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Rachael Beddoe and 12 co-authors, Overcoming systemic roadblocks to sustainability: The evolutionary redesign of worldviews, institutions, and technologies, PNAS, February 24, 2009. (Thanks to Nick van der Leek.) Excerpt:
Colin Smith, Open Access and author-publisher relationships: loyalty or apprehension? Open Research Online, May 8, 2009. Excerpt:
Joe Mullin, The Fight of His Life, IP Law & Business, May 1, 2009. Excerpt:
The presentations from the workshop on Creating Open Access Journals and Repositories (Donetsk, Ukraine, April 8, 2009) are now online.
For background, see our original post.
... I’ve heard representatives of scholarly journal publishers talk in grave tones about the importance of their brands. Why aren’t they jumping up and down in fury at Elsevier right now? Because how can they say that any more without the rest of us chortling about Elsevier the journal gigolo? ...
... As I have said the journals fighting open science should have their credibility questioned. They are putting their outdated business model above science. We should not see organizations that are focused on closing science research through deceptive publicity efforts and lobbying efforts as credible.
Rachel Heery, Digital Repositories Roadmap Review: towards a vision for research and learning in 2013, report commissioned by JISC, May 4, 2009. See also background here. From the executive summary:
Kaitlin Thaney, EMBL puts data in the public domain via CC0, Science Commons, May 7, 2009.
Microsoft Open Government Data Initiative to Help Foster Transparency and Collaboration, press release, May 7, 2009. (Thanks to Glyn Moody.)
The Digithèque des Bibliothèques de l'Université Libre de Bruxelles has posted 64 OA digitized books from the school's university press. The texts are from the series Problèmes d’histoire du Christianisme, Problèmes d’histoire des religions and Etudes du XVIIIe siècle.
See also our past post on the project.
Seven more journals have been approved to join Revues.org, bringing the total number of journals on Revues.org to 199. As with all journals on Revues.org, the 7 new journals will be OA or delayed OA.
A theme issue of Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning released this year is on Open Educational Resources. (Thanks to the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.)
Stephanie Strom, Group Seeks Public Access to Congressional Research, New York Times, May 4, 2009.
See also our past posts on CRS.
The policy doesn't yet have an official web site, but Johnson has created a temporary web page with the text of the policy and an FAQ.
Andy McGregor, Close of the repositories and preservation programme, JISC Information Environment Team, May 6, 2009.
See also the following posts:
... Jeff Heywood said that one of the spin-off benefits of open access repositories was that students are finding primary research literature through Google and engaging with it in a way that hasn’t happened for a long time. I think the same applies to open research data of the type that Simon [Coles] was talking about. That, I think, is where there is potential for repositories to link research and teaching activities.Update. See also Nick Sheppard's notes on discussion at the meetings on repositories for research vs. learning objects.
Lifespan Initiative for the Research and Data Archive Repository is a new JISC-funded project to establish a repository for data generated by the Lifespan Collection, a longitudinal psychology study. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
The presentations from International Workshop on University Web Rankings 2009 (Madrid, April 21, 2009) are now online.
Mark Smith, Bergren Forum Presentation: (R)evolutions in Scholarship Rethinking Scholarship in the Digital Age - April 30, 2009, Sabblog, May 1, 2009. Notes on Revolutions in Scholarship: Rethinking Scholarship in the Digital Age (Alfred, N.Y., April 30, 2009).
John Hilton, Hard Numbers on Free Random House Books, Wide Open, May 6, 2009. Excerpt:
Update (5/14/09). Also see the summary of Hilton's research in Bloggasm:
Leo Babauta, The Culture of Sharing: Why Releasing Copyright Will Be the Smartest Thing You Do, Write To Done, April 29, 2009.
Copyright - what is the future for education and research? A press release from the British Library, May 5, 2009. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.) Excerpt:
Update (5/12/09). Also see the podcast of the debate and the accompanying brochure, Copyright for Education and Research: Golden Opportunity or Digital Black Hole? Excerpt:
Timothy K. Armstrong, An Introduction to Publication Agreements for Authors, a hand-out for a workshop, May 13, 2009. Armstrong is a copyright specialist at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Comment. This is a very good primer for authors who don't understand copyright or why they should try to retain rights. It focuses on legal scholars writing for law reviews, but Armstrong has put it under a CC-BY-SA license and encourages others to adapt it for their own purposes.
