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Participatory Medicine will Change the Health Care World as we Know it! Better Health, June 6, 2009. (Thanks to Janice McCallum.) Excerpt:
Germany's Coalition for Action: Copyright for Education and Research (Aktionsbündnis: Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft) is asking German scholars not to grant VG Wort, the licensing and collecting society, the right to remove them from the Google Book Settlement. Instead, it's asking scholars to support a (forthcoming) plan for OA through Google.
Update (6/15/09). Also see the press release in English (June 5, 2009). Excerpt:
The Medical Library Assocation (MLA) and the Association of Academic and Health Science Libraries (AAHSL) have released a Statement on the Global Economic Crisis and its Impact on Health Sciences Library Collections, May 2009. Excerpt:
Comment. Note that the ARL statement, which AAHSL and MLA support "in principle", says that
Also see my comments on the ARL statement.
Charles Arthur, UK set to follow successful US data method, The Guardian, June 4, 2009. Excerpt:
Robert Kiley, Am J Hygiene and Tropical Medicine clarifies author pays option, UK PubMed Central Blog, June 4, 2009.
Caryn Shechtman, A Blogger Success Story, New York blog, June 2, 2009.
Stuart Shieber, Open-access policies and academic freedom, The Occasional Pamphlet, May 28, 2009. Excerpt:
Stuart Shieber, What percentage of open-access journals charge publication fees? The Occasional Pamphlet, May 29, 2009. Excerpt:
Comment. This is important for two reasons. First, it's new confirmation that most OA journals charge no publication fees. Like Hooker's earlier study, it covers all the OA journals listed in the DOAJ. Second, it provides a Python script (omitted here) to repeat the census at any time, allowing us to watch how the number changes over time. Thanks to Stuart for writing the script and for opening the source.
Stuart Shieber has launched The Occasional Pamphlet, a new blog. Stuart is a professor of computer science at Harvard, Director of Harvard's Office of Scholarly Communication, and the chief architect of the influential Harvard OA policies. The blog will frequently cover OA, as I'll show in just a moment when I blog excerpts from two of his recent posts. (Welcome, Stuart!)
Firenze University Press has launched a series of 60+ OA books in all fields, La libreria Open Access (the OA Library). When possible, the titles are published under CC-BY-NC-ND licenses. (Thanks to Elisa Brilli.)
The PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) project has released its Guidelines for publishers and repository managers on deposit, assisted deposit and self-archiving. The document details the procedures for participating publishers and repositories.
Comment. One point about the project which wasn't clear to me before is that even the publisher deposits will be of the author's manuscript, not the final published version.
See also our past posts on the PEER project.
Ben Wynne, Web Services and repositories, JISC Information Environment Team, June 3, 2009.
Comment. Can any readers provide the event's name, location, and/or URL?
The presentations from the CSIR workshop, Gaining the momentum: Open access & advancement of science and research (Pretoria, May 14, 2009), are now online. (Thanks to P. Kovatcheva.)
Who Cares About Raw Data?, Open Scriptures, June 1, 2009.
Dorothea Salo, Talking points we didn’t know we had, Caveat Lector, June 2, 2009.
The BiblioSight project has been recommended for funding from JISC. The project description:
The project will aim to exploit the Web of Science Web Services API that uses standard transport protocols, such as HTTP, and message formats, such as SOAP and XML, to facilitate the exchange of data between Web of Knowledge and a custom application. It will build on work undertaken by the JISC funded SUE project, Implementing an Institutional Repository for Leeds Metropolitan University to integrate bibliographic information from Web of Science into the Leeds Met Open Access repository of research; this will facilitate automatic update when a published article appears in Web of Science. The aim is to integrate the technology into an efficient workflow to populate the repository with citation information / full text; we will also build on work undertaken by the JISC funded PERSoNA project and aim to develop a ‘widget’ that can easily be added to a personal environment like iGoogle or personal/communal environment like netvibes and that will extract bibliographic information – and potentially also bibliometrics – for authenticated Leeds Met staff in line with Web of Science licensing.
Khaiser Nikam and Rajendra Babu H., Moving from Script to Science 2.0 for Scholarly Communication, Webology, March 2009. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.) Abstract:
This study attempts to trace the evolution of scholarly communication from the days of publication of Journal-des-Scavans to the era of web 2.0, explaining the Open Access (OA) movement in brief. The views of Harnad on OA are highlighted. The emergence of Open Access 2.0 is put in context. This study also explains science 2.0 as the emerging practice in scientific knowledge sharing and scholarly communication. The positives and drawbacks of science 2.0 are discussed. Some of the science 2.0 concepts like OpenWetware, PLoS and other science 2.0 systems used in scientific research for communication as put forth by Hooker and Surridge are cited to indicate that science 2.0 is the future for scholarly communication.
