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  • Article: Exploring Usefulness and Usability in the Evaluation of Open Access Digital Libraries

    Citation: Tsakonas, G., & Papatheodorou, C. (2008). Exploring usefulness and usability in the evaluation of open access digital libraries. Information Processing and Management, 44: 1234-1250. [url] This article explores the usability of OA digital libraries (DLs). Unlike many articles which feature the evaluation of scholarly websites, which tend to use …
    Source: ANNOTATED AOAPublished on 2017-01-06By bakersc
  • Happy new year 2017

    New projects are on the way for 2017:  evolution of the journal platform, participation in European programs, experimentation with OpenEdition Lab.See you soon on OpenEdition, now an “infrastructure nationale de recherche”! Best wishes to all.
    Source: Open Electronic PublishingPublished on 2017-01-06By The Cleo team
  • UN Establishes Technology Bank For Least-Developed Countries, Including An IP Bank
    The United Nations has established a “technology bank” for least-developed countries that aims to strengthen the science, technology and innovation capacity of LDCs that includes better management of intellectual property rights. …
    Source: Intellectual Property WatchPublished on 2017-01-06By William New
  • ARIPO Amends Protocol On Patents, Utility Models And Designs
    The Harare Protocol on Patents, Industrial Designs and Utility Models has been amended. The amendments were adopted by the 40th Session of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Administrative Council, and came into operational effect from 1 January 2017. …
    Source: Intellectual Property WatchPublished on 2017-01-06By Hillary Muheebwa
  • The Fake News Attack on the U.S. Census

    A lot has been written about “fake news” in the last few months. Too much of that writing has (IMHO) muddled the differences between just-plain-lies and everything else that divides the country at the moment. But the basic issue of politicians who distort the truth because they are are more …
    Source: Free Government InformationPublished on 2017-01-05By James A Jacobs
  • Axanar isn’t fair use, judge finds, setting stage for Star Trek copyright trial; Ars Technica, 1/5/17
    Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica; Axanar isn’t fair use, judge finds, setting stage for Star Trek copyright trialIn additional court filings submitted on Wednesday, CBS, Paramount, and Axanar Productions all put forward their list of witnesses. CBS said it would put John Van Citters, an executive who has worked with Paramount and CBS on Star Trek for
    Source: Intellectual Property and “Open” Movements BlogPublished on 2017-01-05By James ‘Kip’ Currier, PhD, JD
  • Bulgarians Listen to Classics Thanks to Copyright War; Balkan Insight, 1/5/17
    Mariya Cheresheva, Balkan Insight; Bulgarians Listen to Classics Thanks to Copyright War“At 00.01 am on January 1, 2017, instead of hearing the official Bulgarian anthem, as they do every year, listeners to Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, were surprised to hear an alternative version performed by BNR’s own choir and symphonic orchestra.This was
    Source: Intellectual Property and “Open” Movements BlogPublished on 2017-01-05By James ‘Kip’ Currier, PhD, JD
  • The Shame of Bad Digitizations

    In a recent thread on the Govdoc-l mailing list about a Congressional Publications Hub (or “pub hub” — more of the thread here), one commenter said that The American Memory project’s digital surrogates of the pre-Congressional Record publications “probably aren’t salvageable” because the TIFFs were captured at 300 ppi resolution …
    Source: Free Government InformationPublished on 2017-01-05By James A Jacobs
  • Robert L. Hulseman, Inventor of the Solo Cup, Dies at 84; New York Times, 12/30/16
    Richard Sandomir, New York Tines; Robert L. Hulseman, Inventor of the Solo Cup, Dies at 84:Robert L. Hulseman, a corporate executive who developed the sturdy red Solo cup that became indispensable at picnics, tailgate parties and barbecues and inspired a song by the country singer Toby Keith, died on Dec. 21
    Source: Intellectual Property and “Open” Movements BlogPublished on 2017-01-05By James ‘Kip’ Currier, PhD, JD
  • Standalone Journal is One of the Worst-Ever Open-Access Journals

    Journal of WHAT ? Here’s a quick description of the Journal of Biospectracal, a journal I learned about and added to my list last month. The first thing one notices about this journal is the strange title. What does “biospectracal” mean, if anything? It’s not explained on the journal’s …
    Source: Scholarly Open AccessPublished on 2017-01-05By Jeffrey Beall

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