Stevan Harnad, Heidelberg Appeal Peeled, Open Access Archivangelism, May 5, 2009. Excerpt:
Peter Sefton, Three big hairy audacious goals for an open USQ, ptsefton, May 5, 2009. (Thanks to Peter Murray-Rust.)
Version 1.0 of MOAI Server was released on May 4, 2009. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
Antony Williams, Open Chemistry Presentations at the Bio-IT Conference and a Nomination for An Award, ChemSpider Blog, April 30, 2009. Notes on the Bio-IT World Conference (Boston, April 27-29, 2009).
Felipe Raimann Arias, Open Access Journals, CEASonido, March 28, 2009. A discussion (in Spanish) of OA journals in sound and acoustics.
Michael Banks, Tweet your preprints, Physics World, April 28, 2009. (Thanks to Garrett Eastman.)
Two days ago, BMC announced that Pfizer had set up a fund to pay publication fees for scientists from developing countries who publish in BMC journals. (See my blog post and comments.) A short article in yesterday's Pharma Times adds a new detail: Pfizer also bought a BMC institutional membership to cover its own scientists when they publish in BMC journals.
University of Texas at Arlington Library, Librarian vs. Stereotype : Scholarly Communication, YouTube, April 10, 2009. A 1-minute video encouraging faculty to contact librarians for help with scholarly communication issues.
Remix the Remixer Competition, Bloomsbury Academic’s Blog, May 4, 2009.
Dorothea Salo, A quick question for academic librarians, Caveat Lector, April 30, 2009.
Why should we go through so much effort and agony to teach undergraduate students to use library-provided subscription databases when the vast majority of them will never again have access to those databases once they graduate?Dorothea Salo, Teaching database searching, Caveat Lector, April 30, 2009.
Anne Morrow and Allyson Mower, University Scholarly Knowledge Inventory System: A Workflow System for Institutional Repositories, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 47, 3-4 (2009) pp. 286-296.
PS: Also see our past posts on U-SKIS.
Gautham Nagesh, Senators want congressional research available to the public, Nextgov, May 1, 2009.
See also comments on the bill by the Center for Democracy and Technology, Sunlight Foundation, and American Library Association.
Christian Zimmermann, RePEc in April 2009, The RePEc Blog, May 5, 2009.
... RePEc also grows with the addition of new participating archives, the following for last month: Monash University, Deakin University, Bank of Lithuania, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Università della Calabria, Rivista di Politica Economica, Institut d’Estudis Regionals i Metropolitans de Barcelona, Italian Department of the Treasury, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia, Advances in Management. With the addition of Lithuania, there are now RePEc archives in 67 countries. ...
The video of Know Your Rights: Who Really Owns Your Scholarly Works? (New York, April 8, 2009) is now online.
See also: Columbia University Libraries, Scholarly Communication Program Speaker Series Videos Now Available Online, press release, May 1, 2009:
Complete video of Research without Borders, the ’08-‘09 speaker series on hot topics in scholarly communication, is now available at [link], the website of Columbia University's Scholarly Communication Program. ...
Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies is a new peer-reviewed OA journal sponsored by a group of theology schools and hosted by the Emory University Libraries. (Thanks to the Dallas Morning News.)
... The generous financial support provided by its sponsors enables MR to provide immediate open access to its content at no cost to its readers, thus embodying the principle that making re- search freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge and ideas. Doing so means that readers in Moscow or Manila or Mumbai can have access the content of the journal at the same time and on the same basis as readers in New York or Nashville or Nacogdoches. Visitors may view the MR website without registration, but one-time, free user registration is required in order to complete the login process that is necessary to access the articles published in the journal. ...
Authors retain copyright and articles are published under a Creative Commons license. (It's not clear which CC license the journal uses: the site says articles are published under the Attribution license, but the link and logo are for BY-NC-ND.)
Clifton B. Parker, Steal this archive: Image curator warns of public domain loss, urges greater access, Dateline UC Davis, April 17, 2009.
See also comments by Jonathan Eisen, who gives Prelinger his "Open Access Pioneer Award".
Here's a mother of a child with a sternal cleft, "looking for scientific information and support to make an informed decision about the surgical intervention", and documenting her efforts online. After trying several other routes to answers, her most promising leads have come from OA journals.
