Author Archives: Gavin Baker

Openness to protect human subjects in research

The Department of Health and Human Services recently published a proposal to update the federal regulations that govern research on human subjects. It’s a very interesting proposal with a lot of potential changes on the table, and has received more … Continue reading

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Florida State University adopts open access resolution

I’m pleased to announce that tonight, Florida State University’s faculty senate unanimously adopted a resolution supporting open access. (I’ve been a M.S. student in the School of Library & Information Studies since 2010; unfortunately, I didn’t know about this effort … Continue reading

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NSF Should Not Remove Dissemination from Merit Criteria

Since my prior post about the National Science Foundation’s consultation on its merit review criteria, NSF released a proposed set of revised criteria which aim to clarify and simply the criteria and their purpose. Unfortunately, the revised criteria would remove … Continue reading

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Peter Suber wins ALA’s Patterson Award

I missed the news last week, but I’m extremely pleased to learn that Peter Suber will be the recipient of this year’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award by the American Library Association. It’s incredibly well-deserved. Peter, of course, was my … Continue reading

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Comments on NSF’s Merit Review Criteria

Today, I submitted these comments to the consultation on the National Science Foundation’s Task Force on Merit Review (see). They are provided solely in my personal capacity. What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of each criterion? The … Continue reading

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Culture justice: a new frame for free culture

I’m at the Students for Free Culture conference, catching up with old friends — including the current leaders of Florida Free Culture, which I realized is 5 years old this month. This morning a phrase popped into my head that … Continue reading

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Cutting carbon doesn’t have to be hard

Generally, I try to keep this blog focused on information policy, but I can’t help myself. I’ve had climate on the brain thanks to Copenhagen, but the confluence of news items that crossed my desk today is striking. Much of … Continue reading

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OA + POD + competition?

Here’s a question I thought of recently. I’ve asked a few smart people and none of them were sure of the answer, either, so: There’s a bit of buzz about OA + POD (open access + print-on-demand) as a model … Continue reading

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