Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ross Mounce’s Visualization of “Gold” Open Access Rights and Prices

This blog highlights some splendid work done by Ross Mounce, one of our Panton Fellows. Ross actually started this before he applied to us, but he's done and though a lot since so we can claim a little reflected glory. … Continue reading

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Lee Dirks

Lee Dirks died yesterday with his wife in a car accident in Peru: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/08/29/2-americans-peruvian-die-in-peru-highway-accident/ Many have already written about Lee today, e.g.: Savas Parastatidis http://savas.me/2012/08/rip-my-friend-lee-dirks/ And John Wilbanks: http://del-fi.org/post/30531593681/remembering-lee-dirks So I'll try to add something different. I met Lee about … Continue reading

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Why is scientific data so badly communicated?

Ross Mounce and I are starting to extract content ("content-mining") from BMC journals. [Why BMC only? Because most of the other major publishers refuse to let us do it even when we subscribe.] [Why not PLoS? For technical informatics reasons … Continue reading

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Let’s get rid of CC-NC and CC-ND NOW! It really matters

Many people now feel that the CC-NC and CC-ND licences are counterproductive – I estimate that in "Open Access" alone this is costing >> 1 billion USD in forbidding re-use and general paralysing FUD. Here's a great exposition of why … Continue reading

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#vivo12 my talk “Reclaim Our Scholarship”

"Power corrupts; Powerpoint corrupts absolutely" (Tufte) My talk is through HTML links – you need to be on the web. Reclaim Our Scholarship [was: Bottom-up collaborations in the Internet Age] VIVO12, Miami, US Peter Murray-Rust, Unilever Centre for Molecular Sciences … Continue reading

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#vivo12 What I might be going to say

IMPORTANT – INCLUDES INSTRUCTIONS FOR #VIVO12 DELEGATES I am at the #vivo12 conference in Miami – VIVO (http://vivoweb.org/ Connect/Share/Disover) and will give the plenary lecture tomorrow. I have been given free rein and originally called this "Bottom-up collaborations in the … Continue reading

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Skolnik Symposium ACS 2012 #skolnik2012

Henry Rzepa and I are running the ACS Herman Skolnik award symposium tomorrow in the Philadelphia Convention Centre. We intend that this is inclusive and so will be running a twitterfall or similar so we can keep in touch with … Continue reading

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AnimalGarden present “The Chemical Chinese Room” at the American Chemical Society meeting

Henry Rzepa and I have been awarded the Herman Skolnik award of the ACS and will be running a 1-day symposium next week. In my own talk (20 mins) I'll be looking to the future under the theme "Can we … Continue reading

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Fee-free scholarly publishing

A short crowded blog post. I'm off the the ACS shortly and then to VIVO and am concentrating on presentations. Hope to blog those in the normal way. After kicking off a discussion of publishing models on the [GOAL] mailing … Continue reading

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Is this paper Open Access?

I have been sent a PDF of which I reproduce the front matter. Is it "Open Access"? Note that if I get the answer wrong I might get lawyers' letters accusing me of copyright theft, breach of contract, etc. Note … Continue reading

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