Category Archives: Open Source

Perseus code goes Open Source!

From Greg Crane comes the much-anticipated word that all of the hopper code and much of the content in Perseus is now officially open sourced: November 9, 2007: o *Install Perseus 4.0 on your computer*: All of the source code … Continue reading

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Open Library

Adding this grandiose Open Library system to the Internet Archive strikes me as simply brilliant. In this case “fully open” is defined as “a product of the people: letting them create and curate its catalog, contribute to its content, participate … Continue reading

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SSRN does Classics: old wine in new wineskins?

I always find myself wanting humanists to think about using the net for more than “let’s just do what we’ve always done, only on line now” (the BMCR syndrome, if you will). But still this expansion of SSRN into Classics … Continue reading

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New Plato translations, under CC license

Cathal Woods, philosophy professor at Virginia Wesleyan University, writes: together with a student, i have prepared new translations of plato’s euthyphro, apology (which we’re calling “socrates’ defense”), crito, and the death scene from phaedo. they’re free to all under a … Continue reading

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Fitzpatrick on CommentPress

from Kathleen Fitzpatrick, “CommentPress: New (Social) Structures for New (Networked) Texts,” Journal of Electronic Publishing, Fall 2007: … CommentPress demonstrates the fruitfulness of reimagining the technologies of electronic publishing in service to the social interconnections of authors and readers. The … Continue reading

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More like this, please

From A. A. Adams, Copyright and research: an archivangelist’s perspective, SCRIPT-ed, September 2007: To be an academic carries with it a great deal of freedom, or at least it should. At a time when pressures on academic freedom are rife, … Continue reading

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Open Access publication, anyone?

The second footnote to a review of Wolfgang Bernard and Christiane Reitz (edd.), Werner Krenkel: Naturalia non turpia. Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece and Rome / Schriften zur antiken Kultur- und Sexualwissenschaft. Spudasmata 113. Hildesheim, Zürich, New York: Olms, … Continue reading

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Academic publishers prepare for dirty war against Open Access

According to an article published in this week’s New Scientist (full article requires sub): An unexpected package arrived on my desk earlier this year. The sender did not give a name, and the return address was false. Inside were copies … Continue reading

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Sounds familiar!

from Scott Jaschik, Publishing and Values, Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2007: A number of outside observers believe that the tensions visible in anthropology this week are challenging other disciplines, too. “At the most fundamental level, we’ve got a lot … Continue reading

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Who edits Wikipedia?

A very interesting site has been doing the rounds of news and blogs lately, which allows users to trace anonymous edits of Wikipedia articles by comparing to the public record of registered IP addresses. The WikiScanner is itself neutral as … Continue reading

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More on openness and Google Books

As a follow-up to Dan Cohen/s post yesterday in which he lamented the lack of an API to Google’s book digitization efforts, there’s further discussion today, in the form of an interview of Brewster Kahle by Andrew Richard Albanese, Scan … Continue reading

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Not to be missed: 2

In “Google Books: Champagne or Sour Grapes?,” Dan Cohen provides some of his usual thoughtful and well-stated correctives to the latest anti-Google jeremiad making the rounds, Paul Duguid’s “Inheritance and loss? A brief survey of Google Books.” Complaining about the … Continue reading

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Open access and convenience

This CHE piece caught my eye, esp. one of the suggestions made as to why people may not be using library-adminstered electronic resources so much: The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies’ list of Top 100 Tools for Learning — … Continue reading

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The Common Information Environment and Creative Commons

Seen on the Creative Commons blog: A study titled “The Common Information Environment and Creative Commons” was funded by Becta, the British Library, DfES, JISC and the MLA on behalf of the Common Information Environment. The work was carried out … Continue reading

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“Two thousand years of mankind and medicine” (in open access images)

(Seen at BoingBoing.) The Wellcome Trust have released thousands of images relating to the history of medicine online for free under a Creative Commons (non-commercial) license. This is a very nice collection, and the classical material includes everything from a … Continue reading

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