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Can paying for research content multiple times be the right way to go about it?

March 22nd, 2009

Okay its a drum beat gathering some pace on this blog but as an update to my most recent thoughts on Open Access there has been some considered input captured by Bora Zivkovic on that same paper and on the fact that Open Access in the developing world – yes, it is a Good.Thing..
Photo Credit Open Access (storefront) by by Gideon Burton (Flickr)
I’ve also noticed that this very issue of paid research journal content v’s open access is taking a very interesting twist in the US, and has some way to run its course, but if I was a betting man ………
Finally this entry cannot pass without a glance at the Irish Innovation Monster
Photo Credit Cookie Monster! by Hayley_Bouchard (Flickr)

Come test on IMS

March 19th, 2009

There is quite a recognisable shift in the way telcos are looking at their networks and the way services and applications are being tested & deployed on those networks.
So I must say fair play to Shane D and the lads for getting this extensive mobile test infrastructure in place here in Ireland, which will be giant step towards supporting the transition to Telco 2.0.
Photo Credit: phone art by Andrew Huff (Flickr)
If you are interested in playing, testing and validating internet services on the next generation communications network well have a look to see what’s on offer at the TSSG.

Future Internet Meme

March 8th, 2009

So the internet crowd was asked Do We Need a New Internet? and John Markoff’s article in the New York Times has induced an interesting response from the Slashdot and Digg crowd.
7 maart - NU FUTURE: Het Grote Recessiefeest by De Balie
Its mostly negative such as this punchline from Milton Mueller at CiricleID

people who say that we can fix the problems of the Internet by developing a “new” Internet are saying, in effect, that we can undo history and start over again.

Ed Felten plainly says No Thanks and argues that

The Net, like any large human-built institution, is far from perfect — but that doesn’t mean that we would be better off tearing it down and starting over.

David Akin reckons the Internet may just Need new Users. The short answers in all these items seems to be an Almost Certainly, No and for the long answer … well I’ll leave that to one Gene Spafford, one of the quoted interviewees for the NY Times piece, Gene thinks the

Internet itself is not the biggest problem. Rather, it is the endpoints, the policies, the economics, and the legal environment that make things so difficult.


What a week of news for the TSSG

March 1st, 2009

It all started with an overview of what we are doing today laid out as a blueprint for the next economy, to what we plan to do in the future in the SFI Strategic Research Cluster.
NYC - MoMA: Design and the Elastic Mind - NSSs: Non-Stop Shoes by wallyg (flickr)
Here’s the press release and some follow up on RTE, and the Times.