Canberra Times: National Archives and ASIO defend long waits for access to documents. “The National Archives of Australia and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation have defended the long delays faced by people requesting access to historical documents.”
YourStory: Meet the American who is creating a high-quality digital public library in India. “The internet was envisioned as an open standard, where information would flow freely and everyone would have access to it. In an ideal world, sure, but in the real one, free flow of information is a distant dream, with a heightened amount of data colonisation. However, there are those who refuse to give up that dream. One such is Carl Malamud.”
The Mandarin: Victoria opens up catalogue of government APIs, following lead of NSW. “The Victorian government has begun a public catalogue of application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow software developers to more easily build third-party apps that pull information from its open datasets.”
Nature: Indonesia tops open-access publishing charts. “European funders have been leading a charge under ‘Plan S’ to make more of the scientific literature free to read. Yet the nations that publish the highest proportion of their research papers open access (OA) aren’t in Europe, according to a preliminary analysis shared with Nature. Instead, countries in southeast Asia, Africa and South America are leading the way — thanks to a flourishing network of local open-access journals and publishing portals.”
Genealogy ala Carte: Quebec Archives to allow free use of more than 100,000 digitized historical documents. “The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) yesterday announced it now allows the free and unrestricted use of more than 100,000 public-domain historical documents and images, in the public domain, that have been digitized and made available on its website.” Apparently some classification has to be done before this will be complete.
New York Times: Accused of ‘Terrorism’ for Putting Legal Materials Online. “Carl Malamud believes in open access to government records, and he has spent more than a decade putting them online. You might think states would welcome the help. But when Mr. Malamud’s group posted the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the state sued for copyright infringement. Providing public access to the state’s laws and related legal materials, Georgia’s lawyers said, was part of a ‘strategy of terrorism.'”
University of Iowa Libraries: University of Iowa Libraries becomes institutional member of Open Access publisher Cogitatio. “Today hefty paywalls prevent research published in most scholarly journals from being read online by audiences that many academics often most want to reach—policy makers and elected officials, industry leaders, non-profits, educators, the general public, and even faculty from smaller teaching colleges and community colleges. The University of Iowa Libraries has signed an institutional agreement with Cogitatio Press to support Open Access publishing by faculty, students and staff in their journals. “