Monday, April 19, 2010

Ning closing down free networks

Some faculty use Ning in their teaching so it is with interest that I note a PC World article Friday, April 16, 2010 by Harry McCracken which reports that Ning is now asking customers to switch to a paid plan or leave the network.

There are more articles on the topic posted on Net-gold including a list of other "still free" options.

Friday, April 16, 2010


The Federal Research Public Access Act - FRPAA - was introduced in the House of Representatives on April 15th.

"...the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) has been introduced ... in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and a bi-partisan host of co-sponsors. The proposed bill would build on the success of the first U.S. mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal" [press release from SPARC].

For more information see: "Call to action: Tell Congress you support the Federal Research Public Access Act," published Apr 16, 2010, Alliance for Taxpayer Access . .

Lilian Hoffecker