open access

One World-Wide Webification

The big news to come out of BookExpo America (BEA) in Chicago this month is the early sounds of a merger of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), managers of the publishing industry’s EPUB standard, and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) and CEO

Corporate Content Grab: The Elsevier Edition

Just weeks after Amazon’s highly controversial acquisition of GoodReads, major scientific publisher Elsevier has pulled a similar content grab by purchasing Mendeley, a cloud-based social media platform featuring open source content provided by academics. A detailed summary of the argument against Elsevier’s recent acquisition can be found at The Cost of Knowledge, but essentially, academics

Harvard Business School Professor Visits Tripoli for TED

On February 13, 2012, Ali Tweel, a blogger from Libya, covered TEDxTripoli: the first global conference held in Libya since the Revolution. TED (Technology, Entertain and Design) has hosted annual conferences around the world since 1990 featuring speakers such as Vice President Al Gore and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. These independent conferences share TED’s mission of “ideas