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Jonathan Gray, Big Art Mob, public art and open heritage resources, Open Knowledge Foundation blog, November 30, 2007. Excerpt:
Marc, Der weite Weg von der Einstellungs- zur Verhaltensänderung » Hürden auf dem Weg zu Open Access, Wissenswerkstatt, November 30, 2007. (Thanks to Basic Thinking Blog.) Read it in German or Google's English. How academic conservativism is slowing the adoption of OA.
Jean-Claude Guédon, Open Access and the divide between “mainstream” and “peripheral” science, a preprint forthcoming in Sueli Mara S.P. Ferreira and Maria das Graças Targino (eds.), Como gerir e qualificar revistas científicas, 2007 (in Portuguese). The preprint is in English.
Update. Also see Heather Morrison's comments on this article.
Chris Soghoian, AOL, Netflix and the end of open access to research data, Surveillance State, November 30, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: Kudos to Fitzgerald and the rest of the OAK Law team! (Disclaimer: I'm on the OAK Law advisory group, which means I know enough to appreciate its work, but have much too little involvement to take any credit.)
Yesterday the European Parliament recommended compulsory licenses for "environmentally necessary technologies" in order make those technologies available to developing countries. For details, see Section 9 of the Parliamentary resolution. (Thanks to IP Watch.)
Comment. Good move. If A and B are in a lifeboat with leaks fore and aft, A in the bow has extra bailing cans, and B in the stern has none, then how much should A charge B for a can? Now if you were sitting between them and the question were put to a vote....
MIT launches web site for high school students, MIT News, November 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Andrew Mowbary and three co-authors, Improving stability and performance of an international network of free access legal information systems, Journal of Law and Technology, November 2007.
Sara Forster, Sigma Xi Lecturer Explores Open-Notebook Science, The Daily Gazette, November 27, 2007. Excerpt:
The Cape Town Open Education Declaration will officially launch in mid-January. But it made a soft launch today in order to gather pre-launch signatures. If you or your institution is committed to open education, please consider signing the declaration before it launches.
The Cape Town Declaration aims to unify and accelerate the open education movement, roughly as the Budapest Open Access initiative did for open access. The text and FAQ are provisional until January. Read them closely and send the drafters your feedback. Meantime, here's an excerpt from the text:
PS: For earlier previews of the declaration, see my past blog posts on it.
Pitt’s Libraries and University Press Collaborate on Open Access to Press Titles, a press release from the University of Pittsburgh, November 29, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. Kudos to Pitt. This is a model for other university presses and institutional repositories. If a press is nervous about publishing dual (OA and non-OA) editions of new books, it could emulate the Pitt model: start with a non-OA edition and after two years add the OA edition. If an institutional repository is reaching out to different parts of campus for content, it could emulate the Pitt model: offer to host OA editions of backlist titles from the university press.
Update. Also see the article in today's Library Journal Academic Newswire. Excerpt:
The Charleston Advisor's Seventh Annual Readers’ Choice Awards are now public. Some highlights:
Ian Gallacher, Aux Armes, Citoyens!:' Time for Law Schools to Lead the Movement for Free and Open Access to the Law, a preprint self-archived November 28, 2007. Gallacher teaches at the Syracuse University College of Law. (Thanks to Lawrence Solum.)
From the body of the paper:
Heather Morrison, DOAJ: 80 new titles in the last 30 days, Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, November 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Antony Williams, The Entire ChemSpider Database is On Its Way to PubChem! ChemSpider Blog, November 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Linda Quattrin has blogged some notes on a discussion of OA at the University of Toronto. Excerpt:
Tom Tivnan, EU open access push, Bookseller.com, November 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Launch of European digital library "on track", a press release from the European Commission, November 29, 2007. Excerpt:
David Beaver and Kai von Fintel, Semantics and Pragmatics - A New Journal, Semantics and Pragmatics, vol. 0 (2007). Editorial in the inaugural issue of a new OA journal. Excerpt:
The Albert Einstein Science Park library serves three research institutions specializing in the Earth sciences. It recently launched a search engine which covers the library's digital holdings, the institutional repository for GeoForschungsZentrum Potdam, and 30,000 OA resources on Earth science worldwide. For details, see Roland Bertelmann's announcement on SOAF.
