CERN and Elsevier have announced another Open Access agreement. Thanks to this agreement, CERN results in fields such as nuclear physics, instrumentation, astroparticle physics and scientific computing will appear as Open Access articles, with copyright retained by CERN and its authors, and reuse determined by Creative Commons CC-BY licenses. This allows CERN to progress further towards its stated target of 100% ‘gold’ Open Access for all of its physics results as of 2015. Read the press statement in full here.

“As more and more devices are connected, there are two futures when it comes to privacy. Which one will we pick?” Danny Bradbury contemplates on the privacy issues and pervasiveness of the Internet of Things and wonders: Is personal data going to be the next natural resource, mined like oil? Read the full article on The Guardian.

The Tech-Transparency Initiative has shared notes from its webinar on “Bridging Transparency and Technology” that happened in March this year. The material is an attempt to increase the ability of philanthropies to thoroughly assess technology proposals from NGOs and smaller advocacy groups. A full archive of the Webinar is available to play online. You can also download the slide presentation (pdf). The tools presented continue to undergo refinement, so if you are interested in using them and providing feedback, please check here for details.

Open Access and Open Source are fields that remain contested as ever. While the struggles within the fields were previously mostly about beliefs and different opinions between open source fundamentalists and pragmatists, Matt Asay claims that practitioners are now facing new issues of control. Once for-profit institutes started swooping in, the enemy is no longer defined and fields of contest have become blurry. Read the full article here.

A week or so ago the number of public-domain books in the HathiTrust digital repository topped 5 million. What does that mean? Scholarly Kitchen recaps the achievements of HathiTrust and considers a few of its implications for the future of reading and scholarship. Read in full here.

Big Data & Society has released an overview of upcoming Big Data related events. Check it out here.

Sara Morais


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