13 artworks by DAG Museums are now “Open Access” ! | GIF-IT-UP India #OpenGLAM

“The OpenGLAM world [galleries, libraries, archives, museums] just got richer by 13 historic artworks from India thanks to the folks at DAG Museums. Now that might sound like a small number, but for India, this is a huge step towards providing Open Access.

These high-resolution artworks have been released by DAG as part of India’s first ever GIF-IT-UP Challenge. These are now free for you to download and use as you wish, without any fear of breaking copyright laws. The CC by SA license allows you to use and alter an image even for commercial purposes, as long as you give credit and license your new work under the identical terms.”

US Supreme Court’s Decision on Copyrightability of Annotations to Official Code of Georgia: Can It Inspire the Access to Law Movement in India? | SpicyIP

“We are delighted to bring to our readers an insightful post by Dr. Arul George Scaria on the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Georgia et al., v. Public.Resource.Org holding that annotations to the official code of Georgia are not copyrightable. In this post, he makes a case for the adoption of the government edicts doctrine by Indian courts to foster greater ‘access to law’ in India….”

Indian scientists launch preprint repository to boost research quality


Researchers in India will soon have their own preprint repository where they can post manuscripts from any discipline. The founders of IndiaRxiv hope it will improve the quality of science in the country.

The repository joins a growing number of preprint servers hosting research from a particular region, including Indonesia’s INA-Rxiv and Africa’s AfricArxiv….”

View of Faculty and Research Scholars Perceptions on the Use of Open Access Resources

Abstract:  This study  examines the perception  and  use  of  open  access  resources  among  academic institutions in Tamil Nadu. The main aim of the study is to find out the open access resources among social science  faculty and research scholars of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and Mother Teresa Women’s University. The finding of the study shows that institute faculty and research scholars are well aware of open access resources, use the same for their research and  teaching  and  also  contributed  their  research  to  open  access.  It  also suggests some recommendations  that  not  only  the  faculty  and  research  scholars and also encourage  all students motivated to use the open-access resources.

National Digital Library Of India (NDLI) Hosts Questions Papers, Books Of Various Boards

“o help student community in the difficult situation arising out of suspension of physical classes and closure of physical libraries arising out of COVID-19 lockdown, National Digital Library of India (NDLI) has initiated specially designed collections of e-resources for specific group of students. The students may visit www.ndl.gov.in or ndl.iitkgp.ac.in to access these resources free of cost….”

B2fxxx: Carl Malamud at the Open University

“Without asking publishers’ permission, Malamud has put a lot of stuff online via a project at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in India – 125 million journal articles from many sources, from the mid 19th century up to the present.

The storage facility is air-gapped and not connected to the internet. Researchers who want access can bring their computers to the facility and text & data mine the materials there. Without having to read or download the articles which is not permitted, they can, nevertheless, draw scientific insights, thereby circumventing any potential copyright problems. The terms and conditions are modeled on those of the HathiTrust and the store specialises in bioinformatics. The access model is 3-tiered:

Tier 0 is air-gapped and pdfs of the articles

Tier 1 is extracted texts and is also air-gapped

Tier 2 is facts. As there is no copyright on facts, this can be made available openly to everyone….

In 2016 the US Supreme Court rejected the Authors Guild’s request to further appeal the decision, ending the more than a decade long litigation. The Authors Guild also tried suing the HathiTrust but were unsuccessful in that case too. The technicalities of the case were different.  One interesting angle was that the court made a point of noting the value of the HathiTrust approach to making the books available to print disabled and visually impaired.

The bottom line was that Google Books and the HathiTrust were given the ok by the US courts.

In the UK text and data mining is permitted only for non-commercial use. …”

Popular preprint servers face closure because of money troubles

“The rise of preprint repositories has helped scientists worldwide to share results and get feedback quickly. But several platforms that serve researchers in emerging economies are struggling to raise money to stay afloat. One, which hosts research from Indonesia, has decided to close because of this funding shortfall.

INA-Rxiv, which was set up in 2017, was one of the first repositories to host studies from a particular region. Previous platforms served specific disciplines: for example, arXiv, the original preprint repository, hosts physical-sciences research, and bioRxiv is a popular repository for biology studies. Other region or language-specific repositories followed, including ArabiXiv, which hosts Arabic-language research; AfricArxiv and IndiaRxiv. Managers of these repositories say they increase exposure for research from the regions, and facilitate collaborations.

INA-Rxiv, ArabiXiv, AfricArxiv and IndiaRxiv are run by volunteers around the world, but the servers are hosted online by the non-profit Center for Open Science (COS), based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The centre’s platform hosts 26 repositories, including more than a dozen that are discipline-specific.

In December 2018, the COS informed repository managers that from 2020, it would be introducing fees, charged to repository managers, to cover maintenance costs. The charges, which were finalized last December, start at about US$1,000 a year, and increase as repositories’ annual submissions grow….”

How India’s new Intermediary Liability Rules could limit everyone’s access to information online

“The birth of the World Wide Web thirty years ago brought with it the promise of a global meeting ground for open knowledge, innovation and connection that no one had previously experienced. While society has made tremendous progress, giving voice to millions and making knowledge available in places far and wide, we have also grappled with challenges — from misinformation to the spread of harmful content — that have compromised these goals. These challenges have led to growing scrutiny of the internet’s visitors and purveyors, including restrictions designed to regulate the flow and exchange of online information. While the intent that drives these moves may be valid, the unintended consequences from unilateral, closed-door actions by governments could have dire consequences on an open internet.

New changes to India’s intermediary liability rules — the rules that govern how websites with users in India host content on their platforms — which are currently being considered by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, highlight these risks….”