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Our Surveillance Society: If Only We’d Listened to Jim Rockford

James Garner’s television detective warned us about Google and Facebook way back in 1978. If only we’d listened… Continue reading

Big Sister: Some Beneficial Aspects of Collecting User Data

The collection of end-user data is going to become more important for all publishers and may serve to describe those publishers that will be most successful in the coming years. Although data-collection is often thought to be a malignant instance of “Big Brotherism,” it may in fact be benign when implemented thoughtfully. Continue reading

University of California Press Introduces New Open Access Publishing Programs

The University of California Press has announced two new open access publishing initiatives, one a monographs program and the other an OA mega journal. Here UCP director Alison Mudditt answers some questions posed by the Kitchen about these new initiatives. Continue reading

Compliance: The Coming Storm

The administrative burden stemming from funding agency and institutional access policies is just beginning. Can we reduce the severity of this storm with careful planning and collaboration? Continue reading

The New Cluetrain — A Barometer for What Has Changed in the Last 15 Years

Fifteen years later, the authors of the “Cluetrain Manifesto” attempt a relevant update, with 112 new “clues.” Yet, they miss the biggest clue of all — the Internet is no longer sacred and its users know it. Continue reading

Is Google Now a Publisher Offering Other Publishers an Inadequate Deal?

A Spanish court’s decision around Google News suggests that the barter arrangement with Google and other general search engines — in which they pay nothing to license our content — may have a more viable financial future. Continue reading

Doing Better With Open Access Advocacy

When thinking about open access to content, is it appropriate to equate disabling downloads with lack of support for the visually impaired? Continue reading

Stick To Your Ribs: A Library Card Under the Christmas Tree

Revisiting a holiday classic: ‘Twas the month before Christmas, and by listening hard, you can hear Joe Esposito yearn for a library card. The reasons are simple, yet give publishers pause. No wonder Joe’s only hope is with Santa Claus. Continue reading

Creative Commons Confusion Continues to Confound Content Creators

Flickr users were enraged when the company tried to reuse their CC BY licensed photographs by selling prints. This once again points out the confusion that content creators have regarding copyright and what the various CC licenses really mean. Continue reading

What’s Going On in the Library? Part 2: The Convergence of Data Repositories and Library Publishers

In the final part of a series on library publishers, Phill Jones explores the relationship between library publishing and institutional repositories against a background of funder data sharing mandates. Continue reading

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