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Haïti-Archives-Technologie : Numériser deux siècles de législation haïtienne, Haïti Press Network, July 22, 2008. Read it in the original French or Google's English. Thanks to Laurie Taylor, who provides this English summary:
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources blog lists two articles on OERs published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Higher Education. (Thanks to Open Education News.) The articles are:
The videos from the SPARC-ACRL Forum on the Harvard open access policy (Anaheim, June 28-29, 2008) are now available. The presenters are:
Update. Also see Gavin Baker's comment. Excerpt:
PS: For background, see this week's announcement from Tony Hey's division of a set of free software tools to support scholarly communication and OA. Also see Richard Poynder's December 2006 interview with Tony Hey, which focused on Tony's commitment to OA and how Microsoft could support and advance it.
SPARC has released a set of teaser cards as part of its student-oriented The Right to Research campaign. From the description:
Eye-catching and inexpensive to distribute, our new Open Access teaser cards are designed to grab student attention where they roam. Order copies or print your own, tear apart, and place this guerrilla piece strategically around campus - in library carrels, around the coffee shop, or around the department. ...The teaser cards are 2" x 2" each and come in sets of 6. The six messages are:
Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for SPARC, including work on The Right to Research campaign.
From the fund page (English version):
Comment. I applaud this support for OA. But I'll add that any university willing to pay these fees should also be willing to adopt a policy to encourage or require OA archiving for the research output of the institution. The two strategies are compatible and complementary. Delft signed the Berlin Declaration, runs an institutional repository, and has hosted a useful wiki devoted to OA since April 2007. But I don't believe it has yet adopted a strong OA policy for its own research output, for example, as Harvard and 20+ other universities around the world have done.
J. Downing, Peter Murray-Rust, and six co-authors, SPECTRa: The Deposition and Validation of Primary Chemistry Research Data in Digital Repositories, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, July 29, 2008. The July 29 issue of the journal isn't online yet, so I'm linking to the abstract at PubMed:
Philip M. Davis and four co-authors, Open access publishing, article downloads, and citations: randomised controlled trial, BMJ, July 31, 2008. Abstract:
The same issue of BMJ contains an editorial by Fiona Godlee on the study, but only the first 1.5 paragraphs are free online for non-subscribers.
Update. Also see Stevan Harnad's comment:
Update. Also see Gunther Eysenbach's comment:
Update (9/3/08). For more comments pro and con, also Tracey Caldwell's article in Information World Review, September 3, 2008.
Geochemical Society policy on geochemical databases, a policy statement on open data from the Geochemical Society. The policy was adopted November 27, 2007. It may not count as news, but the previously undated document was only dated today. Excerpt:
PS: See my comments on the first announcement of the service earlier this month.
Update (9/18/08). Also see the editorial, Open access archiving, in Nature Cell Biology, September 2008 (accessible only to subscribers).
ReviVec: Red y Portal Iberoamericano de Revistas Científicas de Veterinaria de Libre Acceso [Ibero-American Network and Portal of Open Access Veterinary Scientific Journals] offers access to journals from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. The site opened in 2008. (Thanks to Accesso.com.)
Stevan Harnad, 50th Green OA Self-Archiving Mandate Worldwide: France's ANR/SHS, Open Access Archivangelism, July 29, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: Also see my post yesterday on the new ANR OA mandate.
Jane Secker, Supporting researchers in the social sciences, Social Software, libraries & distance learners, July 29, 2008. Blog notes on Supporting Researchers in the Social Sciences (July 24-25, 2008, Belfast).
Oxford University has released its report, dated July 25, on Scoping Digital Repository Services for Research Data Management. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) From the report's conclusions:
The priorities of the project for the next months include the following deliverables: a consultation exercise with support services available in Oxford, the organization of a second workshop and the production of a set of recommendations for digital repository services for research data. ...See also our previous coverage of the project's plan and blog.
Eve Gray, Open access repositories begin to reap benefits for South African science as CSIR research goes global, Gray Area, July 29, 2008.
Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, The Law Behind the NOAA Open Letter to Google Lunar X PRIZE Participants, Res Communis, July 28, 2008.
Comment. I'm unfamiliar with this area of policy, but the description here seems to contrast with the new repository of data from Indian space exploration, which will offer 18 months of discriminatory access limited to Indian researchers before opening to use by other nationals.
DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons Form Working Collaboration, press release, July 29, 2008.
Today two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, the DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons, announced plans to combine strengths to work on joint initiatives ...
Hindawi, a publisher of OA journals, announced on July 28 that
Hindawi Publishing Corporation has once again seen solid growth in the Impact Factors of its journals, according to the 2007 Journal Citation Report. Hindawi has nine journals that were included in the previous Journal Citation Report, and the average Impact Factors of these journals rose by more than 14%. In addition, five of Hindawi's journals received Impact Factors for the first time this year. ...See also our previous coverage of the 2007 IFs for PLoS and BMC journals.
The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research is a new, peer-reviewed OA journal published by BioMed Central. See the July 28 announcement. It's the official journal of of the Australasian Podiatry Council and the (UK) Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. See the inaugural editorial. Authors retain copyright to their work, and articles are released under the Creative Commons Attribution License.
The Humanities and Social Sciences branch of France's Agence Nationale de la recherche (ANR) has adopted an OA mandate, requiring its grantees to deposit their peer-reviewed manuscripts in HAL-SHS, the humanities and social sciences section of HAL. (Thanks to Stevan Harnad.)
In November 2007, ANR adopted a policy to encourage OA archiving, and the new policy strengthens it by requiring project managers to insure that it is done.
Norka Ruiz Bravo, Publication of NIH-funded Research in PubMed Central, ASCB Newsletter, July 2008. (ASCB = American Society for Cell Biology.) Ruiz Bravo is the Deputy Director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research. Excerpt:
Comment. I applaud what the SBRP is doing. But I have lots of questions. Is it putting all its peer-reviewed research articles on its wiki? (Some publishers who have no problem with depositing postprints in repositories do have problems with depositing postprints in wikis.) Either way, does it require this kind of OA archiving? Merely encourage it? Does it have an OAI-compliant OA repository in addition to its wiki? Are these questions (largely) moot because all its articles are published in OA journals? Does it require submission to OA journals? Encourage it? Does it pay processing fees at fee-based OA journals?
Update (7/31/08). Raphael Adamek from the Boston SBRP has answered my questions and allowed me to post his answers. (Thanks, Raphael.)
Wouter Gerritsma, Google and the academic Deep Web, Wouter on the Web, July 28, 2008. Comments on Kat Hagedorn and Joshua Santelli, Google Still Not Indexing Hidden Web URLs, D-Lib Magazine, July/August 2008 (blogged here on July 16). Excerpt:
Comment. The guide for repository managers Google and I put together in 2005, How to facilitate Google crawling, is now three and a half years old, an epoch in internet time. I wouldn't be surprised if many of the listed suggestions were out of date and many new and valuable suggestions simply not listed. If there are newer or more useful guides for repository managers, not limited Google crawling, please let me know. I'll blog them here. Or if there are many of them, perhaps we could start a list at OAD.
William Patry, Open Access and the NIH, The Patry Copyright Blog, July 28, 2008. Patry is the Senior Copyright Counsel at Google, and formerly copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
This excerpt picks up after Patry reviews (1) the 1978 deliberations in Congress on whether to make research by government-funded scientists uncopyrightable, as Congress had already done for government-employed scientists, (2) the NIH OA policy, and (3) the APA's short-lived deposit fee for NIH-funded authors.
Patry may initially have missed the fact that the NIH policy applies to peer-reviewed manuscripts (as opposed to unrefereed preprints), but a reader pointed that out in the comment section. Patry replies that it doesn't change his conclusion:
Margaret Henty and three co-authors, Investigating Data Management Practices in Australian Universities, Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories, July 2008.
Microsoft Research Unveils Free Software Tools to Help Scholars and Researchers Share Knowledge, a press release from Microsoft, July 28, 2008. Excerpt:
Update. Also see Peter Monaghan's story in the Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31, 2008. Excerpt:
Magda R. Brox, Mejora de 'webs' para escalar posiciones [Improve Web sites to increase rankings], El País, July 4, 2008. Read it in the original Spanish or Google's English.
Comment. The column mentions the rankings by Spain's Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), which we blogged previously.
The George Eastman House and the Bibliothèque de Toulouse have joined Flickr Commons and will provide OA to some of their images there. (Thanks to Boing Boing.)
The Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian is also providing access to part of its collection on Flickr, though not as part of Flickr's The Commons project. The images are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license (images in the Commons are in the public domain). (Thanks to Patrick Peccatte.)
Update. See also this article on the Toulouse library's participation from Livres Hebdo (in French). (Thanks to pintiniblog.)
Plausible Accuracy has two posts proposing a blog carnival on open science:
Mary Piorun and Lisa A. Palmer, Digitizing Dissertations for an Institutional Repository: A Process and Cost Analysis, Journal of the Medical Library Association, July 2008. Abstract:
Objective: This paper describes the Lamar Soutter Library's process and costs associated with digitizing 300 doctoral dissertations for a newly implemented institutional repository at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
John Wilbanks, "Ship it or share it", john wilbanks' blog, July 24, 2008.
Francis Deblauwe, Web Search & CC Licenses, iCommons.org, June 9, 2008.
How many web search engines actually allow to filter for Creative Commons-licensed materials? How many websites allow you to search for CC-licensed images only? How about videos and audio materials? ...
Wishart Library Launches Two New Online Databases, Wishart Library, July 25, 2008. (Thanks to SooNews.ca.)
The Arthur A. Wishart Library at Algoma University is making it easier for the public to access archival resources and student and faculty-driven research with the launch of two new online databases. Both of the searchable databases can be accessed via the Wishart Library website ...
Henry Lowood, Historical Studies of Digital Entertainment Media, How They Got Game, July 21, 2008. (Thanks to Kotaku.)
The How They Got Game project is pleased to announce that we will be starting up a new journal, with the title Historical Studies of Digital Entertainment Media. ... We have been working with a group of authors for the first issue, which we hope will be published Winter 2009. The theme for this first issue will be "Digital Games: Historical and Preservation Studies." ...
Open Access to Compiled Federal Legislative Histories: Coming Soon?, Legal Sources Subject to Open, June 27, 2008.
Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies is a new OA journal published by the University of California, Los Angeles' James S. Coleman African Studies Center. The journal was established in 1970.
Two new Open Access Journals from the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, EIFL, July 24, 2008.
Aaron Welborn, Open or Shut? The Question of Public Access, Off The Shelf, Spring 2008.
Frank Scholze, Internationalisation of information services for publishers' open access policies: the DINI multilingual integration layer, Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, July 28, 2008. (Thanks to Michael Schwartz.)
Comment. Just for the record, the NIH policy regulates grantees, not journals or publishers. The question isn't whether a journal complies with a policy which only binds other players, but whether it is willing to publish work by NIH-funded authors. I suppose this is what JNPT means. The question isn't even whether a journal lets authors comply with the NIH policy, since journals are not in a position to allow or disallow it. If a journal offers to publish work by NIH-funded authors but insists that they depart somehow from the NIH policy, then those authors are contractually bound to decline the offer and look for another publisher.
Paul D. Shepard, Schizophrenia Bulletin and the Revised NIH Public Access Policy, Schizophrenia Bulletin, July 21, 2008. SB is an official journal of the Schizophrenia International Research Society, published by Oxford University Press.
This excerpt picks up after Shepard has summarized the NIH policy and explained that Oxford will automatically deposit SB articles by NIH-funded authors in PMC:
Jeffrey Brainard, Untying the Secret Strings That Bind Research, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 1, 2008 (accessible only to subscribers). Excerpt:
PS: I can't find the Young memo online. But if anyone else does, please drop me a line.
Jean-Claude Guédon, Who Will Digitize the World's Books? New York Review of Books, August 14, 2008. A letter to the editor in response to Robert Darnton, The Library in the New Age (June 12, 2008). Excerpt:
From Robert Darnton's response:
From the body of the interview:
The DOAJ has added a page of statistics by country. For each of 90 countries, you can quickly see how many OA journals it had in the DOAJ in any of the past seven years (for example, Japan in 2004 = 72) and how many it added that year (Japan in 2004 = 47).
Each number links to a list. For example, here's the list of 47 Japanese OA journals added to the DOAJ during 2004.
PS: This will be very useful for tracking the growth of OA journals over time and their spread to different countries.
Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Check Your Data Freedom: A Taxonomy to Assess Life Science Database Openness, a preprint, self-archived July 17, 2008.