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Stevan Harnad, OA Publishing is OA, but OA is Not OA Publishing, Open Access Archivangelism, October 10, 2008. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, Open Access Book-Impact and "Demotic" Metrics, Open Access Archivangelism, October 10, 2008.
Comment. I support OA metadata for all non-OA literature and the development of book metrics from open metadata. But I depart from Stevan on one premise: he says that OA for full-text books cannot be mandated, but I think it can. There are reasons why book mandates are more difficult than article mandates to implement well and fairly, and why none yet exist. But the difficulties can be met.
Like the lists of Video about OA, Educational materials about OA, and the official list of Events celebrating Open Access Day, this one is timed to support Open Access Day (October 14, 2008) and capture the many new resources now under development for it.
The first version of the list is short, just enough to justify a launch. If you know of audio recordings about OA (not just recordings which happen to be OA), please take a moment to add them. OAD contributors must register, but registration is free and easy.
Parastatidis works with the Technical Computing @ Microsoft group and released the source code for OfficeSword under a Microsoft public license.
Microsoft is releasing the source code under the Microsoft Research License Agreement, which allows essentially all uses except commercial use and has a share-alike clause.
PS: For background, see our past posts on the Microsoft repository platform.
CERN's Large Hadron Collider papers at the OA Journal of Instrumentation were downloaded 55,000 times in their first two months online. (Thanks to Enrico Balli.)
Andrea Gawrylewski, A match made in open access heaven? TheScientist, October 10, 2008. Excerpt:
See esp. Table 2.2 on p. 18. Of eight surveyed concerns, institutional repositories ranked fourth and OA publishing ranked last in the level of "high concern" they raised. The top three concerns were "access management", "provision of e-resources", and "other".
The EC just released two documents about its OA pilot project for FP7:
PS: For background, see our past posts on OAPEN.
The University of Glasgow has adopted an OA mandate. The proposal to the University Senate is dated June 5, 2008, and was apparently approved in time to take effect at the start of the current (08-09) academic year. The policy was announced late last week. From the policy proposal:
I just returned from a trip and Gavin is in the middle of a move. Please bear with us as we catch up on recent news.
I'll be on the road Thursday and Friday with few opportunities for blogging or email. I'll start catching up on the weekend.
JISC has announced funding for "a comprehensive landscape and feasibility study investigating the current and recommended future state of open innovation practice". The deadline on the call for proposals is November 11, 2008.
Comment. APS did the same thing last year for three papers on the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity, the prize-winning discovery. See my October 2007 blog post for details and comments.
Juan Manuel Zurita Sánchez, Open Access en el IIA, El falso letrado, October 8, 2008. Blog notes on a presentation on the IR at the Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas [Institute of Anthropological Research] at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Barack Obama and John McCain, the major party candidates for president in the U.S. elections, have responded to the call by Lawrence Lessig and others that the video footage of presidential debates should be in the public domain. Both endorsed the idea. See the letter by McCain and the letter by Obama.
See also our previous post on the call for OA to the debates, as well as our earlier post on the call for OA to the debates during the primary campaign.
Tracey Caldwell, UK PubMed goes beyond journals, Information World Review, October 8, 2008. Excerpt:
Here are some comments from around the blogosphere on Springer's acquisition of BioMed Central.
From Rafat Ali at paidContent.org:
From Michael Eisen at It's NOT Junk:
From Adam Hodgkin at Exact Editions:
From Revere at Effect Measure:
Update (10/9/08). Also see Stevan Harnad's comments:
And see the comments of Arthur Sale, one of the declaration drafters, quoted by Harnad:
Publicly funded research should be publicly accessible, editorial, The Collegiate Times, October 6, 2008. (The Collegiate Times is a student newspaper covering Virginia Tech.)
Comment. Unfortunately, several of the editorial's arguments are deeply flawed:
Jane Park, Bill Enabling Community Colleges to Establish OER Pilot Program is signed into law, Creative Commons blog, October 6, 2008.
John MacColl, The repository that isn’t there, hangingtogether.org, October 6, 2008. Notes on the Edinburgh Repository Fringe (Edinburgh, July 31-August 1, 2008).
See also our past posts on the Repository Fringe.
Peter Binfield, An interview with one of PLoS ONE’s most frequently published authors., PLoS blog, October 6, 2008.
Jeremy Farrar, from the Centre for Tropical Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K. and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has published seven articles with PLoS ONE which makes him one of our most frequently published authors.
Bangalore's Centre for Internet and Society, launched in August 2008, is a new home for OA activism in India. It's also the new home of Subbiah Arunachalam, India's leading OA activist. According the CIS advocacy page, the organization is devoted to open standards, FLOSS, and open access. Also see the CIS FAQ and blog.
AAA Creates "Open Access" to Anthropological Research, a press release from the American Anthropological Association, October 6, 2008. Excerpt:
Update (10/7/08). Here are a few comments from the blogosphere and press.
From Alex Golub on Open Access Anthropology:
From Chris Kelty on Savage Minds:
From Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed:
Neal S. Young, John P. A. Ioannidis, and Omar Al-Ubaydli, Why Current Publication Practices May Distort Science, PLoS Medicine, October 7, 2008.
From the body of the paper:
Update (10/7/08). Also see Richard Smith's comments on this article. Excerpt:
Update (10/10/08). Also see Stevan Harnad's comments. Excerpt:
Update (10/12/08). Also see the anonymous story in The Economist about this article. Excerpt:
Update (10/13/08). Also see John Timmer's comments.
Update (10/13/08). Also see Jake Young's comments:
...This is a ringing endorsement of open access journals -- partially because they can publish more results (including negative ones) and partially because they give greater access to papers about large data sets. Hear, hear for PLoS!
Scientific American has the scoop: Open access publisher BioMed Central sold to Springer, October 7, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: I'll post more details when I have them.
Update (10/7/08). Also see the joint Springer/BMC press release. Excerpt:
Update (10/7/08). Also see Andrew Albanese's story in Library Journal. Excerpt:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine released Animal Drugs @ FDA, a new database of approved animal drugs, on October 1, 2008. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.) From the press release:
"Animal Drugs @ FDA" replaces the "Database of Approved Animal Drug Products," or Green Book, a database that was previously developed and managed by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) Drug Information Laboratory at Virginia Tech University.
According to Jonathan Eisen, two of the three have published OA articles in PLoS journals:
John Dupuis, Interview with Dorothea Salo of Caveat Lector, Confessions of a Science Librarian, October 5, 2008. Excerpt:
Because OAD is a wiki, you can edit and enlarge the list and we hope you will. If your group or institution is planning something for OA Day, or if you know of an event not already included, please take a moment to add it. Editing OAD is limited to registered users, but registration is free and easy.
Statement in support of the investigative work of Richard Poynder, October 5, 2008. Excerpt: