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Blog Entry Know your Users, Match their Needs!
by Rebecca Schild published Nov 23, 2011 last modified Feb 27, 2012 03:06 PM — filed under: , , , ,
As Free Access to Law initiatives in the Global South enter into a new stage of maturity, they must be certain not to lose sight of their users’ needs. The following post gives a summary of the “Good Practices Handbook”, a research output of the collaborative project Free Access to Law — Is it Here to Stay? undertaken by LexUM (Canada) and the South African Legal Institute in partnership with the Centre for Internet and Society.
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Blog Entry The Violence of Knowledge Cartels
by Nishant Shah published Jan 18, 2013 — filed under: ,
We are all struck with a sense of loss, grief and shock since we heard of the death of Aaron Swartz, by suicide. People who have been his friends have written heart-felt obituaries, saluting his dreams and visions and unwavering commitment to a larger social good.
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Blog Entry Celebrating the success of Wikipedia in Wikipedia Summit Pune 2013
by Subhashish Panigrahi published Jan 21, 2013 last modified Apr 16, 2013 12:48 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
Wikipedia Club Pune, a local community based outreach user group in Pune has recently organized Wikipedia Summit Pune 2013 to spread words about “Spoken Wikipedia”, a project to add recorded audio for Indic language Wikipedia articles which will help the disabled to access Wikipedia and “Bridging Editor Gender Gap.”
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Blog Entry Aaron Swartz: The First Martyr of the Free Information Movement
by Lawrence Liang published Jan 24, 2013 — filed under: , ,
Well known American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist died on January 11, 2013. Lawrence Liang from the Alternative Law Forum discusses with Newsclick the tragic loss. The interview was conducted by Prabir Purkayastha.
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Blog Entry Wikipedia Introductory Session organized for Data and India portal consultants
by Subhashish Panigrahi published May 30, 2013 last modified Jul 17, 2013 06:33 AM — filed under: , , , , , , ,
On May 13, 2013, the Access to Knowledge team led by Subhashish Panigrahi conducted a Wikipedia Introductory Session at the National Informatics Centre in New Delhi for the consultants working for Data and India portal. This session was aimed to emphasize how these portals and their useful data could be used on Wikipedia to create good quality articles.
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Blog Entry Use made of Open Access Journals by Indian Researchers to Publish their Findings
by Madhan Muthu and Subbiah Arunachalam published May 28, 2013 last modified Jul 04, 2013 04:45 AM — filed under: , ,
Most of the papers published in the more than 360 Indian open access journals are by Indian researchers. But how many papers do they publish in high impact international open access journals? We have looked at India’s contribution to all seven Public Library of Science (PLoS) journals, 10 BioMed Central (BMC) ournals and Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports. Indian crystallographers have published more than 2,000 structure reports in Acta Crystallographica, second only to China in number of papers, but have a much better citations per paper average than USA, Britain, Germany and France, China and South Korea. India’s contribution to BMC and PLoS journals, on the other hand, is modest at best. We suggest that the better option for India is institutional self-archiving.
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Blog Entry Open Access: An Opportunity for Scientists around the Globe
by Subbiah Arunachalam published Sep 26, 2013 — filed under: , ,
Researchers face two problems related to information access: making their own research more visible to researchers elsewhere and making worldwide research readily available to them. Open access (OA) can solve both of them.
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Blog Entry Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, release first draft of Open Access Policy
by Anubha Sinha published Jul 18, 2014 last modified Dec 26, 2014 11:20 AM — filed under:
The Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, recently published a draft Open Access Policy in consultation with several open access experts, government officials and CIS. This post discusses open access and the exercise undertaken to draft this policy.
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Blog Entry Privacy vs. Transparency: An Attempt at Resolving the Dichotomy
by Sunil Abraham published Nov 14, 2014 last modified Mar 08, 2015 06:26 AM — filed under: , , , , ,
The right to privacy has been articulated in international law and in some national laws. In a few countries where the constitution does not explicitly guarantee such a right, courts have read the right to privacy into other rights (e.g., the right to life, the right to equal treatment under law and also the right to freedom of speech and expression).
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Blog Entry Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The Intransigenc of STM Publishers
by Subbiah Arunachalam published Jan 01, 2015 last modified Feb 12, 2015 12:28 AM — filed under: ,
A few commercial publishers dominate provision of access to scientific and technical information sought after by researchers around the world. Increasing subscription prices of journals at rates higher than general inflation caused librarians to think of forming consortia, but publishers started selling online journals as bundles, and libraries ended up with many journals their researchers have very little use for. Scientists and librarians adopted open access, but publishers came up with hybrid journals and article processing charges to beat any adverse effect on their profits caused by the fast-spreading open access movement. We compare the steps taken by scientists and librarians in the West to reclaim ease of access to research findings with what is happening in India. We end with a few suggestions.
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