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Karlin Lillington, University researchers delve into world of digital archiving, Irish Times, March 16, 2007. Excerpt from the OA copy at News for Medievalists:
Stevan Harnad, Why Cornell's Institutional Repository Is Near-Empty, Open Access Archivangelism, March 17, 2007. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, Don't Count Your (Golden) Chickens Before Your (Green) Eggs Are Laid, Open Access Archivangelism, March 15, 2007. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, Gold Fever and Trojan Folly, Open Access Archivangelism, March 15, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: Kudos to Fogel for the permission and kudos to Lawson for the idea and execution.
Maggie Wineburgh-Freed, Scholarly E-Journal Pricing Models and Open Access Publishing, Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, March 15, 2007. Only this abstract is free online for non-subscribers, at least so far:
Index Data has launched an Open Content service to integrate OA content with library catalogs, information portals, and metasearch systems. From yesterday's announcement:
I never blogged the speech by Microsoft lawyer, Thomas Rubin, blasting Google for massive copyright infringement.
Now that I'm catching up after a long period offline (forced by a double-whammy of hardware and connectivity problems) I won't go back to blog it from scratch. But I've been following the controversy and am happy to recommend excellent comments by James Boyle, Lawrence Lessig, Fred von Lohmann, Jack Schofield, and Danny Sullivan.
Richard Poynder, Open Access: The War in Europe, Open and Shut? March 15, 2007. This is another detailed and wide-ranging (32 pp.) Poynder investigation. Focusing primarily on the EC's February Communication on OA, Poynder also discusses the Brussels Declaration, the AAP hiring of Eric Dezenhall, the journal pricing crisis, the financial outlook for full and hybrid OA journals, the CERN project to convert particle physics journals to OA, the HHMI-Elsevier deal, prices charged for gold (and now green) OA, and the imminent re-introduction of FRPAA. I excerpt only Richard's preface:
Memorandum of understanding for a coordinated approach on a national level to open archiving of scientific output, translated from the French original (July 2006) by INIST-CNRS (March 15, 2007). Excerpt:
The presentations from the SPARC-ACRL forum at the ALA midwinter meeting, Public Access: Federal Research Access Policies and How They'll Change Your Library (Seattle, January 20, 2007), are now online. (Thanks to Adrian Ho.)
Lynn Hsieh, Open Access Debate Gains Momentum, The Stony Brook Statesman, March 12, 2007. Excerpt:
Eve Gray, The State of the Nation 2: Clashing paradigms in South African research publication policy, Gray Area, March 15, 2007. Excerpt:
Metropolitan Museum and ARTstor Announce Pioneering Initiative to Provide Digital Images to Scholars at No Charge, a press release from the Met, March 12, 2007. Excerpt:
In yesterday's issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Susanna Ashton offers an appreciation of the public subsidies that allow interlibrary loan to be free of charge for library patrons in the US.
Comment. Kudos to Polimetrica and especially to Giovanni Sica, its CEO. There's enough evidence now that full-text OA stimulates a net increase in sales, at least for monographs (not necessarily for books of useful snippets like encyclopedias or cookbooks), that I expect to see more monograph publishers follow the lead of the National Academies Press and Polimetrica and commit themselves to OA. Publishers who don't believe that the economics will work for them should experiment --as the American Association of University Presses (AAUP) recommended just last month.
Stevan Harnad, US and EU Both Have Petitions for OA Mandates, Open Access Archivangelism, March 14, 2007. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, Double-Paying for Optional Gold OA Instead of Mandating Green OA While Subscriptions Are Still Paying for Publication: Trojan Folly, Open Access Archivangelism, March 13, 2007. Excerpt:
Time-Starved Oncologists Still Not Receiving Crucial Medical Information, a press release on a recent survey by VerusMed, March 7, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. What is cause and what is effect here? If more clinical oncology information were OA, would more oncologists look online for the information they need?
Eric Kansa, Archaeoinformatics Lectures, Digging Digitally, March 12, 2007. Excerpt:
Laura Smith, Wiki man joins EC OA campaign, Information World Review, March 5, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: For more on how OA to peer-reviewed science can help Wikipedia, see John Willinsky's article in the current issue of First Monday.
CERN has released its Proposal to establish a Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, March 9, 2007. (Thanks to Jens Vigen.) Excerpt:
CERN presented the proposal at a meeting today in Geneva.
Comment. Not only is this a university-level OA mandate --roughly the 12th worldwide, depending on how you count. It's the first pure example of what Stevan Harnad calls the immediate deposit / optional access (ID/OA) policy, or what I call the dual deposit/release strategy. Kudos to all at Liege, especially Rector Rentier.
Jennifer Howard, University Presses Try to Straddle the Battle Lines in Open-Access Debate, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 16, 2007 (accessible only to subscribers). Excerpt:
My hardware problem seems to be solved. But now I'm facing an unrelated failure of my internet connection. (I'm writing from a cafe.)
The two problems together have kept me essentially offline for five days --with a few brief and unpredictable exceptions when I could borrow equipment and my connection blinked on rather than off. I'm much further behind than usual, both with the blog and email. Please bear with me while I climb out of this hole.
John Willinsky, What open access research can do for Wikipedia, First Monday, March 2007.
Update. Here's a good comment by Glyn Moody:
One of the central ideas behind openness is re-use - the ability to build on what has gone before, rather than re-inventing the wheel. And yet, as [Willinsky] demonstrates, there is sometimes surprisingly little sharing and re-use between the various opens....I can't help feeling that there is a larger lesson here, and that all the various opens should be doing more to build on each other's strengths as well as their own. After all, it's partly what all this openness is about. Perhaps we need a meta-open movement?
Randy Dotinga, Open Access Launches Journal Wars, Wired News, March 14, 2007. Excerpt:
The March/April issue of D-Lib Magazine is now online. Here are the OA-related articles:
Eight non-profit organizations have launched a Petition for Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the United States. From the site:
Please sign it as an individual, encourage your institution to sign it as an institution, and spread the word. Your support will be critical in persuading Congress to adopt FRPAA. Please sign it even you have already signed the European petition.
The European petition called for strong OA policy in Europe, and the new US petition calls for strong OA policy in the US. The European petition welcomed signatories from around the world, but especially encouraged them from European researchers and research institutions; the US petition welcomes signatories from every country, but especially encourages them from the US researchers and institutions.
The organizations sponsoring the petition are the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA), American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), FreeCulture, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Public Knowledge (PK), and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
Update. Also see the SPARC press release, March 14, 2007.
I'm having hardware problems (and writing this on a friend's machine). I expect a fix on Tuesday, March 13, and will start to catch up after that. Sorry for the involuntary hiatus.