The Institutions of the European Union endeavour to be transparent, open and accessible. They want to be seen in the best possible light by the public at large. We share this objective, and intend to contribute to its achievement.
The Guide provides short information on some of the most important legal domains that need to be taken into account when licensing open data (intellectual property rights, contract law, data protection, freedom of information, and breach of confidence). It explains the commonly known open licence models (Creative Commons, Creative Commons Zero, Open Data Commons, and the Open Government Licence) and also warns that not all of these are really open. In addition, it recognises that open licences are not always appropriate, for instance when other IPRs are included (such as trademarks), when use is restricted to particular users, where third-party generated content is concluded for which permission has not been cleared, or when an open licence model might clash with existing or potential business models.
On the most popular news websites, such as nytimes.com and msnbc.com, roughly 40% of the total audience lands on news stories by clicking a link on a referring website. By far, the biggest driver of traffic is Google Search and Google News, which on average are responsible for 30% of the traffic to these top news sites. Of the 21 leading news sites for which data are available, Google was the leading referring website for 17 of them, and second for the remaining four.For legacy news sites with established prominent brands in their own right, Google was a less significant but still important source of audience. At these sites Google represented an average of 28.4% of the traffic per site. And that percentage was fairly consistent. Chicagotribune.com came in at the low end (with 21.2%), and nydailynews.com was at the high end (37%).Read more
John C Abell at Wired’s Epicenter blog offers 5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet. This is a very thought-provoking post about the current state of e-Books and their limitations. Here are his five arguments, be sure and read the full post for his explanations.
An unfinished e-book isn’t a constant reminder to finish reading it.
You can’t keep your books all in one place.
Notes in the margins help you think.
E-books are positioned as disposable, but aren’t priced that way.