Re: FOS Newsletter Excerpts

From: Peter Suber <>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 18:45:36 +0000

      Excerpts from the Free Online Scholarship (FOS) Newsletter
      November 16, 2001

* HighWire Press is now the world's largest free online archive of articles
in the life sciences and overall second only on to the NASA's Astrophysics
Data System. HighWire now hosts 100 journals that provide free online
access to their full-texts, including back issues, and it recently hosted
its 330,000th free online article. Fifty HighWire journals are planning to
add free online access to their back issues in the near future.
(Thanks to David R. Krathwohl for pointing this out to me.)

* The U.S. federal government will organize its free online science at a
new portal,, in early 2002. (currently an empty shell)

Background on the creation of this portal
(Thanks to Gary Price, VAS&ND, for pointing this out.)

* The online text-e seminar has moved on to a paper by Stevan
Harnad. Harnad's paper will be the focus of discussion from November 14 to
November 30. Read his paper and the comments, and consider registering to
post your own comments.

text-e seminar

Stevan Harnad, Skyreading and Skywriting for Researchers: A Post-Gutenberg
Anomaly and How to Resolve It

* _Ariadne_ is one of a fairly small number of scholarly journals willing
to publish articles on FOS issues. It has just put online the copy
deadlines for its next five issues.

* Marian Dworaczek has put online the November 15, 2001, edition of her
huge and hugely useful Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of

* In the November 16 _Chronicle of Higher Education_, Scott Carlson reports
that students are doing so much of their research online that there is
noticeable new elbow room in university libraries. This is not entirely
due to the growing adequacy of online research. A good deal seems due to
the widespread belief that online sources are more adequate than they are,
and that if a text isn't available online, then either it doesn't exist or
it isn't worth finding. (PS: FOS proponents above all should be wary of
this falling in to this trap; see the Ellen Roche story in FOSN for 8/23/01.)

* The November 16 _Chronicle_ also published my letter to the editor in
response to John Ewing's October 12 article, in which he offered several
arguments against FOS. My letter is a slightly revised and shortened
version of the reply to Ewing I published in FOSN for 10/12/01.

* In his November 11 column for _Planet eBook_ Sam Vaknin reviews the
debate among ebook publishers on whether to encrypt and copy-protect the
text or to set it free. He argues that the medium is at least as important
as the message, and that many users will always prefer printed books. To
compete, ebook publishers should "let go" and make their ebooks at least as

* In a November posting to _LTWorld_, the PALS Usage statistics working
group outlines its work in setting standards for collecting usage
statistics for online databases and journals.

* In a November 8 posting to _ClickZ_, Gerry McGovern tells us "how free
content has damaged the content industry". Of course he's talking about
non-academic content, but it's fascinating to read his a priori argument
that free content can never be high quality. (PS: Compare the quality of
the average paper in CogPrints, say, with the quality of the average
episode of _The Dating Game_.)

* In the November 1 _Library Journal_, Andrew Richard Albanese reviews
recent initiatives by SPARC, the Public Library of Science, arXiv, and a
handful of others, to produce free or affordable alternatives to
traditional print journals, and focuses on the role of librarians in these
initiatives. He concludes with an interview with Karen Williams, who leads
the effort by the University of Arizona library to publish the free online
_Journal of Insect Science_ (see FOSN for 10/19/01).

* In the November/December _Educause Review_, Kevin M. Guthrie reviews the
methods and importance of digital archiving. He concludes that archiving
for preservation is less sexy than digitizing for access, but is still less
expensive than print archiving and deserves a higher priority than many
institutions are giving it.

* The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) would like your nominations for
its annual Pioneer Awards. Nominees should be individuals or organizations
that "have made a substantial contribution to the health, growth,
accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications". The EFF will
accept nominations until February 15, 2002.
(The web site is for the 10th award in 2001, but in fact EFF wants
nominations for the 11th award in 2002.)


If you plan to attend one of the following conferences, please share your
observations with us through our discussion forum.

* First Annual Meeting of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium
Pisa, November 16-17

* British Library and BioMed Central Open Access Forum
London, November 19

* NINCH Town Meeting: Copyright and Fair use: Creating Policy
Eugene, November 19

* ARL Workshop for Publishers: Licensing Electronic Resources to
Libraries: Understanding Your Market
Philadelphia, November 19

* Electronic Journals within Art & Design: Flash in the Pan or Here to Stay?
Northampton, November 21

* A Day in the Life of a Journal Publisher
Bradford, England, November 22

* Eighth Call for Proposals of the European IST Programme
London, November 27

* European Forum on Harmful and Illegal Cyber Content
Strasbourg, November 28

* Canadian Digital Library Symposium
Toronto, November 28-29

* Fall 2001 CNI Task Force Meeting
San Antonio, November 29-30

* eGovernment [in Europe]: From Policy to Practice
Brussels, November 29-30

* Digital Media Revolution in the Americas
Pasadena, November 29 - December 1

* Fourth SCHEMAS Workshop: Sharing [metadata] schemas
The Hague, November 30

* 2001 IST Exhibition and Awards
Düsseldorf, December 3

* School for Scanning: Creating, Managing, and Preserving Digital Assets
Delray Beach, Florida, December 3-5

* Developing Digital Collections: Why, What, Who, How?
Southborough, Massachusetts, December 4

* Online Information 2001
London, December 4-6

* Second Meeting of the Centre for Educational Technology Interoperability
Standards (CETIS) Educational Content Special Interest Group (EC SIG)
Luton, December 7

* The Electronic Library: Strategic, Policy and Management Issues
Loughborough, December 9-14

* 4th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries
Bangalore, December 10-12

* Moving Beyond the Catalog: Bibliographic Access in a Web World
Worcester, Massachusetts, December 11

* Academic Institutions Transforming Scholarly Communications (SPARC/ARL
Forum at the ALA Midwinter Meeting)
New Orleans, January 18-23


The Free Online Scholarship Newsletter is supported by a grant from the
Open Society Institute.


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