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From yesterday's joint announcement by MIT, Hewlett-Packard, and the DSpace Foundation:
William New, WIPO Launches New Agenda On IP And Development, IP Watch, September 29, 2007. Excerpt:
The 45 consensus proposals for reform are spelled out in a WIPO report from September 17. Excerpt:
Edward M. Corrado, An Open Source, Open Access Journal Database Appliance: A Proposal, a slide presentation at the IFLA meeting, Managing technologies and library automated systems in developing countries (Dakar, August 16, 2007).
Cristina Jimenez, British Library books go digital, BBC News, September 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. I can't tell whether access to these digital editions will be free of charge for everyone or only free of charge to higher education institutions in the UK. Some Microsoft digitization projects are part of the Open Content Alliance, which is fully committed to OA, and some are not. For other access concerns, see the blog comments by Andy Powell and Stephen Downes.
Heather Morrison, From interlibrary loans to institutional repository department: a natural transition, Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, September 28, 2007. Excerpt:
William Y. Arms and Ronald L. Larsen, The Future of Scholarly Communication: Building the Infrastructure of Cyberscholarship, September 26, 2007. Report of the NSF/JISC Repositories Workshop (Phoenix, April 17-19, 2007). Excerpt:
Dominique Babini, Web access to social science journals in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean – the case of CLACSO's network, a slide presentation at the First International Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Scholarly Publishing Conference, Simon Fraser University, July 11-13, 2007.
Some highlights: of 168 social science journals from 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 63% of the journals offer OA to all their articles (slide 10), and these account for 97% the articles (slide 12).
Tom Wilson, Open access again, Information Research Weblog, September 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Update. I just received a response from Fred Friend and post it with his permission:
The JISC issued an open invitation to tender for bids from journals in support of gold OA author charges, so any or all of the small circulation journals to which Tom Wilson refers could have applied for funding. The bids received were largely from small or medium-sized society or university publishers. The money was used to fund publication charges for OA authors and very little if any would have made its way into the pockets of shareholders. An independent evaluation report rated the funding a success in raising the profile of open access publication.
Abstracts of the presentations from the Workshop of the Information Management Working Group (IMWG) of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) (The Hague, September 26-28) are now online. All 11 presentations from yesterday were part of a panel on The relevance of Open Access for Global Development, Development Cooperation and Research.
SEP Reaches Significant Fund Raising Goal! NEH Matching Funds Secured, an update from SPARC, September 25, 2007. Excerpt:
On Monday there was a panel discussion on open notebook science at Nature Island, Second Life. From Science in the Open:
PS: Congratulations, Ezra!
Michael Cross, Digital Norway sweeps away barriers to information sharing, The Guardian, September 27, 2007. Excerpt:
The presentations from Berlin 5 Open Access: From Practice to Impact: Consequences of Knowledge Dissemination (Padua, September 19-21, 2007) are now online. There are abstracts and in most cases full-texts as well.
In the case of the important closing keynote by Mariano Gago, Portugal's Minister of Science Technology and Higher Education, there should be both full-text and video, but at the moment both are unreadable. (I'd assume the problem is temporary and keep trying both links.)
The University of California has released a September 24 letter from Provost Wyatt Hume to Senator Diane Feinstein, supporting an OA mandate at the NIH. Here's the entire letter, minus the salutation and valediction:
Comment. Kudos to the U of California and Provost Hume. I hope this will inspire other institutions, and individual citizens, to contact their Senators before the week is out.
Stevan Harnad, Journal Title Migration and University Resource Reallocation, Open Access Archivangelism, September 27, 2007.
Comment. Exactly. Stevan has more detail in the body of his post (I've quoted just the summary) and I have more detail as well in Sections 12-15 of this article from the September issue of SOAN.
The new issue of the Journal of Digital Information (vol. 8, no. 2, 2007) is devoted to digital curation and trusted repositories. Most of the articles are OA-relevant:
Alexis Madrigal, Foundations of Science: Research Integrity or Publisher Profits? Wired News, September 26, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. The U of Michigan Library is one of the largest and best-funded in the US. Large-scale cancellations like this one belie publisher claims that everyone who needs access to subscription journals already has access.
Alexandria Hiatt, Profs Might Make Their Articles Free, Harvard Crimson, September 27, 2007. Excerpt:
Comments. Kudos to Stuart Shieber and the Faculty Council. The details of the policy are not yet public. It appears to go much further than a mere request or recommendation, however, and actually shift the default from non-archiving to archiving. Faculty may opt out but must make an affirmative decision to do so. I'll post more later as I learn more.
Update. Also see Barbara's report on Berlin 5 for the BMC blog, emphasizing OA progress in developing countries.
Update. I just got access to the full text. There is no abstract and I won't bother to blog an excerpt. Stanley believes the current NIH policy was requested by PLoS (when it was ordered by Congress). He seems to believe that all OA journals charge author-side publication fees (when the majority do not). He believes the primary rationale for government OA policies is to provide access for lay readers (when it is to provide access for researchers whose institutions cannot afford subscriptions). He acknowledges that journal prices are rising faster than library budgets, but responds by pointing out problems with the business models of some OA journals. He seems unaware that some OA publishers are already profitable. He seems to believe there's no problem for OA to solve, because he hasn't seen data showing that lack of access to research impedes research.
