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New year, new Omega Alpha

A very happy 2015 to all our readers. To welcome the new year, Omega Alpha | Open Access has both a new look and an expanded scope. Up to now, the blog has been closely focused on Open Access (capital O,

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs, Open Data, Open Peer Review, Open Repositories & Digital Libraries, Open Scholarship, Open Tools, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Publishing Technology, Scholarly Journals

Damon Wayans, Sr.: My creative work a “donation” to digital content distributors?!

Yesterday, I was catching up on some of my regular tech video podcasts. One of the shows I like to watch is Triangulation on Leo Laporte’s TWiT network. On this show, Leo Laporte interviews people who have been influential in technology,

Posted in "The Hat Tip", Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Open Access, Publishing Technology

EBSCO becomes member of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

This press release (dated October 1, 2013) about EBSCO Information Services joining the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) puts their recent affirmative comments regarding open access in a clearer light. As I wrote in my previous post, EBSCO’s recently released Serials

Posted in Abstracting & Indexing, Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Publishing Technology

Library Publishing Toolkit e-book available as free download!

I want to make sure to pass along items of interest that surfaced during my summer hiatus. For example, on August 1, 2013, the Press of the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, a resource-sharing cooperative of New York public and academic

Posted in Book Technology, Book/Article Review, e-Books, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Publishing Platforms, Publishing Technology

Standing at a point of transition: Johannes Trithemius, In Praise of Scribes

I am pleased to be back at the keyboard after a summer hiatus and overcoming a bout of generalized laziness. In the August 2013 issue of the open access Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, Dorothea Salo has written a

Posted in Book History, Book Technology, Book/Article Review, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Publishing Technology

Happy 20th Birthday open World Wide Web! You made open access possible

My concept of the world changed on a cold November evening in Brandon, Manitoba, 1994. I attended a public information meeting put on by a new company (I forget the name) that called itself an “Internet Service Provider” (ISP, for short). The

Posted in Open Access, Publishing Platforms, Publishing Technology

Public Knowledge Project releases Open Monograph Press version 1.0

In a press release dated March 26, 2013 on its website, Public Knowledge Project announced the first full version release (1.0) of its Open Monograph Press (OMP) open source monograph publishing platform software. OMP is an open source software platform for

Posted in "The Hat Tip", e-Books, Economics & Business Models, Open Access, Publishing Platforms, Publishing Technology

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