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I just mailed the February issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue takes a close look at open access mandates adopted or revealed in January, with special attention to those from the European Research Council and the US National Institutes of Health. The round-up section briefly notes 118 OA developments from January.
The High Energy Physics Advisory Panel of the US Department of Energy strongly supports SCOAP3, a press release from CERN's SCOAP3 project, January 31, 2008. Excerpt:
Luis Martinez, The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and Institutional Repositories, a briefing paper from the DataShare project. (Thanks to Robin Rice.) Excerpt:
Mireille van Eechoud and Brenda van der Wal, Creative commons licensing for public sector information: opportunities and pitfalls, University of Amsterdam Institute for Information Law, version 3.0, January 2008. (Thanks to the CC blog.) Excerpt:
Martin Richardson, Oxford Open prices adjusted for open access uptake, Oxford Journals Update, Winter 2007-2008. (Thanks to Heather Morrison.) Excerpt:
PS: Table 1 shows that that the rate of uptake for Oxford Open journals varies by field from 1.1% in the social sciences and humanities to 7.6% in the life sciences. Table 2 shows the range of effective price reductions due to OA, from 0% for 26 journals to 18% for two journals.
Paul Jacobson, Open Law Project, video of a presentation at the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa Conference (Pretoria, January 21-24, 2008).
Stewardship of digital research data: principles and guidelines, a new report from the Research Information Network, January 2008. Excerpt:
Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) is a new peer-reviewed OA journal published under a CC-BY-NC license by the Organization for Transformative Works. It just published its first call for papers. From the site:
Newsmaker Interview: Student Open Access Activist Gavin Baker, Library Journal Academic Newswire, January 31, 2008. Excerpt:
Today the European Parliament adopted a report on the European Research Area which includes some ruminations on OA policy. Unfortunately the report itself isn't yet online, but here's the EP summary of the OA portion:
Update. The report text is now online. Scroll to p. 42 for the start of the report, and to p. 47 for the start of the part on Sharing Knowledge (points 36-41). The full text doesn't add much to the summary, but here are the relevant passages. Parliament...
Update. For some background on this language, see my later post (March 14, 2008) on the stronger, original language.
Stevan Harnad, The University's Mandate To Mandate Open Access, Open Access Archivangelism, January 30, 2008.
PS: I'm blogging the version of this post at Stevan's blog because the version at Open Students isn't up yet.
Update. The post is now up at Open Students.
Spotlight on access to research data at conference, Computing SA, January 31, 2008.
Stephanie Taylor, Copyright, IPR and the Institutional Repository, a slide presentation at Queen's University Belfast, January 17, 2008.
Barbara Axt, UNESCO develops research monitoring tool, SciDev.Net, January 28, 2008. Excerpt:
Comment. Does anyone know whether the template includes indicators of OA? For example: How many universities in the country have OA repositories? How many have policies to fill them? How many of the public funding agencies make OA dissemination of peer-reviewed manuscripts a condition of funding? If the template does not yet include OA indicators, does anyone know how to lobby UNESCO to include them before the final version is released in May?
The Max Planck Society has agreed to pay the publication fees for MPS authors when they publish in any of the 17 OA journals from Copernicus Publications. (Thanks to Jean-Pierre Gattuso.) From the MPS press release, January 28, 2008:
Also see the story on the Columbia-Microsoft deal in today's Library Journal Academic Newswire.
Martijn J. Schuemie and Jan A. Kors, Jane: Suggesting Journals, Finding Experts, Bioinformatics, January 28, 2008.
Comment. This is a nifty tool with far-reaching potential. It will help readers find new literature on a given topic, help authors find appropriate journals for new work, and help editors find referees for new submissions. The last function should reduce the cost of facilitating peer review, by at least a little, and thereby reduce the costs of journal publishing. That will help both OA and TA journals. But since, on average, OA journals operate on tighter budgets than TA journals, it will give OA journals a relatively larger bump in viability. Currently, the Jane author/title index is limited to Medline, and therefore to biomedicine. But over time the concept could be extended to cover all disciplines.
Comment. See my comments on WiserWiki's first appearance last November. Again, I commend Elsevier for this experiment with free online research. I also commend it for adopting an open license, which addresses my chief criticism of the pre-beta edition.
Richard Van Noorden, Microsoft ventures into open access chemistry, Chemistry World, January 29, 2008. Excerpt:
Amber Kispert, Libraries teach faculty authors about copyright issues, The Minnesota Daily, January 28, 2008. Excerpt:
Update. Also see Minnesota's 6-minute self-playing PowerPoint presentation on author rights.
From the body of the chapter:
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has released its January 2008 rankings.
From the "about the ranking" page:
The January 2008 edition includes "a completely new Repositories Ranking according to the webometrics criteria for classifying all the institutional and thematic repositories with an autonomous web domain or subdomain."
Vangelis G. Alexiou and Matthew E. Falagas, e-meducation.org: an open access medical education web portal, BMC Medical Education, January 24, 2008. Abstract:
SPARC releases new campaign for student engagement, a press release from SPARC, January 28, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: Explore the richness of the Right to Research web site and check out the bibliography, timeline, brochure, blog, email list, list of OA benefits for students, and list of what students can do to support OA.
HP to power 'knowledge society' in India, Chennai Online, January 28, 2008.
Stevan Harnad, On Open Access, Self-Interest and Coercion, Open Access Archivangelism, January 27, 2008. Excerpt:
Offsystem is a new P2P-based repository for digital content. The system scrambles deposits and the download URL reassembles them. Deposits may be OA (if you share the download URL) or private (if you don't). From the site: