[My live talk at the Shape of Things to Come conference at the University of Virginia, March 27, 2010. It is a riff on a paper that will come out in the proceedings of the conference.] As I noted in my paper for this conference, what I find interesting about this panel is that we … Continue reading Eliminating the Power Cord
[A review of Gary Hall's Digitize This Book! The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). Appeared in the May/June 2009 issue of Museum.] Beginning in the late 1970s with Richard Stallman’s irritation at being unable to inspect or alter the code of software he was … Continue reading Idealism and Pragmatism in the Free Culture Movement
So Microsoft has left the business of digitizing millions of books—apparently because they saw it as no business at all. This leaves Microsoft's partner (and our partner on the Zotero project), the Internet Archive, somewhat in the lurch, although Microsoft has done the right thing and removed the contractual restrictions on the books they digitized … Continue reading Mass Digitization of Books: Exit Microsoft, What Next?
On this episode of the Digital Campus podcast we wrestle with how to keep open access/open source educational resources and tools sustainable for the long run. Mills elaborates on some of his ideas about a "freemium" business model for higher ed, and Tom and I explain the dilemma from the perspective of large academic software … Continue reading Digital Campus #26 – Free for All
Take a look at this list of free and open textbooks. (Found this page a couple of clicks away from a helpful post at Peter Suber's Open Access News.) Now note the stark imbalance between the number of science textbooks listed here and the number of humanities textbooks. Why is this? It seems to me … Continue reading Where Are the Open Humanities Textbooks?
This week on the podcast we look at the merits of print on demand, and investigate whether it can have an impact on academia. The podcast includes a wide-ranging interview with Yakov Shafranovich, a software developer who specializes in print on demand services including PublicDomainReprints.org, covered in several prior Digital Campus episodes. We also debate … Continue reading Digital Campus #22 – Demanding Print on Demand?
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences adopted the open access policy I mentioned yesterday. Peter Suber has the link to the full text of the faculty motion.