Andre Holzner, et al., First results from the PARSE.Insight project: HEP survey on data preservation, re-use and (open) access, presented at Workshop on Data Preservation and Long-Term Analysis in High-Energy Physics (Hamburg, January 26-28, 2009). Abstract:
There is growing interest in the issues of preservation and re-use of the records of science, in the "digital era". The aim of the PARSE.Insight project, partly financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Program, is twofold: to provide an assessment of the current activities, trends and risks in the field of digital preservation of scientific results, from primary data to published articles; to inform the design of the preservation layer of an emerging e-Infrastructure for e-Science. CERN, as a partner of the PARSE.Insight consortium, is performing an in-depth case study on data preservation, re-use and (open) access within the High-Energy Physics (HEP) community. The first results of this large-scale survey of the attitudes and concerns of HEP scientists are presented. The survey reveals the widespread opinion that data preservation is "very important" to "crucial". At the same time, it also highlights the chronic lack of resources and infrastructure to tackle this issue, as well as deeply-rooted concerns on the access to, and the understanding of, preserved data in future analyses.See also the other presentations from the conference. See also our past posts on PARSE.insight.
McGill University Library, McGill University Library becomes first Canadian content provider to participate in Digitize on Demand and Kirtasbooks.com, press release, May 29, 2009. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.)
Comment. The announcement says McGill will "make [the digitized books] available". Does that mean OA?
See also our past posts on Kirtas.
Update (from Peter, 6/6/09). Kirtas is apparently using the same business model at McGill that it used at the University of Pennsylvania: covering its costs by selling POD editions and leaving the OA decision to its university partner. Penn has not yet decided to offer OA and neither has McGill. Klaus Graf reports by email that, currently, none of the 11 books in the McGill-Kirtas program is OA.
Rufus Pollock, The OKF Turns 5 - And We Need Your Support, Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, June 2, 2009.
Albert Greco, ed., The State of Scholarly Publishing: Challenges and Opportunities, Transaction Publishers (June 30, 2009). (Thanks to Gerry McKiernan.) Including this article -- not OA, at least so far:
The directors of 10 US and Canadian university presses released this statement today:
The statement is signed by the directors of the University Press of Florida, University of Akron Press, University Press of New England, Athabasca University Press, Wayne State University Press, University of Calgary Press, University of Michigan Press, Rockefeller University Press, Penn State University Press, and University of Massachusetts Press.
The organizers welcome signatures from additional university presses. Those interested should contact Mike Rossner, Executive Director of the Rockefeller University Press.
Comment. This is significant. It's the first statement in support of OA from a group of mostly-TA publishers and the first from a group of mostly-book publishers. It's also an important reproach to the American Association of University Presses, which publicly supported the Conyers bill last September without consulting its members. (See all our past posts on the AAUP and the Conyers bill.)
Update (6/4/09). Also see Scott Jaschik's article in today's Inside Higher Ed. Excerpt:
Update (6/4/09). Also see Jennifer Howard's article on the Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog.
Making Europe's biggest online library, Science Guide, June 3, 2009. Excerpt:
PS: Also see our past posts on OAPEN.
Mark Sanchez, Price transparency: Some health providers open access to cost data, MLive.com, June 2, 2009. Excerpt:
According to the blog post announcing the project, OM now publishes selected articles in three formats: HTML, PDF, and wiki.
In SOAN yesterday I argued that waiver options in university OA policies can remove political obstacles to their adoption. Today on her blog, Dorothea Salo extends the argument to embargo options in policies to mandate OA for ETDs. From her post:
Update. Also see David Turner's article in the Financial Times, quoting this irrelevant objection:
Weale seems to believe that the purpose of OA is to bypass peer review, that UCL will only provide OA to unrefereed preprints, or even that UCL will promote repository deposits as an alternative to journal publication. Turner is the journalist here but failed to report that Weale was misinformed.
Update. Also see Richard Van Noorden's article in Nature News. He reports that "UCL's decision [was] approved by a unanimous vote of its academic board in October 2008." Added to those I listed in SOAN yesterday, that makes 20 faculty-adopted OA policies and 13 unanimous faculty votes: 65% of all faculty-adopted policies have been adopted unanimously.
More from Van Noorden:
Update. Also see the U of Southampton press release:
Update (6/4/09). Also see Zoë Corbyn's article in THES.
David Bousfield, Some thoughts on Open Access publishing, Current Trends in Biomedical Publishing and Bioinformatics, June 2, 2009.