The three research institutions served by the library are GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (the German National Research Center for Geosciences), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and the Research Unit Potsdam of the Alfred Wegener Institute für Polar and Marine Research.
PS: Also see the conference program, now online.
Stevan Harnad, Administrative Keystroke Mandates To Record Research Output Can Serve As Open Access Mandates Too, Open Access Archivangelism, November 28, 2007.
There is no need to keep waiting for governmental OA mandates.Harnad, Stevan (2005) The OA Policy of Southampton University (ECS), UK: the "Keystroke" Strategy [Putting the Berlin Principle into Practice: the Southampton Keystroke Policy] . Delivered at Berlin 3 Open Access: Progress in Implementing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Southampton (UK).
Peter Lewis, Copyright Abuse, Significant Figures, November 28, 2007. (Thanks to David Bradley.) Excerpt:
The National Museum of Natural History in the Netherlands has launched the Naturalis Digital Academic Repository, an OA repository for Naturalis publications. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.) From the site:
Also see the November 20 press release (in Dutch).
Online library gives readers access to 1.5 million books, a press release from Carnegie Mellon University, November 27, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: Also see the project Progress Report (last updated November 24, 2007).
Update. Also see the profile of Raj Reddy in the November 30 issue of INDOLink.
The November issue of the Journal of Digital Imaging is devoted to free and open source imaging software, and all the articles in the issue are free online. JDI is published by Springer. (Thanks to PowderMonkey.)
Update. When I first posted this note, I used the wrong URL in my link to the journal. I've now fixed it. If you tried it when the link was broken, please try again --and blame the initial mistake on me, not Springer.
Free O’Data: Ireland makes (some) data free, Free Our Data: the blog, November 26, 2007. Excerpt:
NKC for online educational resources to promote higher education, India EduNews, November 27, 2007. Excerpt:
Elsevier announces launch of 2collab, new research 2.0 platform, a press release from Elsevier, November 27, 2007. Excerpt
New open access proceedings service supports earth and environmental science conferences, a press release from the Institute of Physics, November 22, 2007. (Thanks to KnowledgeSpeak.)
Žiga Turk, Council on Scientific Information in the Digital Age: Too Little Too Late, Growth, jobs and more, November 27, 2007. Turk is the Slovenian minister for growth. Excerpt:
Update (11/29/07). Also see the EurActiv article on Turk's assessment of the Council conclusions.
Update (12/6/07). Also see the EDRI-Gram article on Turk's assessment.
Update (12/7/07). Also see Bruce Sterling's comments on the EDRI-Gram article.
J. Christopher Bare and three co-authors, The Firegoose: two-way integration of diverse data from different bioinformatics web resources with desktop applications, BMC Bioinformatics, November 19, 2007. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.) Abstract:
Matthew Cockerill, Open access for biotechnology research, Biotech International, June/July, 2007. (Although dated June/July, the article only appeared online recently.) Excerpt:
C.Y. Lee, T.E. Davis, and E.K. Noji, Suicide bombing of the Mineralnye Vody Train: case study in using open-source information for open-source health intelligence, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, July/August 2007. Not even the abstract or table of contents is free at the journal site, so I'm linking to the abstract at PubMed:
Heather Morrison, Open Access and Accessibility for the Print Disabled, Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, November 25, 2007.
David Prosser, Public Policy and the Politics of Open Access, Liber Quarterly, 17, 2 (2007). Only the abstract is free online at the journal site, but David self-archived a full-text preprint back in August 2007.
Paul Ayris, Embedding Open Access into the European Landscape – the Contribution of LIBER, Liber Quarterly, 17, 2 (2007). Only this abstract is free online, at least so far:
Alma Swan, African genesis, OptimalScholarship, November 25, 2007. Excerpt:
Alma Swan, Dancing with words, Optimal Scholarship, November 24, 2007. Excerpt:
The November issue of Kunstchronik is devoted to open access. The issue is not itself OA, at least so far, but Klaus Graf (who conceived the issue) expects that all the articles will soon be self-archived. Watch his version of the TOC for links to OA editions of the articles, as they become available.
These articles from the issue are already OA:
Yesterday [November 23, 2007], Australia held a Federal Election. The Australian Labor Party (the previous opposition) have clearly won, with Kevin Rudd becoming the Prime-Minister-elect.