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Monday, August 25, 2008

More on Microsoft's tools to support OA

Robin Peek, Microsoft Research Offers New Software Tools That Support Open Access, Information Today, August 25, 2008.  Excerpt:

...Unlike Microsoft Corp., Microsoft Research does not sell anything....Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. The scientific advisory board of Microsoft Research includes Clifford Lynch, Ph.D., executive director, Coalition for Networked Information; and Christine Borgman, Ph.D., professor, Presidential Chair in Information Studies, University of California–Los Angeles.

Speaking to more than 400 faculty members from leading research institutions worldwide, Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s External Research Division, "emphasized the role his group plays not only in supporting specific collaborative research projects, but also in improving the process of research and its role in the innovation ecosystem, including developing and supporting efforts in open access, open tools, open technology and interoperability."

This commitment to openness was not a surprise. Hey is a former academic who spent 4 years in charge of the U.K.’s e-Science Initiative before taking the position at Microsoft Research in 2005. Microsoft Research labs has committed to publishing in the open literature. However, while all the projects will be freely available as a download, Microsoft will not build applications on the Linux platform....

[Here omitting details on the tools themselves.]

PS:  For background, see our post on the new Microsoft OA tools.