ATG Hot Topics of the Week

by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College

As I mentioned last time, publishers have proposed a model called CHORUS for making articles available in open access according to US federal policy.  Since then, another model called SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem) has emerged from the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the Association of Research Libraries.  Jennifer Howard has a rundown in the Chronicle.  Kevin Smith points out that CHORUS is essentially a dark archive, and he supports the SHARE model instead.  David Wojick perceives that some people are misunderstanding CHORUS

Meredith Schwartz attended BookExpo America and noticed a worrying phenomenon of some organizations using the terms “license” and “sale” for e-books, somewhat interchangeably.  Matt Enis has thoughts on this too.

Sometimes things seem to happen fast.  On June 13, G8 science ministers released a statement supporting open access.  On June 18, G8 committed to a set of open data principles, and a few hours later, the Canadian federal government announced an upgrade of its open data portal, along with two upcoming app contests.

A new DRM model uses intentional typos to track e-books.

A company offers to turn your home library of print books into e-books.  Caveat lector, says Wired.

E-books for the developing world:  that’s what’s in mind for a Kickstarter project by Library for All.

By the way, when you’re 16 and trying to invent a new way to deal with cancer, open access sure comes in handy.

And “Happy Birthday to You.”  Could it really be in the public domain after all?

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