Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Public Domain: enclosing the commons of the mind

Engaging half hour video from James Boyle, professor of law and co-founder of the Centre for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University and author of The Public Domain: enclosing the commons of the mind.

Is the public domain as vital to knowledge, innovation and culture as the realm of material protected by intellectual property rights? James Boyle thinks so and visits the RSA to call for a new movement to preserve it. If we continue to enclose the commons of the mind, Boyle argues, we will all be the poorer.

Delivered March 2009 at the RSA

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

UCL embraces open access with institution-wide mandate

University College London has become the latest British institution to introduce a mandatory open-access repository for its scholars' work in what is a growing international trend.

A new Centre for research and development in open access at the University of Nottingham

The way that research is communicated around the world is changing rapidly, opening access for more people to more research than has been available before. This brings change, challenges and exciting opportunities for authors, investigators and others in the research process.
The SHERPA team at the University of Nottingham are pleased to announce the formation of a new research centre -- the Centre for Research Communications (CRC). This will be based at the University and will help to support and inform these changes and new ideas. The CRC will house the portfolio of open access projects, services and initiatives currently undertaken by the University.
These include the home of the SHERPA partnership; the open access services RoMEO, Juliet and OpenDOAR; the Repositories Support Project (RSP), and the University contribution to the European and international projects DRIVER, Dart-Europe and NECOBELAC. Project and service funders include JISC, the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and SPARCEurope. The CRC will also act as a focus for new work in the area both within the University and nationally.