Update. Also see the PLoS Hub for Clinical Trials, launched this month. From the site:
The Web2forDev conference (Rome, September 25-27, 2007) is now in progress. The topic is Web 2.0 and knowledge sharing to stimulate development, and many of the presentations have an OA connection. Presentation abstracts are already online, as are videos for the presentations already given. You can also tune in to a live stream of the current presentation.
Mary Grush interviews Michele Kimpton in Campus Technology, September 26, 2007. Kimpton is the Executive Director of the new DSpace Federation. Excerpt:
David Mattison has posted a 107-minute recording of John Willinsky's keynote at the First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference (Vancouver, July 11-13, 2007).
Note that for technical reasons Mattison had to divide his recording into 11 separate files, while the conference site has an MP3 of the same presentation, apparently all in one file.
Charles W. Bailey Jr. has released version 69 of his monumental Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography. The new version cites and organizes over 3,120 print and online articles, books, and other sources on scholarly electronic publishing.
Dylan Bushell-Embling, Private eyes on public data, Sydney Morning Herald, September 25, 2007. (Thanks to Anne Fitzgerald.) Excerpt:
Alexis Madrigal, Mandated Open Access Bill Stalled in Senate, Wired News, September 25, 2007.
Comment. We already knew that Cornyn planned to re-introduce FRPAA in the current session of Congress and hadn't done so yet. The fact that he doesn't have a timetable is not surprising and not a problem. Right now all Congressional attention is focused on the appropriations process (the new fiscal year starts in five days) and all OA energy is focused on the bill to strengthen the NIH policy, which is part of the appropriations process. First let's win the battle for the NIH policy and then we can refocus on FRPAA.
Please contact your Senators this week, and ask them to support an OA mandate at the NIH. Here are some links to help:
Either of these should suffice. Pick one, compose your message, and get it off. If you don't use the ALA web form, then get your Senators' contact info from CongressMerge. But if you'd like more help in writing your message, here are some more sources:
This year is our best chance ever to win an OA mandate at the NIH. But the opposition from the publishing lobby is fierce. Remember that the AAP/PSP has launched PRISM, the behemoth Copyright Alliance has weighed in, and Elsevier has hired an extra lobbying firm. If you're a US citizen, please do what you can: contact your Senators and spread the word.
Update. Also see Bill Hooker's letter to his Senators.
A collection of documentary videos on OA is a giant step closer to a screen near you, thanks to a grant from the Open Society Institute. See the September 17 announcement from Intelligent Television and BioMed Central:
Gabriele Beger, Was ist und was kann Open Access beim eLearning bewirken? A Quicktime webcast of her keynote address at the 2007 meeting of the Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft (Hamburg, September 11-12, 2007). Beger is the Director of the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg and the President of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Informationswissenschaft.
Bruce Byfield, PRISM Coalition lobbies against open access, Linux.com, September 24, 2007. Excerpt:
Springer Statement on the Debate on the NIH’s Public Access Policy, an announcement from Springer, September 14, 2007. Here it is in its entirety:
Boston Library Consortium Partners with Open Content Alliance to Provide Public Access to Digitized Books, a press release from the Boston Library Consortium, September 20, 2007. Excerpt:
Update (9/25/07). Also see the story on this deal from Library Journal Academic Newswire. Excerpt:
Jordan Hatcher, Open Data Commons - Licence now out, OpenContentLawyer, September 24, 2007. Excerpt:
Jacqueline Trescott and James V. Grimaldi, Smithsonian Channel To Make Its Debut, But Only on DirecTV, Washington Post, September 24, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: For background, see my earlier posts on the Smithsonian-Showtime deal.
Update. For a more detailed analysis, see Richard Kurin, Commentary: the Smithsonian goes cable, Museum Anthropology, 30, 2 (2007) pp. 89-100. (Thanks to Jason Baird Jackson.)
Thomas Goetz, "Mind the Gaps," Wired Magazine, October 2007.
The article is not yet online, but Attila Csordás has rekeyed and blogged some excerpts:
Update (9/25/07). Goetz' article, It's Time to Free the Dark Data of Failed Scientific Experiments, is now OA at the Wired site.
Barbara Quint, Elsevier Launches Vertical Portal With Ad Revenue Support: OncologySTAT, Information Today NewsBreaks, September 24, 2007. Excerpt:
Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Here's Some Advice That Won't Cost the AAP $500K, DigitalKoans, September 23, 2007. Excerpt:
Gavin Baker, Sixteen and counting: sharing science on the Web, This place is pretty ugly, September 22, 2007. Excerpt:
The PrometeoNetwork is a "free, online, global network of doctors and researchers in life sciences". Launched in January 2007, its members can already reach more than 4,000 colleagues. From the site:
Adam Hodgkin, Exact Editions for Book Publishers, ExactEditions blog, September 22, 2007. Excerpt: