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Ten Years of Open Access – and how to celebrate the wiki way

Ten years ago, the Budapest Open Access Initiative went public by inviting individuals and organizations to sign a statement in support of Open Access to the scholarly literature, defined as its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users … Continue reading

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Musings on the Research Works Act, Open Access pledges and Wikimedia

Over on Foundation-l, an interesting thread has been developing today on the Research Works Act, Open Access pledges and any potential role therein for Wikimedia. I just posted some thoughts on the matter, quoted in full below the fold.   … Continue reading

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Attribution stacking as a barrier to reuse

On Wednesday, I gave a talk and displayed a number of files that had been produced by others. They were all linked to a dedicated page containing all the metadata necessary for proper attribution of the source, but that page … Continue reading

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How to illustrate how to measure odors

In times when there seem to be apps for almost everything, it is certainly valid to consider ways in which odors could be quantified and put to scale. A set of tools is being developed in this area, loosely lumped … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Wikipedia Academy 2012 – Research and Free Knowledge

Earlier this week, Wikimedia Germany announced the Call for Papers for the Wikipedia Academy 2012 on “Research and Free Knowledge” (or Open Knowledge, for that matter), scheduled for June 29 – July 1, that I help organize. The blog post was … Continue reading

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How would you illustrate the difference between humans and chimps?

A paper in PLoS Biology came out in 2005 with the following abstract: Since the divergence of humans and chimpanzees about 5 million years ago, these species have undergone a remarkable evolution with drastic divergence in anatomy and cognitive abilities. … Continue reading

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The neuron that wasn’t

When René Magritte once painted a tobacco pipe in the late 1920s, he added the subtitle “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” to it in order to emphasize the difference between physical objects and their representation. The painting is now housed in the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Encouraging reuse of Open Access materials – a response to the OSTP’s RFI on Publications

Below is a copy of the final draft (permalink) for a response to the Request for Information on Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting From Federally Funded Research, ready for submission before today’s deadline. I thank all those who … Continue reading

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To retouch or not to retouch, that is the question

Today’s Open Access File of the Day has been retouched and may well be the first in the series to have undergone such treatment – another form of reuse enabled by the use of open licenses when publishing articles. The original image … Continue reading

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Let’s celebrate Public Domain Day!

Today is Public Domain Day, as on January 1 each year, works whose copyright has expired enter the Public Domain and can thus be used, reused and shared without any copyright restrictions. The details still differ a bit across jurisdictions, … Continue reading

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