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European Commission Report: Europeana—Next StepsEuropean Commission Report: Europeana—Next Steps

Posted in Copyright, Digital Libraries, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on August 30th, 2009

The European Commission has published Europeana—Next Steps.

Here's an excerpt:

Europeana—Europe's online library, museum and archive—opened in November 2008 as part of the Commission's digital libraries initiative, aiming to make Europe's cultural and scientific heritage accessible to all on the internet. The European Parliament and the Council have highlighted the importance of Europeana both as a showcase of the cultural heritage of the Member States on the internet and to provide access for everyone to that heritage. At the same time they have underlined the economic potential of making our cultural treasures available online as a source for creativity and new products and services in areas such as tourism and learning.

This document looks ahead to the next phase of development of Europeana and its orientation for the future. It sets out the main challenges for the coming years in relation to 1) enriching Europeana’s content with both public domain and in copyright material of the highest quality and relevance to users, and 2) a sustainable financing and governance model. The objective is to ensure that Europeana and the underlying policies for digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation give European culture a lasting visibility on the internet and turn our common and diverse heritage into an integral part of Europe's information infrastructure for the future.

In order to gather input on the best way to achieve this objective, the Commission is launching a consultation on the basis of a series of questions that can be found in the staff working paper accompanying this Communication. Interested parties are invited to submit their comments on any or all of the questions by 15 November 2009.

See also "Questions for the Public Consultation 'Europeana—Next Steps'."

Read more about it at "EU Divided over Google Books"; "EU Urges Google, Libraries to Cooperate to Put Books On-line"; "Europe's Digital Library Doubles in Size but also Shows EU's Lack of Common Web Copyright Solution"; and "Europe's Digital Library: Frequently Asked Questions."

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    The Google Books Settlement and the Future of Information Access Conference

    Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Privacy, Publishing on August 30th, 2009

    The University of California School of Information's Google Books Settlement and the Future of Information Access Conference was held on August 28, 2009. Below is a selection of articles and posts about the conference.

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      Open Book Alliance Outlines Arguments against Google Book Search Settlement

      Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on August 27th, 2009

      In "Opening the Book," Peter Brantley and Gary Reback outline the Open Book Alliance's objections to the Google Book Search Settlement.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The settlement is bad for libraries and schools: While a handful of large and well-funded university libraries participated in the Google book-scanning effort, many other educational institutions and libraries will be forced to pay monopoly prices for access to a wide swath of knowledge, straining already-stretched budgets and creating a system of haves and have-nots in our nation's education system. Community libraries would get at a single terminal to Google's private book database, and libraries serving our nation's children in K-12 schools would get absolutely nothing. The settlement widens the digital divide by limiting access to digital books in financially hard-hit communities that have budget-constrained libraries.

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        University of Texas Big Deal Contracts Released to Researchers

        Posted in Libraries, Licenses, Publishing, Texas Academic Libraries on August 27th, 2009

        The Texas Attorney General has ruled that the University of Texas’ contracts with Elsevier and Springer must be released to Paul Courant, Ted Bergstrom, and Preston McAfee (these researchers run the Big Deal Contract Project).

        Here's the ruling (also see the PDF version):

        Texas Attorney General Ruling

        Read more about it at "Texas Attorney General Orders ‘Big Deal’ Bundle Contracts Released."

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          Publishers Weekly Surveys on the Google Book Search Settlement

          Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on August 25th, 2009

          In "Unsettled: The PW Survey on the Google Book Settlement," Andrew Richard Albanese summarizes the findings of a survey of readers of Publishers Weekly newsletters about the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement.

          Here's an excerpt:

          If there is good news for the architects of the deal, it is that net support for court approval outweighs opposition—overall, 41% of respondents supported approval of the settlement, while 23% opposed the deal. Just weeks before the September 4 deadline for opting out or objecting to the settlement, however, it is notable that more than a third (36%) remain unsure of or indifferent to the settlement. Publishers (52%) support the settlement in the greatest numbers, followed by authors (42%) and librarians (29%).

          In "PW Survey: Librarians On the Fence Regarding Google Settlement," Norman Oder summarizes the findings of a survey of 225 librarians about the settlement.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Regarding court approval of the settlement, 37% said they were unsure, while 29% supported the settlement and 21.5% said they opposed it.

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            "Open Access Publishing on the Semantic Web"

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing on August 24th, 2009

            Richard Cave, PLos IT Director, has made his "Open Access Publishing on the Semantic Web" presentation available on SlideShare.

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              German Government to File Brief Opposing Google Book Search Settlement

              Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on August 24th, 2009

              In "Europe Divided on Google Book Deal," The New York Times reports that the German government intends to file a brief in the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement case opposing the settlement as "illegal."

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                PLoS Currents = E-Biomed 2.0?

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on August 23rd, 2009

                In "E-Biomed 2.0?," Richard Poynder discusses PLoS Currents in the historical content of the National Institutes of Health's ill fated 1999 E-Biomed proposal.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Looking back one is bound to ask: Was the E-Biomed proposal really so radical and, as some at the time argued, dangerous? As Varmus explained in his proposal, papers posted on E-Biomed would get there by one of two routes: "(i) Many reports would be submitted to editorial boards. These boards could be identical to those that represent current print journals or they might be composed of members of scientific societies or other groups approved by the E-biomed Governing Board. (ii) Other reports would be posted immediately in the E-biomed repository, prior to any conventional peer review, after passing a simple screen for appropriateness."

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