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Change at hand : web 2.0 for development

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June 2009

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There are dozens of emerging interactive web services and applications, sometimes referred to as the ‘participatory’, ‘social’ or ‘readwrite’ web, but more commonly known as Web 2.0. Together, they are radically changing the ways we create, share, collaborate and publish digital information through the Internet. These new technical opportunities bring challenges as well as opportunities that we need to understand and grasp. Most of the themed articles are based on presentations made at the the international Web2forDev conference, 25-27 September 2007 at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy

Eldis OnDisc : Feasibility study for document caching and CD-ROM creation and distribution project

June 2005

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This report documents the Institute of Development Studies' investigation into the feasibility of creating Eldis OnDisc, a CD-ROM derived from their extensive website of development information. This report provides: background to the proposal, description of how the feasibility study was conducted, findings from the user survey, publisher survey, and other interviews, recommended next steps, and suggested budget. Annexes include user and publisher surveys, potential copyright agreements, and user and publisher responses to their proposal. The report concludes that there is a substantial market for offline distribution of Eldis-identified documents, and that publishers and distributors seem very interested in participating in this. Key findings from the survey are that: users still have problems accessing full text on the internet and have a need for offline access to such content, for both their own work and that of their colleagues; publishers are generally willing to release copyright, but there is a major logistical task in collecting the agreements although there is a growing interest in open-source content provision; users see value in a range of disc formats, including both single subject and multiple subject discs; and finally, small scale, high-impact distribution is possible. The business case for Eldis' involvement in such distribution is leverage of the IDS network of information service consumers

Is cybermedicine killing you? The story of a Cochrane disaster


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This editorial briefly reviews the series of events that led to the publication, dissemination and eventual retraction of a flawed Cochrane systematic review on interactive health communication applications (IHCAs), which was widely reported in the media with headlines such as 'Internet Makes Us Sick', 'Knowledge May Be Hazardous to Web Consumers' Health', 'Too Much Advice Can Be Bad for Your Health', 'Click to Get Sick?' and even 'Is Cybermedicine Killing You?'. The authors show that while the media attention helped to speed up the identification of errors, leading to a retraction of the review after only 13 days, a paper subsequently published by Rada shows that the retraction, in contrast to the original review, remained largely unnoticed by the public. The authors examine the three flaws of the review and then discuss 'retraction ethics' for researchers, editors/publishers and journalists, making recommendations for the future

Open access to scholarly communication : new perspective for health professionals and scholars

March 2004

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Open access is perhaps more relevant in the health domain than perhaps any other. This article provides a good background to the issue of open access in the health domain, providing a definition of open access; the three pillars of open access (open access publishing, open access archiving and open access support/advocacy). It also examines the funding of open access initiatives. Finally it provides links to Indian open access journals, a directory of open access journals and archives

Resources for international development and emergency relief work : directory of UK suppliers and manufacturers

Connect Tech Communications (CTC) Ltd

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This directory is designed to help individuals involved in resource allocation and assessment of aid development and emergency relief programmes in the South. It provides a one-stop shop for aid agencies or charities seeking suppliers of specialist services or products. The directory is divided into two parts. The first gives suppliers listed under key classificaiton headings, and the second provides an A to Z listing of companies. The directory is also available on the Internet

Creative commons


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Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organisation for creative web projects. It facilitates the (re)distribution and sharing of intellectual property for copyright holders by legal means (localisation of CC is required to comply with copyright laws of respective countries). It has been established to pursue common good through accommodating exchange of knowledge and information. With a wide variety of licensing and a contract scheme provided by CC, copyright holders can choose which rights to grant to the public and which to keep. This website contains general information on CC including history, FAQ and detailed explanation on licensing as well as a search engine to find the shared sources


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