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Sandy Swanson, University of Michigan’s digital repository now available through PubMed, MHSLA blog, December 21, 2007. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) Excerpt:
Update. See Stevan Harnad's comment, Deposit institutionally, harvest centrally, Open Access Archivangelism, December 23, 2007. Excerpt:
Richard F. Heller and six co-authors, Capacity-building for public health, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, December 2007. Excerpt:
PS: Thanks to Gavin Yamey for the alert and for background on how PLoS is supporting the POAE.
Paola Galimberti and Marialaura Vignocchi, Time for a change: the Italian CRUI-Open Access Working Group’s action for a national e-theses provision service, in Proceedings ETD 2007 - Added Value to e-theses, Uppsala 2007. Self-archived December 22, 2007.
PS: For background, see my blog posts on Fintel's work in launching S&P.
Stevan Harnad, After the NIH Green OA Self-Archiving Mandate, Open Access Archivangelism, December 21, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. I agree with all of Stevan's points. On the other side, I'm sure he agrees that when the NIH mandate finally becomes law, it will be a major victory. There's no contradiction in celebrating the victory while remembering that there's still more to do. If there were, nobody could celebrate anything.
The Citizendium encyclopedia project picks a Creative Commons license, a press release from Citizendium, December 21, 2007. Excerpt:
Bioinformatics will name the winner at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, on April 29, 2008.
Nick Montfort, Digital Media, Games, and Open Access, Grand Text Auto, December 21, 2007. Excerpt:
Stefano Costa, Open Access Data in Archaeology: a brief roadmap, Open Archaeology, December 21, 2007. Excerpt:
Alma Swan, The science and the say-so, Optimal Scholarship, December 21, 2007. Excerpt:
Thomas Hess and three co-authors, Open Access & Science Publishing: Results of a Study on Researchers’ Acceptance and Use of Open Access Publishing, in Management Reports of the Institute for Information Systems and New Media, LMU München, 2007.
Frank Havemann, Heinrich Parthey, and Walther Umstätter (eds.), Integrität wissenschaftlicher Publikationen in der Digitalen Bibliothek: Wissenschaftsforschung Jahrbuch 2007, Gesellschaft für
The National Academy of Sciences of Armenia will develop an OA communication system for Armenian research, thanks to a grant from the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Armenia. From Monday's announcement:
Stefan Busch, Society journals take a fresh look at open access publishing, BioMed Central Blog, December 21, 2007. Excerpt:
Merlien is a new publisher of OA journals. It has one journal already on its feet, The Journal of E-Working, now in its second issue, and plans for two more: The Journal of Open Innovation and Virtual Worlds Business Review.
Update (1/4/08). Merlien has adopted the CC-BY license for The Journal of E-Working. An excellent move!
Rick Weiss, Measure Would Require Free Access To Results of NIH-Funded Research, Washington Post, December 21, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: Remember that the OA mandate is not yet law. The funding bill containing it must still be signed by the President.
SPS Partnering with Connexions for Open-Access Educational Repository, Inside Signal Processing E-Newsletter, December 2007. (Thanks to Ahmed Hindawi.) Excerpt:
Update (1/31/08). Also see the home page for this project. (Thanks to Mel DeSart.)
Codswallop has put together a list of 50+ open source/free alternatives to Adobe Acrobat.
PS: I'm not blogging these tools because they can put texts into PDF format, but because they can get them out.
Alex Golub, An open access case study, Savage Minds, December 19, 2007. Excerpt:
The UK Economic & Social Research Council has released An Introduction to Open Access for ESRC Grant Holders. It offers a general introduction to OA and a restatement of the ESRC's OA mandate from October 2006. (The intro relies in several places on my Open Access Overview.)
For some OAN readers, this glimpse into the future may be new:
This evening the House of Representatives passed an omnibus spending bill containing language requiring the NIH to adopt an OA mandate. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday.
Because it cuts spending to the levels President Bush requested, and gives him $70 billion for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, he is expected to sign it.
The OA mandate for the NIH isn't law yet, but it's very, very close. Watch this space.
UCD Library Implements Institutional Repository with the help of Enovation Solutions, Irish University Association News, December 2007. Excerpt:
The December issue of AccessInformation is now online. This is a newsletter for non-academic information professionals. The December issue includes an introduction to OA. Excerpt:
Librarians at Sheffield Hallam University are reminding faculty of the benefits of depositing their peer-reviewed postprints in the institutional repository, SHURA (Sheffield Hallam University Research Archive). Excerpt:
Roger Clarke, The cost profiles of alternative approaches to journal publishing, First Monday, December 2007.
From the body of the paper:
PS: Congratulations to Curriki. Does anyone know who the other winner is? I only had time to run a quick search and couldn't turn up the name.
PS: Congratulations to Ilaria Capua and everyone at the WTCCC.
Creative Commons Launches CC0 and CC+ Programs, Creative Commons blog, December 17, 2007. Excerpt:
Update. Gavin Baker wrote to make clear that CC+ is not a new license but a way to extend existing CC licenses. CC0 will be a new license, but is still being drafted. (Thanks, Gavin.)
PS: The report does not identify OA as one of the trends or challenges worth watching. It only mentions OA explicitly once, in an innocuous sentence on p. 21: "The proliferation of audience-generated content combined with open-access content models is changing the way we think about scholarship and publication—and the way these activities are conducted."
The new editor-in-chief of Science Magazine is Bruce Alberts, a friend of OA who has defended the principle in public. As President of the National Academy of Sciences, he tried to shorten the embargo on PNAS to two months, though he eventually moved it back to six months. I suspect he will try OA experiments at Science.
Mike Rossner, Heather Van Epps, and Emma Hill, Show me the data, Journal of Cell Biology, December 17, 2007. An editorial. Excerpt:
Update. Also see Stevan Harnad's comments. Excerpt:
Update. Also see Thomson's response to the editorial.
Update (1/10/08). Rossner, Van Epps, and Hill have written a second editorial in response to Thomson's response.
Response to Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (Library of Congress), a petition drafted and organized by the Open Knowledge Foundation:
PS: Please consider adding your name. Although I was an early signatory to this petition, I'm late in blogging it because I didn't realize it was ready for public disclosure. Sorry for the delay.
David R. Holmes III and Richard A. Robb, Data, data everywhere, nor an image to read - Finding open image databases, Insight Journal, July 15, 2007. (Thanks to Jim Till.)
Greg Crane, Open Access and Institutional Repositories: The Future of Scholarly Communications, Academic Commons, December 16, 2007. Excerpt:
Announcing the Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data, Science Commons blog, December 16, 2007.
From the protocol itself:
Update. Here's a related announcement from Jordan Hatcher, mentioned in the Science Commons post above: "We’ve created a site [a blog, Open Data Commons] solely for the Open Data Commons project." From the inaugural post on the new blog:
Update. Also see John Wilbanks' blog post on "the personal story that led us [at Science Commons] to the position that we reached."
Update (12/20/07). Also see the new Database Protocol FAQ.
Sukhdev Singh, Bio-Medical Information Retrieval from Net, a slide presentation at Lady Irwin College (New Delhi, December 11, 2007). Focusing on OA resources.
Charles Arthur, Finally! Ordnance Survey lets people do mashups with its maps, The Guardian, December 13, 2007. Excerpt:
Steven Aftergood, A Resolution on Internet Access to CRS Reports, Secrecy News, December 12, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. This is very good news. I've been one (among many others) arguing for OA to CRS Reports for years. CRS Reports form a small patch of the mosaic, compared to publicly-funded scientific research. But I'm delighted to see Senate supporters of OA finally turn their attention to them.
Joe Esposito, Putting Science into Science Publishing, Publishing Frontier, December 11, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: Before responding myself, I can save a lot of time by quoting Stevan Harnad's comments: Putting Science Publishing Into Perspective, Open Access Archivangelism, December 15, 2007. Excerpt:
Commentary on: "Putting Science into Science Publishing" by Joseph Esposito, Publishing Frontier (blog) December 11 2007.
Comments. I support Stevan's responses and would only add a couple of my own. Joe claims that OA advocates believe "that librarians are stupid. The form this assertion takes is to argue that librarians will continue to pay for something that they can get for free."