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ICSTI: News for November 22

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  • Subject: ICSTI: News for November 22
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 12:15:20 GMT

1.Department of Energy Discontinues PubSCIENCE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has discontinued the PubSCIENCE site
as of Nov. 4. A message on the site states: “Scientific and technical 
information is available at www.osti.gov. Specific links are available for 
journal literature at www.osti.gov/journal_sources.html.”


2.EU Copyright Directive Implementation in UK Delayed Until March 2003

The UK Patent Office has announced that it will not be possible to implement 
the EU Directive 29/2001 on the Harmonisation of Certain Aspects of Copyright 
Law in the Information Society until March 31 2003. An extract from The 
Patent Office Statement is set out below.

“Formal consultation on draft amendments to UK law considered to be necessary 
to comply with the Directive closed on 31 October. Almost 300 responses have 
been received from interest groups and individuals to our consultation 
document, and analysis of these is underway.
We very much appreciate the efforts of respondents in formulating their views 
in such a generally clear way and in submitting them to us so promptly. 
However, the sheer volume of replies, together with the fact that many 
present detailed arguments and suggestions for alternative drafting, mean 
that the present analysis will not be completed quickly. A full and proper 
consideration of all the responses is our principal concern, and the natural 
consequence of this is that the deadline set by the Directive for 
implementation is no longer attainable. 
While we now see no prospect of meeting the Directive’s transposition date of 
22 December 2002, we do remain committed to the earliest possible 
implementation of this important Directive. We will endeavour to implement 
the Directive by 31 March 2003 at the very latest. In due course, we will 
publish a summary of our analysis of responses and highlight any changes from 
the consultation draft in the regulations to be laid before Parliament”.

The statement can be found at: www.patent.gov.uk/copy/notices/ report.htm

3.Is this true???

Apparently the London Economist has an article on this in the latest issue.
The Bogdanov Affair, http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/bogdanov.html

….we all laughed when the physicist Alan Sokal wrote a deliberately silly 
paper entitled Transgressing the boundaries: towards a transformative 
hermeneutics of quantum gravity, and managed to get it accepted by a journal 
of social and cultural studies, Social Text. But around October 22nd, many of 
us began hearing rumours that two brothers managed to publish at least 4 
meaningless papers in physics journals as a hoax - and even got Ph.D. degrees 
in physics from Bourgogne University on the basis of this work! 

Best wishes

Peter Strickland
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