The Internet Archive has updated its website.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit library offering access to millions of free books, movies, and music, plus an archive of 400+ billion web pages
Check it out: archive.org
Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine.
“Terms of Service” is a nonfiction web comic by Michael Keller & Josh Neufeld (Al Jazeera) on understanding our role in the world of Big Data.
Terms of Service | Al Jazeera America.
“Between 1893 and 1919â€”a three-decade run that librarians refer to as the Golden Age of the American public library systemâ€”Carnegie paid to build 1,689 libraries in the U.S. These seeded the DNA for nearly every American library built before the end of World War II. That may explain in part why there is no central accounting for Carnegie’s libraries, which were built without any oversight from a formal program or foundation: Even libraries that aren’t historical Carnegie libraries share their aesthetic philosophy.”
How Andrew Carnegie Built the Architecture of American Literacy – CityLab.
One of the convictions that drew law professor and former EFF board member, Lawrence Lessig, to co-foundÂ Creative CommonsÂ was that a narrow and rigid application of copyright lawÂ made no senseÂ 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 permissionâ€”a worldview that Lessig has termedÂ permission cultureâ€” 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 theÂ criminal charges levied against Diego GomezÂ for sharing an academic publication with colleagues online.
Creative Commonsâ€”and by extension, the broader open access movement that often relies on Creative Commons licensesâ€”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 annualÂ 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 andÂ SPARCÂ (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)Â on campuses across the US. Since then it has grown by leaps and bounds, and is now fully international â€” on theÂ Open Access WeekÂ website, there are events listed in London, Kiev, Milan, Singapore, Cape Town, Valencia, Tunis, Belgrade, Poznan, andÂ Aberystwyth, Wales.
Hereâ€™s a list of a few other ways to get involved this week:
- ReadÂ David Dobbâ€˜s fantasticÂ WiredÂ articleÂ on biologistÂ Jonathan Evansâ€˜ crusade to publish his fatherâ€™s research, which is also a good primer on how OA journals likeÂ PLoS OneÂ work
- Study theÂ timeline of Open AccessÂ
- Ask questions about the future at the OAÂ Reddit AMA
- Look at anÂ alarming graphÂ about the largest scholarly publishersâ€™ profits (theyâ€™re bigger thanÂ Googleâ€˜s)
- MemorizeÂ Peter Suberâ€˜sÂ six myths about Open AccessÂ and recite them during lulls at cocktail parties
- Make aÂ waffle rabbit memeÂ more or less about OA
- Wear aÂ real button, or use aÂ digital oneÂ to get access to paywalled articles and contribute to a project thatâ€™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 toÂ use token releases for goodÂ pr
- See an Open Access bookÂ in the wild
- Tweet your support atÂ #openaccessweekÂ or#oaweek2014
10 ways to celebrate Open Access week Â» MobyLives.