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PKP Conference Notes: The Economics of Open Access Publishing for Scholarly Communications

This morning, I attended a very interesting session on the economics of open access publishing for scholarly communications at the Public Knowledge Project conference in Vancouver. The session began with a presentation from Heather Morrison, who spoke about the broad ideas and macroeconomic view of open access publishing for scholarly […]


PKP Conference Notes: Highlights and Athabasca University Press

The first full day of the Public Knowledge Project conference in Vancouver was indeed a very full day. Here are some of the highlights from what I saw today: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o spoke about the impact of digital publishing and open access on the dissemination of writing in non-Western languages […]


PKP Conference Notes: Willinsky on the Intellectual Property of Learning

This evening, John Willinsky opened the Public Knowledge Project conference at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver. Professor Willinsky’s keynote address, titled “Free? What’s So Special About Learning? The Intellectual Property Argument”, outlined a new way of thinking about the debate over open-access in scholarly publishing. […]


Public Knowledge Project Conference 2009: Daily Reports

This week, I will be attending the Public Knowledge Project Conference at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus in Vancouver as part of my work for the Notes on Knowledge Mobilization project. The conference begins tomorrow with a keynote address by Professor John Willinsky, director of the Public Knowledge Project and author […]


14th Annual International Wanapitei Aboriginal History and Politics Colloquium

In advance of the next episode of Nature’s Past, I thought I would post the latest information and Call for Papers for the upcoming International Wanapitei Aboriginal History and Politics Colloquium. This year’s colloquium is titled: “Protecting the land: Exploring Indigenous governance, environmental conflict, and resource agreements.” I recently interviewed […]


Exploring Environmental History Podcast: Episode 24 Available

Episode 24 of Exploring Environmental History is now online. In this episode, Dr. Oosthoek speaks with Marc Hall, Assistant Professor at the Universities of Utah and Zurich, about regional approaches to environmental history. Because of Dr. Hall’s transnational history research background, his insights are particularly valuable for environmental historians thinking […]


Managing Animals in Nineteenth-Century Winnipeg

Last month, I gave a paper at the Canadian Historical Association annual meeting in Ottawa, Ontario on my current research project on the history of animals in the Canadian urban environment. I am researching the history of four cities as case studies, including Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. This paper […]


Doctorow on Creative Commons, Scholarship, and Education

Novelist, blogger, and technology activist, Cory Doctorow, posted a video of some of his thoughts on the importance of an open-access approach to scholarship and education. He recorded this video for the European Union’s International Symposium on Helping Educational Leaders Use New Tools. Doctorow lays out some of his main […]


Nature's Past in the News

Nature’s Past: A Podcast of the Network in Canadian History & Environment was profiled on the Univeristy of British Columbia, Faculty of Arts website this week. It’s always great to have an opportunity to reach a wider audience. I hope this will bring new listeners to the podcast. Thanks to […]