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Jennifer McLennan, New SPARC Campaign Engages Students on Open Access, ARL Bimonthly Report, No. 256, February 2008. Excerpt:
Jennifer adds new details in the January issue of the PLoS E-Newsletter for Institutional Members:
PS: The Right to Research web site will launch later this month.
The publishing consultants at Greenhouse Associates have put out a list of Five Trends to Watch in 2008. The trends focus on non-academic publishing, but consider whether they apply to academic publishing as well, esp. this pair in tension:
Jan Velterop, Reviewed reviews, The Parachute, January 18, 2008. Excerpt:
Comments. Whether OA mandates should ever apply to books is a fascinating question. Some thoughts:
The January issue of First Monday is now online. Here are the OA-related articles:
Barbara Lison (ed.), Information und Ethik, a large PDF containing most of the proceedings of the Third Leipzig Kongress für Information und Bibliothek (Leipzig, March 19-22, 2007), Verlag Dinges & Frick GmbH Wiesbaden, 2007. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.) Here are the OA-related articles:
Update. Herb's article has now been separately self-archived.
Alexis Madrigal, Google to Host Terabytes of Open-Source Science Data, Wired Science, January 18, 2008. Excerpt:
Comment. For background, see my post from March 2007. At that time, Google was offering to transfer huge datasets from lab to lab, at its own expense, provided it could make copies for offline storage and eventual Google-hosted OA. I'm very glad to see that it hasn't forgotten the OA part of the plan and is even adding tools for visualization, annotation, and user comments.
Update. For a critical view of Palimpsest, see Chuck Humphrey's comments at the IASSIST blog.
The citation extraction process in CitEc, RePEc blog, January 16, 2008. Excerpt:
Michael Cross, 'No one in government IT will have done this before', The Guardian, January 17, 2008. Excerpt:
Mark Chillingworth, Wales urges librarians to help build better Wikipedia, Information World Review, January 17, 2008. Excerpt:
Bright Futurists: Student Speakers Offer Unique Perspective at ACRL/SPARC Forum, Library Journal Academic Newswire, January 17, 2008. Excerpt:
I'm happy to report that the ERC will continue to pay publication fees. (Thanks to the ERC-UK via Matthew Cockerill.) From the latest ERC Guide for [Grant] Applicants, December 27, 2007, p. 16:
This version of the Guide will apply at least until Summer 2008.
Universities' alternative to Google launched, a press release from the University of Manchester, January 16, 2008. Excerpt:
Update. Also see Hurley Goodall, U. of Manchester Adds Digital Repositories to Academic Search Engine, The Wired Campus, January 23, 2008. Excerpt:
The January/February issue of the eIFL.net Newsletter is now online. Some tidbits:
Jocelyn Kaiser, Uncle Sam's Biomedical Archive Wants Your Papers, Science Magazine, January 18, 2008 (accessible only to subscribers). Excerpt:
Comment. I'm confused on one point. Kaiser paraphrases Norka Ruiz Bravo: "Whereas other funders help pay author fees that some journals charge to make the full text immediately available, NIH is not offering any extra money for 'open access.'" Ruiz Bravo should know, of course, but her statement seems to conflict with Question E3 of the new FAQ:
As I read it, this passage covers publication fees at fee-based OA journals as well as page charges at TA journals. One way to reconcile it with Ruiz Bravo's statement in Kaiser's article is to be very literal. Perhaps NIH won't offer "extra money" to pay publication fees at fee-based OA journals, but it will allow grantees to use grant funds for the purpose. More later, if I learn more on this point.
Today I'm facing a double whammy of software and connectivity problems. A bad crash corrupted some data files, forcing me to rely on dated back-ups, and an ice storm is causing intermittent outages. Please bear with me as I catch up.
Katherine Nightingale, Scheme to 'share environmentally-friendly patents', SciDev.Net, January 17, 2008. Excerpt:
Also see the WBCSD press release, January 14, 2008.
Mike Linksvayer, CC0 beta/discussion draft launch, CC blog, January 15, 2008. Excerpt:
Cameron Neylon, Biosciences Federation Survey on Open Access - Please do this survey! Science in the Open, January 16, 2008. Excerpt:
Brian Matthews and four co-authors, Citation, Location, And Deposition In Discipline & Institutional Repositories: Recommendations for Data/Publication Linkage, November 30, 2007. Report III for the CLADDIER Project. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
Andrea Foster, Despite Skeptics, Publishers Tout New 'Fair Use' Agreements With Universities, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 17, 2008 (accessible only to subscribers). Excerpt:
Update. Also see the story in Library Journal Academic Newswire for January 22, 2008.
Update. Also see the BMC blog post on JCMR's conversion.
Kim Thomas, Nature makes genome chain officially free, Information World Review, January 16, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: For background, see my blog post from December 6, 2007.
