[science-at] [Fwd: [Commoning] Fwd: ISCE's Digital Library is Under Attack]

Brigitte Kratzwald brigitte.kratzwald at commons.at
Tue Sep 24 18:31:14 UTC 2013

vielleicht von interesse?


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Von: Michel Bauwens <michel at p2pfoundation.net>
An: Commoning List <commoning at lists.wissensallmende.de>
Betreff: [Commoning] Fwd: ISCE's Digital Library is Under Attack
Datum: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 06:14:53 -0500

any updates on this?

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From: Michael Lissack <mailings at isce.edu>
Date: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Subject: ISCE's Digital Library is Under Attack
To: ISCE list <mailings at isce.edu>

The pioneering digital library built by ISCE is under attack.

It seems HBS and John Wiley (yes the publishers) HATE the idea that
libraries can be virtual. They sued ISCE (see
http://isce-library.org/suit.pdf) and we answered (see
http://isce-library.org/answer.pdf) ANY AND ALL HELP APPRECIATED

The Harvard B School folks and Wiley think that ALL digital access
should be pay per use and that libraries have no rights

So much for the idea of academic research

The lawsuit is fundamentally about what rights academic libraries have
to make use of the books which they have purchased.

The ISCE Library is set up to be as close as humanly possible to a
physical library.  Patrons (members of ISCE) can access the full text of
ONE book at a time (displayed as two pages at a time) for a two hour
increment and it is one user per book (i.e. the experience duplicates
that of a library reserve room).  The books were purchased as physical
books, scanned, destroyed (the physical copies) and ONLY exist as

Wiley and HBS claim that despite the actual purchase of the books by
ISCE that we need permission to convert the library to digital only.  We
argue back fair use and library exemptions.

More importantly the ISCE Library allows for cross searching amongst the
1250 books in the collection in a manner which is unavailable elsewhere
(see http://epi-search.com).  That cross searching allows a user to
input a query of 50-10,000 words (i.e. the full text of an article for
example) and see what the "virtual reference librarian" at ISCE suggests
should be read next  (which is "find me more like this" search).  Again
the Wiley HBS posture is that this kind of innovation should be stopped.

At ISCE we have transformed the academic research library into a
powerful on-line research tool and it is that very innovation which
Wiley and HBS are trying to kill.

Your help in circulating this message and finding us added resources
will  be appreciated.


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