by Jonathan Harwell, Rollins College
Another busy week in the Land of Publishing. Following up last week’s news about the Google Books lawsuit, we heard next that the Authors Guild’s suit against HathiTrust was thrown out. Details and analyses are available from many sources, including Ars Technica, Wired, the Chronicle, and Copyright Librarian. Here’s a response from the Library Copyright Alliance.
Anthropologist Sarah Kendzior published an artice in Al-Jazeera about what scholarly paywalls say about a society. The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, & Science, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, explained in a Deutsche Welle interview that open access will be the norm in European research as the Horizon 2020 plan is implemented.
By the way, it’s being reported that a major publisher is for sale. Pearson has cracked down on educational blogs in a huge way. Oh, and there are now seven pilot projects popping up around the US with the Digital Public Library of America. And as we prepare for the final US Presidential debate this season, we’re also looking forward to Open Access Week kicking off on the same day, Oct. 22. Here are a few things on the OAW calendar.