Author Archives: John Mark Ockerbloom

About John Mark Ockerbloom

I'm a digital library architect and planner at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sharing journals freely online

What are all the research journals that anyone can read freely online?  The answer is harder to determine than you might think.  Most research library catalogs can be searched for online serials (here’s what Penn Libraries gives access to, for … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day 2016: Freezes and thaws

For most of the past 55 years, the public domain in the United States has gone through a series of partial or complete freezes.  We’ve gotten used to them by now.  A thaw is coming soon, though, if there are … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day 2015: Ending our own enclosures

It’s the start of the new year, which, as many of my readers know, marks another Public Domain Day, when a year’s worth of creative work becomes free for anyone to use in many countries. In countries where copyrights have … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day 2014: The fight for the public domain is on now

New Years’ Day is upon us again, and with it, the return of Public Domain Day, which I’m happy to see has become a regular celebration in many places over the last few years.  (I’ve observed it here since 2008.)  … Continue reading

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