Scholarly Communication in a Digital World: A Thought Provoking Symposium To Celebrate the World-Wide Launch of DSpace

author: Ann Wolpert, The MIT Libraries, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
author: Hal Abelson, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: April 8, 2013,   recorded: November 2002,   views: 2861

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MIT Libraries Director Ann Wolpert defines Dspace and explains that "solving the digital problem" is central to the mission of libraries and librarians. She also announces plans for a federation with other research based universities, and explains the critical role of the H-P MIT Alliance.

Hal Abelson discusses the dangers of massive "propertization" in academic environments. He offers some chilling, real-world examples of what can happen if all content in academic discourse is seen as "property", and how a student's class notes can become a derivative work, with restrictions on sharing. He argues that universities need a "seat at the table" as new models for scientific publishing take shape.

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