Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide

Tim Berners-Lee at TED 2010 University: “The year open data went worldwide but we have only just started”.

At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for “raw data now” — for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web.

At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up. Each of the examples he uses are great but the particular story of how the world came together to map Haiti after the earthquake is inspirational.

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Comprehensive open access to scholarly literature & research documentation is vital …

My Monday morning reminder to keep my eye on the global, societal benefits of OA came in the form of a google alert. The IFLA site was updated but the page refers to a 2004 declaration…….. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has a statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation. In its committed to ensuring the widest possible access to information for all peoples in accordance with the principles expressed in the Glasgow Declaration on Libraries, Information Services and Intellectual Freedom, the statement affirms that “comprehensive open access to scholarly literature and research documentation is vital to the understanding of our world and to the identification of solutions to global challenges and particularly the reduction of information inequality“.

What can open access do for academic authors and society?

On Oct. 20, 2009, during OPEN ACCESS WEEK at the University of Western Ontario, two panelists (Professor Joaquin Madrenas, Head of Immunology, Robarts Research Institute and Professor Ajit Pyati,,Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies) discussed the benefits of open access from the perspectives of scholar/researcher and international development. The third panelist (Professor Mark Perry, Associate Professor of Law) spoke on what academic authors need to do in order to reap those benefits. The moderator (Joyce Garnett, University Librarian at the University of Western Ontario) facilitated a discussion between the panelists and the audience after the three presentations. The presentation is available on Youtube.

Adrien Ho, former McGill GSLIS classmate and study buddy, was an organizer of this event. He currently works as the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the Western Libraries of the University of Western Ontario.

Happy Birthday EFF

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has been defending rights and promoting freedom on the electronic front for 20 years. EFF acts as a watchdog and defends free speech, the individuals right to access innovation, fights to protect intellectual property, and protects our right to privacy in the courts.

To celebrate these 20 years, EFF staff designer Hugh D’Andrade came up with a commemorative poster! You can download your own hi-res copy from their Flickr page (on a Creative Commons Attribution License). The design will also be available on t-shirts on sale at the event.

Happy birthday EFF!

Journal of Cleaner Production

Journal of Cleaner ProductionIn democratic societies, it is increasingly argued that science-society relationships should be based on establishing and institutionalizing mutual dialogues, making public concerns not only visible but the public as equal partner. We are seeing a trend in higher education for sustainable development and a realization that efforts for sustainable development require collaboration on a regional level.

Volume 17, Issue 12, Pages 1053-1162 (August 2009) of the Journal of Cleaner Production devotes the enire issue to the roles of academia in regional sustainability initiatives. International in scope, the 11 articles make recommendations for ways in which academia may help their regions to make more rapid progress toward sustainable development via involvement of their faculty, students and staff.

A truly sustainable university functions not only as a sustainable community, embodying responsible consumption of energy, water, and food. It also supports sustainable development in its local community and region. As such its academic libraries need to embrace and make a concerted and strategic effort to have available library services and research resources that are available and accessible to their local communities.

The Journal of Cleaner Production is available full text online for UG faculty, students, and staff via the Library website