As the Supreme Court reaffirmed in 2012, facilitating the dissemination of creative expression is an important means of fulfilling the constitutional mandate to “promote the Progress of Science” through the copyright system. This Report addresses two circumstances in which the accomplishment of that goal may be hindered under the current law due to practical obstacles preventing…

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Followers of the ISAW News Blog will have seen the recent piece on the award of an NEH grant for new work on the Pleiades gazetteer and the follow-up piece about my intended participation at a meeting of similarly funded project directors. NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities intends to post video of all the talks online, but meantime, here are words I read and the slides I showed…

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This study was commissioned by Universities UK’s Open Access Co-ordination Group in response to a recommendation of the Finch Group in its second report in 2013 that reliable indicators should be gathered on key features of the transition to open access (OA) in the UK. Read full post here.

From the report: It’s rare to see in-depth historical and critical review of important programs within our community, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellowships have certainly been an extremely important innovation, so I’m delighted to share the announcement of this recent study (reproduced below). The CLIR fellows have been ongoing guests…

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From the press release: There is an urgent need for policies, technologies, and expertise in digital curation, said the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report. It recommends that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy lead policy development in digital curation and prioritize strategic resource investments for the field. Research…

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Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to attend a session offered by the Authors Alliance that was hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. As part of this session the Alliance announced the availability of a new guide that covers issues around rights reversion for authors who have published books. The presentation placed this…

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