Libworld – an introduction

Wie bereits angekündigt, nimmt das Infobib-Team den Welttag des Buches zum Anlass, ein Experiment zu starten. Die Idee war, BloggerInnen weltweit aufzurufen, einen kurzen Abriss der Biblioblogosphere ihres Heimatlandes zu geben und diese Gastbeiträge in regelmäßigen Abständen auf Infobib zu veröffentlichen. So wollen wir herausfinden, wie einfach internationale Kooperation sein kann.
Erfreulicherweise haben wir bereits die ersten Rückmeldungen erhalten. Passend zum Ursprung der Tradition des Welttag des Buches möchten wir die Reihe mit einem Beitrag aus Katalonien eröffnen.

As announced the Infobib team uses the World Book and Copyright Day as an opportunity to start an experiment. The idea was to call bloggers from all over the world to give a review about the biblioblogosphere in their country and to post these guest articles in regular intervals at Infobib. That way we want to find out, how easy international cooperation can be.
Fortunately we received first responses. According to the origin of the tradition of World Book Day we like to launch the series with a contribution from Catalonia.
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DRM doesn't work

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth: “Note to content owners: DRM doesn’t work”

Some of his “reality bites”:

  1. Any DRM that involves offline key storage will be broken.
  2. The alternative to offline key storage is streaming-only access, and that is equally unprotectable.
  3. Someone will find a business model that doesn’t depend on the old way of thinking, and if it is not you, then they will eat you alive.

You can find more information about digital restriction management on

Fight DRM, Join the Free Software Foundation

[Via Netzpolitik]

Nature Network for innovative librarians

Via Medinfo I learned about a new scientific networking platform called Nature Networks. I registered and formed a new group: Innovative Library.

First topic: “Why networking?

Maybe this could be the only topic in this group. The simple question is: Should librarians network for scientific reasons?

To me, the library and information sciences always seemed to be very concentrated on national issues. International discussion or even collaboration does not really take place.

Maybe networking tools and platforms like Nature Network could establish a new and innovative culture of sharing and discussion?

I guess it’s worth a try.

Petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results

If I can believe the Webalyzer statistics almost a third of the readers are from non-english non-german speaking countries. Therefore I want to make a first english posting. It won’t be the last one:

There is an ongoing EU petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results.

Sign it! Spread it!


You can find further information on open access on the petition’s site, in Peter Suber’s blog or in his (who signed the petition, too, of course) “Overview to Open Access“.