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The Cost of Knowledge

Academics have protested against Elsevier's business practices for years with little effect. These are some of their objections: They charge exorbitantly high prices for subscriptions to individual journals. In the light of these high prices, the only realistic option for many libraries is to agree to buy very large "bundles", which will include many journals that those libraries do not actually want. Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting the fact that some of their journals are essential. They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, that aim to restrict the free exchange of information.

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Research Works Act - Wikipedia On February 27, 2012 Elsevier, a major publisher, announced that it was withdrawing support for the Act.[12] Later that day, Issa and Maloney issued a statement saying that they would not push for legislative action on the bill.[13] Reception[edit] The bill was supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP)[14] and the Copyright Alliance.[15] Elsevier — my part in its downfall « Gowers's Weblog The Dutch publisher Elsevier publishes many of the world’s best known mathematics journals, including Advances in Mathematics, Comptes Rendus, Discrete Mathematics, The European Journal of Combinatorics, Historia Mathematica, Journal of Algebra, Journal of Approximation Theory, Journal of Combinatorics Series A, Journal of Functional Analysis, Journal of Geometry and Physics, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, Journal of Number Theory, Topology, and Topology and its Applications. For many years, it has also been heavily criticized for its business practices. Let me briefly summarize these criticisms.

Essay on the digital humanities' data problem In 2010, the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts convened a historic workshop -- it was their first jointly funded project. This meeting marked the beginning of a new level of national conversation about how computer science and other STEM disciplines can work productively with arts and design in research, creation, education, and economic development. A number of projects and follow-up workshops resulted in 2011. I was lucky enough to attend three of these events and, in the midst of all the exciting follow-up conversations, I couldn't help but wonder: What about the digital humanities?

Results of publicly funded research will be open access – science minister The government has signalled a revolution in scientific publishing by throwing its weight behind the idea that all publicly funded scientific research must be published in open-access journals. The policy is in the government document Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth published on Monday, which also includes plans for a series of cash prizes for teams to solve specific scientific challenges and a new £75m fund for small businesses to develop their ideas into commercial products. The commitment to making publicly funded research free to access is a direct challenge to the business models of the big academic publishing companies, which are the gatekeepers for the majority of high-quality scientific research. Previous attempts by open access publishers to break this stranglehold over the dissemination of scientific results have largely failed.

How Many New Novels are Published Each Year? « Work Product In my recent talks, I’ve been saying things like “there are tens or hundreds of thousands of new novels published every year, and I just can’t read all of them.” Matt Kirschenbaum says this demonstrates a deplorable lack of initiative in our younger scholars, and he’s probably right. But is my count reasonable? Academic publishers have become the enemies of science This is the moment academic publishers gave up all pretence of being on the side of scientists. Their rhetoric has traditionally been of partnering with scientists, but the truth is that for some time now scientific publishers have been anti-science and anti-publication. The Research Works Act, introduced in the US Congress on 16 December, amounts to a declaration of war by the publishers. The USA's main funding agency for health-related research is the National Institutes of Health, with a $30bn annual budget.

Books of the world, stand up and be counted! All 129,864,880 of you. Posted by Leonid Taycher, software engineer When you are part of a company that is trying to digitize all the books in the world, the first question you often get is: “Just how many books are out there?” Well, it all depends on what exactly you mean by a “book.” We’re not going to count what library scientists call “works,” those elusive "distinct intellectual or artistic creations.”

scienceguide: Academic publishers “declare war on science” 18 januari 2012 - A British scientist bashes a law introduced to the U.S. Congress prohibiting the free availability of publicly funded research. Academic publishers like Netherlands-based Elsevier would extract exorbitant profits from copyrights while open access offers a way out. The U.S. Congress is currently debating a new law meant to keep American agencies from making publicly funded research available for free. In a contribution to the Guardian, Dr. Data, data everywhere WHEN the Sloan Digital Sky Survey started work in 2000, its telescope in New Mexico collected more data in its first few weeks than had been amassed in the entire history of astronomy. Now, a decade later, its archive contains a whopping 140 terabytes of information. A successor, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, due to come on stream in Chile in 2016, will acquire that quantity of data every five days.

Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) U.S. House There was an internal error, and the results displayed may not be what you requested. If this problem persists, please contact us. Carolyn Maloney is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Financial Services.In the 112th Congress, Carolyn Maloney was a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.In the 111th Congress, Carolyn Maloney was a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Financial Services.In the 110th Congress, Carolyn Maloney was a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.In the 109th Congress, Carolyn Maloney was a member of the House Committee on Government Reform and the House Committee on Financial Services.

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