Background Materials

 

 

Overview  / Current Activity

Benkler,Yochai (2002). Coase's penguin, or linux and the nature of the firm. [Electronic version]. The Yale Law Review. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.benkler.org/CoasesPenguin.html

Analyzes the emergence of commons-based peer-production in software development, scientific research, and other cultural practices.

Boyle, James (ed) (2001). Conference on the Public Domain (November 9-11, 2001). Complete Webcast Archive; Selected Papers. Retrieved October 5, 2004, from:
http://www.law.duke.edu/pd/realcast.htm
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp/indexpd.htm

Delio, Michelle (2003, December 16).  Copyright doesn't cover this site. Wired News.
Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,61585,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

A profile of the University of Maine's efforts to build an online environment for sharing art, code, and text.

Greenstein, Daniel (2004, September 10). Not so quiet on a western front. Nature.
Retrieved October 4, 2004, from: 
http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/accessdebate/23.html

Lessig, Lawrence (2004). Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. [Electronic versions]. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://free-culture.org/freecontent/

Kranich, Nancy (2004). The Information Commons: A Public Policy Report. The Free Expression Policy Project, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
http://www.fepproject.org/policyreports/InformationCommons.pdf

Reshaping Scholarly Communication. Office of Scholarly Communication, University of California. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/

SPARC Open Access Newsletter and Free Online Scholarship (FOS) Newsletter Archive.
Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/newsletter/archive.htm

Suber, Peter (2004). Creating an Intellectual Commons through Open Access. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://dlc.dlib.indiana.edu/archive/00001246/01/suberrev052804.pdf

Suber, Peter. Open Access News; News from the Open Access Movement. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/fosblog.html

Suber, Peter. (2004, September (last revised)). Open Access Overview; Focusing on open access to peer-reviewed research articles and their preprints. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm

Web focus: Access to the Literature: the debate continues. Nature, August 2003-September 2004.
Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/accessdebate

Specially commissioned insights and analysis from leading scientists, librarians, publishers and other stakeholders on the future of access to the scientific literature.

 

Open Access Initiatives

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) (2003).  Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication, August 28, 2003. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://makeashorterlink.com/?E2CB21279

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, October 22, 2003. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.zim.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlin_declaration.pdf

Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, June 20, 2003. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/bethesda.htm

Budapest Open Access Initiative, February 14, 2002. Retrieved October4, 2004, from:
http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read.shtml

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). (2004). Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation, February 24, 2004. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.ifla.org/V/cdoc/open-access04.html

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2004). Declaration on Access to Research Data From Public Funding, January 30, 2004. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.oecd.org/document/15/0,2340,en_21571361_21590465_25998799_1_1_1_1,00.html

UN World Summit on the Information Society Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action, December 12, 2003. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
  http://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-s/md/03/wsis/doc/S03-WSIS-DOC-0004!!MSW-E.doc
  http://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-s/md/03/wsis/doc/S03-WSIS-DOC-0005!!MSW-E.doc

Wellcome Trust position Statement in Support of Open Access Publishing, October, 1, 2003.
Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/doc%5Fwtd002766.html

 

Alternative Publishing Options and Experiments

arXiv e-Print Archive. Cornnell University Library. Retrieved October 4, 2004 from: 
http://arxiv.org

Active archive for pre-prints, mainly in physics, mathematics and computer science.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.arl.org/sparc/index.html?page=a0

Alternative publishing option to create journals that will compete with specific, highly priced journals.

BioMed Central. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/

A very innovative commercial service that makes refereed journals freely accessible to the world.

Public Library of Science.
http://www.publiclibraryofscience.org/

An agreement by scholars not to publish in journals that do not make their articles freely accessible within six months of publication.

 

Selected Publications on Scholarly Communications

Crow, Raym (2002). The Case for Institutional Repositories. Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition. Retrieved October 4, 2004 from:
http://www.arl.org/sparc/IR/ir.html

Guédon, Jean-Claude (2001, October). Beyond Core Journals and Licenses: The Paths to Reform Scientific Publishing.  ARL Bimonthly Report 218.  Retrieved October 4, 2004, from: http://www.arl.org/newsltr/218/guedon.html

Guédon, Jean-Claude (2001). In Oldenburg’s Long Shadow: Librarians, Research Scientists, Publishers, and the Control of Scientific Publishing. [Electronic version]. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.arl.org/arl/proceedings/138/guedon.html

McCabe, Mark (1999, December). The Impact of Publisher Mergers on Journal Prices: An Update. ARL Bimonthly Report 207. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.arl.org/newsltr/207/jrnlprices.html

 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Licenses. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://creativecommons.org/

Committee on Licensing Geographic Data and Services. Board on Earth Sciences and Resources (2004). Licensing Strategies and Decisions. (pp 177-204).  National Research Council of National Academies Press. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from:
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309092671/html/

 

Creativity and Open Culture

Distributed Creativity: Copyleft, Right, and Center. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from: http://cordova.asap.um.maine.edu/~wagora/w-agora/index.php?bn=distributedcreativity_eyelaw

An online forum produced by Eyebeam and UMaine on legal innovations for stimulating distributed creativity.

Ippolito, Jon. [n.d.]. Why Art Should Be Free. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from: http://three.org/ippolito/writing/wri_online_why.html
[A polemic on why property-based art models hurt artists.]

Open Art Network. Retrieved October 4, 2004.
http://three.org/openart

A consortium that aims to empower artists working in digital formats by devising and promoting open standards for networked art.

 

Scientific and Technical Data

National Research Council (2004). Open Access and the Public Domain in Digital Data and Information for Science: Proceedings of an International Conference. Retrieved October 5, 2004 from:
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309091454/html/

National Research Council (2003). The Role of Scientific and Technical Data and Information in the Public Domain: Proceedings of a Symposium. Retrieved October 5, 2004, from:
http://www.nap.edu/books/030908850X/html/

Onsrud, Harlan, Camara,G., Campbell, J. ,Chakravarthy, N.S.  [2004, July 5]. Public Commons of Geographic Data: Research and Development Challenges. [Preprint of chapter in a forthcoming book]. Retrieved October 4, 2004, from: http://www.spatial.maine.edu/geodatacommons/PubCommonsSNGL.pdf

Other Documents

Directory of Open Access Journals