hub for the Open Research Community

Since the launch last June of Mozilla Science Lab, we’ve been working to unpack what science on the web and like the web means, and what Mozilla can do to support it. The Science Lab was created to serve as a neutral broker and hub for the open science community—a means of bridging the gap between the early adopters and the many scientists who understand the value of open science, but who have not yet (for a number of reasons) mapped that understanding onto their day-to-day workflow...

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NASA Opens Research to Public: Why That’s a Big Deal

Weston Williams | The Christian Science Monitor | August 22, 2016

It has been a good week for science and space enthusiasts. NASA announced last Tuesday that they would be releasing hundreds of peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on NASA-funded research projects online. The articles are entirely free to access for any member of the public. The new service is a big deal for the space agency, which has been gathering scientific information on a huge variety of topics since it was established in 1958...

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National Digital Newspaper Program to Now Include Newspapers from the Earliest Days of America’s Founding

Press Release | National Endowment for the Humanities, Library of Congress | August 31, 2016

Want to read how an 18th-century newspaper covered the inauguration of George Washington? How about learning what issues divided Congress in the early 1800s? Going back into early American history is now possible due to new digital content that has been added to Chronicling America (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov), the open access database of historic U.S. newspapers that is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)...

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New 'open access' journal on stem cell research by Cell Press

Editor | News-Medical.Net | October 25, 2012

Cell Press is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) to publish its new Open Access journal 'Stem Cell Reports'. Read More »

New Ideas About Online Community.. From Africa

Katrin Macmillan | Huffington Post | August 25, 2014

President Obama's pledge to mobilize more than $30 billion of investment for Africa reflects the consensus of a continent on the move. Certainly, the rapid spread of mobile technologies has piqued the interest of telecom and internet companies...

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New Platfora Release With Open Data Access And Flexible Workflow Options Makes Big Data Analytics Available For All

Press Release | Platfora | May 14, 2014

Platfora today announced an update to its full-stack analytics platform with significant feature enhancements to tightly couple Big Data Analytics into core production workflows within the enterprise. 

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New Research Estimates Value of Removing DRM Locks

Cory Doctorow | Electronic Frontier Foundation | July 9, 2017

My co-authors and I at the University of Glasgow are investigating how restrictions on interoperability imposed by Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems might impact the market for goods. We are doing this as part of a larger project to better understand the economics of DRM and to figure out what changes would likely occur if the laws were reformed. Our recent working paper is titled ‘How much do consumers value interoperability: Evidence from the price of DVD players’...

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