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Helping Move CLOCKSS Forward: Ensuring Continuing Access to Journal Content, an announcement from EDINA, January 11, 2008. Excerpt:
Heather Morrison, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Charleston Advisor, January 2008. A review. From the conclusion:
Update. A self-archived copy of the article is on deposit at E-LIS.
Comments. There's some new information here and some helpful confirmation of earlier assumptions, conjectures, and predictions. To summarize the most important:
Update. To be more precise, the new policy will remove price barriers and not permission barriers for covered articles, limiting users to fair use. But it doesn't follow that users are limited to fair use for all the contents in PMC. Some full and hybrid OA journals that remove permission barriers deposit their OA articles in PMC, independently of the new policy. (Thanks to Matt Cockerill for the reminder.)
Klaus Graf reports that the Internet Archive is going beyond the archiving of Nazi literature (which is justified for historical study) and recent neo-Nazi propaganda (which may or may not be covered by the same justification), to the display of neo-Nazi propaganda in metadata annotations to the Nazi deposits.
Jocelyn Kaiser, NIH Announces Public-Access Policy, Science, January 11, 2008. Excerpt:
Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research, National Institutes of Health, January 11, 2008. (Thanks to Mark Siegal.) The new policy takes effect on April 7, 2008. Here's the text in its entirety:
Update. Also see Gavin Baker's blog post on how well he predicted the resolution of these policy details.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has created a Task Force on Digital Repository Issues. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) All we have so far is this snippet from the January 9 issue of the ARL E-News:
Greyson, Longwoods Press rolls out Open Access policy, Social Justice Librarian, January 10, 2008. Excerpt:
Comment. I'd only add two points. First, the copyright transfer agreement, even for authors selecting the OA option, gives Longwoods the exclusive right to distribute copies or deposit them in repositories --although the same document later qualifies this by permitting post-print archiving for those who pay the fee. Second, Longwoods does not promise to reduce subscription prices in proportion to author uptake of the new option. Hence, it embraces a frank "double charge" business model.
Also see the Science Commons blog post on the lecture. Excerpt:
Kayvan Kousha and Mike Thelwall, The Web impact of open access social science research, Library & Information Science Research, December 2007. Only this abstract is free online, at least so far:
Update (1/17/08). There is now an OA edition of this paper.
Mark Chillingworth, The highs and lows of a turbulent year, Information World Review, January 7, 2008. Excerpt:
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.
Heather Ford, Wrapping up 2007, iCommons blog, December 18, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: For my review of OA in 2007, see my SOAN article from earlier this month.
M.H. Kollef, Open access to infectious disease case-based learning on the Internet, Clinical Infectious Diseases, February 1, 2008. A letter to the editor (accessible only to subscribers).
Update. Thanks to a colleague for sending me the text. Excerpt:
From Matthew Falagas' response to Kollef's letter:
The Scientific Council of the European Research Council has released its Guidelines for Open Access. Although the document is dated December 17, 2007, it was put online January 10, 2008. Here it is in its entirety:
Update. Also see Stevan Harnad's comments.
Update (1/18/08). On my second bullet point above: The ERC will continue to pay publication fees. Details in my post from January 18, 2008.
Richard Poynder has interviewed Alma Swan, January 10, 2008. The conversation focuses on the prospects for a OA mandate in Europe, but ranges over many other topics as well, including the link between OA and research assessment, the different fortunes of institutional repositories in the US and Europe, the demand for OA in developing countries, and the promise of data mining and the semantic web. Excerpt:
The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (Universitets- og høgskolerådet, or UHR) is joining CERN's SCOAP3 project. Its expression of interest is now online.
The Swiss Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften or SAGW) adopted an OA policy on December 21, 2007. (Thanks to the Open Access Informationsplattform.)
The new policy appears to recommend rather than require OA. Because the details are in a PDF (in German), I can't link to a machine translation. If someone could post an English summary or translation to SOAF, then I'd link to it from this post.
