Archive for October 19th, 2009

Conservatives Reverse on Watering Down Anti-Spam Bill

The Conservatives reversed course on plans to water down Bill C-27 in an aborted clause-by-clause meeting today that promises another 48 hours of intense lobbying on the anti-spam bill.  Parliamentary Secretary Mike Lake opened this afternoon's meeting by putting the Government's proposed changes into the public record. Most notably, the […]

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October 19, 2009 4 comments News

Canadian Universities Too Closed Minded on Open Access

This week is International Open Access Week with universities around the world taking stock of the emergence of open access as a critical part of research and innovation.  The basic principle behind open access is to facilitate public access to research, particularly research funded by taxpayers.  This can be achieved by publishing in an open access journal or by simply posting a copy of the research online.

In recent years, many countries have implemented legislative mandates that require researchers who accept public grants to make their published research results freely available online within a reasonable time period.  While Canada has lagged, a growing number of funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Genome Canada have adopted open access policies.

The result is unprecedented public access to cutting-edge research.  There are now more than 4,000 peer-reviewed open access academic journals worldwide and more than 30 million articles freely available through Scientific Commons. An estimated 20 percent of the world’s medical literature is openly accessible within two years of first publication. Nearly ten percent is immediately available. Moreover, there is budding momentum behind open educational resources, or open access teaching materials.  A growing number of governments foresee significant benefits – both economic and pedagogical – behind developing open educational resources that could supplement or replace conventional textbooks.

Notwithstanding the success stories, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that two major barriers remain.

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October 19, 2009 6 comments Columns

Canadian Universities Too Close Minded on Open Access

Appeared in the Toronto Star on October 19, 2009 as Canadian Universities Closed Minded on Open Access This week is International Open Access Week with universities around the world taking stock of the emergence of open access as a critical part of research and innovation.  The basic principle behind open […]

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October 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Divide Among Liberals Over Anti-Spam Bill?

Media coverage over the weekend suggested a possible split among Liberal MPs over Bill C-27, the anti-spam bill.  Canwest's coverage noted that the Liberal MPs have tabled motions designed to water down the bill.  I blogged last week about motions promoted by copyright lobby groups such as the music and […]

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October 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled News

UK All Party Parliamentary Communications Group on Copyright

The UK All Party Parliamentary Communications Group (apComms) is an independent group of MPs and Lords, from all political parties.  Its take on copyright: We conclude that much of the problem with illegal sharing of copyrighted material has been caused by the rightsholders, and the music industry in particular, being […]

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October 19, 2009 1 comment Must Reads