Wednesday, June 26, 2019

How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls

A shocking thing': Three children dead after fire in Hunter home

Banker's wife who went on $29m shopping spree part of organised crime group, court hears

The wife of a jailed banker who infamously spent nearly $60,000 on chocolates was part of a group suspected of embezzling $US97 million, court hears.

Two workers exposed to unsafe dose of radiation at Lucas Heights

The workers are being monitored and receiving support as the organisation tries to work out exactly how much radiation they were exposed to.

Policeman Ben Scipione quizzed in court over role in drug bust search

Police handling of evidence in the wake of one of Australia's biggest drug busts has come under heavy scrutiny at the trial of four men in the District Court.

Punters are pouring more than $1000 a minute into Israel Folau’s new Australian Christian Lobby fundraising website prompting supporters to declare Australians are refusing to “bow to the gods of political correctness”.
Donations have surged passed $400,000 this morning and at this rate, by the end of the day, Folau will have earnt back more than the $765,000 he lost when GoFundMe banned him from their platform.
Good On GoFundMe For Ironically Helping To Raise More By Not Raising Money ...

Izzy's $1m day: Folau cashes in with more from new fundraising campaign than GoFundMe

Israel Folau has officially made more money from his new fundraising campaign than on GoFundMe.

Two versions of the same conversation but only one man is telling the truth

Scott Morrison and his colleagues cannot stop the next cycle of recrimination over the leadership spill.

I think it was Petronius who complained that it was almost impossible to get a decent night's sleep in ancient Rome (61 AD)  because of the noise from falling buildings. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Cambodia charges Chinese citizens after deadly building collapse

The Preah Sihanouk provincial court said the construction owner was charged with unintentional homicide and the three other Chinese were charged with conspiracy.

Mascot Towers developers busy building apartments across Sydney

  • by Jacob SaulwickLaura Chung and Carrie Fellner

Mascot Towers 'moving in downward motion', latest engineer update says

Mascot Towers' coordinating engineer has informed the residents of a new issue along the northern and eastern boundaries of the complex.

"There’s been a degradation of the quality of our intellectual life," says Glenn Loury. "To the extent that I’ve contributed to that, I regret it." Regret it  

A psychologist studying empathy is like a climatologist studying polar ice: "We discover how valuable it is just as it recedes all around us” Empathy 

"What you see as chaos, is our method ... a senior official told me that," says author @alexnazaryan, of the Trump administration's operational style and structure.

"They use, what seems like the chaos ... to their advantage."

How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls
Vox – The war to free science. “The27,500 scientists who work for the University of California generate 10 percent of all the academic research papers published in the United States. …The University of California decided it doesn’t want scientific knowledge locked behind paywalls, and thinks the cost of academic publishing has gotten out of control. Elsevier owns around 3,000 academic journals, and its articles account for some 18 percent of all the world’s research output. “They’re a monopolist, and they act like a monopolist,” says Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, head of the campus libraries at UC Berkeley and co-chair of the team that negotiated with the publisher. Elsevier makes huge profits on its journals, generating billions of dollars a year for its parent company RELX.           

This is a story about more than subscription fees. It’s about how a private industry has come to dominate the institutions of science, and how librarians, academics, and even pirates are trying to regain control. The University of California is not the only institution fighting back. “There are thousands of Davids in this story,” says University of California Davis librarian MacKenzie Smith, who, like so many other librarians around the world, has been pushing for more open access to science. “But only a few big Goliaths.”…

Ground Zero Photographs (September-October 2001) Flickr (DG). Original (in Italian). DG: “It certainly looks as though they come from someone with complete access to the site. But no one seems to know who that person is.”

OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers from around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases and learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery. OCLC has agreements in place with 350 publishers and content providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements…” with 10 organizations, including:
  • Knowledge Unlatched, located in Berlin, Germany, provides free access to scholarly content and gives libraries worldwide a central place to support Open Access models from leading publishing houses and new OA initiatives. Knowledge Unlatched works with over 110 publishers and has made more than 1,500 monographs and journals freely available.
  • PLOS (Public Library of Science), based in San Francisco, California, USA, is a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization dedicated to accelerating progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. The PLOS suite of journals contains rigorously peer-reviewed Open Access research articles from all areas of science and medicine, together with expert commentary and analysis.
  • The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, located at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, is one of the world ‘s leading archives of social science data. The Center ‘s mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate public opinion data; to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and abroad. The Center holds data ranging from the 1930s to the present and includes over 23,000 datasets, adding hundreds more each year.
Metadata from many of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services, including, based on individual agreements. Details about how this metadata may be used in library management workflows will be communicated to OCLC users as the data is available…”