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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Sunday, November 19, 2006

    Two new sites

    Information World Review recently had an article about the Open Rights Group (ORG), which has the following worthy goals:
    • To raise awareness in the media of digital rights abuses
    • To provide a media clearinghouse, connecting journalists with experts and activists
    • To preserve and extend traditional civil liberties in the digital world
    • To collaborate with other digital rights and related organisations
    • To nurture a community of campaigning volunteers, from grassroots activists to technical and legal experts
    They also have a blog, which pointed me to website I never expected to visit, let alone recommend(!) - 10 Downing Street. It has a new petition site that mySociety has built for it, which allows anyone to set up a petition and collect signatures. Certainly worth a look, the more especially as you can sign the petition to: scrap the proposed introduction of ID cards one of my personal drives. While you there, you can also look at Sue Charman's (of ORG) copyright petition to: create a new exception to copyright law that gives individuals the right to create a private copy of copyrighted materials for their own personal use, including back-ups, archiving and shifting format.

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