Alf Eaton, Depositing Nature articles in PubMed Central, HubLog, January 15, 2008. Excerpt:
Update. Here are some further details on Nature's self-archiving policy, thanks to Maxine Clarke, Nature's Publishing Executive Editor:
Stephen Bell Wellington, Public Access to Legislation project online at last, Computerworld NZ, January 16, 2008. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, Critique of EU Council's Conclusions (again heavily influenced by the publisher anti-OA lobby), Open Access Archivangelism, January 16, 2008. Excerpt:
I recently asked Matthew Honan, Editorial Director at Bentham Science Publishers, to describe the recent progress and future plans of Bentham's OA publishing program. I thank him for permission to post his response:
From the SURF announcement:
Building the German Network of Open-Access-Repositories, a press release from Germany's DINI (Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation) project, January 16, 2008. Excerpt:
Kim Carr, Liberating the voices of science, The Australian, January 16, 2008. Senator Carr is Australia's Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. (Thanks to Colin Steele.) Excerpt:
Comment. Senator Carr is responding to the problem of political interference with science, not the problem of price barriers to publicly funded research. But the remedy may address both problems, showing that they are connected. We saw a similar development in the US in June 2006 when Sen. John McCain introduced an amendment in the Senate to ensure "the open exchange of data and results of research by Federal agency scientists" as a response to the political interference with science by the Bush administration. (Several Australian funding agencies already have OA policies to eliminate price barriers to publicly funded research.)
According to a 2005 Russian law, certain government information and national standards must be OA on a government web site. But the key agency is not complying and appears to have ties to businesses which have been selling the same information to the public. Last month, a new cabinet decree clarified the law (spelling out OA as access that is "free of charge") and a private institute is pushing for its enforcement.
For details, see State standards become open and free of charge, C-News: Russian IT Review, January 15, 2008. Excerpt:
The January/February issue of D-Lib Magazine is now online. Here are the OA-related articles:
Melissa Norton, Medscape develops Continuing Medical Education based on open access research articles, BioMed Central blog, January 14, 2008. Excerpt:
Kasja Weenink, Leo Waaijers, and Karen van Godtsenhoven (eds.), A DRIVER's Guide to European Repositories: Five Studies of Important Digital Repository Related Issues and Good Practices, Amsterdam University Press, January 2008. This is a dual-edition book. The print edition costs €35.00, and the OA edition is released under a CC-BY-NC-ND license. (Thanks to Napoleon Miradon.) Here are the five studies:
Update. Vanessa Proudman has excerpted some highlights from her chapter, Seventeen guidelines for stimulating the population of repositories.
Edward Bilodeau, Academic banning of Google and Wikipedia misguided, Edward Bilodeau's Weblog, January 14, 2008. Excerpt:
Tracey Caldwell, BioMed Streamlines Open Repository With DSpace Features, Linux Insider, January 15, 2008. Excerpt:
The editorial is a free PDF, but it's locked to prevent users from cutting/pasting. (Why?) So here's a paraphrase in lieu of an excerpt: AJA used to charge for print subscriptions and make read-only PDFs available free of charge on its web site. But starting now, it will offer electronic subscriptions and (except for this editorial) stop offering free PDFs.
Norman hopes this will change will expand AJA's readership. My bet is that it will have the opposite effect.
AJA will still offer OA to museum exhibitions, books, images and data for selected articles, and some bibliographies.
Andrea Foster, Librarian: Ohio State Professors Need Copyright Refresher, The Wired Campus, January 14, 2008.
The January issue of the DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology is devoted to open access (guest-edited by Usha Mujoo Munshi). Here are the articles:
PS: DESIDOC is India's Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre.
John Willinsky, When Free Access to Research Is Mandated by Law, Slaw.ca, January 14, 2008. Excerpt:
UC eScholarship Repository exceeds 5 million full-text downloads, a press release from the University of California, January 14, 2008. Excerpt:
Update. Also see the brief note on this news in The Wired Campus, which is generating some interesting reader comments. (Thanks to George Porter.)
Update (1/23/08). Also see Anna Opalka's story in The California Aggie. Excerpt:
John Dupuis, Interview with Christopher Leonard, Associate Publisher of PhysMath Central, Confessions of a Science Librarian, January 14, 2008. Excerpt:
The new issue (vol. 10, no. 1, 2008) of Medicc Review is devoted to eHealth: Cuba Faces the Digital Divide. (Thanks to Matt Cockerill.) Here are the OA-related articles:
Wendy Davis, Copyright Protection Stymies Online Archive, Online Media Daily, January 9, 2008. Excerpt:
Cameron Neylon, Open Science and the developing world: Good intentions, bad implementation? Science in the open, January 14, 2008. Excerpt:
Michael Geist, Our universities could learn plenty from MIT, Toronto Star, January 14, 2008. Excerpt:
Comment. MIT is also considering an OA mandate for the institutions's research output.
EPL and Open Access Articles, Europhysics Letters, January 2008. A "Publishers' Note" from the six-person EPL Management Committee. Excerpt:
Frederick Noronha, Open access publishing takes off in India, IANS, January 13, 2008. Excerpt: