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The Data Seal of Approval is an initiative of Data Archiving and Networked Services launched earlier this year. It sets out guidelines for research data, with these principles:
Digital research data must meet five quality criteria:See also the summary and comments by Stéphane Goldstein.
The November/December issue of the eIFL newsletter has a section on OA/IR news. Developments discussed:
Maxine Clarke, Positive skew of clinical-trial publication, Peer-to-Peer, November 27, 2008.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has posted two videos on complying with its Public Access Policy: one on depositing the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PubMedCentral and one on approving submission of a publisher-deposited manuscript. (Thanks to SPARC.)
Peter Frishauf, The End of Peer Review and Traditional Publishing as We Know It, video commentary, Medscape Journal of Medicine, November 24, 2008. Frishauf is the founder of the journal. (Thanks to Mike Cadogan.)
Philip Johnson, University libraries, budgets, and open access, Biocurious, November 26, 2008. Excerpt:
Remember that comments on the EU green paper, Copyright in the Knowledge Economy, are due on November 30. One of the questions raised in the paper --Question 19, quoted below-- has a strong OA connection. See other comments I've posted recently (1, 2, 3). Here are two more.
From Heather Morrison:
An unnamed blogger at the University of Cagliari library blog has posted some notes from the university's "study day" on OA, Accesso aperto e comunicazione scientifica (Cagliari, November 18, 2008). Read them in Italian or Google's English.
Øystein Johannessen, Økt bruk av Open Access i vitenskapelig publisering [Increased use of open access in scientific publishing], a slide presentation at Money talks – New institutional policies in scholarly publishing (Tromsø, Norway, November 28, 2008) --now in progress. The other presentations aren't online yet, but they should be soon. Johannessen is the Deputy Director General of Norway's Ministry of Education and Research.
Junior Scientist of the Year award goes to founder of an open-access (OA) journal, Informationsplattform Open Access, November 28, 2008. Excerpt:
Discover Magazine has named Harold Varmus one of The 10 Most Influential People in Science (November 26, 2008). Excerpt:
Catherine Jones and four co-authors, Report of the Subject and Institutional Repositories Interactions Study (SIRIS), from JISC and STFC, November 2008. Excerpt:
Update (11/30/08). Also see Stevan Harnad's comments:
Stevan Harnad, Comment on EU Green Paper: "Copyright in the Knowledge Economy", Open Access Archivangelism, November 25, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: Remember that comments on the EU green paper, Copyright in the Knowledge Economy, are due on November 30. One of the questions raised in the paper --Question 19, quoted below-- has a strong OA connection. For other comments on the green paper, see the two batches I posted recently (1, 2).
Wouter Gerritsma, The changing face of Elsevier Science, Wouter on the web, November 22, 2008. Excerpt:
From the Elsevier Article API (November 16, 2008):
Bruce V. Bigelow, The Bourne Innovation: UC Researchers Launch a YouTube for Scientists, Xconomy, November 24, 2008.
See also our past posts on SciVee.
Jingfeng Xia, A Comparison of Subject and Institutional Repositories in Self-archiving Practices, Journal of Academic Librarianship, November 2008. Only this abstract is OA, at least so far:
The disciplinary culture theory presumes that if a scholar has been familiar with self-archiving through an existing subject-based repository, this scholar will be more enthusiastic about contributing his/her research to an institutional repository than one who has not had the experience. To test the theory, this article examines self-archiving practices of a group of physicists in both a subject repository and an institutional repository. It does not find a correlation between a disciplinary culture and self-archiving practices.
Update (1/5/09). Also see Stevan Harnad's comments.
Update (1/8/09). Xia has now self-archived an OA edition of this article.
Some of the papers and presentations from the II Conferência Ibero-Americana de Periódicos Eletrônicos no Contexto da Comunicação Cientifica (Rio de Janeiro, November 17-21, 2008) are now online. Some are currently available in full-text, some are abstract only, others don't have even an abstract. Many are OA-related.
See, e.g., this conference paper with an English abstract:
Fernando César Lima Leite and Patrícia Rocha Bello Bertin, Acesso aberto à informação científica em pesquisa agropecuária: modelo metodológico de gestão da informação com foco na melhoria da comunicação científica.
This work describes the ongoing transformations in both the scientific communication process and the scientific information management as well as presents a methodological model for the implementation and development of the Open Access at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). The aim is to provide the necessary mechanisms to capture, store, organize, preserve and widely disseminate the scientific knowledge produced by Embrapa, SNPA, and by the scientific community involved in agricultural research, through the implementation of the Open Access strategies. It is our contention that effective information management improves institutional scientific communication, which contributes for the betterment of scientific research related processes.
Research Information Network (UK), Ensuring a bright future for research libraries: a guide for vice-chancellors and senior institutional managers, report, November 2008. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.)
Momentum: The 2008 report on university research and knowledge mobilization is a report by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, released on October 21, 2008. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.)
See also our past posts on Canadiana or the Synergies project (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Andrew Noyes, Conyers To Abolish IP Subcommittee, CongressDaily, November 12, 2008. (Thanks to Kara Malenfant.) Only the first two paragraphs are free online:
Comment. What's the OA connection? The Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property held the September hearing on the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act (a.k.a. Conyers bill). What does its abolition mean for OA? All the subcommittee members who sided with publishers against OA are still members of the larger House Judiciary Committee, which is still chaired by the bill's sponsor, John Conyers. The new committee structure won't change any votes --although some might have changed because of the testimony at the hearing, subsequent lobbying by both sides, and the election three weeks ago. However, the new structure will give Conyers greater control over copyright-related legislation, and withdraw the control formerly held by subcommittee chair, Howard Berman. Conyers, of course, supports the anti-OA bill, and Berman had doubts about it.
Update. While exploring the Lund Libraries pages on OA, I found this 10 question quiz. Test yourself. How much do you really know about OA? If you're reading this blog, you ought to pass. But can you get 10 out of 10?
Sarah F. Gold, Academic Publishers Debate The Digital Future, Publishers Weekly, November 24, 2008. Excerpt:
Remember that comments on the EU green paper, Copyright in the Knowledge Economy, are due on November 30. One of the questions raised in the paper --Question 19, quoted below-- has a strong OA connection.
I excerpted two public responses yesterday. Here are two more:
From Wikimedia Nederland (English version):
From Science Commons:
Hélène Bosc, Le droit des chercheurs à mettre leurs résultats de recherche en libre accès : appropriation des archives ouvertes par différentes communautés dans le monde [Researchers' Right to Self-Archive Their Articles In Open Access Repositories: Evolving Policy Worldwide], a preprint self-archived November 22, 2008. (Thanks to Stevan Harnad.)
Dorothea Salo, Home-grown versus outsourced repository software, Caveat Lector, November 24, 2008. Excerpt:
Fernando César Lima Leite, Curso sobre diretrizes para a construção de repositórios institucionais de acesso aberto à informação científica, presented at Seminário Nacional de Bibliotecas Universitárias (São Paulo, November 10-14, 2008). English abstract:
Building open access institutional repositories workshop (presentation). Provide an conceptual basis and practical training to the participants to building and maintain their institutional repositories.
Simone da Rocha Weitzel, et al., E-LIS: um repositório digital para a biblioteconomia e ciência da informação no Brasil, presented at Seminário Nacional de Bibliotecas Universitárias (São Paulo, November 10-14, 2008). English abstract:
This paper describes the bases of digital repositories, its function within the scientific communication and the role of E-LIS in the organization, dissemination and international access to Brazilian scientific publications in Library and Information Science.
The new issue of The Electronic Library is now available. See especially:
Ryan Randall, et al., The Next Generation of Academics: A Report on a Study Conducted at the University of Rochester, report, September 17, 2008. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) Abstract:
This document reports on the user research portion of “Enhancing Repositories for the Next Generation of Academics” (IMLS Grant No. LG-06-06-0051). We conducted user research from December 2006 through March 2008 to support development of a suite of authoring tools to be integrated into an institutional repository. Our understanding of the work practices of graduate students enabled us to design the authoring tools to meet their needs for individual and collaborative writing and to make it easy for them to move completed documents from the authoring system into the repository.See also our past post on the study.
The new issue of Online Information Review is now available. See especially:
Education Resources Information Center, Digitization Project Releases Full-Text Documents, notice, November 19, 2008.
See also our past posts on the ERIC Microfiche Digitization Project.
Savage Minds has posted the winners of its contest for best OA content in anthropology. Top honors for journal go to Cultural Analysis, with Anthropology Matters the runner-up.
AWS Hosted Public Data Sets provide a convenient way to share, access, and use public data within your Amazon EC2 [Elastic Compute Cloud] environment. Select public data sets are hosted on AWS for free as an Amazon EBS [Elastic Block Store] snapshot. Any Amazon EC2 customer can access this data by creating their own personal Amazon EBS volume from a publicly shared Amazon EBS public data set snapshot. They can then access, modify, and perform computation on these data sets directly using an Amazon EC2 instance and just pay for the compute and storage resources that they use. Common use cases for these public data sets would include scientific research, academic studies, and market research. Our goal is to provide easy access to commonly used public data sets like the human genome, astronomy data, and the United States census information.
As ReadWriteWeb points out:
If you have a public data set and hold the rights to the distribution of it, you can submit a request on the AWS Public Hosted Data Sets site to have it included.
Tim O'Reilly, It's Not Over: We are "the change we need." O'Reilly Radar, November 22, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: Last week I sent my An open letter to the next President of the United States to Change.gov. And it's not too late to vote for the OA proposal at Obama CTO. It's been up for less than 10 days and it's already the 26th most popular proposal (out of 630+) on the site. If we could rise to 25th or above, we'd appear on the front page and get a lot more attention. Spread the word.
Here are two recent submissions to the EU:
In general, KEI's position on copyright limitation and exceptions to exclusive rights are as follows:...
From Glyn Moody:
Jeffrey Makala, On the Need for a New, Open Access, Online Directory of Special Collections, ARL Bimonthly Report #260, November 21, 2008. Excerpt:
Andrew Hammond, Saudi project hopes to put Arabs on genetic map, Reuters, September 25, 2008. (Thanks to Jose Manuel Lopez Castro.)
See also our past post on the 1000 Genomes Project.
Paola Obelleiro, Los fondos de la Real Academia abren la era digital del patrimonio gallego, El País, November 20, 2008. (Thanks to ANABAD Galicia.) Announces a €150,000 project by the Galician government to digitize documents held by the Royal Galician Academy and the National Library of Galicia.
Dorothea Salo, About the BibApp, Caveat Lector, November 21, 2008.
The Global Library of Women's Medicine is a new OA resource launched on November 21, 2008. From the announcement:
Julio Alonso, et al., Informe APEI sobre acceso abierto, report by the Asociación Profesional de Especialistas en Información (Spain), self-deposited November 14, 2008. (Thanks to BusalBlog.) English abstract:
Anders Bylund, How the European Union Joined Google's Mission, The Motley Fool, November 20, 2008. Excerpt:
Bradley Brazzeal and Patrick L. Carr, The Potential Impact of ‘Public Access’ Legislation on Access to Forestry Literature, Serials Review, December 2008.