In the past few months, Simon Fraser University has taken steps to support open-access publishing of scholarly articles.

SFU's senate library committee endorsed in January an open-access strategy for the university library.

In February, SFU created an open-access fund to support researchers at the university who publish articles in open-access journals.

Which Canadian film from 2009 do you think was the cream of the crop?

While the Genie Awards may have announced their picks for their April 12 awards, the First Weekend Club, the non-profit organization devoted to promoting Canadian films, is allowing Canadians to choose what they think is the best.

The FWC's Audience Choice Award contest is now open for voting until April 7.

Are you planning to observe Earth Hour?

In case turning the lights off for 60 minutes isn’t symbolic enough for you, there’s an application that’ll make your Twitter avatar go dark on Saturday (March 27) at 8:30 p.m. local time.

All you have to do is select your time zone and authorize the “Lights Off” app to connect to your Twitter account.

A project of the World Wide Fund for Nature in Norway, the app won’t just darken your avatar at the appropriate time though.

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Music in Vancouver can be awfully overwhelming. Despite its no-fun city reputation, there are hundreds of talented musicians performing every month in our fair city. Luckily, a growing number of them have Twitter accounts... and most are actually using them.

To keep up to date with the latest from Vancouver's musical set (and a few from beyond the borders of the Lower Mainland), follow our Vancouver musicians list on Twitter or pick and choose from the alphabetical list below.

The B.C. government has launched a contest that encourages software developers to build Web and mobile applications that raise awareness about climate change.

Minister of State for Climate Action John Yap announced the Apps4Climate Action contest today (March 26) at the Globe 2010 conference in Vancouver.

To be eligible for the contest, apps must use B.C. government data from the province’s new Climate Change Data Catalogue. The catalogue is a portal to more than 500 publicly available data sets.

Developers can enter their apps between April 19 and July 15.

After persistent cold weather for months, enough is enough.

There's no better way (with the exception of putting your life on hold and hopping on a plane) to escape the winter—or freshly spring—blues and greys by catching some films about tropical paradises.  

I know, I know—it’s not quite what you hoped for.

But Ultimate Wave Tahiti is opening up at Omnimax Science World this weekend, and there’s also  a screening tonight (March 26) at Blim (197 17th Avenue)  of Hula Girls, a tale of a town's  transition from miner’s grime  to Hawaiian flowers.

Tar Nation may be a game, but it’s not just an idle on-line timewaster.

Billed as “Canada’s first tar sands video game”, Tar Nation was developed by Insidious Design for the Polaris Institute.

In this Flash game, the goal is to wipe the smug looks off the faces of “Stephen Tarper” and “Michael Oil Rignatieff” by using your super-duper oil gun.

It works momentarily, but soon enough the duo is popping back out from behind animal bones, a wilted flower, a chopped-down tree, and massive amounts of sludge-infused garbage.

The backdrop is a grey industrial playground billowing grey smoke into a grey sky. Desolation reigns.

What better way to break in the stage at Vancouver’s latest live music venue 560 than with a slew of female fronted metal bands?

Well, on Wednesday (March 24), 560 hosted the first of many shows to come with the appropriately named Femme Fatale Festivale. The night featured headliners Without Mercy, with Unleash the Archers, Scythia, and Eye of Odin filling out the bill.

The official grand opening for 560 is set for tonight (March 26) but here are some photos from Wednesday’s show and a sneak peak of the massive club.

Today, Premier Gordon Campbell announced there will be a new 680,000-square-foot entertainment complex, including a casino, adjacent to B.C. Place.

He was joined at the announcement by David Podmore, chair of Pavco, which is the Crown corporation that operates B.C. Place.

The $450-million proposal includes two hotels and, in the words of the government, a "gaming facility". Paragon Development has signed a 70-year lease with Pavco after a competitive bidding process.

The casino requires municipal approval.