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8,200+ Strong, Researchers Band Together To Force Science Journals To Open Access

8,200+ Strong, Researchers Band Together To Force Science Journals To Open Access
Evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen made this t-shirt design in support of the Elsevier boycott. Academic research is behind bars and an online boycott by 8,209 researchers (and counting) is seeking to set it free…well, more free than it has been. The boycott targets Elsevier, the publisher of popular journals like Cell and The Lancet, for its aggressive business practices, but opposition was electrified by Elsevier’s backing of a Congressional bill titled the Research Works Act (RWA). Though lesser known than the other high-profile, privacy-related bills SOPA and PIPA, the act was slated to reverse the Open Access Policy enacted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008 that granted the public free access to any article derived from NIH-funded research. But the fight for open access is just getting started. Seem dramatic? Paying a high price for academic journals isn’t anything new, but the events that unfolded surrounding the RWA was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The FNF – Free Information, Free Culture, Free Society NoodleTools : MLA / APA / Chicago Bibliography Composer, Notecards, Outlining The Internet Defense League - Protecting the Free Internet since 2012. Full text of "Guerilla Open Access Manifesto" Guerilla Open Access Manifesto Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.

Home El niño que quería un Internet libre El Abogado Lawrence Lessig y Aaron Swartz charlando en un intermedio de las reuniones sobre Creative Commons Había una vez… Aaron Swartz cuando cumplió los 8 años descubrió Internet, pasó horas leyendo y leyendo información y pensó que era ¡genial! porque se podrían aprender un montón de cosas allí, cosas que antes eran difíciles aprender porque se necesitaba no sólo comprar los libros sino saber qué libros comprar. Tenía una libreta de papel donde apuntaba sus “páginas web” favoritas, el problema era que después tenía que estar revisando en qué parte de la libreta estaba esa dirección que le interesaba, así que con otras personas comenzó a construir un sitio web que hiciera precisamente eso, ir agregando enlaces y que otros también compartieran sus sitios favoritos y así conocer más de los contenidos que circulaban libremente por Internet, este proyecto se llama Reddit Aaron tenía 14 años y por ese esfuerzo pasó a ser miembro de la organización mundial w3c La academia y su sin razón

Net Neutrality 101 When we log onto the Internet, we take lots of things for granted. We assume that we'll be able to access whatever Web site we want, whenever we want to go there. We assume that we can use any feature we like -- watching online video, listening to podcasts, searching, e-mailing and instant messaging -- anytime we choose. We assume that we can attach devices like wireless routers, game controllers or extra hard drives to make our online experience better. What makes all these assumptions possible is "Network Neutrality," the guiding principle that preserves the free and open Internet. The biggest cable and telephone companies would like to charge money for smooth access to Web sites, speed to run applications, and permission to plug in devices. The network owners say they want a "tiered" Internet. What's the Problem Here? Discrimination: The Internet was designed as an open medium. The End of the Internet? What does that mean?

How I Published My Scholarly Book With an Open Access CC-BY License [Open Access Week in 2014 is October 20-26.] Have you noticed that scholarly books are getting more and more expensive? It’s not just the journals that are exorbitantly priced. Yesterday I didn’t buy a really interesting anthology in my field because it cost over $100. More and more of the monographs I’m interested in cost £50 or £60 or even £80. You can download Seeing Ourselves Through Technology for free. I decided a while ago that I didn’t want to publish any more books that were closed access. So when I saw that Palgrave, which is known for publishing quality scholarship, had set up a system for open access books, I was interested. I’m fortunate enough to work at the University of Bergen, which established an open access publishing fund last year specifically to pay for fees like this. I hadn’t heard about the idea of authors (or their institutions) paying for open access publishing until fairly recently. Open access book publishing is a lot less common. Obviously I disagree.