Amnesty International (AI) earlier this month posted the sad report
Please see the following press release:
Hat tip to ResourceShelf.com.
The European Parliamentary Resource Service has this month posted a valuable briefing on open educational resources (OERs) — something related, of course, to Open Access (OA), which has been frequently referenced earlier on this blog in various places, including but not limited to here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here; please see (for a PDF):
New technologies and open education resources: Transforming education requires pedagogical, organisational and technological innovation. Increasing use of the Internet brought in a new era in course design and delivery to the mainstream model of traditional education. That is particularly so for open educational resources
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) “Assessing and Managing the Risks of Climate Change” (see the “Summary for Policymakers” here and the unedited, accepted final draft report here) — its 5th Assessment Report (AR5) — has been released (as of March 31, 2014).
The AR5 is intended to “provide a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.”
As prominently stated in the “Summary for Policymakers” (page 3):
Human interference with the climate system is occurring, and climate change poses risks for human and natural systems. [footnote and figure omitted]
For some background information on the IPCC, a scientific intergovernmental organization under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) which was created per the request of member state governments, please see here.
Hat tip to DocuTicker.com.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) of the White House yesterday issued a memorandum to the heads of all federal executive departments and agencies on “improving the management of and access to federal scientific collections — please see here.
Hat tip to Law Librarians.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at the United Nations (UN) has recently (on January 24, 2014) released:
Please see also:
4 “Key elements of the right to adequate food”:
– Availability: Food should be available from natural resources either through the production of food, by cultivating land or animal husbandry, or through other ways of obtaining food, such as fishing, hunting or gathering. On the other hand, it means that food should be available for sale in markets and shops.
– Accessibility: Economic and physical access to food to be guaranteed. Economic accessibility means that food must be affordable. Individuals should be able to afford food for an adequate diet without compromising on any other basic needs, such as school fees, medicines or rent. Physical accessibility means that food should be accessible to all, including to the physically vulnerable, such as children, the sick, persons with disabilities or the elderly. Access to food must also be guaranteed to people in remote areas and to victims of armed conflicts or natural disasters, as well as to prisoners.
– Adequacy: Food must satisfy dietary needs, taking into account the individual’s age, living conditions, health, occupation, sex, etc. Food should be safe for human consumption and free from adverse substances. Adequate food should also be culturally acceptable.
– Sustainability: Food should be accessible for both present and future generations.
And for some coverage finding the report to be “radical” and working toward “an end to corporate domination”, please see here.
A coalition of organizations such as the Animal Legal Defense Fund, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho and the Center for Food Safety, along with others, yesterday filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Idaho’s “Ag-Gag” law — Idaho Code § 18‒7042 (2014) — which they consider to be unconstitutional.
The case is:
Earlier this year the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education, published and released the latest biennial report on U.S. academic libraries, which contains data on staffing, spending, collections and other services at academic libraries in 2- and 4-year degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the United States.
Please see the 57-page document:
Longtime American political activist, lecturer, author, and attorney Ralph Nader has today posted
The nonprofit Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), “a global rights broker for the world’s most sought-after books, journals, blogs, movies and more” — last month launched a new Open Access Resource Center, in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), which “aims to be a comprehensive resource for all things open access to make it easy for the marketplace to stay on top of the latest developments” (see press release here).