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Topic 5 2015, Page 2

Considering the Pros and Cons of Open Libraries for the Arts

In 2014, Getty Images, the world’s largest stock photo agency, made a vast number of its photo library free to use, in order to try and combat piracy. [1] Some saw this unprecedented move as a “game changer for bloggers and content marketing in general.” [2] But the news of Getty’s change was met with frustration from some angry photographers whose images may now never be used commercially. Continue reading →

Open Access on the internet – Piracy is a Service Problem

“Piracy is a service problem” – Gabe Newell, founder of digital video game store Steam, one of the most successful digital stores in the world Before I make my cool points about free open content on the internet and put on my sunglasses and surf, I’m going to talk briefly about Netflix. See traditional media hit a bit of a snag once the internet strolled into town, I mean pirated movies used to be easy to crack down on – you just arrested the distributor. Continue reading →

The open access movement

“Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” For one of my modules this semester, I was asked to assess the causal relationship of an environmental factor and health outcome. Sir Austin Bradford Hill states that medical plausibility is dependent on “the biological knowledge of the day”. But if we cannot access this knowledge, how can we decide? http://www.theguardian. Continue reading →

Open Access: Can It All Be So Simple?

You’d be hard pressed to find a student or scientist who is against the concept of Open Access. After all, information is power and power belongs to the people. But at the same time people also deserve to be compensated for their work. How do you reconcile these two competing ideas in a society that reflects the value of […] The post Open Access: Can It All Be So Simple? appeared first on Russell Kingsfield. Continue reading →

‘Free for all.’ What could go wrong?

First of all, check out the short Powtoon I made… This week I am going to be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of a content producer making their materials freely available online. Open access is defined nicely in this video: ‘Open access is free, immediate, online availability of research articles with full re-use rights.’ This means the content is available to anyone wherever in the world. Continue reading →

Open Access

For this week’s blog I have decided to do a prezi, there is no sound on it and I have posted all links in the reference section here. Please enjoy. References http://www.theguardian. Continue reading →

The Open Access Debate

Source Open access is “about making all scientific research content available for anyone anywhere in the world” (Shockey and Eisen, 2012). The short video below explains the key difference between open and restricted access, using the characters of Charles and Julie. Throughout this module, we have been embracing the digital tools and information available to us in order to develop our knowledge on different topics and make new discoveries. Continue reading →

Open Access: not all it seems…

The open access debate is exhaustive with passionate stances both for and against publishing freely available online content. Before reading anything, this question didn’t seem debatable to me: of course everything should be open access, to facilitate educational and scientific advances. After all, “education is first and foremost an enterprise of sharing”. However after some research, I realised that in practice it’s not as easy nor perhaps as beneficial as it may seem. Continue reading →

Online access: positive or negative?

No such thing as a free lunch: adverts targeted at users subsidise free sites. Image:   I was going to start with a wonderful article on the benefits of freely available web content – but I couldn’t remember my password to access it. I am, of course, joking. A great deal of web material is available for free, even if some publishers choose to charge a fee for many of their articles. Continue reading →

Open Sesame

Taken from Sir Tim Berners-Lee envisaged the internet as being something accessible to as many people as possible which is why he invented the World Wide Web. The open access movement share this belief and push for information, particularly scholarly information, to be more widely available without charge. The idea of content being available freely online seems highly desirable but it is not without its risks. Continue reading →

Dear Deidre…

The face of an Open Internet? Confused? You won’t be if you have been following the latest victory in Open Access this year. This is the news that since the start of December 2015, the Sun has removed its online paywall. So now we are free to see the latest addition of Dear Deidre: Dear Deidre – My girlfriend is a PORNSTAR and a CHEAT What does this signal for Open Access? This signals a reversal of claims made saying 90% of businesses content will be behind paywalls. Continue reading →

Open Access

Explain the advantages and disadvantages to a content producer of making their materials freely available online Hi everyone, I enjoyed making my Topic 4 summary so much that I decided to try and use SlideShare this week! Please let me know what you think in the comments. This presentation looks way more professional than iSkysoft Slideshow I made last week, so pleased with this weeks development. Continue reading →