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The Repository 4 Iranian Researchers collects citations and links to publications by researchers from Iran or of Iranian descent. It also collects abstracts of doctoral dissertations. It provides OA to the citations but not to the texts themselves.
Naina Pandita has blogged some notes on the panel devoted to Open Access: Sharing Research, Expanding Resources at the 3rd Global Knowledge Conference (Kuala Lumpur, December 11-13, 2007). Excerpt:
Klaus Graf has written an update for authors of research literature published in Germany before 1995. There is a beautiful opportunity to make those works OA, but it requires action before the end of this month. Read Klaus' update in the original German or Google's English.
PS: For some background in English, see my post from late November.
Eric Schnell, Biomedical Digital Libraries Moves to Open Journal Systems, The Medium is the Message, December 13, 2007. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) Excerpt:
Michael H. Boock, A Faculty Led Response to the Crisis in Scholarly Communications, Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, Winter 2007.
From the body of the paper:
Jan Velterop, Copyright and Research: A Different Perspective, SCRIPT-ed, 4, 4, (2007). Excerpt:
Udi Manber, Encouraging people to contribute knowledge, Google blog, December 13, 2007. Manber is Google's VP for Engineering. Excerpt:
Update. What I called the sample knol, above, is actually just an image of a sample. Working knols are not yet online.
LANL Research Library joins Open Access consortium for particle physics publishing--SCOAP3, a press release from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Research Library, December 13, 2007. Excerpt:
Jean-Claude Bradley, Crowdsourcing Chemistry Proposal, Chemistry Wide Open, December 13, 2007. Excerpt:
Also see the FAQ.
Top physics laboratories sign up to open access with PhysMath Central, a press release from PhysMath Central, December 13, 2007. Excerpt:
The presentations from the EBIB Open Access Conference (Torun, Poland, December 7-9, 2007) are now online. Most of the slides and texts are in Polish, but all have English abstracts.
Marrying Marketing Science with the Front Lines: One Book Publisher's Winning Combination, Knowledge at Wharton, December 12, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. You wouldn't know from reading this article that NAP offers free PDF editions for nearly half of its books (1,800 out of 3,700 or 48.6%). Nor would you know that it offers free online access to all of its monographs in a home-grown (non-PDF) format. Nor would you know that it's famous for pioneering dual (OA and non-OA) editions for research monographs --a feature of the press since 1994-- and demonstrating that the free online editions increase the net sales of the print editions. For the NAP's use of OA editions, see three articles by its own Mike Jensen (in 2001, 2005, and 2007).
Christopher Kelty, The state of Open Access Anthro, Open Access Anthropology, December 12, 2007. Excerpt:
Peter Murray-Rust, Microsoft eChemistry Project and molecular repositories, A Scientist and the Web, December 13, 2007. Excerpt:
Several more of the presenters at the Berlin 5 conference, Open Access: From Practice to Impact: Consequences of Knowledge Dissemination (Padua, September 19-21, 2007), have self-archived their presentations in E-LIS:
Update. Here are some more:
Update. Here are some more:
Liz Lyon, Simon Coles, and Manjula Patel, eCrystals Federation: Open Repositories for Open Science, a slide presentation at the CNI Task Force Meeting (Washington DC, December 10-11, 2007).
From the Introduction:
Andy Guess, Pooling Scholars’ Digital Resources, Inside Higher Ed, December 12, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. This is a brilliant add-on to Zotero, which was already the most useful tool in its niche. Now, as scholars organize their research on scanned public-domain documents, they're one click away from making them OA and searchable for all other scholars.
Update. Also see Jeffrey Young's article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Update. Also see the launch announcement from George Mason U's Dan Cohen.
Glennda Chui, Free for All, Symmetry, October/November 2007. Excerpt:
Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Chooses Open Access over Subscription Publishing, a press release from BioMed Central, December 12, 2007. Excerpt:
Dorothea Salo, What repository software developers don’t know about libraries, Caveat Lector, December 11, 2007. Excerpt:
Update. Also see the response by Steve Hitchcock of the EPrints Community.
Dorothea Salo, Innkeeper at the Roach Motel, a preprint forthcoming in Library Trends, 2008.
Update (3/18/09). The postprint is now OA as well.
From the University of Michigan Library:
Heather Morrison, Dramatic Growth of Open Access: 2007 (Interim) and Predictions for 2008, Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, December 11, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: Congratulations to Lars Bjornshauge, Anna-Lena Johansson, and the rest of the DOAJ team. And since the growing number of peer-reviewed OA journals reflects dedication, commitment, and hard work around the world, congratulations to us all.
