The core problem here is the donation of copyright in academic works to publishers who then exploit them to earn every possible penny of profit. Scholarship suffers due to the greed of these publishers.
Thanks to that NPR story about the Emo revival, I am reliving my teenage years through Deep Elm’s Emo Diaries. #dhmusic
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The court emphatically rejects the authors’ paranoia, especially the ridiculous concern about the security of books in digitized format. The judge thought so little of the insecurity argument that the opinion ignored it (other than mentioning that Google takes security measures).
If the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals takes the same approach, the HathiTrust case is another loser for the Guild, as it put nearly all of its emphasis on the security argument at oral arguments.
I always turn this one up to 11.
As Florida State Universitys strives towards their top 25 goal, competing public universities have at least one edge on FSU: Open access.
Some more good press coverage for my work at FSU. Glad to see this picking up momentum finally!
I’m in Rome in the middle of fall break for one reason: that sculpture. It is the Ratto di Proserpina (Rape of Persephone) by Bernini. It is my favorite piece of art. I wanted to see it on my birthday. So, I choose to spend two days in Rome, which is a good weekend trip from Florence instead of extra days in Athens or somewhere else in Europe.
This afternoon I checked into my hostel, told them my plans and that I’m here to spend my birthday (tomorrow) with Bernini at the Borghese Gallery. They asked if I got my reservation. My what? Apparently the Borghese Gallery requires reservations. There is a limit of 360 tickets for strict two hour timeslots. I knew you could buy tickets online, but I thought they were just tickets. And when they’re booked, they’re booked. I’ve never been to a museum like that before.
I looked online. Sold out. I started saying “No no no no no.” Freaked out. Birthday ruined. I calmed down a little bit. Decide that Ill walk to the museum. Ill see if there are any tickets for tomorrow. I need just one. Just one can’t be impossible? I mean it’s my BIRTHDAY! So maybe, just maybe.
I get there at 530. I see a sign “Sold out until Saturday.” No no no no no. I walked to the ticket booth and before I can ask, “Parli inglese?” I start crying. I’m exhausted. I barely slept in Berlin and had a long day of travel already. I’m spending my birthday alone. And now I won’t be able to see the one thing I came to Rome to see.
They both speak fantastic English. I explained I didn’t know about presale, that I’m only in town two days, tomorrow’s my birthday and this is the only place I wanted to go. Still crying. And then they tell me: Its okay. There aren’t tickets for tomorrow, but they had one cancellation for tonight in the 5-7 section. I’m now tear stained but beaming! Oh, what a birthday surprise!
I raced up the steps. I entered and through a glass door I saw it. That ass! Pluto’s perfectly sculpted ass. I shuffled to get around to the room, bypassing other fantastic pieces. But nothing is better than this one.
I spent about half of my 90 minutes just staring at it. Sometimes I had the whole room to myself. I circled it over and over. Clockwise and counterclockwise. Sometimes stepping back to see it fully or looking closer at a detail. Getting closer until I could feel the chain barricade touch my leg. I was trying to remember all the details and how happy I felt. The way her stomach folds just slightly and how each of her fingers is delicately separated is amazing. I was looking for new favorite parts with every step. I found details that I never noticed before in any photograph or video. The tuft of hair under Pluto’s arms or the look in eyes. It’s piercing when you stand just to the right.
The more I looked, the more I kept falling in love with it. The tendons in his hands and feet, and the veins in his thighs and pelvis. And oh, her feet! There is a space carved out after the big toe, and her feet curl just slightly. You can see the muscle tension in her soles. Genius. I never knew that before. I knew about his back, how well Bernini carved out muscle from marble, but I never expected the feet.
One of my favorite parts is the hair. How beautiful his curls are. It flows back and slightly up. But not his beard. She’s hit him and that changes the movement. Its so genius. But my favorite part is the thigh. That thigh! His hand is pressing into her thigh and the skin dips with each finger. It’s marble and looks like flesh. I swear. It’s the most perfect thing I’ve seen. I’m so thankful that I got to see it on my almost birthday.
Last year Chealsye made herself Open Access cookies for her bday at FSU Libraries. This year, she’s hanging in Rome with Bernini sculptures. Happy birthday, Cheals! You’re an inspiration for living life to the fullest!
This week is Open Access Week. Open Access is the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research. Typically resulting scholarly articles are only available through an expensive journal and research data isn’t openly shared. Movements calling for public access to these articles and for open data are gaining traction and momentum.
NASA has a strong track record of archiving and providing universal access to scientific data that result from its mission and programs. NASA makes datasets, tools, widgets, and catalogs openly available on data.gov (http://1.usa.gov/HiJrtn). Some of NASA’s data products include the NASA World Wind and Planetary Data System. NASA World Wind is a web service and open source project that allows people to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. The Planetary Data System (PDS), which was originally developed in the 1990s, provides access to data from more than 50 years of missions.
However, NASA hasn’t been perfect in its openness. The first series of papers based on data from the Mars Curiosity rover were published in Science, a prestigious and expensive subscription journal, and were not made openly accessible to the public. Biologist and Open Access advocate Michael Eisen recently called NASA out on this and “set free” the articles by posting them on his blog. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has now posted openly accessible links to these articles on its website.
If you want NASA to continue its important research and gather more data about Earth and space, then ask Congress to give a Penny4NASA.
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I’ve not heard of Thunderclap, but it seems like a great tool and I’m happy to support Open Access Button.