Tag Archives: eresources

World Bank goes Open Access

There has been a steady trickle of institutions and organizations committing to open access to some subset of their data, with the UK government [announcing opendata](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/28/opendata-for-uk-government-pushing-semantic-web-development-for-government-transparency/) last year. Now the [World Bank](http://web.worldbank.org/) has become perhaps the first major international organization to require [open access](http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/000406484_20120403130112) to its research outputs under a [CC](http://creativecommons.org/) licensing scheme. Continue reading World Bank goes Open Access

Tablet ownership amongst students growing rapidly

I have been predicting the increase of tablet computing in the general endpoint ecology for some time, and others have been there with me. Just last year there was a [study](http://bit.ly/mhKtaN) which showed that students were ready to go to tablets to read, and there is the general drive to get [ebooks](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/21/new-entrant-in-the-etextbook-market-amazon/) onto campuses. Now Pearson has released a survey of student ownership of tablets that needs to be factored into where the endpoints are going to shift over the next couple of years, in what I predict will be an accelerating fashion. Continue reading Tablet ownership amongst students growing rapidly

Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

There was quite a bit of [activity](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/interent2-net-services/) [recently](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/oer-panel-gathers-to-assess-state/) over the announcement by Apple of [iBooks Author](http://chronicle.com/article/Apples-New-E-Textbook/130399/). Now two other platforms are gaining some profile regarding their offerings. To me, it just shows à al [Christensen](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/10/current-books-on-how-education-needs-to-change/), how ripe the market is for some disruption to displace the dominant and stagnant leaders who are incumbents of sustaining the status quo. Continue reading Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

OER Panel gathers to assess state

There have been many attempts at [OER](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/?s=eresource) over the years, and technologies have always played a part in forming the basis for innovation and breakaway from currently dominant models. The Center for American Progress hosted a [panel](http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/02/oer.html) that looked at the current state and where things are going. Continue reading OER Panel gathers to assess state

Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

I have long been a critic of the [academic publishing industry](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/25/british-libraries-are-prepared-to-forgo-elsevier-and-wiley-big-deal-subs-if-terms-not-right/) and the increasing costs for getting, mainly, publicly funded research out to peer-review and the wider scholarly community. And to be sure, there is more malaise in the total system than just the publishers. There is also the push to “publish or die” and the growing pressure to “publish and engage with the digital world.” But a recent call by a very accomplished academic at Cambridge has lit a fire in the heather, and there is a line of villagers armed with pitchforks heading up to the Elsevier castle. Continue reading Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

Facebook kills educational project because it gains too much profile

[Facebook]() are at it again. After a librarian at a major US university tried to apply some innovation on FB by recreating two historical students and allowing others to *friend* them and follow what they would have done in their lives, what they might have thought or how they might have reacted, etc. They were doing fine, until the project got some publicity about how popular the two students were (2000+ friends each) and FB summarily lowered the executioner’s axe with no warning, claiming a violation of policy. Continue reading Facebook kills educational project because it gains too much profile

Apollo Group buys Carnegie Learning for $75M

Apollo Group runs the University of Phoenix, a for-profit that is [taking huge growth](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/27/for-profit-he-costs-surpassed-non-profit-he-costs-for-students/) in the US HE sector, has [announced](http://www.carnegielearning.com/press-room/press-releases/2011-08-02-apollo-group-to-acquire-carnegie-learning/) that it is paying $75 Million to Carnegie Mellon’s Carnegie Learning, formed by researchers at the university in 1998. A very nice pay-off. And Apollo is clearly looking to expand into further math skills remediation in a growing market segment. Continue reading Apollo Group buys Carnegie Learning for $75M

Fair Use Principles

A [useful article](http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2011/08/02/essay_calls_on_academics_to_use_their_fair_use_rights) which gives some basic education for *fair use* in academic and commercial settings. Academics potentially enjoy some of the greatest benefits of U.S. copyright law’s doctrine of fair use — which lets them use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. Continue reading Fair Use Principles

British University Libraries tooling up for publishing evaluation

I wrote about some [British Universities](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/25/british-libraries-are-prepared-to-forgo-elsevier-and-wiley-big-deal-subs-if-terms-not-right/) taking a stand against two of the big deals from academic publishers and how their proposed hikes in rates were breaking the system. Now the group has developed and released [a tool](http://www.rluk.ac.uk/content/press-release-rluk-develops-journal-subscription-analysis-tool) that will evaluate the cost / benefit ratio of the deals offered vs. a return to title-by-title access to these documents. Continue reading British University Libraries tooling up for publishing evaluation

Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells

I [first wrote](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/20/mit-cracker-arrested-trying-to-download-millions-of-jstor-articles/) about Aaron Schwartz when it went public about what he was alleged to have done, and [again](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/22/sympathy-protests-for-aaron-swartz-against-jstor/) with protests against his arrest and Aaron’s own writings about his cause. Now more information is coming out and it seems that there is more strong support forming for the cause. The [Chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Rogue-Downloaders-Arrest/128439/) has a very good article on the subject, with quotes from different sides. What seems apparent is that all of the sides, save JSTOR and the administration, but including the faculty at MIT, as regarding the inclusion of the US Secret Service as rather heavy handed, especially when this is a clearly a case of activism and information that is all out of copyright. Continue reading Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells