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A new issue of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' Information Technology Section is now available. News topics include ETDs in Nigeria, the Database of African Theses and Dissertations, open bibliographic data, and digital libraries. (Thanks to Olivier Charbonneau.)
Council of the European Union, Conclusions on the definition of a "2020 Vision for the European Research Area", report, adopted at the Competitiveness Council meeting (Brussels, December 1-2, 2008). (Thanks to INIST and Fabrizio Tinti.)
Background: The EU is considering adopting a "fifth freedom", the free movement of knowledge within the EU's internal market. (The first four freedoms are the free movement of goods, services, capital, and labor.) There's been discussion over what exactly that would mean, including potential implications for OA.
See also our past posts on the fifth freedom.
Christian Zimmermann, RePEc and the democratization of research, The RePEc Blog, December 9, 2008.
New York Law School and HIFA2105 launch project on health information and human rights, press release, December 10, 2008.
Ryan Singel, Online Rebel Publishes Millions of Dollars in U.S. Court Records for Free, Wired, December 12, 2008. A profile of Public.Resource.Org's Carl Malamud and the Public Access to Court Electronic Records program.
Antony Williams, Qualifying Online Information Resources for Chemists, presented at Making the Web Work for Science: The Impact of e-Science and the Cyber-Infrastructure (Washington, DC, December 8, 2008). See also Williams' blog post:
DSpace announced on December 9 that there are now more than 500 DSpace-based repositories worldwide, from 60 different countries.
... DSpace continues to be the most popular repository solution, with over a third of the known institutional repositories using the DSpace software. Each month there are between 10-15 new instances of DSpace. ...
Andrew Garton, Growing the Global Information Commons, report for the Association for Progressive Communications. A draft in progress. From the introduction:
Comment. The draft is on a wiki, and is undergoing recent editing, but I'm not sure if it's open for others to contribute.
See also our past posts on the Association for Progressive Communications.
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama this week announced his selection for Secretary of Energy, physicist Steven Chu. Being a physicist, it might come as little surprise that Chu has a number of publications OA in arXiv -- 11, to be specific. (I haven't looked at all the publications naming "Steven Chu" as an author, but most seem to be from the same Chu.)
But arXiv isn't Chu's only connection to OA. PubMedCentral also has 14 OA articles with Chu as an author. (See my disclaimer above about possible confusion with names.)
Finally, Chu's lab at Berkeley has a list of almost 50 publications by the group -- each with a link to an OA copy.
On the other hand:
Comment. It's hard to draw the conclusion from this data that Chu is a die-hard OA supporter; for instance, I didn't find a single public statement by Chu in favor of OA. But the pattern suggests Chu has an intimate familiarity, as an author, with OA.
In his November newsletter, Peter called for energy research to become the next priority for a federal OA funder mandate. Chu's background might mean OA advocates will have a sympathetic ear at the top of the Department of Energy.
See also our past posts on the U.S. Department of Energy.
Anne Fitzgerald notes by email that
... I believe that this is the first time this issue has been specifically raised for public consultation by the federal government, although the Victorian Parliament has an ongoing inquiry into access to PSI ....
Antony Williams, Announcing the ChemSpider Journal of Chemistry, ChemSpider Blog, December 12, 2008.
Stijn Hoorens, et al., Embracing the future: Embedding digital repositories in the University of London, report for the SHERPA-LEAP Consortium, 2008. See also the shorter companion paper. (Thanks to Martin Moyle.) Abstract:
A new issue of Liber Quarterly is now available. See especially:
The Research Information Network has commissioned a team to study the influence of research assessment on researchers' publication and dissemination practices. (Thanks to LiquidPub.)
... The results of this work will be published in summer 2009 and will help to inform those participating in the development of the [Research Excellence Framework] about its potential impact on researchers’ behaviour and on the development and take-up of new modes of scholarly communications and of research information services. ...
David Bollier, Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own, The New Press, Fall 2008. A new book now available for ordering. From the blurb:
PS: See our past posts on David Bollier.
The Utrecht University Library is planning to launch an OA repository for Veterinary Sciences and Medicine. (Thanks to the Igitur Newsletter.)
Update. Although the project uses the word "repository", it will not apparently accept deposits. It will harvest metadata from veterinary content on deposit in other repositories. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)
Mary Anne Kennan, Reassembling scholarly publishing: open access, institutional repositories and the process of change, a PhD dissertation recently approved by the University of New South Wales, 2008. (Thanks to Colin Steele and congratulations to Mary Anne.)
