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Evangelia Papadavid and Matthew E. Falagas, World Wide Web resources of open access, educational dermatology clinical image quizzes and databases, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, June 2007. Not even an abstract is free online for non-subscribers, at least so far.
OpenSourceScience launched on May 17. From the site (a wiki):
From the press release:
Peter Murray-Rust, Avoiding Mass Extinction with OpenData, A Scientist and the Web, May 17, 2007. Excerpt:
Pam Baxter has blogged some notes on the IASSIST 2007 conference, Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data (Montreal, May 15-18, 2007). Excerpt:
Here's another Pam Baxter post on a different session:
Adam Mathes, Google Book Search becomes more comprehensive, Google blog, May 17, 2007. Excerpt:
Michael Cross, Free groundwater information dries up, The Guardian, May 17, 2007. Excerpt:
What's new in The European Library version 1.5, launched yesterday? From the front page:
Celia Jenkins and three co-authors, RoMEO Studies 8: Self-Archiving: The logic behind the colour-coding used in the Copyright Knowledge Bank, Program: electronic library and information systems, 41, 2 (2007) pp. 124-133 (accessible only to subscribers, at least so far). Abstract:
Jon Udell, Motivation, context, and citizen analysis of government data, Jon Udell's blog, May 18, 2007.
Update. Citizen Crime Watch builds on McAlister's essay and Udell's blog post to argue that OA to geocoded crime data would help citizens help police reduce crime in New Orleans.
Global-e is a new peer-reviewed OA journal of global studies jointly sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina, the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, the Global Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Center for International Education at the University of
Registry of Clinical Trials: BIREME announces that journals in LILACS and SciELO should follow the WHO orientations, Virtual Health Library Newsletter, May 18, 2007. (Thanks to Abel Packer.) Excerpt:
From the BIREME recommendation:
PS: I wrote to BIREME for clarification and learned that, while it has no authority to require journals to change their editorial policies, it does have authority to decide which journals are indexed in LILACS and SciELO. Its new document is a recommendation to all journals and a requirement for journals that wish to be indexed in LILACS and SciELO.
Public Resource is a new US-based non-profit "dedicated to the creation of public works projects on the Internet."
In its first act, it sent a memo (dated today) to the Smithsonian Institution protesting its restrictions on a collection of public-domain images, reminding it of the law, and informing it that Public Resource had downloaded all 6,288 images and uploaded them to Flickr. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)
The news coverage has just begun.
Update. Also see Peter Hirtle's reflections on policy (which favors removing restrictions on public-domain art) and law (which might still protect what the Smithsonian had been doing).
The EU's eContentPlus program has issued its 2007 Work Programme. It endorses OA and calls for funding proposals in areas that include OA. (Thanks to Francis Muguet and his page for WSIS-SI on the EU and OA.)
In Section 5, the Work Programme calls for OA:
In Section 5.3, it describes some specific funding goals:
Note that these are only part of the Work Programme's Planned call for proposals 2007. The final version will be published in June. But if you're planning to apply for funds, it wouldn't hurt to start drafting a proposal now.
Hilmar Schmundt, For Science Journal, Web Is 'Second Nature', Spiegel Online, May 18, 2007. An interview with Nature's Timo Hannay on Nature's online experiments, including blogs, podcasts, a Second Life campus, a trial run with open review and plans to try another.
The Publishing Research Consortium has released a new report, Do Open Access Articles Have Greater Citation Impact? A critical review of the literature, May 17, 2007. The authors are Iain D. Craig (Wiley-Blackwell), Andrew M. Plume (Elsevier), Marie E. McVeigh (Thomson Scientific), James Pringle (Thomson Scientific), and Mayur Amin (Elsevier). See the summary paper and press release, May 17, 2007. From the Executive Overview (in the summary paper):
Dorothea Salo, Disciplinary culture, libraries, and IRs, Caveat Lector, May 17, 2007. Excerpt:
University of Illinois Aims to Digitize the Humanities, a press release from the University of Illinois, May 18, 2007. Excerpt:
On the HHMI data-sharing and OA policies, including HHMI's March agreement to pay Elsevier for deposits into PubMed Central.
I'd blog an excerpt but HHMI locked the PDF and turned off cutting and pasting. (Why?) For my take on the HHMI-Elsevier agreement, see my article in the April SOAN.
Julian Hunt, Expand free journal project so poor countries can share their valuable climate data, Nature, May 17, 2007 (accessible only to subscribers). A letter to the editor. Hunt is a professor of Earth Sciences at University College London. Excerpt:
Comment. Yes, AGORA and OARE could help. But they only provide free or discounted online access to subscription journals within developing countries. To make climate data available to all climate researchers, including developing countries "too rich" for AGORA and OARE, like India, and to distribute datasets that are not published along with the articles analyzing them, we need straight OA.
A Blogger bug has made the three most recent weeks of the OAN archive disappear. I hope the problem is temporary.
If you look at the list of archive files in the sidebar, you'll see that it stops at April 21. I've blogged every day since April 21, but Blogger is not listing the newer archive files.
This is a good place to stop reading unless you're a Blogger wizard and want to help. I don't want to bother anyone else.
I re-published the whole archive, but that didn't solve the problem.
With an FTP app I found that the three unlisted files were all on the right server in the right directory. Hence, the problem seems to be with Blogger's ability to find and list them. For a moment I thought that Blogger might have a limited data structure for holding the list of archive files and that I hit the limit a few weeks ago. But this seems unlikely, since Blogger still lists 267 of my archive files, a very "unround" number. This theory would make more sense if the list stopped at a number like 256.
In any case, the unlisted files were listed as recently as two days ago, when I used them for some research. It appears that Blogger had the ability to find and list 270 files but somehow hiccupped and lost it.
I've posted the problem to the Blogger Help Group and hope for the best. But in the past, the group has not proved to be very helpful. Hence I post the problem here. I'd appreciate any tips or ideas.
Mila Ramos has blogged some notes on yesterday's meeting on open access in Los Baños, Laguna, in the Philippines, sponsored by ACE Philippines (Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences) and IRRI Philippines (International Rice Research Institute). I can't find a URL for the meeting itself.
The blog for the Southern Tagalog Region Librarians Council of the Philippines Librarians Association has posted the slide presentation by Fides Lawton, Promoting research and scholarship through open access and e-publishing.
Dorothea Salo, Paying for OA, Caveat Lector, May 16, 2007. Excerpt:
Helen Smith and eight co-authors, Access to electronic health knowledge in five countries in Africa: a descriptive study, BMC Health Services Research, May 17, 2007. Provisional abstract:
Update. From the summary in Research Information:
Medical researchers and doctors in training regularly use online journals, even if they have to do so from their local internet cafe, according to new research published in BMC Health Services Research....
Jim Till, Niche journals and self-archiving, Be openly accessible or be obscure, May 17, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. There are several welcome developments wrapped up together here. Author addenda can be customized for individual articles; a customized addendum can be generated automatically; new addenda options are now available; and formerly separate addenda are consolidating, simplifying the process for authors.
Judy Redfearn, Facing the data deluge, JISC Inform, Spring 2007. An interview with John Wood, chair of JISC's Support of Research Committee and the JISC Scholarly Communications Group. The interview is also available as a podcast. Excerpt:
Tracey Caldwell, Reaping the Rewards, JISC Inform, Spring 2007. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, Should a Viable Journal Convert to Green or to Gold Today? Open Access Archivangelism, May 16, 2007.
The entire run of the Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, 1847-2007 is now digital and OA in the institutional repository of Trinity College Dublin. The journal is still alive and kicking, and new issues will also be OA through the IR. Hence, this is not just a digitization project but also a journal conversion. (Thanks to the Trinity College Digital Services' Librarian blog.)
PS: Kudos to project manager Niamh Brennan and all the back-up provided by the Trinity College library, and kudos to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland for its consent and cooperation.
announcement on the Google Book Search blog:
Like the UK Department of Health (DH), whose OA policy I just blogged two days ago, the BHF pledged to adopt an OA mandate back in January 2007, at the launch of UK PubMed Central (UKPMC). (Both are members of the UKPMC Funders Group and all members of the Funders Group pledged or adopted OA mandates.) But it took some time to deliberate and then released its policy without fanfare. I just discovered it. Excerpt:
PS: Kudos to all involved at the BHF.
Tom Elliott points out a snag:
(Thanks to Klaus Graf.)
PS: I share Elliott's glee and questions. However, the problem is easy to fix. At least one flavor of CC license should fit BASP's purposes, and all the CC licenses are human-readable, lawyer-readable, machine-readable, and free of charge.
