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The ‘open’ web


This week’s topic focuses around the perks and costs having your content made available for free online. I will be primarily using online gaming as an example by shedding light on the concept of Free-to-Play. Free-to-Play (F2P) is a relatively new model adopted by the gaming industry where basically gamers are allowed to play the game without having to pay. How do the game creators make money? Through purchasable in-game perks. Continue reading →

Access to online materials: yay or nay?

In 2013, at the age of 26, Aaron Swartz took his life whilst battling a two year legal nightmare between himself and US prosecutors. His crime? Swartz had accessed MIT’s computer network, downloading a large number of publicly accessible research documents from a non-profit database that hosts academic journal articles, called JSTOR. If charged, Swartzs’ crimes would be punishable by up to 50+ years in prison and fines of almost $4 million. Continue reading →

Open Access Journals. Good, Evil, Or Not-As-Dramatic?

Here’s a link to the Prezi I’ve made for this week’s post. (It has sound!) References Beall, Jeffrey, 2012. Predatory publishers are corrupting open access. Nature, 489, (179) doi:10.1038/489179a Beall, Jeffrey, 2014. Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper. Scholarly Open Access at WordPress. Directory of Open Access Journals, search engine feature, accessed 07/12/2014. Mazières, David & Kohler, Eddie, 2004. Get Me Off Your F***ing Mailing List. Continue reading →

Topic 5 – Intellectual properties made free: Good or bad

It’s undeniable how free , easy accessed online material can be so beneficial to user and even non-user of it. For example, if first-aid instructions (for multiple types of injury) were published, not only the reader, but also those who do not know about it are positively affected. Unfortunately most people pay attention only on the effects to consumers and society, forgetting how free material can influence the content producers. Continue reading →

Should Open Access be available for all?

For this week’s blog post, I have decided to try something a little different and create a Prezi for the first time, in an attempt to respond to the topic in question. Here’s hoping it loads successfully… In the meantime, here is a great visual from the Australian Open Access Group on the benefits of Open Access: Image sourced from: Continue reading →

Access Denied.

With my dissertation project underway, I am constantly having to look up and research scientific to further my knowledge of the topic. I think that one of the biggest issues that students face in this area is of not having access to certain papers or journals. Trawling the net for useful information becomes much harder when access is denied, and is not beneficial for either the student or the author of the article. Continue reading →

Create and Share!

I have never bought a movie or album online, ever but I listen to music online everyday and I’m a massive film buff. This is a blog that is publicly available and no doubt an employer will peruse one day so I’m going to self censor myself now. Is it wrong to share what you own with whoever you want to?  Billion $ conglomerates will tell you with a straight face that sharing what you own is wrong . Continue reading →

Open Access

via photo pin This week I have decided to do something very different, by creating my very own WiX web page! You can visit the page here. Photo credit: <a href=””>Gideon Burton</a> via <a href=””>photopin</a&gt; <a href=” Continue reading →

The Curious Case of Cloudkicker (And Why It Should Matter To You)

UoSM2033 Topic 5: Explain the advantages and disadvantages to a content producer of making their materials freely available online This week’s blog post comes to you in the form of a vlog! Enjoy! References & Bibliography “Alex” (2010), Interview – Cloudkicker, The Inevitable Nose. “Benanne” (2010), Exclusive: Interview with Cloudkicker, Byrne, D. Continue reading →

Pros and Cons of Putting Content Online for Free

To recap… Advantages: OpenContent License – This specifically protects your academic software allowing you to experience the benefits of exposure whilst knowing your software is safe from misrepresentation. Free Journal Articles – This will allow you to publish your academic research without engaging in the controversial activities that journals and researchers can sometimes do (charging multiple times for taxpayer research). Continue reading →

GENERATION OPEN . . . The advantages and disadvantages of open access!

Attempting my first ever prezi to showcase my final topic of the innovative curriculum module #UOSM2033 What a great LEARNING experience! — Catherine Hunt (@CatherineHunt94) December 2, 2014 Well. . . . . .here goes: Generation Open References: Aston Open Access (20013) ‘Benefits of Open Access: publishing infographic’ Online. Available at: https://twitter. Continue reading →

access to online materials.

This week’s post is in the form of a video! :) A map of where the people on my Digital Marketing MOOC come from just to put it into perspective! Source: References: Future Learn, University of Southampton Digital Marketing MOOC: Hall, M., 2014. Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders. Available at: http://www.theguardian. Continue reading →

Finally free for everyone for ever – The benefits and limitation to authors publishing through Open Access

The motivations for my final topic of the module come from an internship I had in the summer, where I was working at Taylor & Francis analysing data that was part of a survey on Open Access in article publishing. My aim for this blog is to expand this knowledge and analyse its benefits and drawbacks. The short 2 minutes video below from T&F provides a concise description of what Open Access is, useful in gaining a basic knowledge. Continue reading →

Topic 5: access to online materials

Open access to online materials for all – utopian dream or unstoppable force? Please read these notes and check out the links below, before preparing and posting your answer to the set question. This document should be regarded as just the start of the discussion, which is then developed over the next two weeks through the conversations themselves and sharing of further relevant links. Continue reading →