Open Access

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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The Intransigenc of STM Publishers

by Subbiah Arunachalam — last modified Feb 12, 2015 12:28 AM
February 12, 2015

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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Privacy vs. Transparency: An Attempt at Resolving the Dichotomy

by Sunil Abraham — last modified Mar 08, 2015 06:26 AM

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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Second Draft of Open Access Policy of the Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science released

by Anubha Sinha — last modified Oct 30, 2014 12:33 AM
October 19, 2014

The Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India drafted an Open Access Policy (“Policy”) in consultation with several open access experts, government officials and CIS. The second draft of the Policy released last week and is open for comments till 17th November, 2014.

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Ministry of Science makes open access to research mandatory

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jul 28, 2014 09:12 AM

Researchers who fail to meet the requirements would not considered for promotions, fellowships, future grants or appointments.

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Indian Govt looks to provide free access to publicly-funded research works

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Jul 28, 2014 05:34 AM

Sunil Abraham gave his inputs to the blog entry published in Medianama on July 23, 2014.

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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 — last modified Dec 26, 2014 11:20 AM
July 18, 2014

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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Openness

by Subbiah Arunachalam and Anirudh Sridhar — last modified May 30, 2014 07:59 AM

The philosophy of openness is one that concerns itself with shifting power from centralized authorities of knowledge like owners to the community with its varied components like users, producers or contributors.

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OSOD 2013: International Workshop on Open Science and Open Data

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Oct 22, 2013 11:02 AM

Nehaa Chaudhari was a panelist at the International Workshop on Open Science and Open Data, 2013, held on October 07, 2013 at the Indian Statistical Institute. She gave a presentation on "Government Copyright and the Open Access Conundrum"

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GFM 2013

by Prasad Krishna — last modified Oct 06, 2013 07:58 AM
October 06, 2013

Nishant Shah participated in a panel discussion with Wendy Chun, Tom Levine and Geert Lovink , around 'The End of Bibliographies: New Media and Research'. Nishant also participated as a panelist in a panel discussion on 'Open Up: Pragmatism and Politics of Open Access'. The programme was held at the University of Luneberg in Germany from October 3 to 5, 2013.

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Open Access: An Opportunity for Scientists around the Globe

by Subbiah Arunachalam — last modified Sep 26, 2013 06:00 AM

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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