A new Chair, as part of the UNESCO Chairs Programme has been created in our area of interest. The Chair is to be jointly directed by the University of Victoria and PRIA with Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon named as the Co-Directors. This is the first such Chair to be created out of a partnership between a university and an NGO and between a Northern and Southern partner. While there are some formalities still to be worked out, work has begun to develop an action plan and identify additional partners.

For more information see http://ring.uvic.ca/news/public-administration-home-new-unesco-chair

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GACER/UNESCO CHAIR PLANNING TO MEET MAY 9, 2012 in partnership with the International Living Knowledge Network 5th International Conference (May 10-12) in Bonn, Germany hosted by the Bonn Science Shop-please let Budd know if you will attend

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The January, 31, 2012 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the growing protest against Elsevier, the world’s largest scientific journal publisher. Apparently, it all started with a rant on a blog post at the end of January. The post was by Timonth Gowers, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University. He suggested it would be a good idea to have a website where mathematicians who had decided not to contribute to Elsevier journals could electronically sign their names. A week later and there are over 2744 signatories. The website is called Cost of Knowledge.

The protest is in part due to the fact that Elsevier is supporting the proposed Research Works Act in the US which would effectively lock down access to academic writing and end the Open Access Movement.

Librarians have complained for years about the high prices that journal publishers charge but now the suppliers of the material are fighting back! Academics write the articles, review them all free of charge and then have to buy back their own material and now some of them are saying enough.

Read the Chronicle Article here: http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/130600/