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Robin Peek, Bioline International Spreads Its Wings, a preprint of a column forthcoming in the January issue of Information Today. Excerpt:
Update (12/7/08). Also see Heather Morrison's review of Bioline and its new funding model.
JCB DataViewer is a new tool to supplement the Journal of Cell Biology. (Thanks to Science Commons.) From the December 3 JCB editorial:
See this recent announcement from CODATA, the Committee on Data for Science and Technology:
arXiv launched a new section on quantitative finance on December 1; see the announcement.
Yesterday the proposal to require OA for publicly-funded research ranked 16th on Obama CTO, the unofficial web site collecting recommendations for the Obama administration. Today it ranks 14th.
Keep spreading the word. The ranks are determined by user votes.
Two days ago the Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive) started uploading 100,000 images to Wikimedia Commons. Each will stand under a CC-BY-SA license. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.) From a WC article on the project:
Kent Anderson, Are Publishers Anti-Publishing? Scholarly Kitchen, December 2, 2008. Excerpt:
See Kevin Smith's reply, What is “value” in publishing? Scholarly Communications @ Duke, December 5, 2008. Excerpt:
Virginia Heffernan, Content and Its Discontents, New York Times Magazine, December 5, 2008. Excerpt:
The Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law has publicly released its comment on the EU green paper, Copyright in the Knowledge Economy.
See esp. Section 2.3.1 (Creating a Common Level Playing Field for Publication Models), Section 2.3.2 (Protecting the Public Domain for Scientific Information and Knowledge), and the answer to OA-related Question 19 on p. 21.
Here's an email summary from the MPI's Sebastian Krujatz, one of the comment co-authors:
The old answer:
The new answer:
JISC has announced a call for proposals for funding various types of repository projects. Bids are due February 11, 2009.
Stéphane Goldstein, Radicalism and data, Research Information Network blog, undated but recent.
Stian Håklev, World’s largest university opens almost ALL its materials!, Random Stuff that Matters, December 5, 2008.
See also our past post on eGyanKosh, IGNOU's teaching document repository.
Maria Cassella, Facciamo il punto su ... Open Access e i nuovi modelli della comunicazione scientifica, presentation to the Associazione italiana biblioteche, Campania section (Salerno, November 27, 2008). English abstract:
Scholarly communication is fast changing in digital age. Some issues must be addressed to try to fight the inefficiency of the traditional channels scholars use to communicate. Open Access might be an answer to the the serials pricing crisis, the traditional single-blind peer-review system, to find an alterative to the Journal Impact Factor, to increase the impact of the research in Medicine and in Humanities. The presentation focuses on new scholarly communication channels and on the two main strategies to accomplish Open Access goals: the so called Green Road and Gold Road.
David Bollier, Not Just Peak Oil, But “Peak Hierarchy,” Too?, OnTheCommons.org, December 4, 2008.
Scroll: Essays on the Design of Electronic Text is a class project of students at the University of Toronto, published with Open Journal Systems. See, e.g., Klara Maidenberg, The Race to Create a Digital Library: Google Books vs. the Open Content Alliance. (Thanks to the Public Knowledge Project.)
Stuart Lewis, SWORD PHP library, Stuart Lewis’ Blog, November 30, 2008.
Yesterday I reported that the proposal to require OA for publicly-funded research broke into the top 25 on Obama CTO, which put it on the front page where it would receive more attention and votes. That new attention, plus some helpful plugs from SPARC and the ATA, more than doubled the number of votes for the proposal overnight (from 300+ to 700+). It now ranks 16th and is no danger of being bumped off the front page. I don't expect it will surpass proposals for fair elections or network neutrality, but there's still room for growth. Thanks for your support and please keep spreading the word.
The Obama CTO site is unofficial. But Obama's transition team is well plugged in, and is surely monitoring the proposals on the list.
Dick Kaser, BioMedCentral — The Case in Point for Open Access, Infotoday Blog, December 4, 2008.
SCOAP3: Funding status report for ICOLC Munich October 2008, a press release from the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC), November 2008. Excerpt:
Wendy Warr, STM on the advance, Information World Review, December 5, 2008. Excerpt:
Comment. I understand the claim that OA threatens TA publishers. But if it's not carefully elaborated, it overlooks the sense in which OA and TA coexist now and might coexist for a long time. I like Warr's point that threatened industries respond with cost-cutting or innovation. But while she discusses some publisher responses to OA, many of her examples are from OA publishers rather than TA publishers. I'd like to hear her elaborate on the threat to TA publishers and evaluate whether their responses are sufficiently innovative.
