Archive for August, 2009

New Coalition Formed Against Google Book Search Settlement

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Open Book Alliance, a coalition of legal scholars, authors, publishers, librarians and technology companies has formed to ensure that, “any mass book digitization and publishing effort be open and competitive” and to oppose the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement in its current form.

The Open Book Alliance, which includes, Yahoo!, Special Libraries Association, Microsoft, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Internet Archive, see the settlement as a “scheme to monopolize the access, distribution and pricing of the largest digital database of books in the world.”

Open Textbooks See Increased Interest for Fall 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Flat World Knowledge, a company which provides alternatives to high cost textbooks stated in their press release they are providing textbooks to over 38,000 students on 350 college campuses this fall, up from 1,000 students at 30 campuses this time last year.

CALPIRG and students groups across the country are campaigning to make faculty aware of the need to reduce the costs of course materials.

New Open-Access Monographic Series Launched

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Open Humanities Press, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office, has announced the forthcoming open-access series in critical and cultural theory: New Metaphysics, Critical Climate Change, Global Conversations, Unidentified Theoretical Objects, and Liquid Books. Edited by senior members of the press’s editorial board, all will be available in full-text digital editions as well as reasonably priced paperbacks.

UC’s California Digital Library Launches Web Archiving Service

Friday, August 7th, 2009

The Web Archiving Service provides tools to easily capture, analyze, and preserve Web content. It enables users to define sites to be captured, choose capture settings for each site, and capture the content; provides basic statistics about capture results; contains comparison tools that allow users to analyze changes on a site over time; and allows users to publish archives of Web sites that can be searched together.

The University of California’s California Digital Library (CDL) hosts the service’s tools and storage and provides information about rights management practices and collection development in web archiving, as well as web archiving training sessions.  The service was developed as part of the Web-at-Risk grant, funded by the National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program and led by the CDL.