December 12, 2007

Five students named SPARC Innovators

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has recognized five students from around the country who are "influencing university policy, organizing conferences on free culture, creating new avenues for students and faculty to publish under liberal licenses, and vocalizing their commitment to things open on campus, in the media, and all over the Web." Here is a summary of their accomplishments, courtesy of Library Journal from Dec. 11, with a link for more information:

* Benjamin Mako Hill, a graduate of the MIT Media Lab, and currently a researcher at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, a Fellow in the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and engineer of the 2007 "Overprice Tags" project at the MIT library.
* Gavin Baker, a Political Studies graduate of the University of Florida; Open Access Director for Students for Free Culture, and co-mastermind of the National Day of Action for Open Access, February 2007.
* Nick Shockey, an undergraduate and Student Senator at Trinity University in San Antonio and author of the second-ever student senate resolution in favor of public access to publicly funded research results.
* Elizabeth Stark, a student at Harvard University School of Law and an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Stark is the founder of the advocacy group Harvard Free Culture, and architect of one of the first student free thesis repositories.
* Nelson Pavlosky, a law student at George Mason University and co-founder of Students for Free Culture. Pavlosky is also an ally of the Student Global AIDS Campaign and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

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December 6, 2007

U of Pittsburgh Press Makes Its Older Books Openly Accessible

Excerpted from a press release from the University of Pittsburgh, November 29, 2007 (with thanks to Peter Suber's Open Access News):

Pitt’s Libraries and University Press Collaborate on Open Access to Press Titles

The University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System (ULS) and University Press have formed a partnership to provide digital editions of press titles as part of the library system’s D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. Thirty-nine books from the Pitt Latin American Series published by the University of Pittsburgh Press are now available online, freely accessible to scholars and students worldwide. Ultimately, most of the Press’ titles older than 2 years will be provided through this open access platform.

For the past decade, the University Library System has been building digital collections on the Web under its D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program....

More titles will be added to the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions each month until most of the current scholarly books published by the Press are available both in print and as digital editions....

The University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions may be viewed at
and through direct links from the Press website,

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