28 May 2011 – Promotional ads in the [APS] conference programs urge the society’s 25,000 members to join the APS Wikipedia Initiative and “make sure Wikipedia — the world’s No. 1 online encyclopedia — represents psychology fully and accurately.” And the Wikimedia Foundation, which backs the encyclopedia, was holding editing demonstrations in the middle of the conference exhibit hall. Academics have held the online, user-written reference work in some disdain, said Mahzarin R. Banaji, a psychology professor at Harvard University, “but now I’m hearing nothing but enthusiasm"…
26 May 2011 – Under an unfortunately cryptic headline, The Economist reports on the high costs of maintaining subscriptions to academic journals
Research Councils UK and the Higher Education Funding Council for England have agreed to work together to advance the transition to open-access publishing of research […] The research councils had for several years had an open-access mandate that required authors to deposit their papers in open-access repositories as soon as was practicable. […]
However, she said, compliance with the mandate was “not high” and the processes needed to be simplified for researchers.
30 May 2011 – The library is one year into its plan to digitise 40m news pages from its vast 750m collection, housed in Colindale, north London. This autumn, the library will [launch] a website, where amateur genealogists and eager historians will be able to browse 19th-century newsprint from their home computer [for a 'modest fee']. Will only cover up to 1900 initially.
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