Update (1/16/09). An article based on this dissertation is now OA as well.
In the Spotlight: Annemiek van der Kuil, SURF community manager, Igitur Newsletter, December 2008. Excerpt:
Deal streamlines article access for research assessors, Research Information, December 11, 2008. Excerpt:
Comment. If it works, OK. But a simpler, cheaper, and more useful solution would be OA for each of the papers in question. The free online access would cover every user and every purpose, it wouldn't require negotiating with 2,000 publishers, and it would develop habits of OA archiving that would accelerate research in every field. The PLS system may be a simplification compared to the mass submission of hardcopy articles. But it's very complex compared to the submission of URLs to OA copies on deposit in institutional repositories.
The December issue of BC ELN Connect is now online. (BC ELN = British Columbia Electronic Library Network.) Here are the OA-related stories:
Margeaux Johnson and Nancy K. Roderer, ASIS&T Scholarly Communication Survey: Open Access Authors, ASIS&T Bulletin, October/November 2008. Excerpt:
Comment. The policy scores well on my criteria for hybrid journal programs. It allows participating authors to retain copyright, it promises to reduce subscription prices in proportion to author uptake, and it puts no restrictions whatsoever on the author's distribution of the published article.
Thomas Krichel, From Open Source to Open Libraries, ASIS&T Bulletin, December 2008 / January 2009. Excerpt:
Update (1/29/09). Krichel has made another OA copy of this article with improved HTML coding.
Two researchers at the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR) have released a SWORD plugin for Open Journal Systems.
A Raw Deal for Libraries, Open Content Alliance blog, December 6, 2008. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, The Giveaway/NonGiveaway Distinction at the Free Software Free Society Meeting in Kerala, Open Access Archivangelism, December 10, 2008.
Emma Nelms, QUT ePrints : Citation rate boost, Library-f-IT, December 10, 2008.
See also our earlier anecdote on Frost.
Abstracts from the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (San Francisco, December 15-19, 2008) are now online. Several are OA-related:
The Stanford Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse is a new OA database by the Law, Science & Technology Program at Stanford Law School. (Thanks to Bernie Sloan.) From the press release:
Charles Bailey has released a new version of his Google Book Search Bibliography.
This bibliography presents selected English-language articles and other works that are useful in understanding Google Book Search. It primarily focuses on the evolution of Google Book Search and the legal, library, and social issues associated with it. ...
The PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) project has announced its upcoming calls for tender on research about OA. From the announcement:
Three strands of research will be tendered:See also our past posts on PEER.
Dorothea Salo, Addenda and power relations, Caveat Lector, December 9, 2008. Excerpt:
The proposal to require OA for publicly-funded research is now ranked 13th on Obama CTO, the unofficial web site collecting recommendations for the Obama administration, up one rank from Saturday.
It just passed the proposal to make voting machines and their software publicly-owned and transparent, an idea with a wider constituency than OA.
SAGE has released Meeting the challenges: societies and scholarly communication (November 2008), the results of a survey it launched in September.
See esp. Section 3.2.6 on Open Access:
Comment. The report does not indicate what percentage of the responding societies publish OA journals. Hence, it's hard to tell how well the respondents represent the range of societies on OA issues. Last year, for example, Caroline Sutton and I found 425 societies publishing 450 full OA journals, and 21 societies publishing 73 hybrid OA journals. (We'll soon release updated numbers which are considerably higher.) However, the survey was online and open to any society that wanted to fill it out. For the 118 societies filling out the survey, the OA positives were higher than the OA negatives. But I wish I knew whether a wider sample would have pushed the numbers higher or lower.
Update (1/13/09). Also see Andrew Albanese's article on this survey for Library Journal.
Maurilio De Felice and four co-authors, The scientific impact of microbial cell factories, Microbial Cell Factories, December 1, 2008 (provisional PDF). An editorial. The journal version has no abstract, but here's the abstract from PubMed:
Alnawaz Rehemtulla, Neoplasia: The Second Decade, Neoplasia, December 2008. An editorial.
The presentations from the PALINET 2008 Conference (Philadelphia, October 27-28, 2008) are now online. (Thanks to Jason Kucsma.) See especially:
The abstracts from Electronic Resources & Libraries (Los Angeles, February 9-12, 2009) are now online. See especially:
The January issue of Learned Publishing is now online. See especially these articles:
If you recall, last month CERN opened a plum job on its SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project for someone knowledgeable about OA and scientific publishing and willing to supervise a major research project. CERN has extended the application deadline until January 12, 2009, and created a new web page of details.
This is important work and valuable experience with good pay and perks. Please pass the word to qualified people who might be interested.
Adam Corson-Finnerty, Seven Questions About the GBS Deal, Musings of Mine, December 8, 2008. Excerpt:
Comment. Kudos to Temple. I hope that all universities will consider an OA mandate for ETDs and that Temple will now consider an OA mandate for peer-reviewed journal articles by faculty, for example, like the Harvard policy.
Chuck Thomas and Robert H. McDonald, In Search Of A Standardized Model for Institutional Repository Assessment or How Can We Compare Institutional Repositories? A presentation at the Library Assessment Conference 2008, Seattle, August 4-7, 2008. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
Sujal Parikh and John Prensner, Proposal to impose fees on research articles should be rejected, The Ann Arbor News, December 8, 2008. An editorial. Parikh and Prensner are students at the University of Michigan Medical School and members of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. Excerpt:
PS: For background, see my analysis of the bill and the deceptive rhetoric the publishing lobby is using to support it.
Jane Park, The Student-engineered Open Textbook: Chemical Process Dynamics and Controls, Creative Commons blog, December 4, 2008. A profile of Chemical Process Dynamics and Controls.
The November 25 issue of Lab Times is now available. (Thanks to Victor Henning.) See especially these articles:
Roddy MacLeod, Keeping current: What's new in engineering information?, presented at Online Information 2008 (London, December 2-4, 2008).
The presentation reviews a selection of news sources, and then looks at new services, new eBooks, new journals, open access developments, social networking developments and RSS.
Kylie Pappalardo has posted notes on Open Access Publishing: A two-day Public Knowledge Project Workshop (Sydney, December 4-5, 2008):
The agreement, designed to be construed under Australian law, grants the publisher the exclusive right of first publication and otherwise grants only non-exclusive rights.
PS: For comparison, see the OA-friendly model publication agreements from JISC/SURF (October 2006, link currently dead) and from Open Access Law Canada (April 2007). Also see the OAD list of author addenda.
Update (12/11/08). The link for the JISC/SURF model license is now alive again. Here's a more direct link.
John Murphy, New entry tries new publishing model, Research Information, December 2008 / January 2009. Excerpt:
PS: For background, see our past posts on Bloomsbury Academic.
Stephen Arnold, "Giochi di Open Access e altre nuove tecnologie di communicazione: la tentazione disintermediazion," in Paolo Galluzzi and Pietro A. Valentino (eds.), Galassia Web: La Cultura nella Rete, Civita, November 2008.
The text isn't online. But here's Arnold's English-language summary of his article:
More from the 4th International Digital Curation Conference (Edinburgh, December 1-3, 2008):
Digital NZ is a new project led by the National Library of New Zealand. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.)
Cody Yantis, Open Access Initiatives: Emblems of the Present and Future of Russian Libraries, apparently a pre-print, December 4, 2008.
... This paper aims to discuss open access initiatives in Russian libraries, arguing that the significance, problems, and potential that open access initiatives posses are emblematic of the present state of Russian libraries, as a whole. ...
Heather Morrison, Scholarly society memberships: a cost-free way to support scholarly societies AND open access, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, December 6, 2008.
Three digital humanities projects have been awarded grants through the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities/Department of Energy Humanities High Performance Computing program. The grants provide computer time on DOE's high performance machines, along with training and support. See the announcement by NEH's Brett Bobley. (Thanks to Gabriel Bodard.) The grantees are:
At least Perseus is OA; see our past posts. I can't find much else about the other two.
Stevan Harnad, Which Green OA Mandate Is Optimal? Open Access Archivangelism, December 7, 2008.
Carrie Peyton Dahlberg, Virus hunter looks to make more medical breakthroughs at UCSF, Sacramento Bee, December 7, 2008. Excerpt:
PS: Also see our past posts on DeRisi's OA work.
Open and Libraries Class Journal is the product of a class at San Jose State University. See especially:
Georgia Harper, Shouted in the marketplace: “Options for publishers, we got options, options, fresh options”, The Scholar’s Space, December 4, 2008.