Paul Miller, John Wilbanks talks about Creative Commons, Data, Science and more, The Cloud of Data, June 1, 2009. A 48 minute audio recording.
Jennifer Howard, Archive Watch: Taking It Philosophically, Wired Campus, June 2, 2009. Excerpt:
PS: Also see our past posts on PhilPapers.
Mike Taylor, Choosing a journal for the neck-posture paper: why open access is important, Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week, June 1, 2009.
Gary Richmond, Extending the free software paradigm to DIY Biology, Free Software Magazine, June 2, 2009.
Bill Hooker, Pick an index, any index., Open Reading Frame, June 1, 2009.
Robert Kiley, Journals compliant with Wellcome mandate, UK PubMed Central Blog, June 1, 2009.
Update. See also Jim Till's comments:
Lyubomir Penev, et al., Publication and dissemination of datasets in taxonomy: ZooKeys working example, ZooKeys, 2009. (Thanks to Jonathan Gray.) Abstract:
A concept for data publication and semantic enhancements proposed by ZooKeys and applied in the milestone paper of Miller et al. (2009) is described. For the first time in systematic zoology, an unique combination of data publication and semantic enhancements is applied within the mainstream process of journal publishing, to demonstrate how: (1) All primary biodiversity data underlying a taxonomic monograph are published as a dataset under a separate DOI within the paper; (2) The occurrence dataset is discoverable and accessible through GBIF data portal (data.gbif.org) simultaneously with the publication; (3) Occurrence dataset is published as a KML file under a distinct DOI to provide an interactive experience in Google Earth; (4) All new taxa (42) are registered at ZooBank during the publication process (mandatory for ZooKeys); (5) All new taxa (42) are provided to Encyclopedia of Life through XML mark up on the day of publication (mandatory for ZooKeys). It is proposed to clearly distinguish between static and dynamic datasets in the way they are published, preserved and cited.See also our past post on ZooKeys.
I just mailed the June issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue takes a close look at the University of Maryland faculty vote rejecting a proposed OA policy. The round-up section briefly notes 165 OA developments from May.
Update (2:00 pm EST). There seems to be a problem with the list software today. For the time being, the email version is stuck in one of those internet tubes, and you'll have to make do with the web version.
The presentations from the RIN/RSP meeting, Research in the open: How mandates work in practice (London, May 29, 2009), are now online.
Eve Gray, Genocide by Denial: How Profiteering from HIV/AIDS Killed Millions – an open access book from Uganda, PALM Africa, May 24, 2009.
See also our past posts on PALM Africa (1, 2).
Notes on Research in the Open: How Mandates Work in Practice (London, May 29, 2009): conference.
The new issue of OCLC Systems & Services is part 4 in its series of special issues on "open access and scholarly communication". Only abstracts are OA, at least so far. See especially:
Update (6/10/09). Philip Young has self-archived his article.
A new issue of ScieCom Info is now available.
In October, we blogged about the work of a group of Pirate Students in the student union at at the University of Uppsala in drafting a resolution supporting OA. At that time, the Pirate Students had 5 seats in the student union.
In elections this year, the Pirate Students expanded their share to 9 seats, only 1 seat behind the largest party (and the only party to gain seats in the election). From Google's translation of the campaign site:
Innovium Investment Seed Media Group Announces New Initiatives, a press release from the Seed Media Group, June 1, 2009. Excerpt:
PS: Apparently RB Connect doesn't yet have a web site. If I'm just overlooking it, please drop me a line.
Diane Gurman, Why Lakoff Still Matters: Framing the Debate on Copyright Law and Digital Publishing, First Monday, June 2009.
The Obama administration has appointed Andrew McLaughlin the country's Deputy Chief Technology Officer. McLaughlin has been the head of global public policy for Google, and will leave the company to take the new position.
Voting in the forthcoming European Parliament elections is scheduled for June 4-7. Some news on OA:
See also our past posts on OA in the European Parliament elections:
Update. Tom Chance has posted a note elaborating the UK Greens' position.
Stevan Harnad, ETD2009 Keynote: Integrating University Thesis and Research Open Access Mandates, Open Access Archivangelism, June 1, 2009.
PS: Also see my keynote from ETD2006, in which I argued for mandating OA to ETDs and (toward the end) for integrating the OA repositories and mandates for faculty research and student ETDs.
Luis Villa, Letter From the Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, June 2009.
From the short announcement at the Pronetos site (May 30):
Tove Faber Frandsen, The effects of open access on un-published documents: A case study of economics working papers, forthcoming from the Journal of Informetrics.
Alexandra-Emilia Fortis, Indexing Research Papers in Open Access Databases, a preprint self-archived in arXiv May 28, 2009.