Posts Tagged ‘open content’

Let’s Not Settle for this Settlement

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Rather than accept the Google settlement with publishers and authors as a fait accompli, or as an obligatory blueprint for the future, the appropriate response is to consider its implications for the future and take all steps to build the world we want to live in. Although the settlement may solve some immediate problems for the parties to the lawsuit, and perhaps some of the contributing libraries who have enabled it, we should not assume that Google Book Search is the only way, or even the best way, to organize and make available our cultural heritage.

This post will outline some of the issues.  Next step is to build an appropriate response, to which we welcome input.  Losing access and control of our cultural heritage as part of a digitization wave is not acceptable.

At its heart, the settlement agreement grants Google an effective monopoly on an entirely new commercial model for accessing books. It re-conceives reading as a billable event.  This reading event is therefore controllable and trackable.  It also forces libraries into financing a vending service that requires they perpetually buy back what they have already paid for over many years of careful collection.

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Using Digital Collections Workshop Attracts Advocates for Open Access

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The Internet Archive and Open Content Alliance (OCA) sponsored a two-day workshop in San Francisco on October 27-28 to share progress and plans for the continued growth of open web access to digital books. The meeting featured scholars discussing the power of complete digital collections in the disciplines of Classics, Yiddish Studies and Biodiversity, as well as updates by OCA contributors on their scanning and access activities.

Two new services to be launched through the www.openlibrary.org website were debuted at the meeting: Scan on Demand and Print on Demand.

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Open Access Digital Library Summit Held in Boston

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

The Boston Library Consortium, in cooperation with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation sponsored a Summit Meeting on September 24-25 for the purpose of discussing and promoting an agenda of open access for library resources. The Summit featured university provosts, faculty and non-profit advocacy organizations, as well as an introductory message of support from Senator Christopher Dodd (D)- Connecticut.

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Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

New York Times, October 22, 2007 – Several major research libraries have rebuffed offers from Google and Microsoft to scan their books into computer databases, saying they are put off by restrictions these companies want to place on the new digital collections.

The research libraries, including a large consortium in the Boston area, are instead signing on with the Open Content Alliance, a nonprofit effort aimed at making their materials broadly available.

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Libraries Going Open!

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

This movie may be downloaded from Internet Archive and shared.

The Open Content Alliance’s annual meeting was held yesterday, October 17, 2007 in San Francisco. This movie was shown during the evening presentations. We would like to thank all of the OCA members and other guests who attended and made the day such a success.

Read about OCA programs