Archive for the ‘Science & Medical’ Category

Open Access vs Tradional Publishers

"The benefits to scientists of open access scientific publishing provided by the internet are too significant to be ignored, says Matthew Cockerill.

"The progress of science is ultimately defined by peer-reviewed journal articles: they record the results of research and act as a foundation for all future research.

"In the UK alone, billions of pounds of tax-payers’ money are spent annually on research, so the government might be expected to take a prudent interest in how the resulting journal articles are published, archived and made accessible. Surprisingly, though, copyright to publicly funded research articles is routinely signed over to publishers, who then sell limited, subscription-based access back to the scientific community.

"The cost of publishing a scientific research article is a tiny fraction of what it costs to do the research in the first place; yet publishers end up controlling access to the findings."

Matthew Cockerill and John Enderby. Internet Upstarts v Traditional Publishers. Nov. 25, 2004.™ The Online Journal for Social Software, Digital Collaboration & Information Policy. A Seso Group™ Venture.

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11/30/2004 at 07:05

Creative Commons Ventures Into Science

"Creative Commons, a nonprofit group aimed at carving out ways to share creative works, is expanding from the realm of copyright into patents and scientific publishing.

"The group’s move into the scientific sphere could help add new weight to growing criticisms that the current patent process has become too inflexible and often awards too much protection to ideas that aren’t genuinely unique.

"This criticism has been particularly prevalent in computer circles, where companies own patents and have sought wide-ranging licenses on basic Internet features, such as streaming audio and video or launching applications inside Web browsers."

John Borland. Copyright-Sharing Group Delves Into Science. Nov. 10, 2004.™ Covering the Intersection of Collaboration and Technology. A Seso Group™ Venture.

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11/12/2004 at 08:51

PLoS Takes On Reed Elsevier

"A major new ‘open access’ journal for medicine has been launched, putting it in direct competition with the established publications in this lucrative area including Reed Elsevier’s The Lancet.

The Public Library of Science (PLoS), a US-based not-for-profit organisation, is behind PLoS Medicine, which it said was ‘the most significant international general medicine journal to emerge in over 70 years’.

Saeed Shah. US Public Library of Science Launches Rival to ‘The Lancet’. Oct. 19, 2004.

See also:
Laura Lynch. Public Library of Science. Creative Commons. Oct. 2003.™ The Online Journal for Social Software, Digital Collaboration & Information Policy. A Seso Group™ Venture.

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10/25/2004 at 07:21

Posted in Science & Medical

Proposal for Free Access to Research

"The National Institutes of Health has proposed a major policy change that would require all scientists who receive funding from the agency to make the results of their research available to the public for free.

"The proposal  would mark a significant departure from current practice, in which the scientific journals that publish those results retain control over that information.

"Pressure to make publicly financed research results more available to the public has been building for years but gained new momentum this summer with report language by the House Appropriations Committee.

"’The committee is very concerned that there is insufficient public access to reports and data resulting from NIH-funded research,’ it read. ‘This situation . . . is contrary to the best interests of the U.S. taxpayers who paid for this research.’"

Rick Weiss. NIH Proposes Free Access For Public to Research Data. Sept. 6, 2004.

See also:
Peter Suber. NIH Open-Access Plan Frequently Asked Questions. Sept. 6, 2004.

Susan Morrissey. NIH Weighs Open Access. Chemical & Engineering News. Sept. 6, 2004.

(Editor�s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper�s fee-based Archives.)

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09/08/2004 at 07:58

Posted in Science & Medical

Strategic Plan for Electronic Health Records

"The Bush administration has released a strategic plan for every U.S. citizen’s health information to be stored in an ‘electronic health record’ central database within ten years.

"Each person would have a ‘personal health record,’ an electronic file the individual would manage, that could exchange information with the EHR database.

"The PHR would contain information on a person’s insurance plan, prescriptions, allergies, medical history, and conditions such as asthma or diabetes."

Mark S. Sullivan. Medical Records May Go Online. PC World. Aug. 23, 2004.

See also:
United States Department of Health & Human Services. HHS Fact Sheet–HIT Report At-A-Glance. July 21, 2004.
White House Press Secretary. Transforming Health Care for All Americans. May 27, 2004.

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09/01/2004 at 08:34

Posted in Science & Medical

Paperless Hospitals

"Medical care would be improved and millions of dollars would be saved if hospitals were fully wired, said Rep. Patrick Kennedy and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who jointly announced a program to bring American medicine into the Internet age.

"On Monday, the political partisans put their party differences aside to tout electronic prescriptions, online patient records and an integrated, paperless health-care system.

"Gingrich said 98,000 people die annually in hospitals due to medical errors. He suggested information technology could save billions of dollars now wasted on procedures, such as unnecessary tests and redundant record keeping."

Brook Donald. Gingrich, Kennedy Pushing "Wired" Hospitals. eWeek. June 23, 2004.

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06/25/2004 at 07:41

The High Cost of Copyright Permissions

"When some 20,000 first-year American medical students reported to their schools last summer, they received a free 20-minute multimedia collage of music, text and short video clips from television doctor dramas, past and present, burned onto a CD-ROM.

"’The patients you meet in the coming years may have doubts about you because of the doctors they see on prime-time television,’ the introduction reads. ‘The aim of this presentation is to explore why that is, and suggest what you can do about it.’

"But the CD was perhaps more of an education for its developer, Joseph Turow, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

"’It’s crazy,’ Professor Turow said of the labyrinth of permissions, waivers and fees he navigated to get the roughly three minutes of video clips included on the CD, which was paid for by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The process took months, Professor Turow said, and cost about $17,000 in fees and royalties paid to the various studios and guilds for the use of clips. The film used ranged from, for example, a 1961 episode of ‘Ben Casey’ to a more-recent scene from ‘ER.’"

Tom Zeller, Jr. Permissions on Digital Media Drive Scholars to Lawbooks. The New York Times. June 14, 2004.

Knowledge Held Hostage Web site.

(Editor�s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper�s fee-based Archive.)

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06/16/2004 at 08:40

Posted in Science & Medical

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