Category Archives: open access

Changing library services…and some views on digital repositories.

I have just read the Ithaka report on Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education 2006, Housewright & Schonfeld, published August 25, 2008. I hadn’t intended to spend Sunday morning reading this but a colleague, Dicky Maidment-Otlet, sent me an email about it and it seemed well worth a read. It sets out … Read more

Manuel Castells and Open Access

Manuel Castells and Professor John Barrow featured in a recent edition of the Forum programme on the BBC World Service. It was an interesting discussion, touching on Castells’ view of the emerging network organisation and society, and Professor Barrow’s observations on scientific practice in that context. Castells sees ICT as affording advantage to organisational arrangements … Read more

The top concerns of researchers

What do researchers care about? It’s probably uncontentious to say that they care about access, cost, copyright and quality. There’s a report published last month from the JISC Scholarly Communications Group that goes into a bit more detail: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/aboutus/workinggroups/topconcernsreport.doc There are perhaps few surprises – the concerns might be paraphrased as ‘lack of access’, ‘some … Read more