Blog archive for February, 2009

Announcing the launch of GreenXchange

February 10th, 2009 by Kaitlin Thaney

From the Creative Commons blog …

Today, Creative Commons, in collaboration with Nike and Best Buy, announces a new project – GreenXchange – exploring how the digital commons can help holders of patents collaborate for sustainability. GreenXchange will be hosted inside the Science Commons wing of CC.

GreenXchange draws on the experience of Creative Commons in creating “some rights reserved” regimes for artists, musicians, scientists, and educators, but also on the hard-won successes of patent “commons” projects like the Linux Patent Commons, the BIOS project, FreePatentsOnline and the Eco-Patent Commons. We will examine how best to reconstruct the academic research exemption eliminated in the United States in the Madey v. Duke case, how to extend that exemption to corporate research, how private contract systems can be used to construct a commons for use in sustainability. There is also a technical component – we are very interested in how tools like ccMixter and the semantic web will allow for new methods of tracking use and re-use of patents and integration of shared patents into climate and sustainability model.

GreenXchange is very much an exploratory project. Our goal is to stimulate innovation in the operational space by increasing research use and rights through the some rights reserved model, and to extend the model itself all the way into standard commercial patent licensing for sustainability purposes. Our model is open innovation, our methods are those of the digital commons, and we are very excited to be working with our new partners to help them overcome “failed sharing” to help us all work towards a sustainable world.

For more information on the project, we invite you to check out the informational video over at Science Commons.

Harvard University Press releases first OA journal

February 3rd, 2009 by Kaitlin Thaney

At noon today, Harvard University Press, in partnership with the John M. Olin Center at Harvard Law School released its first Open Access (OA) Journal. The Journal of Legal Analysis marks HUP’s first major foray into CC-licensed material, with all content freely available on the Web at the time of publication under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

From their press release:

“With the emergence of online journal publishing and Open Access, the cost of entry into journal publishing is lower than it’s ever been,” says [HUP’s Editor-in-Chief Michael] Fisher. “With an online OA journal a publisher does not have to spend start-up money recruiting subscribers, does not need a subscription-fulfillment operation, does not even have to print the journal. The fact that we can work with the Law School to jointly further the University’s scholarly mission while spending less in the current economic climate is very, very exciting for us.” […]

This is the first time in three decades that Harvard University Press has published an academic journal. Online publishing models offered a way back into this arena, with lowered costs and higher dissemination of high-quality content, reasons stated to be aligned with the University’s overall mission.

OA advocate Stuart Shieber, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and current Faculty Director of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard, stated in the press release:

“Harvard University Press’s reentry into journal publishing through the/ Journal of Legal Analysis/ represents an exciting development in the burgeoning world of Open Access journal publishing.  HUP’s efforts are to be applauded for both their quality and their accessibility.”

Kudos to HUP and the Olin Center for choosing to make their content more open with a CC license. The Journal also joins a host of other journals under our Open Access Law Program. For more information about the Open Access Law Program, click here.