Late last week, judge Denny Chin dismissed a lawsuit against Google brought by the Authors Guild on claims that Google Books is violating copyright by digitizing items and making short samples available online. While the Authors Guild is already appealing the case, libraries and scholars are celebrating this expansion of the definition of fair use. … Continue reading Google Books and Libraries- Continuing a Lovely Friendship
I absolutely adore those instances when my job and my degree dovetail, so reading about the pharmaceutical industry's latest proposal for more transparent data was quite interesting. The interplay between data transparency to validate the effectiveness of clinical trials and protecting the privacy of the patients involved in those trials is certainly proving to be … Continue reading Pharma & Data Transparency
A coworker recently sent along an interesting editorial from Science written by Philip Greenland, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University (and the former editor of Archives of Internal Medicine) and Phil B. Fontanarosa, executive editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, who argue that "honorary authorship must no longer be tolerated." Although Greenland … Continue reading Is It Time to Quit Honorary Authorship?
One of the things I love most about working at MLibrary, and the University of Michigan as a whole, is the institution's commitment to broadening education in every way. From integral involvement in MOOCs like Coursera to preserving and unlocking hidden collections via Hathi Trust, we're all of us lucky to be at an institution … Continue reading Libraries & Fair Use
It's here, it's here! I'm only marginally excited that election day is finally upon us (partially because it means no more political ads on TV or absurd flyers in my mailbox) but mostly because we get to exercise our civic duties! It's a busy time of year, so if you haven't completed all your pre-voting research, … Continue reading Let’s Not Argue – Just Vote!
One of the best things I heard during this week's Open Access events came from University of Michigan's Associate General Counsel, Jack Bernard: "Copyright doesn't graft well onto - what's that term? Oh, yeah - reality." In the spirit of Open Access Week 2012, this post will highlight key points from Melissa Levine and Jack … Continue reading Copyright @ UM (in brief)
I was pleasantly surprised last week to see an email that the judge in the Author's Guild case against several universities (U of M and the Hathi Trust included) had ruled, quite in favor of our efforts, it seems. Since then there has been a flurry of activity on Twitter (check out @HathiTrust and #AGvHT), … Continue reading The Internet Reacts: Hathi Trust vs. the Author’s Guild
Via Bioethics.net news Updates and Science Daily: The Hastings Center, supported by a grant by the Overbrook Foundation Domestic Human Rights Program, is exploring the ethical challenges that clinicians and organizations face when providing medical care to undocumented immigrants in the United States. "Health care professionals can be deeply troubled when they encounter situations that … Continue reading Medical Safety Net for Undocumented Patients
Luk Van Parijs, formerly with MIT, who confessed to data falsification in 2004, has pled guilty to grant fraud after an investigation by the US Office of Research Integrity. He has been sentenced to 6 months of home detention with electronic monitoring, 400 hours of community service, and repayment of money already returned to the NIH by MIT. Read … Continue reading MIT Biologist Sentenced for Grant Fraud
Biioethics.net News Update features a story from Reuters Health, about the problems of financial disclosure by authors--no one is checking the accuracy of such disclosures. "In a review of 50 reports from the British Journal of Dermatology, a top-tier skin research journal, Reuters Health has found that authors often don't disclose even the most glaring … Continue reading Financial transparency skin-deep at medical journals