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[News] OpenCourseWare Initiative Spreads, Company Goes Open Source

  • Subject: [News] OpenCourseWare Initiative Spreads, Company Goes Open Source
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 06:50:13 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
MIT OpenCourseWare expands for high school students

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| The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is taking on the issue of 
| inadequate education for youth by extending its OpenCourseWare (OCW) program 
| to include secondary level students.  


Palpable computing goes open source

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| The toolbox can be downloaded in a binary, “out-of-the-box”-version or with 
| the full source code under the BSD license.  



'The New York Times' drops online subscription service

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| The New York Times has finally given up on the Web-subscription model, 
| announcing Monday that the newspaper's online site will no longer charge for 
| any content.  


OUP wants me to pay for my own Open Access article

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| The journal wishes to charge me 48 USD to:
| The journal is therefore
| I am lost for words...


A Quest to Get More Court Rulings Online, and Free

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| The domination of two legal research services over the publication of federal 
| and state court decisions is being challenged by an Internet gadfly who has 
| embarked on an ambitious project to make more than 10 million pages of case 
| law available free online.   


Libraries Defend Open Access

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| In an open letter last month, Rockefeller University Press castigated the 
| publishers' sock-puppet outfit, PRISM, for using distorting rhetoric in a 
| coordinated PR attack on open access. N  


News Corp undecided on making WSJ.com free

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| "It would be a very expensive thing to do in the short term," Murdoch told 
| analysts on a telephone conference call to discuss News Corp's quarterly 
| earnings. "In the long term, it may be a wonderful thing to do, but we're 
| looking at it very closely."   


The Land of "Nothing for free"

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| I was down there to give a talk on "Open Source Business Models"
| for a conference. Also represented were entertainment industry
| lawyers, "Big Telecom" management, and a smattering of software
| people. Microsoft was there of course. You can't hold a church
| fete with "Open Source" on the banner these days without Microsoft
| turning up and requesting representation. At least we also had
| Bruce Perens on our side to help make up the balance. The venue
| eas an unbelievably expensive hotel. Even though I was on
| expenses I balked at asking the company to pay for a room
| there and found something cheaper (not by much) a few miles
| down the road.


Academia's Open Access movement mirrors FOSS community

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| Free and open source software (FOSS) has roots in the ideals of academic 
| freedom and the unimpeded exchange of information. In the last five years, 
| the concepts have come full circle, with FOSS serving as a model for Open 
| Access (OA), a movement within academia to promote unrestricted access to 
| scholarly material for both researchers and the general public.    


DJ Google, Sprint Pact Could Heat Up Wireless War

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| Wallsten, however, argued it is unclear their network will be truly open. "It 
| doesn't seem consistent with Google's claims for open access and net 
| neutrality," he said. "Clearly Google is going to benefit from this, and it 
| will be easier to use (Google) than Yahoo" or other rival services.   


AT&T slams Google over open-access wireless proposal

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| AT&T has asked Capitol Hill not to enable an open nationwide wireless 
| spectrum, claiming that Google's lobbying of such a network is a bid by the 
| search giant to obtain broadband airwaves at bargain-basement prices.  


Musicians' copyright pleas fall on deaf ears

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| The music industry has reacted with outrage to the government's rejection of 
| pleas to extend the period musicians get royalties from their tracks beyond 
| the current 50 years.  


Announcing the Open Library

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| Early this year, when I left my job at Wired Digital, I thought I could look 
| forward to months of lounging around San Francisco, reading books on the 
| beach and drinking fine champagne and eating foie gras. Then I got a phone 
| call. Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive was thinking of pursuing a 
| project that I'd been trying to do literally for years.    
| [...]
| So today I'm extraordinarily proud to announce the Open Library project. Our
| goal is to build the world's greatest library, 


Berkman Center and CALI Partner to Create New Legal Education Resource

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| “We are looking forward to renewing a fruitful relationship with Harvard Law 
| School through the Legal Education Commons project, which will provide 
| innovative tools and access to open-licensed course materials to our more 
| than 200 member law schools” said CALI Executive Director John Mayer.   


Wikipedia Founder Joins EC Open Access Campaign

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| Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said he signed a petition calling
| on the European Commission to give the public open access to
| taxpayer-funded scientific research because it was "simple and
| obvious" that the public should have access to research they
| had funded. "Public money should result in public benefit,"
| he added.


Google Custom Search

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| Guha was able to help me understand the significance of the recent 
| announcement with the Hewlett Foundation of the Open Educational Resources 
| search portal.  
| [...]
| For example, a MIT implementation of the OE Search portal could choose to 
| boost mit.edu sites, providing higher visibility for MIT's OpenCourseWare 
| offerings.  


Push for open access to research

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| "Cancer patients seeking information on new treatments or parents
| searching for the latest on childhood development issues were often
| denied access to the research they indirectly fund through their
| taxes"  


Elsevier duo say the future is open

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| Two senior publishers have departed Elsevier and joined rival Biomed
| Central, placing their bets on an open access future for scientific
| research.


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