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Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) is a new consortium of university and museum presses dedicated to publishing OA monographs with print-on-demand (POD) editions. (Thanks to Jean Kempf.) From the home page:
The partners (to date) are:
From the General Introduction:
Comment. This is an excellent idea, much needed. I applaud the OA orientation, the HSS focus, the POD option, and the consortial collaboration. Kudos to all involved.
Steve Hitchcock, Taking EPrints to the next level: Final Report from the EPrints Community project, EPrints Insider, December 8, 2007.
Alfred L. Brophy, Advice to Law Journals, Part 18, PropertyProf Blog, December 7, 2007.
Videos of the presentations from the Berlin 5 meeting, Open Access: From Practice to Impact: Consequences of Knowledge Dissemination (Padua, September 19-21, 2007), are now online. Thanks to Kaitlin Thaney, who also adds these comments:
D. Wentworth, What’s “open source knowledge management”? Science Commons blog, December 5, 2007. Excerpt:
Andrea Foster, Academic Libraries Shortchanged on Electronic Content, Wired Campus, December 5, 2007. Excerpt:
Legit book scanning price tag: $25 billion, WebProBlog, December 5, 2007. Excerpt:
The presentations from the NISO meeting, Getting the Most Out of Your Institutional Repository: Gathering Content and Building Use (Beltsville, Maryland, December 3, 2007), are now online. (Thanks to Dorothea Salo.)
Peter Becker and Jos van Helvoort, The Benefits of Open Access Publishing for Students in Higher Education, a YouTube video of a presentation at 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, 2007). From the abstract at the YouTube site:
Also see the published edition of their talk, "Publiceren via open access in het hoger onderwijs," Informatie Professional, December 2007 (accessible only to subscribers). The paper is in Dutch, but the video presentation is in English. The same issue contains a paper by Marie Heijne, "Open access: vrije toegang tot wetenschappelijke publicaties?"
The presentations from the US Department of Energy's High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (Washington DC, November 29, 2007) are now online. Two of them explicitly address OA.
Richard K. Johnson and Judy Luther, The E-only Tipping Point for Journals: What’s Ahead in the Print-to-Electronic Transition Zone, Association of Research Libraries, December 5, 2007.
Also see the ARL press release, December 5, 2007.
Comment. The report does not discuss OA, and applies more to TA ejournals than OA ejournals. But there are nevertheless implications for OA. As I argued recently:
Dorothea Salo has a couple of predictions for OA in 2008:
Rebecca Trager, Chemistry's open access dilemma, Chemistry World, December 2007. Excerpt:
Alun Salt, An early Christmas present from the Society for Medieval Archaeology, Clioaudio, December 6, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: Medieval Archaeology publishes one issue per year, so 50 issues is 50 years. The free online backfile starts with the first issue in 1957.
Rosie Redfield, Subscription-supported journals are like the qwerty keyboard, RRResearch, December 5, 2007. Excerpt:
Antony Williams, The Benefits to Depositors of Putting Data on ChemSpider, ChemSpider blog, December 5, 2007. Excerpt:
Shared genomes, Nature, December 6, 2007. An editorial. Excerpt:
Update (12/7/07). Also see Andrea Gawrylewski's article in The Scientist.
Update. Also see NPG's December 5 press release to accompany the editorial.
The Medical Library Assocation has released three cards on OA to accompany its November 20 webcast, Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Straight Talk. From the Philadelphia chapter of the MLA:
Leslie Johnston, Goals and vision for a repository, Digital Eccentric, December 5, 2007. Excerpt:
Germany's Green Party has called for open access to publicly-funded research.
European Digital Library Foundation welcomed by the Commissioner, a press release from the European Digital Library, November 28, 2007. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.) Excerpt:
David Glenn, Anthropologists Vote to Clamp Down on Secret Scholarship, Chronicle of Higher Education News blog, December 1, 2007. Excerpt:
Andrea Marchitelli, OJS and OCS: upgrading journals, conferences and scholarly communication to Open Access, apparently a preprint forthcoming in European Science Editing.
Bill Hooker, If it won't sink in, maybe we can pound it in..., Open Reading Frame, December 2, 2007.
First Bill recaps existing evidence (1) that most OA journals charge no author-side fees, and (2) that a larger percentage of TA journals charges such fees than do OA journals. I'm very grateful to see him hammering on this issue, which I've been doing nearly alone for two years. But he goes further and adds new evidence:
Richard Noorden, Surfing Web2O, Chemistry World, December 2007. Excerpt:
From the Wikimedia Foundation resolution (December 1, 2007):
From Jimmy Wales (on the Jamendo blog):
From an unnamed contributor to the Jamendo blog:
From Lawrence Lessig (on his blog):
Gavin Baker, Author-owned scholarly journal cooperatives: a win-win situation? This place is pretty ugly, December 1, 2007. Excerpt:
From the body of the post:
I just mailed the December issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue tells the November chapter of the continuing saga of the OA policy at the NIH, especially the Bush veto, the failure of the House to override it, and prospects for the future. It also offers some predictions for open access in 2008. The round-up section briefly notes 101 OA developments from the past month.