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"Open Access" By Peter Suber

"Open Access" By Peter Suber | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Open Access - By Peter Suber 

 

NOW AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE OPEN ACCESS FORMATS

 

... The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work “open access”: digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue.

 

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers."

-- from source: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/open-access

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Peter Suber has been a driving force in the rapidly growing area(s) of Open Access. Rather than cite this or that have a look at his info at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Suber  Here is a wonderful resource for anyone who uses Internet resources. Get a copy for a eBook-Reader, a computer, or your Boss, but don't forget yourself. Then Read it and then keep as a handy reference resource.

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Syrian Internet Connections Cut for Second Day

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"BEIRUT, Lebanon — Activists in Syria reported on Friday that Internet connections were cut for a second successive day, fanning speculation among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad about the government’s intentions in coming days." from the source: http://www.nytimes.com/

 

NOTE: This is another example of recent national internet shutdowns. A reason I worry about Cloud Services like Google, SAAP, MOOCs, Amazons3, Apple iCloud, DropBox, etc., etc. Whether malicious intent, government intervention, or acts of technology or God.

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Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone, Everywhere | What's Next Blog

"Google has launched (literally) Project Loon because two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.

 

Project Loon starts this month with an experimental pilot in New Zealand, with the launch of 30 balloons which will beam Internet to a small group of pilot testers. The experience of these pilot testers will be used to refine the technology and shape the next phase of Project Loon." from source: http://www.whatsnextblog.com/

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ghbrett's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:30 PM

First there was the idea of low, slow flying solar aircraft with internet radios to provide internet coverage over an area of say, a county. Now Google has upped the stakes with Project Loon. Using balloons at 20Km near the stratosphere in a mesh like network. This network with communicate among the peers in space to stations on the ground that will then spread the internet more widely. I will be curious to see how this progresses. You can find more about the project at:  http://www.google.com/loon/ ;  or watch an tech intro at: http://youtu.be/mcw6j-QWGMo a short informative intro at finally a more general video at:  http://youtu.be/m96tYpEk1Ao