Monthly Archives: April 2008

What is strongOA?

In previous posts (see links in Why weakOA and strongOA are so important) I have welcomed the Suber-Harnad approach to OA, labelling obejcts either as "strong OA" or "weak OA". In this post I want to explore what strong OA … Continue reading

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Why weakOA and strongOA are so important

Yesterday Peter Suber and Stevan Harnad announced (Strong and weak OA) a critically important step forward in OA - that the terms "weak OA" and "strong OA" should be used to describe various approaches, philosophies, practices. I reported this (Weak … Continue reading

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Why we need semantic authoring tools in chemistry - 3

The type of problem highlighted in my recent post is a very serious one and so rather than giving the answer I want to help you discover it for yourself. Hopefully then you will have a wow! or aha! or … Continue reading

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Weak and Strong OA

Peter Suber (and Stevan Harnad) have just published a very important announcement about the definition of various types of OA. I've known about it for some days and have been waiting till it's public. I'll copy it in full and … Continue reading

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Why PDF is a Hamburger

In a recent comment Chris Rusbridge asks: April 29th, 2008 at 4:47 pm e I’ve been thinking about a blog post related to your hamburger rants. But the more I try to think it through, the murkier it gets. Is … Continue reading

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Open Knowledge in London

On Wednesday the Open Knowledge Foundation is holding the First Open Knowledge London Meetup on Wednesday 30th April The first Open Knowledge London meetup will take place this Wednesday at the London Knowledge Lab. The meetup should be great opportunity … Continue reading

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Why we need semantic chemical authoring-2

We're in the process of aggregating a repository of common chemicals (somewhere in the range 1000-10000 entries) and we are taking data from various publicly available web sites. Typical sources are Wikipedia, any aggregator with Open Data policies and MSDS … Continue reading

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TANSTAAFL: Openness is not a Free Lunch

In a reply to a recent post Rich Apodaca made the point that Open Access (Open Data) will require business models: Rich Apodaca Says: April 28th, 2008 at 1:38 am e By identifying and executing the right business model, the … Continue reading

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Molbank adopts CC-BY licence

I am delighted to report than Molbank is moving towards a CC-BY licence for its content... In a comment on Antony Williams' blog (Acting as a Community Member to Help Open Access Authors and Publishers) Dietrich Rordorf says: April 27th, … Continue reading

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The Control Fallacy: Freedom isn't about prices, but about rights

From John Wilbanks, The Control Fallacy:  Why OA Out-Innovates the Alternative, Nature Precedings, a preprint deposited April 25, 2008. Abstract:   This article examines the relationship between Open Access to the scholarly literature and innovation. It traces the ideas of “end … Continue reading

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