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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Some of the OA initiatives from CERN and high-energy physics

Robert Aymar, Scholarly communication in High-Energy Physics:  past, present and future innovations, apparently a preprint, July 2008.  Aymar is the Director-General CERN.  (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) 

Abstract:   Unprecedented technological advancements have radically changed the way we communicate and, at the same time, are effectively transforming science into e-Science. In turn, this transformation calls for an evolution in scholarly communication. This review describes several innovations, spanning the last decades of scholarly communication in High Energy Physics: the first repositories, their interaction with peer-reviewed journals, a proposed model for Open Access publishing and a next-generation repository for the field. We hope that some of these innovations, which are deeply rooted in the highly-interconnected and world-wide flavour of the High-Energy Physics community can serve as an inspiration to other communities.

From the conclusion:

HEP has spearheaded (open) access to scientific information, with half a century of circulation of preprints and almost two decades of inception and adoption of repositories. The publishing and library landscapes in HEP are now in a new period of change, built on this tradition of successful, user-driven, innovations: the cross road of open access and peer-reviewed literature and the inception of a next-generation repository adapting the current technological advances to the research workflow of HEP scientists.

SCOAP3 is a unique experiment of “flipping” from Toll Access to Open Access all journals covering the literature of a given discipline....

INSPIRE, a new e-infrastructure for information retrieval in HEP is being designed and will soon be deployed. It aims to answer to the evolving needs of HEP scholars, deploying novel 16
text- and data-mining, as well as Web2.0, applications. This new e-infrastructure might provide inspiration to many other communities that are currently exploring ways to improve the dissemination, discovery and organization of research results, primarily focusing on author self-archiving....