The SCOAP3 Working Party, Towards Open Access Publishing in High Energy Physics Report of the SCOAP3 Working Party, CERN, April 19, 2007 (but released today). (Thanks to Jens Vigen.)
Comment. It's very exciting to see this ambitious project move from the drawing board to the streets. I repeat my assessment from last December:
Hal Daume III, Whence JCLR?, Natural Language Processing Blog, May 15, 2007. Excerpt:
Also see this response from Fernando Pereira:
Update. I won't be able to post on each follow-up, but here's one more from Fernando Pereira.
Jonathan Eisen, Another education use of Open Access publications, Tree of Life, May 15, 2007. Excerpt:
The May/June issue of D-Lib Magazine is now online. Here are the OA-related articles:
Comment. This is an elegant twofer: a win for access and a defeat for a one kind of medical paternalism (withholding information from patients for their own good).
PS: Hear, hear!
Outgoing chair of UN-backed health assembly urges rapid knowledge-sharing on diseases, UN News Centre, May 14, 2007. Excerpt:
In March, the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) converted the Journal of Animal Science (JAS) to a hybrid OA journal. In the March issue of the ASAS Newsletter, Larry Reynolds, editor of JAS, explains why ASAS made this decision and why he is not happy about it. Excerpt:
Comment. I don't have time for another multi-point response to a multi-point misunderstanding of OA. But here's a concise substitute. Reynolds erroneously assumes that all OA journals charge author-side fees (when most don't); that all author-side fees are paid by authors out of pocket (when most aren't); that the conversion of subscription journals to OA, whether voluntary or involuntary, won't free up subscription funds to pay for the OA alternative (when it will); that mandated or high-volume OA archiving will force subscription journals to convert to OA (when this hasn't happened in physics, the field with the highest levels and longest history of OA archiving); that the primary beneficiaries of OA are lay readers (when they are researchers without subscriptions); and that lay readers must be protected from scientific knowledge for the good of us all (good grief).
Three German organizations have issued the Frankfurter Mahnung: Ohne geistiges Eigentum keine Informationsgesellschaft [Frankfurt Reminder: Without intellectual property no information society], May 14, 2007. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)
Primarily it calls for strong copyright protection, reiterating the argument that authors need it as an incentive for their creativity. The second to last sentence opposes any obligation to provide OA to copyrighted works.
Because the full-text is a DOC file, I can't link to a machine translation.
The Reminder was issued by the Verband deutscher Schriftsteller (Federation of German Writers), P.E.N.-Zentrums Deutschland (P.E.N.-Center Germany), and the Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (Association of German Booksellers).
Frank Chen, Open Access Unnecessary for Physicists, APS Physics, April 2007 (accessible only to subscribers). A letter to the editor. Thanks to Philip Johnson at Biocurious for the alert and, since I don't have access, for this excerpt:
PS: If I see more of these, I'll start a blog series: Creative Excuses.
The UK Department of Health pledged to adopt an OA mandate back in January 2007, at the launch of UK PubMed Central (UKPMC). (The DH is a member of the UKPMC Funders Group and all members of the Funders Group pledged or adopted OA mandates.) The DH has finally released its policy, though I can't tell exactly when. (Thanks to Matt Cockerill.) From its undated Statement on DH / NIHR-funded research and UK PubMed Central:
PS: Kudos to all involved at the DH and NIHR.
Bill Davis, Financing AAA's Publishing Program in an Era of Open Access, Anthropology News, May 2007. Davis is the Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). (Thanks to antropologi.info.) Excerpt:
David Beaver and Kai von Fintel have announced plans to launch a new peer-reviewed OA journal, Semantics and Pragmatics (no web site yet). Beaver is in the Linguistics Department at the U of Texas, and von Fintel is in the Linguistics and Philosophy Department at MIT. From von Fintel's blog post:
Update. Also see the MIT press release on Semantics and Pragmatics (May 17, 2007). Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, When Will the Research Community Take OA Matters Into Its Own Hands? Open Access Archivangelism, May 13, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. It's true that researchers can achieve OA without government action. But it's also true that government action can speed up the process. We ought to work on all fronts at once.
PS: The NKC's Working Group on Libraries recommended OA for India's publicly-funded research in a December 7, 2006, letter to the Prime Minister.
Aquatic commons, IIALD blog, May 10, 2007. Excerpt: