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Open Access Day at UWM with Dr. Victoria Stodden (Feb 8, 2013)

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In its continued support of Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research, the UW-Milwaukee Open Access Task Force invites the campus community to join us for a day of open access activities:

  • keynote talk featuring Dr. Victoria Stodden
  • professional panel discussion on open access on campus
  • launch of the new UWM Digital Commons platform.

Keynote Address:
Digital Scholarship in Scientific Research: Open Questions in Reproducibility and Curation
Dr. Victoria Stodden
Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics
Columbia University

It is a well-accepted fact that computation is emerging as central to the scientific enterprise. With this transformation, the data and code that underly scientific findings have a key role in the communication of reproducible results. In this talk I describe the “reproducible research movement,” a grassroots effort taking hold in many fields, and new modalities to encourage sharing of data and code including new funding agency and journal policies, and new tools such as . Finally, I will introduce open questions facing the reproducible research movement, including costs, curation, and accessibility.

Friday, February 08, 2013
12:00 – 3:30PM
UWM Libraries 4th Floor Conference Room

12:00 Lunch
12:30 Keynote
02:00 Panel Discussion

Please Register Online:

Information Society Series Book: Interfaces on Trial 2.0

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I’m pleased to announce that the first book in the MIT Press “Information Society Series” I am co-editing with Laura DeNardis has been released:

Interfaces on Trial 2.0
By Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh
March 2011
ISBN-10: 0-262-01500-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-01500-4

We live in an interoperable world. Computer hardware and software products from different manufacturers can exchange data within local networks and around the world using the Internet. The competition enabled by this compatibility between devices has led to fast-paced innovation and prices low enough to allow ordinary users to command extraordinary computing capacity.

In Interfaces on Trial 2.0, Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh investigate an often overlooked factor in the development of today’s interoperabilty: the evolution of copyright law. Because software is copyrightable, copyright law determines the rules for competition in the information technology industry. This book–a follow-up to Band and Katoh’s successful 1995 book Interfaces on Trial–examines the debates surrounding the use of copyright law to prevent competition and interoperability in the global software industry in the last fifteen years.

Band and Katoh are longtime advocates for interoperable devices but present a reasoned view of contentious issues related to interoperability issues in the United States, the European Union, and the Pacific Rim[. They discuss such topics as the protectability of interface specifications, the permissibility of reverse engineering (and legislative and executive endorsement of pro-interoperability case law), the interoperability exception to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the interoperability cases decided under it, the enforceability of contractural restrictions on reverse engineering;] and recent legal developments affecting the future of interoperability, including those related to open source-software and software patents.

About the Authors

Jonathan Band is an attorney who has written more than 100 articles on intellectual property and the Internet. He is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Law Center.

Masanobu Katoh is the former head of the Law and Intellectual Property Unit of Fujitsu Limited, a global information technology company based in Japan.

You can purchase it at Amazon and other sellers, and also download a open access copy at MIT Press.

UW-Milwaukee Takes Steps for Open Access

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On the heels of Open Access Day at UW-Milwaukee, held as part of the first international Open Access Week, it was announced that the UWM Libraries has successfully negotiated a contract with the Elsevier publishing company that will provide increased access to scholarly journals and reduce costs to UWM.

From the announcement sent by Rita Cheng, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs:

Library patrons will have access to ScienceDirect, a database providing access to 2,000 full text peer-reviewed journals, with content going back to 1995, published by Elsevier and its partners.   Although most titles fall into the categories of science, medicine and technology, there are titles in the areas of business, economics, education, global studies, history, and psychology as well. This agreement, negotiated over the past nine months and in concert with UW-Madison, provides extended access and converts the titles to which we previously subscribed in print (approximately 200 titles) to electronic access.  In addition, the agreement (covering a 5-year period), includes annual increases well below the average annual serial subscription increases. Student support for this was graciously provided by the Advisory Committee on Educational Technology to assist with the cost of conversion from print to electronic format.

I congratulate Libraries Director Ewa Barczyk for her tenacity in securing the best possible terms for UWM.

In a fiscal climate that has led to the unfortunate necessity of canceling 15 percent of our serials over the past year, the new Elsevier contract demonstrates that we are committed to finding ways to counter the negative effects of rising serial costs.

Also in response to our Open Access Day event, the Provost has announced that she will be creating an Open Access Task Force that will be charged with identifying opportunities for action and producing a set of recommendations on Open Access at UWM. I hope to have more to report on that front as the task force materializes.

Open Access Day at UW-Milwaukee

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Next week, October 19 – 23, 2009, will mark the first international Open Access Week, celebrating the international movement working to “throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge.” Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of scholarly and scientific research, the Open Access movement is gaining ever more momentum around the world as growing numbers of research funders, faculties, and libraries are committed to making research available free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Open Access Week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, and UW-Milwaukee’s Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Rita Cheng, has taken a leadership role in pushing for an Open Access agenda on our campus. She’s invited campus community to participate in an Open Access Day Seminar and Workshop on Monday, October 19, 2009. Campus community members will gather and learn about open access and why it is important, will hear of the challenges and opportunities for achieving open access, and the current efforts at UWM to embrace open access scholarship and publishing. A working lunch and breakout sessions will help identify avenues and action items to move UWM forward in supporting open access.

Open Access Day at UWM is organized jointly by the UWM Libraries and the School of Information Studies. Hopefully it will result in not only greater awareness of the importance of Open Access, but also lead to the development of a faculty mandate that the University must make our scholarship available free online.