SchopenhauerSource is a new OA collection of digitized manuscripts by philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.) See this article from intoscana.it:
The Institut français du Proche-Orient has launched Collections électroniques de l'Ifpo to provide OA to some books published by the institute. The site was developed with the support of the Centre pour l’édition électronique ouverte. (Thanks to CLEO.)
Three books are currently available on the site, with a fourth forthcoming:
Jean-Gabriel Bankier, Perceptions of Developing Trends in Repositories, report, undated but recent. See also the December 4 announcement. Abstract:
From the announcement:
Educational Designer is a new peer-reviewed OA journal published by the International Society for Design and Development in Education. The inaugural issue (September 2008) is now online. (Thanks to John Reidelbach.)
The authors, both professors of religion (at Halmstad and Växjö respectively), argue that illegal copying of books by groups like Student Bay cannot be stopped, and that OA is a solution which will benefit students and taxpayers. Read their piece in Swedish or Google's English.
Søren Sandfeld Jakobsen and four co-authors, Comments on the Commission's Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy, self-archived December 2, 2008. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) The authors are members of the Research Group on ICT & Innovation, Law Department, Copenhagen Business School.
Stevan Harnad, Weak and Strong OA Mandates: Don't Let the Best Be the Enemy of the Good, Open Access Archivangelism, December 3, 2008.
Today the proposal to require OA for publicly-funded research broke into the top 25 on Obama CTO, the unofficial web site collecting recommendations for the Obama administration. It now appears on the front page, where it should attract even more attention and votes. If you haven't yet voted or spread the word, please do. Thanks for your support.
Kurt H. Albertine and three co-authors, Open Access: AR is Fully Compliant with Mandates from NIH and Other Funding Agencies, Anatomical Record, December 2008. An editorial. Not even an abstract is free online, at least so far.
Christian Zimmermann, RePEc in November 2008, The RePEc Blog, December 2, 2008.
5 Million Articles Online at HighWire, press release, posted to SPARC-OAForum, December 2, 2008.
Dick Kaser, Hindawi - Where Open Access Is Simply Good Business, InfoToday blog, December 2, 2008. Excerpt:
Tim Buckley Owen, A new beginning for open access publishing? Information World Review, December 3, 2008. Excerpt:
Two committees of Germany's Archivreferentenkonferenz des Bundes und der Länder (ARK) released a report in March, Digitalisierung von Archivgut im Kontext der Bestandserhaltung [Digitization of archival documents in the context of conservation], highlighting the value of OA for archival content. ARK coordinates all state archives in Germany.
Dana L. Roth, FRPAA and NIH Mandate A Blessing in Disguise for Scientific Society Publishers? Science & Technology Libraries, September 15, 2008. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) Only this abstract is OA at the journal site:
But see the OA full-text, self-archived at Caltech. From the conclusion:
Jenny Pickerill, Open Access Publishing: Hypocrisy and Confusion in Geography, Antipode, October 17, 2008. Not even an abstract is free online, at least so far.
Also see the submitted comments themselves.
Freedom from Fear is a new magazine of applied research on crime prevention from the Max Planck Institute and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Research Institute (UNICRI). (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)
The inaugural issue is now online, awkwardly. Clicking the link doesn't display the PDF or even download the PDF. It downloads a zip file which unzips into a PDF. (Why?)
It appears to be OA. The inaugural issue is gratis OA. But it doesn't say that it's free or OA. Nor does it mention subscription prices. I downloaded and unzipped the inaugural issue and couldn't find any licensing information.
Lawrence Lessig and others have drafted three Principles for an Open Transition for the Obama administration. Excerpt:
The site is also collecting signatures in support of the principles.
PS: If you're inclined to sign these principles, then you should also vote for the proposal that Obama administration should require OA to publicly-funded research.
Dorothea Salo, IRs in 2009: the failure legacy, Caveat Lector, December 1, 2008. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, What Institutions Can Do To Facilitate the Transition to Open Access, Open Access Archivangelism, December 1, 2008.
In a 4:50 minute podcast interview, Nick Sheppard talks about OA and how price barriers interfere with his research. Shepperd is the Repository Development Officer at Leeds Metropolitan University.
