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Jimmy Wales Backs UK Government Bid To Free Academic Data 55

judgecorp writes "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is helping a UK government bid to make the results of Government funded research available freely online. The move taps into a popular protest at the restrictions which academic publishers place on the availability of research. From the article: 'Almost 11,000 researchers have signed up to a boycott of journals owned by the huge academic publisher Elsevier. Subscriptions to the thousands of research journals can cost a big university library millions of pounds each year – costs that have started to bite as budgets are squeezed. Harvard University, frustrated by the rising costs of journal subscriptions, recently encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls.'"
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Jimmy Wales Backs UK Government Bid To Free Academic Data

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  • Wait ... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03, 2012 @05:50AM (#39876843)

    Jimmy Wales? The guy where people paid millions every year so they'd get rid of him for the next eleven or so months again?

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @05:51AM (#39876849) Homepage Journal

    No, that's just Wales.

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Thursday May 03, 2012 @06:39AM (#39876939) Homepage Journal

    If the Scots were in charge they'd let you in for free, but charge you to get out.

  • Re:Wait ... (Score:5, Funny)

    by David Gerard ( 12369 ) <slashdot @ d a v i dgerard.co.uk> on Thursday May 03, 2012 @08:40AM (#39877325) Homepage

    Jimmy Wales does not sleep. He waits for your money.
    Jimmy Wales’ tears cure lack of funding. Too bad he only cries in November and December.
    There is no chin behind Jimmy Wales’ beard. There is only another “donate” button.
    Jimmy Wales doesn’t do pushups — he gets your donation.
    When the Bogeyman goes to sleep every night, he clutches the printout of his Wikipedia donation receipt as he checks his closet for Jimmy Wales.
    Jimmy Wales does not go hunting donations, because the word “hunting” implies the possibility of failure. Jimmy Wales goes collecting donations.
    Jimmy Wales sold his soul to the devil for his rugged good looks and unparalleled fundraising ability. When the deal had been done, Jimmy looked the devil lovingly in the eye and got his soul donated back.
    Jimmy Wales not only gave Objectivists a nice reputation, he got them to donate to his charity out of enlightened self-interest.
    The Wikimedia Foundation can build a funding drive out of paper clips, rubber bands and soda cans. And does so, every year.
    If you can see Jimmy Wales, he can see you. If you can’t see Jimmy Wales, you may be only seconds away from donating.

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