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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Report on UKPMC workshop

UKPMC has released a report by Alma Swan on UKPMC Workshop (London, February 4, 2008).  Excerpt:

The welcoming address was by Dr Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, one of the UKPMC Funders Group. He explained that part of Wellcome’s Open Access strategy is to make science publishing a transparent market so that researchers know what their publishing activities cost, just as they know what their reagents cost. He said that 91% of Wellcome-funded articles are published in journals that are compliant with its policy on Open Access but that only a fraction of them had appeared in UKPMC. There are two main reasons for this:

  1. Publishers are not depositing articles as they had agreed with the Trust
  2. Authors themselves are not self-archiving their articles as requested...

He concluded by talking about the ways in which value can be added to the journal content of UKPMC. First, there is additional content, and one example is the database that contains details of over 15,000 grants from the UKPMC funders which is accessed via the UKPMC web site. Other content types envisaged are research data, patents, conference proceedings, technical notes, books, NICE guidelines, protocols and care pathways and clinical trials registers. Second, there will be the opportunity to enrich the content of UKPMC and maximise its effective use, by permitting derivatives, linking to other databases, providing improved definitions and relationships, data mashing, and using semantic technologies and text mining....

The report also summarizes the talks by Matt Cockerill, Timo Hannay, Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, and Sophia Ananiadou, and the discussions within the three workshop sessions.