Update (1/11/08). I just posted a crude translation to SOAF. Bottom line: the policy is a recommendation, not a mandate. It recommends that authors self-archive or submit their work to OA journals, and it recommends that journals and publishers use CC licenses or deposit their articles in an OA repository.
Lessons in Conservation is a new peer-reviewed OA journal from the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners, a project of the American Museum of Natural History. (Thanks to Gary Bogue.) The inaugural issue (December 2007) is now online.
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has launched an alert system for OA articles on dryland agriculture, organized by crop (chickpea, groundnut, millet, pigeonpea, and sorghum).
PS: Congratulations to Eichhorn for this much-deserved honor.
M. Mitchell Waldrop, Science 2.0: Great New Tool, or Great Risk? Scientific American, January 9, 2008. Excerpt:
Update (1/17/08). Also see Curtis Brainard's article on this in the Columbia Journalism Review.
The Journal of Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience has converted to hybrid OA. The decision is apparently contained in John Maunsell's editorial, Open Choice, in today's issue (accessible only to subscribers, at least so far). I don't have access and can't quote an excerpt, but here's a paraphrase from Noah Gray at Action Potential, the neuroscience blog from Nature:
Comment. Note the trajectory of JN's access policy over the past three years. When the NIH policy was new in 2005, and requested OA within 12 months, JN urged its NIH-funded authors to demand the full 12 month embargo and then to insert a paragraph saying that the Society for Neuroscience "disclaims any responsibility or liability for errors or omissions" in the version on deposit in PubMed Central. In January 2006, it liberalized its policy and allowed OA after six months. Now it is permitting immediate OA for those who pay the publication fee.
Update (1/11/08). A colleague has sent me the text, which is only three paragraphs in length. Excerpt:
Update (1/11/08). Another colleague points out JN's page of charges, and summarizes:
Kim Thomas, OECD site offers statistical co-operation, Information World Review, January 7, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: Good choice!
Jeffrey Young, Thanks to YouTube, Professors Are Finding New Audiences, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2008. Excerpt:
Mita Williams, OLPC and Libraries Should Support Open Systems, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) News, January 8, 2008. Excerpt:
The January 8 issue of Library Journal Academic Newswire has two stories on the OA mandate at the NIH:
Excerpt from the second:
Stephen Katz, FAO's role in facilitating access to the scientific and technical literature in Agriculture in developing countries, written for presentation at the Berlin 5 meeting, Open Access: From Practice to Impact: Consequences of Knowledge Dissemination (Padua, September 19-21, 2007). Because Katz was unable to attend the meeting, this presentation was delivered by Stefka Kaloyanova of the FAO.
From Emily at A Life Less Ordinary, a blog on Asperger's syndrome:
Rebecca Trager, US science budget fails to deliver, Chemistry World, January 7, 2008. Excerpt:
Marcus Banks, Biomedical Digital Libraries Now Open for Business, Marcus' World, January 6, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: For background, see my post from December 14, 2007.
Les Carr, The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Lot of Effort, RepositoryMan, January 6, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: I believe the Wikia project was first announced in December 2006.
Jan Velterop, Taking the trip without paying the ship? The Parachute, January 6, 2008. Excerpt:
Update (1/8/08). See Jan's comments on my comments.
Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Institutional Repositories, Tout de Suite, Digital Scholarship, 2008. A useful cross between a bibliography and FAQ. Excerpt:
David Hanson and three co-authors, Policy Changes In Budget Bill, Chemical and Engineering News, January 7, 2008. Excerpt:
Alma Swan and Les Carr, Institutions, their repositories and the Web, a preprint forthcoming from Serials Review.
Update (2/1/08). The article has now been published.
Bill Gates and Microsoft's most famous astronaut fund deep space telescope, Networked World, January 4, 2008. (Thanks to John Hawks.) Excerpt:
Robin Peek, NIH OA Mandate Passes, a preprint of a column to appear in the February issue of Information Today. According to IT's new access policy, "The preprint will be removed on January 31st and the postprint will be posted 3 months after publication." Excerpt: