Institute for Web Science (UK) not to get funding…

However, [Tim] "Berners-Lee and [Nigel] Shadbolt are hopeful that earlier statements and commitments by members of the new government to open government data indicate that support for open-linked data initiatives will continue, despite the cuts. They believe that the website, a similar initiative to the U.S. government’s portal, will continue to grow over the coming months. The U.S. service now has more than 270,000 data sets available for developers. The U.K. version is somewhat smaller with a little more than 3,000 data sets."

Source:  Jim Ashling. Information Today. Medford: Jul/Aug 2010. Vol. 27, Iss. 7; pg. 20, 2 pgs  (whole article)

Open Access to research is coming — eventually!



Open Access to Research Is Inevitable, Libraries Are Told [The Chronicle of Higher Education]



Here is the link:


From "Library Link of the Day" October 19th.


ArXiv, the physics open repository, is mentioned as the exception, and even this doesn’t get all of the papers  researchers should, or would want to see.  The Director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, says that the U.S. lags way behind Europe and other countries.

On a more hopeful note, the Johns Hopkins Data Conservancy project Director, Sayeed Choudhury, envisions a time when huge amounts of data will be available to researchers everywhere.

An Association of Research Libraries panel admits that progess is slow-going, but will come to pass.