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Friday, January 11, 2008

A UK perspective on 2007

Mark Chillingworth, The highs and lows of a turbulent year, Information World Review, January 7, 2008.  Excerpt:

High - Andrew Gowers’ IP review
Dry - European Library at risk of failure...

High - MIT puts all courses online
Dry - TFPL to jettison recruitment arm

Info pros were shocked to learn that major publishing companies including Elsevier and John Wiley were taking “public relations” advice on how to counter open access from Eric Dezenhall, a US PR agent famed for defending those not worthy of a defence in the public eye. Dezenhall was recruited to help fight a proposed change to the medical funding bill travelling through the US Senate that would place US federally funded research with the state-funded PubMed Central open access depository within 12 months. Dezenhall advised worried scientific publishers fearing a drop in revenue to found a campaign group to persuade the Senate that the move would destroy peer review and the validity of science.

High - E-book readers
Dry - Brussels Declaration against OA....

High - Strategic e-Content Alliance
Dry - Peer review under review

Government attitudes towards information were revealed in April when MPs from the two main parties showed their true shared colours in their disregard for public access to information about how the country is governed....

High - Manchester Council relaunches web presence
Dry - BvD sell-off rumours resurface....

High - National Archives launches wiki
Dry - FoI Act under attack....

High - Malaria Journal spreads
Dry - Leading academic casts doubt on impact factors....

High - National Archives takes over government info management
Dry - RAE demands CD-ROMs for the internet age

The Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine (PRISM) launched a campaign attacking open access publishing. Funded by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), itself financed by member companies such as Elsevier and Wiley, PRISM claimed that open access was creating “junk science” that could not be trusted. The open access and scientific communities swung into action, demonstrating that rigorous peer review policies are in place at open access journals, just as they are in paid-for publications....

High - BSI introduces standards for enterprise content management
Dry - AAP and PRISM

Peer review continued to dominate debate as scientists and authors turned against the PRISM campaign, while the British Academy added a new dimension to the debate, calling for training in peer review....

High - BL Newspaper Archive goes live
Dry - WSJ move forces FT to go free....

[T]he US Senate ignored the hyperbole of PRISM and voted in favour of the NIH bill, endorsing open access within 12 months for federally funded research. But the world’s most powerful man, George W Bush, vetoed the bill, claiming the Senate was acting like a kid with a new credit card.

High - Amazon launches Kindle
Dry - Bush bombs OA....

PS:  It looks like the December entry went to the printer before the big news.  After Bush vetoed of the first version of the bill to mandate OA at the NIH, on November 13, Congress passed another on December 19, and Bush signed it on December 26.