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The researchers planning an OA journal on computational linguistics and natural language processing have now submitted an official proposal to the executive committee of the Association for Computational Linguistics. It's undated but was apparently sent on June 1. (Thanks to Hal Daume III.) Excerpt:
The proposal also contains a useful FAQ for any journal considering the switch.
PS: Kudos to the authors, Hal Daume III, Kevin Duh, Ryan McDonald, Fernando Pereira, and Stuart M. Shieber, for writing an exemplary proposal. For background on their efforts to launch an OA journal, see my posts from May 16 and May 22, 2007.
Walter Warnick, Problems of Searching in Web Databases, Science, june 1, 2007. A letter to the editor. Excerpt:
Heather Morrison, Open Access news from CLA, SLAIS Open Access Course Blog, May 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Paula Hane, Nurturing Biodiversity: The Encyclopedia of Life, Information Today, June 2, 2007. Excerpt:
I just mailed the June issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue takes a close look at attempts to balance author and publisher rights, primarily in the "author addenda" from CIC, SPARC, and Science Commons, and in the position paper by the ALPSP, AAP/PSP, and STM. The round-up section briefly notes 99 OA developments from May.
Elsevier is leaving the business of hosting arms exhibitions. Details from Reuters today:
PS: For background, why The Lancet thinks there is an OA connection, and why I haven't blogged much on this controversy, see my post from March 24, 2007.
George Kamau, Free environmental information and knowledge, Africa News, May 31, 2007. Excerpt:
Heather Piwowar, Diverse journal requirements for data sharing, Research Remix, May 30, 2007. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, OA Mandates, Embargoes, and the "Fair Use" Button, Open Access Archivangelism, May 30, 2007.
An anonymous blogger has posted some notes on the talks on OA by Heather Joseph and Cameron MacDonald at the Canadian Health Libraries Association 2007 Annual Conference (Ottawa, May 28 - June 1, 2007). Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, The Early Access Advantage and Research Impact Loss, Open Access Archivangelism, May 31, 2007.
Ariberto Fassati, Open journals' records to give reviewers their due, Nature, May 30, 2007 (accessible only to subscribers). A letter to the editor. Excerpt:
The European Journal of Legal Studies is a new peer-reviewed OA journal from the Law Department of the European University Institute (EUI). the inaugural issue (April 2007) is now online. (Thanks to Doc en vr@c.)
In addition to publishing to its own site online, EJLS deposits each issue in Cadmus, the EUI institutional repository.
Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship reports this good idea from Richard Roberts, Nobel laureate:
PS: This practice should spread. Regardless of your field or topic, when you're giving a presentation on your work, stick in a slide saying I support open access. Then say a word or two about how OA helped you in your research and can help others. It's not off-topic for any topic and you don't have to be a Nobel laureate.
The OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation has released a 153 page overview of the open education movement, Giving Knowledge for Free, The Emergence of Open Educational Resources, May 24, 2007. Excerpt:
Applied Economics Research Bulletin is a new peer-reviewed OA journal from the Berkeley Mathemarketics Group. The inaugural issue is still forthcoming, but the site is already online. The about page describes some of its unconventional policies:
The Norwegian Open Research Archive (NORA) and the Norwegian Digital Library have launched OpenAccess.no, a central location for OA information and advocacy in Norway --very analogous to Sweden's OpenAccess.se and Germany's Informationsplattform Open Access.
Thanks to Co-Action for the alert and this English-language translation and introduction:
The German non-profit Netzwerk Freies Wissen (NFW) is circulating a sign-on declaration, For better development and just access to knowledge in all forms: Against the domination of exclusionary rights on the knowledge economy. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)
It's aimed at the governments of the G8 nations and was released on May 23, the first day of the G8 ministers meeting in Munich. NFW will collect signatures until some time this fall, when it will present them to the G8.
The presentations from the conference, The Role of Institutional Repositories in the Open Access Movement (Hong Kong, May 17-18, 2007), are now online. (Thanks to Colin Steele.)
The United Arab Emirates is setting up a $10 billion foundation --the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation-- to fund scientific research in the Arab world. For details, see Wagdy Sawahel's May 25 story in SciDev.Net.
Comment. This seems to be the first research funding agency created in the Arab world since September 2006, when participants in the Second Gulf-Maghreb Scientific Congress (Riyadh, February 25-26, 2006) issued the Riyadh Declaration on Free Access to Scientific and Technological Information. The new foundation probably hasn't yet considered requiring OA to the results of the research it funds. But the best time to start the process is now, during the planning stage. Is anyone in a position to ask the new foundation to follow the principles of the Riyadh Declaration?
Cathy N. Davidson, Data Mining, Collaboration, and Institutional Infrastructure for Transforming Research and Teaching in the Human Sciences and Beyond, CTWatch Quarterly, May 2007. (Thanks to Richard Akerman.) Excerpt:
The use of electronic laboratory notebooks should be supported by all concerned, Nature, May 3, 2007. An unsigned editorial. (Thanks to Maxine Clarke, whose blog post is collecting comments.) Excerpt:
On May 16, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe issued a Recommendation on the public responsibility for higher education and research. (Thanks to the INIST Libre Accès blog.) It recommends that the member states adopt a series of principles. For us the most relevant is #15:
Sandra Porter, Open Access vs. genetic privacy, Discovering Biology in a Digital World, May 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. Hard questions. The best work to date on balancing medical privacy with OA to medical data is Expanding Access to Research Data: Reconciling Risks and Opportunities (from the National Research Council Panel on Data Access for Research Purposes, October 2005). But it relies heavily on anonymizing data. Genome data can be anonymized, but a genome that James Watson releases as James Watson's cannot be anonymized.
Jim Till, Linkage of OA to larger causes, Be openly accessible or be obscure, May 27, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: I like the idea of using tags to show the connection between OA and large issues like climate change and avian flu. Articulating the connection in blogs, discussion forums, and journal articles is indispensable, but tags can make these articulations visible to scientists and citizens tracking new developments on large issues.
Catherine Ebenezer has made a list of OA ebooks on midwifery and maternity services.
Margaret Henty interviewed Australian repository managers for her article, Ten Major Issues in Providing a Repository Service in Australian Universities (D-Lib, May/June 2007, blogged here 5/16/07), but couldn't include all their comments in the published version. She has now posted the extended interview comments online.
Antony Williams, Open Access Chemistry Articles - ChemRefer and ChemSpider Nuptials, ChemSpider Blog, May 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Michael Geist, Science and Tech Strategy a Missed Opportunity, Toronto Star, May 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Tony Jewels and Marilyn Ford, Factors Influencing Knowledge Sharing in Information Technology Projects, e-Service Journal, Fall 2006. (Despite the date, this seems to be the latest issue of the journal.)
Alabama is talking about OA for appellate court decisions. Details in today's column by Dana Beyerle in the Tuscaloosa News:
Update. The correct name of Beyerle's source is Taking Silk, and here's the story itself: Stephanie Hoops, Alabama only state charging public to view appellate opinions, May 21, 2007. An excerpt, focusing on details Beyerle omitted:
Stevan Harnad, Craig et al.'s Review of Studies on the OA Citation Advantage, Open Access Archivangelism, May 26, 2007.