It's impossible to argue that OA to peer-reviewed research doesn't help lay readers, even if the primary beneficiaries are professional researchers. Also see our past posts on OA for lay readers.
Visual research objects of art and design in Open Access repositories, OpenAccess.se, April 24, 2009.
Cameron Neylon, Scientists lead the push for open data sharing, Research Information, April/May 2009.
Stevan Harnad, Heidelberg Humanities Hocus Pocus, Open Access Archivangelism, May 4, 2009. Excerpt:
Comment. Also see our past posts on the Heidelberg Appeal. I should add that I've been tagging much more Heidelberg news and comment for OATP than I've been blogging here at OAN. I'm using the tag, oa.heidelberg_appeal. If you're interested, see the Connotea tag library for oa.heidelberg_appeal.
More OA resources on H1N1 ("swine") flu:
Bob Grant, Merck published fake journal, The Scientist, April 30, 2009. (Free registration required, or try BugMeNot.)
Update. See also comments by Robert Helling:
... I think nobody in the world can claim anymore that our libraries should throw big money at these commercial publishing houses because they provide the quality control that open access publication cannot provide.
Pfizer supports open access publishing for researchers in low-income countries, a press release from BioMed Central, May 5, 2009. Excerpt:
Kristi L. Palmer, Emily Dill, and Charlene Christie, Where There’s a Will There’s a Way?: Survey of Academic Librarian Attitudes about Open Access, a preprint forthcoming from College & Research Libraries. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
From the body of the paper:
From the WERF about page:
Comment. This has been a massive digitization and permission-seeking project. Kudos to ERIC for undertaking it and batting 550. It shows (again) that libre OA can facilitate preservation and format-migration by eliminating permission problems from the start. Also see our past posts on this project.
Colin Macduff, An evaluation of the process and initial impact of disseminating a nursing e-thesis, Journal of Advanced Nursing, February 18, 2009. Abstract:
Tony Delamothe, The new BMJ online archive, BMJ, April 29, 2009. An editorial. Excerpt:
Institutions join hands to develop applied ethics journals, Information World Review, May 1, 2009. Excerpt:
BIO Members Committed to Ensuring Public Access to Key Clinical Trial Results, a press release from Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), May 4, 2009. Excerpt:
S. Bernius and M. Hanauske, Open access to scientific literature - Increasing citations as an incentive for authors to make their publications freely accessible, Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2009. (The DOI-based URL doesn't work at the moment.) Accessible only to subscribers, at least so far.
If you recall, last December the Library of Congress asked Ed Summers to take down his OA Library of Congress Subject Headings linked data service. At the time, Summers thought that the LOC might be considering offering a similar service of its own in the future.
The LOC has launched its own service; it's OA and seems to be a real step forward. From Richard Wallis' comments:
Two items on Vivek Kundra, Obama's new federal Chief Information Officer, and his approach to access to public sector information (thanks to ResourceShelf):
Google Faces Antitrust Investigation for Agreement to Digitize Millions of Books Online, Democracy Now!, April 30, 2009. A 25-minute video with text transcript.
See this recent message from DynaMed (thanks to ResourceShelf):
Due to the recent global outbreak of H1N1 flu, EBSCO Publishing and the DynaMed Editors have made the main elements of the DynaMed clinical summary for H1N1 flu free to health care providers and institutions throughout the world. The DynaMed topic on H1N1 flu consolidates information from multiple sources for health care providers to stay current with recommendations for monitoring, diagnosing, and treating patients with flu-like illnesses during this outbreak. DynaMed Editors will continue to monitor information and update this topic as needed throughout this global crisis. ...
Zach Beauvais, What we’ve been working on…, Zach Beauvais, April 30, 2009.
See also our past post on Talis Connected Commons.
Rachel Proudfoot, et al., IncReASe (Increasing Repository Content through Automation and Services), JISC Final Report, May 1, 2009. (Thanks to John Robertson.) Executive summary:
Hepatitis Outbreaks National Organization for Reform (HONOReform) and the New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI) have joined the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.
Ben Brumfield has written software, FromThePage, to coordinate the work of online volunteers in transcribing and digitizing handwritten manuscripts. Now he wants to release the code as open source, but only under a license that would require users to make the resulting transcriptions OA. From the blog post on his dilemma: