Category Archives: Creative Commons

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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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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Nitpicking the Google Books Settlement 2.0

I previously posted on the Google Books Settlement, avoiding the well-trod ground and focusing on points that were salient but hadn’t received much discussion. Now that there’s a new draft of the proposed settlement, I’ll do the same: The revised … Continue reading

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Happy Open Access Week

In late 2006 or early 2007, I was looking for ways to get students interested in open access. I had started to become versed in the topic myself a few months earlier, after my library announced it planned to cut … Continue reading

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AcaWiki launches: free summaries of academic papers

As I reported at Open Access News, AcaWiki launched yesterday. The idea is free (gratis, libre), editable (wiki) summaries of academic papers. These summaries might be useful to scan during a literature review or when studying for a class, or … Continue reading

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On jurisdiction; or, letting copyright trump science

Rep. John Conyers has released his response to the widely-circulated open letter by Lawrence Lessig and Michael Eisen criticizing Conyers’ anti-open access bill, H.R. 801. Eisen, Steven Harnad, and Peter Suber have already responded ably to Conyers’ response. There’s one … Continue reading

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How to negotiate a Creative Commons license in a work contract

Michael Mandiberg has written a piece, HOWTO Negotiate a Creative Commons License: Ten Steps, targeted at authors working with commercial publishers. I’ve encountered a similar challenge in a different context: work contracts. Even friendly organizations tend to use legal boilerplate … Continue reading

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Creative Commons birthday party in DC, this Tuesday

We’re throwing a fiesta for Creative Commons’ birthday. If you’re in DC, join us Tuesday night. There’s also a Facebook event.

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