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UN, Wikimedia New York deliver open, free world maps on GIS Day

“For thousands of years, humans have used maps to define, understand and navigate the world in which we live. From cave drawings to star maps to geospatial navigation, maps have been an ever-improving tool for people everywhere. In today’s increasingly connected world, maps play a critical role in areas like humanitarian response to disasters, understanding the spread of disease, and much more. Like any information resource, however, maps vary in terms of accuracy and accessibility. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) believes that accurate, reliable, and easy-to-understand maps should be available to everyone. That is why they’ve partnered with Wikimedia New York City and ReliefWeb to release a collection of more than 200 freely licensed “country-location” maps that are available on Wikimedia Commons and on the ReliefWeb site. In addition, many maps are also featured on Wikipedia country pages.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age

“Information wants to be free. At least that’s what Internet activists and many consumers say in support of free online content. But when we stream a new film online or listen to music on Spotify, we don’t always consider — or care about — the artists who are losing out. The debates over intellectual property, copyright and traditional ideas of enforcement have been hot topics of late. The fall of Napster in the late ’90s and the current battle between publisher Hachette and Amazon show that copyright law needs to be rewritten to fit digital standards.” (via NPR)

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Wellcome Library Releases 100,000 Images From The History Of Medicine

“If you fancy your very own piece of the often barbaric and macabre history of medicine, then a new collection of over a hundred thousand ancient images could be for you. Wellcome Images, one of the world-renowned Wellcome Library’s major collections, has released thousands of pictures, paintings, etchings and engravings on a new website, freely available for high resolution download.” (via Forbes)

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Wiley to provide emergency access to medical literature in support of Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

“Wiley will offer free access to medical literature in support of Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts to those affected by the disaster and to those providing assistance to the affected population as part of the Emergency Access Initiative. The free access period is currently November 11, 2013 – December 9, 2013.  Content provided is the Cochrane Library, Essential Evidence Plus and over 150 medical journals including Journal of Traumatic Stress, Nursing in Critical Care, Public Health Nursing, and Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. Access to biomedical literature through the Emergency Access Initiative is only available to those affected by the disaster and for those providing assistance to the affected population.” (via Wiley)

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Elsevier Repeats Offer for Free Access to ScienceDirect for Early Career Researchers Impacted by an Uncertain Job Market

“Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that its Postdoc Free Access Program will be repeated, an initiative designed to help early career researchers who are in between research positions stay up-to-date in their field. The global economic climate for science funding is creating challenges for postdoctoral students, especially for those looking for employment. In response to this growing trend, the program was conceived by editors and publishers at Elsevier who began to hear from postdocs in countries where funding has been hit hardest. Many emphasized the mounting pressure to stay competitive and publish, in many cases without the resources to do so.” (via Elsevier)

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Marvel Offers 700 Free Digital Issues, Announces Weekly Comics for Mobile

“What will comic books look like in the future? It’s difficult to say whether anyone knows the answer to that question yet, but Marvel Entertainment continues to explore the possibilities — and reach out to new readers — with a three-pronged digital initiative it announced at SXSW. Until late Tuesday night, you can download 700 different #1 comics for free as digital issues in the Marvel Comics app. Also, Marvel will be releasing weekly content in the Infinite Comics format specifically designed for mobile devices. Finally, the publisher will add adaptive audio soundtracks to its digital comics through an initiative called Project Gamma.”

via Wired.com

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EU Pledges Free Access to Science Research Sponsored by Brussels

The European Union said Tuesday it plans to provide free public access to tens of billions of euros worth of scientific research and development sponsored by Brussels. The move follows a similar announcement from the British government Monday, and comes as pressure mounts from some leading scientists to change the way people access publicly funded scientific studies. But the proposals could worry some publishers whose business model depends on charging subscriber fees. “We are leading by example and making EU-funded research open to all,” said Neelie Kroes, the commissioner for Digital Agenda. “In the future, you won’t have to pay expensive subscriptions to access information generated with your taxes.”

via WSJ

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Free access to British scientific research to be available within two years

The Government is to unveil controversial plans to make publicly funded scientific research immediately available for anyone to read for free by 2014, in the most radical shakeup of academic publishing since the invention of the internet. Under the scheme, research papers that describe work paid for by the British taxpayer will be free online for universities, companies and individuals to use for any purpose, wherever they are in the world.”

via The Guardian

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FDA, UC Davis, Agilent Technologies and CDC to create publicly available food pathogen genome database

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the University of California, Davis,Agilent Technologies Inc., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today a collaboration to create a public database of 100,000 foodborne pathogen genomes to help speed identification of bacteria responsible for foodborne outbreaks. The database will provide a roadmap for development of tests to identify pathogens and provide information about the origin of the pathogen. The tests have the potential to significantly reduce the typical public health response time in outbreaks of foodborne illness to days instead of weeks. Open access to the database will allow researchers to develop tests that can identify the type of bacteria present in a sample within a matter of days or hours, significantly faster than the approximately one week it now takes between diagnosis and genetic analysis. Conceived by UC Davis, Agilent, and FDA and called “The 100K Genome Project,” the collaboration will be a five-year effort to sequence the genetic code of approximately 100,000 important foodborne pathogens and make this information available in a free, public database. The sequencing will include the genomes of important foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli.”

via FDA Press Release

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Zero Dollar Books Shows You All the Best Selling Kindle Ebooks Currently Available for Free

LifeHacker – “Sorting through the Amazon store for free ebooks can be a bit of a mess. To simplify the process Zero Dollar Books is a simple webapp that aggregates all the best selling free ebooks and shows them off in a nice clean view.”

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