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Open Access News

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Any discussion of open access, whether to information, software, knowledge systems, etc., invariably has to include the enabling capacity and function of cyberinfrastructure. In that vein, it seems appropriate to give a nod to some of the folks that are driving the Open Access (note the proper noun) movement. So here ya go.

Peter Suber, Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, UK, and Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), has a great Open Access Overview that serves as a solid guide for the Open Access initiative proper, whose goal is free, online, open scholarship. To stay up to date with the latest in the movement, you should consider visiting Suber’s Blog, appropriately titled Open Access News. We’ve even added it to our own Blog list.

Clifford Lynch and Cyberinfrastructure

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

So I was poking around looking for a podcast the other day when I stumbled upon a link to an Interview of Lynch at Educause Connect. The interview was from the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) 2006 Fall Task Force meeting. After listening to the interview, I began to think about the various meanings of the term “cyberinfrastructure” and how there is really no consensus of the meaning. While contemplating that, I was reminded of the various physical components that people might consider when using the term.

More on math and science education

Monday, January 30th, 2006

The arguments pointing to math and science education deficiency in this country are getting another boost with this article in USA Today. Since the President is expected to touch upon the dwindling US dominance in science and technology in his State of the Union address tomorrow night, it will be interesting to hear how he plans to address it. The National Science Education Incentive Act of 2005 (HR 450), currently in the House Committee on Ways and Means (one of several Acts currently in Congress specific to improving science and math education), lists 10 specific findings by Congress regarding science education in this country.

A meeting of the minds?

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Software research collaboration between universities and private business may soon become easier, depending on the results of the new intellectual property model recently announced by 11 academic and commercial partners. The New York Times also has a piece about this new partnership, which includes HP, IBM, Stanford and Georgia Tech among others.

Science and libraries

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

As disciplines such as biology, ecology, chemistry, etc. become more ensconced with computational science, information needs and sharing increase. One such need is the demand for information professionals, especially academic librarians, who provide invaluable services for students and researchers. The University of Tennessee is one institution addressing this need, becoming a recent recipient of a grant to educate and train next generation science information professionals and strengthen the information infrastructure on which research is founded.

The National Academies Podcast the Alarm

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

A new report from the National Academies, reported in the NYT today (registration required), should reinforce concerns that a lot of people in the CTWatch community have about the need for change in current government policy. It sounds a loud alarm about the erosion of American economic competitiveness in the face of economic globalization, inadequate investment in research and education in science and engineering, and the need for policy reform in areas such as patent law. Along with the standard press release, you can stream or download the hour long briefing (requires RealPlayer) that accompanied the release of the report. The presidents of the National Academies are all on hand for the event, and Norman Augustine, Craig Barret, and Roy Vagelous, who were all on the committee that developed the report, provide the briefing and take questions from the audience. There’s some good Q&A. The report has now been Slashdotted as well.

Strictly speaking, this is not a real podcast, but it’s only a step away. If this is a sample, I think a regular podcast from the National Academies would be relatively inexpensive to produce and a real benefit to the community.

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