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Gunther Eysenbach, Open Access journal JMIR rises to top of its discipline, Gunther Eysenbach's Random Research Rants, June 20, 2009. Excerpt:
Comment. The OA impact advantage helps journals, not just authors. TA journals may have their reasons not to convert to OA, but they can't pretend that there's nothing in the other pan of the scale. Congratulations to JMIR and Gunther.
The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is organizing the wiki-based revision of the Internet Rights Charter, originally drafted by the Association for Progressive Communications. The charter supports OA for publicly-funded research as a right.
Tim Armstrong, Using Wikisource as an Alternative Open Access Repository for Legal Scholarship, Info/Law, June 19, 2009. Excerpt:
Comment. I like the idea of linking from the wiki edition to the unmodifiable pages of the published edition --what I called a "quality ratchet" when Open Medicine introduced the idea earlier this month. I also like the idea of breaking out of PDF prison into just about any other format (but especially HTML, XML, or wiki). Moreover, Wikisource is open to deposits from anyone, embracing scholars who don't have a repository at their institution or in their field.
Dorothea Salo, Opportunity in opprobrium, Caveat Lector, June 13, 2009.
Dave Haden, Open access search?, Jurn blog, June 12, 2009.
Jonathan Gray, New developments on Public Domain Works!, Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, June 18, 2009.
Bill Hooker, Cost to libraries: OA vs TA, Open Reading Frame, June 18, 2009. Excerpt:
Update (6/20/09). Bill has updated his calculation to reflect some new information and correct an error. Excerpt:
Andrew Waller and Mary Westell, Open Access initiatives at the University of Calgary, Letter of the LAA, preprint; self-archived June 15, 2009. Abstract:
This article briefly describes the suite of Open Access initiatives at the University of Calgary. These include an institutional repository, OA activities in the University of Calgary Press, the Synergies project, the Open Access Authors Fund, and an OA mandate for Libraries and Cultural Resources.
Drew Endy, State of the OWW, OpenWetWare Community, June 12, 2009. (Thanks to Michael Nielsen.)
See also our past posts on OpenWetWare.
Douglas J. Amy, Adventures in Web Publishing, Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2009. (Thanks to Steve Foerster.)
Bill Hooker, Author-side fee comparison: OA vs TA, Open Reading Frame, June 18, 2009. Excerpt:
Update (6/21/09). See Bill's update of this calculation.
Tom Singarella and Paul Schoening, Institutional Repositories (IR) Survey Summary, 2008. Apparently a preprint. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
Stuart Shieber, “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rights retention for scholarly articles, The Occasional Pamphlet, June 18, 2009. Excerpt:
Victoria Reich, From Dark Archive to Open Access: CLOCKSS Trigger Event Lessons, Against the Grain, April 2009. Only this description is OA, at least so far:
What is a [CLOCKSS] trigger event and when do these materials become available to us?See also our past posts on CLOCKSS.
Jakob Sukale, Don’t Hide your Research, Share it!, Lab Times, April 7, 2009. (Thanks to Michael Nielsen.) Description:
Technology is slowly allowing scientists to take information distribution back into their own hands as demonstrated by OpenWetWare.org. Not only does it allow researchers to publish bits of information that do not fit in with the conventional channels of journals but it also serves as a platform to interact with other researchers in an environment that is not owned by a profit-seeking company.See also our past posts onOpenWetWare.
Rufus Pollock, The Size of the Public Domain, miscellaneous factZ, June 9, 2009.
See also our past posts on Pollock's related work (1, 2).
Naomi Korn, In from the Cold: An assessment of the scope of ‘Orphan Works’ and its impact on the delivery of services to the public, report prepared for the Strategic Content Alliance and the Collections Trust, April 2009. See also this blog post by the Strategic Content Alliance. (Thanks to Research Information.) From the executive summary:
Michael Geist, In Search of A Canadian Digital Action Plan, Michael Geist, June 16, 2009. See also Geist's related newspaper column (as published in the Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen, or Geist's longer draft).
Reclaim The Commons is a manifesto launched at the World Social Forum (Belem, Brazil, January 27-February 1, 2009). (Thanks to Bienes Comunes.)
Michael Fitzpatrick, Transparency: Access to Information, OSTP Blog, June 10, 2009.
Comment. This is the closest yet that the Obama administration's Open Government Initiative has come to addressing public access to government-funded research. See Trosow's argument that Circular A-130 extends to extramural research funded by the federal government.
See also our past posts on Circular A-130.
Repke de Vries and Arnold Hirshon, eIFL Case Studies on Low Cost Digitisation Projects, eIFL, undated but recent.
See esp. the chapter on Results of Digitisation Projects and Access. Table 8 in that chapter ("Means of User Access to the Digitised Content") shows that in 10 of the 12 surveyed countries, users don't have to pay for access to the resulting digital editions.
Nature Publishing Group allows data- and text-mining on self-archived manuscripts, a press release from NPG, June 18, 2009. Excerpt:
Comment. OA supporters have disagreed on whether text-mining is covered by fair use (or fair dealing etc.) or whether it requires fresh permission. Regardless of where you came down on that, it's good to have explicit permission. (On the other hand, if permission is unnecessary, then it wouldn't be good if researchers and publishers began to believe that it was; but that's a different issue.) I regard this as a small but welcome step beyond gratis green OA to libre green OA.
