Open access to the publications of the Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge, in accordance with the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to knowledge in the sciences and humanities, was launched by the Max Planck Society in 2003. Their aim is to disseminate the results of scholarly work to a broad audience expediently and with little to no cost.
The Getty Research Institute has released the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) as Linked Open Data.
The publisher Brill has announced a new suite of open access journals covering four major disciplines – Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and Biology. These journals will offer a pure open access environment. Each journal will be divided in sections that align with the major subject areas in the discipline.
The venerable Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) has just been released in a Linked Open Data format. The Getty AAT was developed starting in the late 1970s for the art library and art journal indexing community. Since then it has undergone periodic revisions, and is well regarded in the controlled vocabulary community.
The Oxford English Dictionary is progressing towards a third edition with over 619,000 words compiled between its binding. To compile a dictionary of nearly every word in the English language was an endeavor typical of Victorian times. This mammoth-sized task resulted in the first installment emerging in 1884 with its contents “A to Ant.”
The Academic Senate of the University of California (UC) recently passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.
The EU’s “digital.me” project is a multiple-partner project to develop a system for user-controlled social networks and services that can serve as a central hub for managing a user’s various digital identities. This big news is they have now released the source code from its software development work as an open-source project.
Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) recently announced that Texas Instruments (TI), specifically Prashant Karandikar, is the recipient of the coveted annual Outstanding Contributor of the Year Award for 2012. Karandikar was the lead software engineer of TI and his leadership, commitment and contributions the committee.
The Open Group has announced the availability of two new industry standards that enable businesses to embrace elements of service-oriented architecture and cloud computing.
LinkedIn has open sourced all the software that it had acquired in the acquisition of the search engine software maker IndexTank. Now LinkedIn has joined the elite few of social media platforms that have already made their internal codes available to the open source developer community.