Geowalled Access is Not Open Access (Lisa Hinchliffe)


“To implement geowalling, the cOAlition would need to revise Principle 1: “Authors or their institutions retain copyright to their publications. All publications must be published under an open license, preferably the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY).”

If authors have copyright, they would be free to share their publications outside of the geowall. But, even more of a challenge for geowalling is the the CC BY license. Anyone who has access to the geowalled content that is under a CC- BY license would be free to liberate the content from the geowall and post it elsewhere.”

Indian State of Odisha Releases 21 Dictionaries Under CC BY

“When governments choose to use Creative Commons licenses to preserve and share cultural knowledge, like Indigenous languages, it illustrates how our licenses can help create a more accessible and equitable world.

Recently, CC India’s Global Network Representative (GNC) Subhashish Panigrahi brought to our attention that the Indian state of Odisha licensed 21 dictionaries—in all 21 Indigenous languages that are spoken in the province—under CC BY 4.0.”

The Bibliographical Society of Canada supports Open Access

“The Bibliographical Society of Canada supports Open Access. As November 2, 2019, all past issues of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada are freely available online and there will no longer be a pay wall blocking new issues of the journal.”


The Internet Archive has transformed 130,000 references to books in Wikipedia into live links to 50,000 digitized Internet Archive books

Venice Time Machine project put on hold as archivists and computer scientists disagree over data licenses and metadata

Melland Schill lectures on International Law

“In partnership with the School of Law and MUP, The University of Manchester Library has now digitised the series to make them fully available to a truly international range of legal researchers for the first time.”


Destroying books and jailing dissidents: Erdogan’s cultural purge is in full swing

“Since 2016, more than 300,000 books have reportedly been confiscated in Turkey, including textbooks banned for mentioning Pennsylvania, where Erdogan rival Fethullah Gulen is exiled”

The prehistory of biology preprints: A forgotten experiment from the 1960s

“In 1961, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began to circulate biological preprints in a forgotten experiment called the Information Exchange Groups (IEGs). This system eventually attracted over 3,600 participants and saw the production of over 2,500 different documents, but by 1967, it was effectively shut down following the refusal of journals to accept articles that had been circulated as preprints. “

Open Data from the National Library of Scotland

Europe’s Earliest Printers 1450-1470

A web version of the exhibition at Princeton University Library, enhanced with complete digitizations of all of the Princeton items, is available at

Not in the Handschriftencensus with the present location: Princeton University Library. Manuscript. Scheide 164 = German Prayerbook, 1458 =


US: Federal judge rules for San Francisco art editor in copyright case over Picasso photos

“[T]he San Fransisco Chronicle reports that the San Francisco art editor who reprinted and sold copyrighted photos of paintings by Pablo Picasso as part of a reference book did have the right to do so under U.S. law – and that means he does not have to pay damages of $2.68 million ordered by a French court.”!msg/1709-copyright-blog/4Be-EMNsodw/dES_aUtTBgAJ

How to get an academic paper from an author

“To actually get a hold of an author, email is usually the best option. At least one author always includes an email address on the paper. If that address doesn’t work, they may have switched universities, but a Google search will usually bring up their current position with their current email. Failing that, you can try to contact them via Research Gate, but at least for me personally, I find that to be an inefficient way for people to get in touch with me. I don’t get notifications from my Research Gate (because they were obnoxious) nor do I check it often, so when people ask me for my papers via Research Gate, it often takes me a long time to respond. In contrast, emailing me usually results in a response is a few hours. I think this is probably true for most academics, so I’d start with email.

One final note about emailing scientists, sometimes people feel like they are inconveniencing scientists by asking for a paper (particularly people who are not academics or students) so they write them a lengthy story about what they are interested in and why they want the paper. Don’t do that. You don’t need to justify your desire for knowledge and you are just wasting their time. All you need to say is, “Dear Dr X, could you please send me a copy of your paper titled, “Y.” Thank you very much, Your Name” or something to that effect. It doesn’t have to be quite that terse, but academics often get hundreds of emails a day, so keeping your message short is appreciated.”

Libraries and Archivists Are Scanning and Uploading Books That Are Secretly in the Public Domain

“A coalition of archivists, activists, and libraries are working overtime to make it easier to identify the many books that are secretly in the public domain, digitize them, and make them freely available online to everyone. The people behind the effort are now hoping to upload these books to the Internet Archive, one of the largest digital archives on the internet.

As it currently stands, all books published in the U.S. before 1924 are in the public domain, meaning they’re publicly owned and can be freely used and copied. Books published in 1964 and after are still in copyright, and by law will be for 95 years from their publication date.

But a copyright loophole means that up to 75 percent of books published between 1923 to 1964 are secretly in the public domain, meaning they are free to read and copy. The problem is determining which books these are, due to archaic copyright registration systems and convoluted and shifting copyright law.”

USA: Linda Hall Library (doesn’t) allow use of all Public Domain Images for any purpose

The announcment is bullshit. The license is

what means that commercial purposes aren’t allowed.