New project to promote OA to health info

NECOBELAC (NEtwork of COllaboration Between Europe and Latin American Caribbean) is a new project for collaboration between Europe and Latin American and Caribbean countries to develop capacity in health-care information, including promoting OA. The project is now conducting a questionnaire to identify “terms and concepts related to those issues to determine their weight within different audience[s]”.

New project to promote OA to health info

NECOBELAC (NEtwork of COllaboration Between Europe and Latin American Caribbean) is a new project for collaboration between Europe and Latin American and Caribbean countries to develop capacity in health-care information, including promoting OA. The project is now conducting a questionnaire to identify “terms and concepts related to those issues to determine their weight within different audience[s]”.

Notes on Google Book event

Kevin Donovan, Notes from Georgetown Symposium on Google Book Search Settlement, Blurring Borders, February 27, 2009. Notes on Google and the Future of Higher Education (Washington, D.C., February 27, 2009).

James Grimmelmann:

  • … â??Google may become the only game in town for serious online access to many of these works.â? …
  • Settlement makes almost no provision for the privacy of readers …
  • All copyright owners are bound by this because of its class-action nature …
  • â??This is not the way these types of things should be done in a democracy. We have public institutions to solve gigantic issues, not the courtroom. The courtroomâ??s adversarial approach is the wrong way to determine the future of information.â?
  • But the settlement is still a net positive

Siva Vaidytanathan

  • … Libraries should have done this, especially because they have special rights under copyright …
  • Google needs to still care about this project in ten years.
  • â??Why are we betting everything on what may be a fly-by company in the scale of history.â? We are sacrificing better options for expediency. …
  • Deeply troubled by lack of user confidentiality …
  • Not convinced weâ??ve missed the opportunity
    • Outlining the Human Knowledge Project (like Human Genome Project where scientists rejected Venterâ??s Solera â?? a private project. The two databases complement each other)
    • Pool resources globally â?? to preserve and extend the record of human knowledge …

Notes on Google Book event

Kevin Donovan, Notes from Georgetown Symposium on Google Book Search Settlement, Blurring Borders, February 27, 2009. Notes on Google and the Future of Higher Education (Washington, D.C., February 27, 2009).

James Grimmelmann:

  • … “Google may become the only game in town for serious online access to many of these works.” …
  • Settlement makes almost no provision for the privacy of readers …
  • All copyright owners are bound by this because of its class-action nature …
  • “This is not the way these types of things should be done in a democracy. We have public institutions to solve gigantic issues, not the courtroom. The courtroom’s adversarial approach is the wrong way to determine the future of information.”
  • But the settlement is still a net positive

Siva Vaidytanathan

  • … Libraries should have done this, especially because they have special rights under copyright …
  • Google needs to still care about this project in ten years.
  • “Why are we betting everything on what may be a fly-by company in the scale of history.” We are sacrificing better options for expediency. …
  • Deeply troubled by lack of user confidentiality …
  • Not convinced we’ve missed the opportunity
    • Outlining the Human Knowledge Project (like Human Genome Project where scientists rejected Venter’s Solera – a private project. The two databases complement each other)
    • Pool resources globally – to preserve and extend the record of human knowledge …

Update. See also Timothy Vollmer’s notes.

Senator questions PACER practices

Heather West, Senator Wants to Scratch a Seven Year Itch, PolicyBeta, February 27, 2009.

Senator [Joe] Lieberman has written a letter to the Judicial Conference asking why the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) online system is still charging a â??per pageâ? fee, when the goal of putting these records online in the first place was to make them â??freely available to the greatest extent possible.â? That was seven years ago.

PACER doesnâ??t seem to have made any progress since then. Apparently the public (still) agreesâ??PACER is one of the top vote getters at our Show Us the Data project. In addition, the barrier to accessing court records has inspired citizens to try to free the information in PACER.

PACER was instructed to charge access fees â??only to the extent necessary,â? …

According to Stephen Schultze and Shubham Mukherjee PACER fees amount to almost double the cost of actually running the system, if not more. …

See also our past pasts on:

Senator questions PACER practices

Heather West, Senator Wants to Scratch a Seven Year Itch, PolicyBeta, February 27, 2009.

Senator [Joe] Lieberman has written a letter to the Judicial Conference asking why the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) online system is still charging a “per page” fee, when the goal of putting these records online in the first place was to make them “freely available to the greatest extent possible.” That was seven years ago.

PACER doesn’t seem to have made any progress since then. Apparently the public (still) agrees–PACER is one of the top vote getters at our Show Us the Data project. In addition, the barrier to accessing court records has inspired citizens to try to free the information in PACER.

PACER was instructed to charge access fees “only to the extent necessary,” …

According to Stephen Schultze and Shubham Mukherjee PACER fees amount to almost double the cost of actually running the system, if not more. …

See also our past pasts on: