Friday, 14 July 2017

How much newspaper content is digitized?

There is a lot of digitized newspaper out there in the world but it still seems to be a small fraction of the total newspaper collections worldwide (possibly less than 5% of all English language content by my guesswork). This blog highlights some sources and seeks more information on how much newspaper is out there and yet to be digitized?

Monday, 26 June 2017

Elsevier losses questioned in SciHub case

This is a guest blog by Professor Charles Oppenheim which details some intriguing calculations from the Elsevier copyright case against Sci-Hub. Important questions are posed, will someone from Elsevier be willing to answer them?

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Gold is a dead model for Open Access Books

Book of the Dead
of the Priest of Horus, Imhotep (Imuthes),
ca. 332–200 B.C. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The recent final reports for the Academic Book of the Future are a revealing, well balanced account of the current and future state of scholarly monograph publishing in the UK. One feature is the close attention given to Open Access in books (pages 175-195 in Michael Jubb's report) .

In this blog I want to unpack the consequences of Book Processing Charges in a Gold OA environment and how they would be utterly unsustainable in a future OA mandated REF environment.