Michael Felczak, Richard Smith, and Rowland Lorimer, Online Publishing, Technical Representation, and the Politics of Code: The Case of CJC Online, Canadian Journal of Communication, June 2008. Not new but newly OA; CJS offers OA after a 12 month moving wall.
The journal Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies has posted this announcement, undated but apparently recent. (Thanks to Charles Ellwood Jones.)
Comment. The announcement frames the change as a conversion to OA, but I've titled the post "OA journal drops paper edition" because I believe that's more accurate. Archived versions of the journal site show that the journal has provided OA to complete issues for several years. But it may be the case that the OA edition previously was delayed relative to the paper edition, and that now there will be no such delay.
Zoë Corbyn, Publisher 'threat' to open access, Times Higher Education, June 18, 2009. Excerpt:
Miguel Barrera Maureira, Open Access - Rol e Importancia, June 16, 2009; a 30-minute video on blip.tv.
Jane Park, IssueLab’s Lisa Brooks on Opening Up Research, Creative Commons, June 16, 2009. Interview with Lisa Brooks of IssueLab. Also see the same interview in comic form.
See also our past post on IssueLab.
Barry Brown and Paul Piper, Freely Available Science Information Resources on the Web, Searcher, June 2009. Only this description is OA, at least so far:
Librarians facing budget cutbacks should check out these science resources available on the internet—and usually for free—recommended by Barry Brown, science librarian, and Paul Piper, reference librarian, who say the depth of information, from journal articles to gray literature, on the open web these days is quite impressive.See also this list of links referenced in the article.
Autism Insights is a forthcoming peer-reviewed OA journal published by Libertas Academica. See the publisher's announcement. The journal's launch is anticipated by September 2009. Authors retain copyright and articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License. The article-processing fee is $1395, subject to discount or waiver.
The presentations from Show Me the Data — The Science of Editing and Publishing (Pittsburgh, May 1-5, 2009) are now online.
The July 2009 issue of Learned Publishing is now online. See especially:
Karin Verspoor, K. Bretonnel Cohen, and Lawrence Hunter, The textual characteristics of traditional and Open Access scientific journals are similar, BMC Bioinformatics, June 15, 2009. Provisional abstract:
Comment. This is not a surprising result. But it opens the door for NLP researchers to take full advantage of the freely available and rapidly growing sample served up by the OA movement.
Peter Eckersley, Google Book Search Settlement: Foster Competition, Escrow the Scans, EFF, June 11, 2009. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) Excerpt:
Update. Jennifer Howard tells me that in her podcast interview with Google's Adam Smith (June 15, 2009), she asked whether Google could be persuaded to put CC licenses on its scanned books. Smith said it would, if that's what authors wanted.
Good question, good answer. It's a start, even if comparatively few authors are interested in CC-based OA for their books. Google should build this option into the settlement, set up a way for authors to register their interest, and then (if the settlement is approved) carry it out.
On the other hand, we're not likely to get a large volume of OA from the Google settlement unless it comes from the orphan works, where we'll never know what the authors want.
A lengthy discussion, in progress, on the role of blogs, mailing lists, and the like in scholarly communication:
Harvard Graduate School of Education Votes Open Access Policy, a press release from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, June 16, 2009. (Thanks to Ray English.) Excerpt:
Comment. The momentum continues to grow, and you can see where it's going. The new mandate follows the pattern set by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (analyzed here), the Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government. Kudos to all. More later, including the text of the policy.
Update. The text of the policy is now online. It is virtually identical to the three previously adopted Harvard policies.
Paula J. Hane, Deep Web Tech Relaunches ScienceResearch.com, Information Today, June 15, 2009.
Three more journals have launched their sites at Revues.org. Each will be delayed OA, with some backfiles already available. (Thanks to Charles Ellwood Jones.)
Sam Zaremba, et al., Text-mining of PubMed abstracts by natural language processing to create a public knowledge base on molecular mechanisms of bacterial enteropathogens, BMC Bioinformatics, June 10, 2009. (Thanks to Free Culture & Archiving Planet.) Abstract:
Open Database License (ODbL) v1.0 Release Candidate 2 Available, Open Data Commons, June 15, 2009.
See also our past posts on the Open Database License.
In two weeks (on July 1) I'll significantly curtail my blogging. The blog itself will continue, and Gavin will continue at something like his current pace. But I'll start my new position at the Berkman Center and will only be able to post sporadically.
Don't forget that even now, while I'm actively blogging, I recommend the OA tracking project (OATP) over OAN as a comprehensive source of OA-related news. OAN is a selective subset of that news, and after July 1 it will be even more selective.
If you follow the news on OAN, you should consider following the news on the OATP as well. You can subscribe to the OATP news feed by RSS or email. Or you can read it on a web page organized like a blog with the most recent items first. If you want to improve the OATP news feed, please consider joining the project as a tagger.
For more detail on OATP, including its consequences for OAN, see my article in the May SOAN.