He describes the interview briefly on his blog, but doesn't tell us who the interviewer is, the occasion, or the date. The version at the link above cuts out at minute 4:50 in the middle of a sentence.
I just mailed the December issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. In this issue I offer my predictions for the coming year, focusing on what to expect from the Obama administration and the worldwide recession. The round-up section briefly notes 137 OA developments from November.
The Journal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries's November 2008 issue is a theme issue on "Open Access: today and tomorrow". See these articles on OA:
Laura Mandell, Digital Humanities, Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, October 14, 2008.
Here are some more comments from the press and blogosphere on the Google-Publisher settlement. This is my fifth collection and will be the last, at least until there's a new development. Also see collections 1, 2, 3, and 4.
From Andrew Albanese in Library Journal:
From Nate Anderson in Ars Technica:
From Jonathan Band and the ARL in A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement:
From Karen Coyle at Coyle's InFormation:
From L. Gordon Crovitz in the Wall Street Journal:
From James Grimmelmann at The Laboratorium:
From Georgia Harper at @collectanea:
From Adam Hodgkin at Exact Editions:
From David Lammy in the Times Online (Lammy is the UK Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property):
From Graeme Neill at Bookseller.com:
From Graham Reynolds at The Lawyers Weekly:
From Eric Sherman at Technology Industry:
From Kevin Smith at Scholarly Communications @ Duke:
From Fred von Lohmann at the EFF:
Also see my own comments.
Kay Mathiesen, Access to Information as a Human Right, working paper, September 7, 2008. (Thanks to Legal Research Plus.) Abstract:
Information rights include rights to create and communicate information (e.g., freedom of expression, freedom of association), to control others' access to information (e.g., privacy and intellectual property), and rights to access information (e.g., freedom of thought, the right to read). This paper focuses on those rights related to free access to information and argues that access to information is indeed a fundamental human right. It is further argued that the right to access is not merely a liberty right, but also a welfare right. That is, individuals' information rights place duties on governments to provide access to information.
biblios.net is a recently-launched service by LibLime, billed as "the world's largest database of freely-licensed library records". (Thanks to Jacob Glenn.)
... Through the ‡biblios.net network, you can share your record creations with the rest of the ‡biblios.net community, under the terms of the Open Data Commons, which ensures that anyone may freely use, modify and share your records. ...
Michael Banks, The Price of Free Papers, Physics World, December 2008. Not even an abstract is free online, at least so far. The journal provides no deep link to the article, so I'm linking to the TOC. Excerpt:
Interchange: The Promise of Digital History, Journal of American History, September 2008. Interview with a group of historians. (Thanks to Mills Kelly.)
Rachel Breen, Towards a Collective Understanding of Art As a Commons, On The Commons, November 26, 2008. Excerpt:
The presentations from Putting African Journals On Line: Opportunities, Implications and Limits (Dakar, October 6-7, 2008) are now online. Several discuss OA. (Thanks to eIFL.)
Stevan Harnad, Elsevier Again Confirms Its Position on the Side of the Green OA Angels, Open Access Archivangelism, November 29, 2008.
PS: Stevan's support for Elsevier's green OA policy encountered some opposition in the AmSci OA Forum. In his full post (of which this is just the summary) he reprints the opposing arguments and replies to them.
A new version of ticTOCs, an OA index and subscription service of journal tables of contents, has been released. From the announcement:
James Boyle, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, released November 17, 2008 by Yale University Press. Boyle is a professor at Duke Law School and chairman of Creative Commons. The book is also available OA as a CC-licensed download.
See also our past posts on James Boyle.
The CiteSeerX project has released SeerSuite, a tool kit of software for digital libraries and academic search engines; see the announcement. SeerSuite is available gratis under the free and open source Apache License.
Update. See also this article from Information Today.
Hindawi has announced the first members of its institutional membership program, announced in August of this year. Authors from member institutions won't pay any article processing charges for Hindawi's OA journals. The initial members are:
Laura Wimberley, Open Access Journals in the Developing World, apparently a pre-print, self-archived November 27, 2008. Abstract:
This paper examines the use of open access journals by academic libraries in the developing world: are open source journals a good choice for universities in the developing world, and to what extent are they currently being used? So far, the developing world has been held back from participating in that flow by three blockages: the costs of purchasing journals to read, the costs of publishing researching in journals, and censorship. I argue that truly open access requires removing all three blocks, for the sake of human development.