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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Purdue endorses CIC author addendum

The Purdue University Senate endorsed the CIC author addendum.  (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)  From Tuesday's announcement:

...Last year, the leadership of the Senate attended a CIC Conference on Faculty Governance at which the CIC Statement on Publishing Agreements was discussed. As of June, 2007, faculty governance from six of the CIC campuses formally endorsed this statement and Addendum to Publication Agreements for CIC Authors. This fall, we asked the Faculty Affairs Committee to consider endorsing this agreement for use at Purdue University....[T]he Faculty Affairs Committee has recommended that the Senate endorse this agreement....

By passing Senate Document 07-9, Purdue joined other CIC institutions such as the University of Illinois (both the UI-C and UIUC campuses), Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison as endorsing faculty rights to retain use of their intellectual property. The Addendum to Publication Agreements for CIC Authors is now available for use by Purdue faculty, if they chose to do so.

Comment.  The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is a consortium of 12 research universities:  University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  As a consortium, CIC has organized provost support for FRPAA (July 2006), joined the Google Library project (June 2007), and written an author addendum (May 2007).  While more than half the CIC institutions now endorse the addendum, none requires its use, not even with an opt-out e.g. as Harvard now does.