Rowland Institute Library Blog

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Scientific American : Public Not Welcome A Scientific American news feature illustrates a dilemma which may, unfortunately, not be uncommon in research libraries that allow access to members of the public not affiliated with their institution. Formerly, one could browse journals on the shelves; now, some content providers insist that institutions restrict access to electronic publications through networks or id/password-protected systems. At the two universities where I have the most experience, Harvard and MIT, members of the public can access journals and networked resources in the library without a password or ID in most cases. But if the situation described in this article is common, it may mean much of the published research is totally inaccessible for many. The article sites the growing use of institutional archives and repositories and the burgeoning open access movement as remedies to such restrictions. (Ironically, the article is restricted to subscribers.)

Scientific American Archive: News Scan Briefsthis month's column features the work of Linda Turner and her group's study of the energy generated by the bacterial flagellar motor, specifically the sticky serratia. (Source: Linda Turner) / News / Nation / Scientists seek open access to medical researchthe Globe takes a look at the growing push towards open access scientific research. They focus on a young Harvard researcher torn on whether to submit his paper to PLoS Biology or an established journal. The hometown NEJM is given a glance, a non-profit publisher just trying to make ends meet and loosing its content after a six-month interval. Other nonprofit publishers warn not to upset the current publishing model before there is evidence that open access will work. (Source: SPARC Open Access News)

Copyright and Digital Media in a Post-Napster World (.pdf). Harvard Law's Berkman Center and Gartner G2 co-authored a study on the current status of copyright in the digital world, considering the DMCA and what the digital environment means for businesses and consumers alike and suggesting new models addressing both rights and access issues. (source: beSpacific)

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Scientific research put under spotlight"Best practices" for dissemination of scientific results? The Royal Society looks into it ... (Source: SciTechDaily)

C&EN: GOVERNMENT & POLICY - BELT TIGHTENINGChem Eng News reports on contracting funds and shifting priorities (biodefense?) at the NIH.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

File-Sharing Suits Pass Over Harvard Meanwhile, the Ivy is unscathed ...

Toxicology Glossary (from IUPAC and the National Library of Medicine) (Source: The Virtual Chase)

The Chronicle: 8/15/2003: Who Pays for the Growing Cost of Science?(Requires a subscription; also in the magazine, Volume 49, Issue 49, Page B24, August 15, 2003).

Science -- Sejnowski 301 (5633): 601a proposal for a 24-hour science television channel, analogous to C-Span. (Source: SciTechDaily)

BBC NEWS | Technology | Setback for pop-swapping fightSubpoenas against BC and MIT were thrown out, the reason given that the actions were served at too great a distance from the plaintiffs. RIAA called this a technicality. You can read the texts of the court decisions can be found at for BC and for MIT. (Sources: EDUPAGE; Chronicle of Higher Education)