quick links: open access at harvard, what “blogging” is, Korean bloggers, saying sorry
- Yesterday, Harvard University decided that all scholarly publications by employees at the university must be made available online in an open access repository. The University of Bergen, like many other universities, already has an open access repository; but Bergen, we have to opt in by going to the effort of uploading our work. The Harvard proposal uses the opt-out model instead, where all articles must be submitted to the repository and scholars who don’t wish their work to be openly available must apply for a waiver. I would love Bergen to follow suite!
- Anna Serner, the leader of the Swedish Newspaper Publishers’ Association, has started blogging. Or “blogging”, according to Richard Gatarski, who notes the many ways in which this “blog” fails to get what blogging is.
- Apparently 80% of Koreans over the age of six use the internet, and 40% of Korean internet users have their own blog!
- The Australian government has finally apologised for the injustices done to the Aboriginal peoples, in particular the Stolen Generation of the 1930s and onward.
- Espen Andersen wrote about the difficulties highly-educated professionals with years of experience have finding jobs when they move to Norway. Ola Tunander suggests that part of the cause is that friendship and networks are given more priority in Norway than skills, experience and education. So when we complain that our students don’t put enough effort into their studies, spending their time partying instead, they’re actually being entirely rational and will probably end up more successful – in Norway – because of it. Sigh.