Sharon A. Weiner, Tale of two databases: The history of federally funded information systems for education and medicine, Government Information Quarterly, July 2009. Only this abstract is OA, at least so far:
Access to scholarly information in the disciplines of education and medicine occurred primarily through the simultaneous development of two bibliographic databases. The Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) originated as a resource designed to be comprehensive in its inclusion of peer-reviewed and unpublished literature for the entire education community. MEDLINE began as a resource of selective materials for physicians and researchers. Today, ERIC includes selected peer-reviewed literature directed primarily to researchers and practitioners, although others use the database, while MEDLINE is a vast information system serving all health professionals and consumers. This literature analysis of their policy history shows important differences in their evolution. Application of the Multiple Streams Framework can help in formulating possible explanations for the different developmental paths. These paths include: the degree of centralization or decentralization of the information system's organizational structure; the stability of the organizational mission; and the success of assessment strategies, federal budgetary support, and bias toward science in federal policy-making. These two government-supported databases served as models for a plethora of other databases. However, one was successful in acquiring funding from the outset, while the other continually suffered deficiencies in support. The importance of each to public welfare should have been obvious, but was not.
PS: Also see our past posts on Read, focusing specifically on his OA work.
Christy Henshaw, Orphan Works, Wellcome Library Blog, June 16, 2009. Excerpt:
A video of the June 10 SPARC/ACRL Webcast, SCOAP3: An opportunity to create change, is now available. From the description:
In follow up to the recent release of a new set of Frequently Asked Questions on the SCOAP3 initiative, SPARC and ACRL are pleased to host Dr. Salvatore Mele, Head of Open Access at CERN and spokesperson for SCOAP3, at a live Web cast to explore the process of committing to the consortium, establishing its governing board, the project’s conditions for the call for tender, and to answer remaining questions.
Peter Millington, SHERPA/RoMEO API Upgrade and Future Development, posted to the SPARC Open Access Forum, June 12, 2009.
Matthew Cockerill, Wikipedia and open access journals - now more compatible than ever, BioMed Central Blog, June 11, 2009.
Lee Giles, CiteSeerX indexes tables, posted to American Scientist Open Access Forum, June 11, 2009.
See also this blog post by Pradeep Teregowda:
... Table search allows users to search embedded tables of documents in the CiteSeerx collection. Table caption, reference text and footnotes are indexed for each table. Ranking of table search results can be based on relevance, year and the number of citations to the corresponding document in CiteSeerx.
Andrea Kosavic, Reaching Out Beyond York’s Borders: Contributing to the Global Research Library, YULibrary News, Spring 2009.
From the sidebar:
See also this article on Creative Commons from the same issue.
Gaz Johnson, PEERing through the scholarly publishing gloom, UoL Library Blog, June 11, 2009.
Australian National University, SkyMapper surveys the southern skies, press release, May 25, 2009. (Thanks to Keith Lyons.)
From the project site:
... The data taken by the SkyMapper telescope will be shared with astronomers around the world via the Virtual Observatory initiative, so that every possible use can be made of this resource. ...
Bernard Rentier has announced the launch of the web site for Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS). Read his announcement in French or Google's English. EOS is the successor to EurOpenScholar (also EOS), which was launched in October 2007. The first EOS was European, while the second is global. Rentier is the rector of the University of Liege and the Chair of the new EOS.
The official launch of the organization itself, as opposed to the web site, should follow shortly. The EOS advisory board is meeting in Brussels today to make the final arrangements.
From the new EOS web site:
PS: One of the top priorities for EOS will be to help universities adopt effective OA policies. With that in view, note the very strong optimal institutional Open Access policy and FAQ at the EOS web site. Also see our past posts on the new and old EOS.
Announcing the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs) series, announcement, April 2, 2009. (Thanks to Luca Aceto.)
See also, by way of comparison, our past post on a new refereed OA repository for conference proceedings in computer science.
Richard Poynder, Gold OA Funds, Open and Shut? June 14, 2009. Excerpt:
Comment. On the last question, I'm taking steps to add this list to the OAD. Stay tuned.
What's the point of depositing a paper in arXiv with the annotation, "Submitted to Nature. Under press embargo"?
If a publisher won't consider a paper which has already been published or publicized (that is, if it follows the Ingelfinger Rule), will this hand-waving satisfy it? Either way, why should authors indulge publishers who adopt the rule? Why should readers indulge authors who try to follow the rule by putting an embargo on an OA preprint?
There's a good discussion thread on this cluster of questions at at Discover.
Don’t Mess With Texas, When It Comes to Memorandum Opinions Anyway, Advocate's Studio, June 12, 2009. Excerpt:
PLoS ONE has launched a new collection on prokaryotic genomes. From the announcement:
Mir@bel (Mutualisation d'Informations sur les Revues et leurs Accès dans les Bases En Ligne) is a new OA index of online journals, especially Francophone journals in humanities and social sciences. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.) The search includes an option to limit results to journals with full text and/or to OA results.
Andrew Waller, One year (almost) with the Open Access Authors Fund, a presentation at the University of Ottawa Training Week, May 25-29, 2009. Self-archived June 12, 2009.