One of the convictions that drew law professor and former EFF board member, Lawrence Lessig, to co-found Creative Commons was that a narrow and rigid application of copyright law made no sense in the digital age. Copying digital information over long distances and at virtually no cost is what the Internet does best; indeed, it wouldn’t work at all if copying wasn’t possible.
If all online copying requires permission—a worldview that Lessig has termed permission culture— then a huge part of our modern systems for conveying and creating knowledge will always require explicit and prior permission to operate to avoid risk of future lawsuits. It is permission culture that leads to absurd results such as the criminal charges levied against Diego Gomez for sharing an academic publication with colleagues online.
Creative Commons—and by extension, the broader open access movement that often relies on Creative Commons licenses—pushes back against this worldview, in favor of an alternative vision of free culture, in which creative and knowledge works are freely exchanged, and where demanding permission for re-use and sharing can be the exception, rather than the rule.
via Where Copyright Fails, Open Licenses Help Creators Build Towards a Future of Free Culture | Electronic Frontier Foundation.
This week is the eighth annual Open Access Week, and that means confetti! No, actually, it means something much better than that: a week of discussions about the great and vital movement to make scholarship freely available online, so that it can be used by researchers and students and interested persons to advance knowledge.
Open Access Week started out in 2007 as a humble Open Access Day, with events organized by students and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) on campuses across the US. Since then it has grown by leaps and bounds, and is now fully international — on the Open Access Week website, there are events listed in London, Kiev, Milan, Singapore, Cape Town, Valencia, Tunis, Belgrade, Poznan, and Aberystwyth, Wales.
Here’s a list of a few other ways to get involved this week:
- Read David Dobb‘s fantastic Wired article on biologist Jonathan Evans‘ crusade to publish his father’s research, which is also a good primer on how OA journals like PLoS One work
- Study the timeline of Open Access
- Ask questions about the future at the OA Reddit AMA
- Look at an alarming graph about the largest scholarly publishers’ profits (they’re bigger than Google‘s)
- Memorize Peter Suber‘s six myths about Open Access and recite them during lulls at cocktail parties
- Make a waffle rabbit meme more or less about OA
- Wear a real button, or use a digital one to get access to paywalled articles and contribute to a project that’s recording all the times researchers are blocked by paywalls
- Get mad (ok, mad/scared) about the many, many articles on Ebola that are still not available to the public, and the recent attempts by scholarly publishers to use token releases for good pr
- See an Open Access book in the wild
- Tweet your support at #openaccessweek or#oaweek2014
10 ways to celebrate Open Access week » MobyLives.
This Monday, October 20 marks the first day of Open Access Week, an international event that celebrates the wide-ranging benefits of enabling open access to information and research–as well as the dangerous costs of keeping knowledge locked behind publisher paywalls.
This year’s theme is Generation Open.
What Are You Doing For Open Access Week? | Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Americans need to learn how to discover.
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster. The good news is, some people are working on it.
Against this arresting background, an exciting new kind of learning is taking place in America. Alternatively framed as maker classes, after-school innovation programs, and innovation prizes, these programs are frequently not framed as learning at all. Discovery environments are showing up as culture and entertainment, from online experiences to contemporary art installations and new kinds of culture labs. Perhaps inevitably, the process of discovery — from our confrontation with challenging ambiguous data, through our imaginative responses, to our iterative and error-prone paths of data synthesis and resolution — has turned into a focus of public fascination.
American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist | WIRED.