Josh Fischman, Yale U. Puts Complete Courses Online, Wired Campus, December 11, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: The courses currently online are in astronomy, English, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, and religious studies.
Update. Also see Andy Guess's story in Inside Higher Ed.
PS: Be sure to read the long version of the award citation for the five student leaders. Congratulations to them all.
Update. Also see the George Mason Law School press release on the award to Nelson Pavlosky, one of its students.
Jingfeng Xia, Assessment of Self-archiving in Institutional Repositories: Across Disciplines, Journal of Academic Librarianship, December 2007. Only this abstract is free online, at least so far:
John Wilbanks, An Open Science Wishlist for 2008, john wilbanks' blog, December 10, 2007. Excerpt:
Berkeley librarians are developing a list of questions to use when they interview prospective faculty. On the list:
Several of the presenters at the Berlin 5 conference, Open Access: From Practice to Impact: Consequences of Knowledge Dissemination (Padua, September 19-21, 2007), have self-archived their presentations in E-LIS:
Michael E. Smith, Buried in an Edited Volume, Publishing Archaeology, December 10, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. I want to pick up on the fact that the title of Sheehy's article didn't flag his comparative analysis or contribution to methdology. This is a common problem. Because titles and abstracts must be brief, they cannot highlight all the important observations or arguments in a paper, especially in longer, richer papers. It's almost inevitable that papers will be under-cited for that kind of shadowed contribution, whether they were published in journals or in edited volumes. The only way to expose those contributions to readers who would benefit from them is to ensure that the articles containing them are subject to full-text searching. That by itself doesn't require OA, of course. But while digitization and search indexing bump up visibility, OA bumps it up again, opening the text to more search engines and more users.
Jill Hurst-Wahl, Trends in eRepositories, a slide presentation at E-Info Global Symposium (Huntsville, Alabama, December 6-7, 2007). Jill has also blogged her abstract and some other notes on her talk:
Sarin Rajiv, Denying open access to published health-care research: WHO has the password? Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics, 3, 3, (2007). An editorial. (Thanks to Satish Munnolli.) Excerpt:
SCImago is an OA database of journal data organized by field and country. From the site:
From Charles Bailey:
From Wouter Gerritsma:
For most of 2007, I'm sorry to say, my Timeline of the Open Access Movement has been out of date. I've been trapped in a vicious circle: the more new developments there are, the more preoccupied I am in writing about them for OAN and SOAN, and the less time I have for logging the most important items to the timeline. But I'm happy to say that just brought it up to the present (the end of November).
Chuck Humphrey, Data Visualisation Websites and Sharing Data, IASSIST Communiqué, December 9, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: (1) I appreciate that Ethan links to my Guide to the OA Movement. However, I've phased this out and haven't updated it since 2004. For newcomers to OA, I recommend my Open Access Overview instead. (2) The link to the workshop is dead at the moment, but I'd assume that the problem is temporary and keep trying.
Update. The link the workshop is working again.
Update. Also see the blog notes of Joseph Hall, another participant at the meeting.
Richard A. Best, Jr. and Alfred Cumming, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT): Issues for Congress, Congressional Research Service, December 5, 2007. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.) Excerpt:
Lawrence Liang, Free/Open Source Software, Open Content, United Nations Development Programme, 2007. Under a CC-BY license. Excerpt:
Heather Morrison, Directory of Open Access Journals: Already the Biggest Big Deal? Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, December 9, 2007.
Stevan Harnad, Ethics of open access to biomedical research: Just a special case of ethics of open access to research, Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, December 7, 2007.
Sundar Raman interviewed Matthew Cockerill, for his show Open Views on radio station KRUU, December 9, 2007. The podcast is available for downloading. Cockerill is the publisher of BioMed Central. From the KRUU blurb:
PS: The interview was an hour, but for now the official podcast only covers the first 20 minutes. KRUU hopes to fix this problem soon. Meantime, here's an unofficial podcast of the whole interview.
Update. The official podcast has been fixed and now covers the whole interview.
BMC has announced the 2008 launch of BMC Research Notes. From the announcement:
Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science is a new peer-reviewed, OA journal published by graduate students at the University of Toronto. The inaugural issue is now online.
Also see this article from the inaugural issue: Sage Ross, We Cannot Allow a Wikipedia Gap! Excerpt: