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Open Humanities Press, Five New Open Access Book Series, press release, August 7, 2009.
... This supplement provides a graphical view of the licensing landscape within online education ... We find that a large proportion of educational sites are protected by “All Rights Reserved” copyright, including many sites that self-describe as “open,” which indicates a misconception of what it means to be an open resource. ...
In July, 11 more journals were approved to join Revues.org as OA or delayed OA journals: see the first and second list. Four other journals inaugurated their site on Revues.org in July:
From RePEc's July 2009 update, six more archives joined RePEc: Universidad de los Andes, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (II), Spiru Haret University Brasov, Austrian Academy of Sciences, ETH Zürich (III), and the German Council for Social and Economic Data. Universidad de los Andes is the first participating archive from Venezuela, bringing the tally of RePEc participating countries to 68.
Marion Jensen, End of an Era, Chickens Don't Have Armpits, June 18, 2009. (Thanks to David Wiley.)
Stuart Shieber, Publishers cooperating with the Harvard OA policy, The Occasional Pamphlet, July 28, 2009.
Stuart M. Shieber, Equity for Open-Access Journal Publishing, PLoS Biology, August 4, 2009.
The Access to Knowledge Initiative is a new project at Brigham Young University's McKay School of Education. (Thanks to David Wiley.)
... The Access to Knowledge Initiative draws on a wide range of disciplines as outlined in the Initiative Objectives (in sidebar at right [Note: omitted here]). Our current research includes projects examining the long-term sustainability of university-based open education initiatives; a "Continuous Local Improvement Curriculum" (CLIC) model of leveraging and improving open source curriculum materials in an online high schools involving a significant amount of educational data mining; issues of textbook affordability; business models supporting the creation and distribution of open source textbooks; the sales impact of releasing free online copies of commercially printed books; institutional policies dealing with open access to research and open educational resources; and a scalable "data-driven micro-tutoring" teaching model ...
Jon Cartwright, Fledgling site challenges arXiv server, physicsworld.com, July 15, 2009.
See also this related post on physicsworld.com.
SCOAP3, More U.S. libraries support SCOAP3, announcement, August 4, 2009.
Six more U.S. libraries have signed the SCOAP3 Expression of Interest: East Carolina University, Savannah River National Laboratory, the University of Iowa, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of Mississippi and Wake Forest University. These new SCOAP3 partners join a long list of supporters in the U.S. who have collectively pledged about 3/4 of the projected U.S. contribution to SCOAP3. ...
SPARC, SPARC Calls on Campuses to Coordinate Open-Access Policy Efforts, press release, August 5, 2009.
Disclosure: I served as a paid consultant in developing these resources.
... Collins's confirmation proceeded via unanimous consent, without the need for a hearing in the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions or a roll-call vote on the Senate floor. ...
Comment. As I noted in our post on the nomination:
... Collins has been a public advocate for OA to data, most notably in the Human Genome Project, which he lead. Even if that wasn't the case, simply having a permanent director at NIH will enable the agency to better explain its public access policy -- such as defending against the Conyers bill and supporting FRPAA. ...
We can be thankful that the Senate confirmed the nomination, and quickly. If there's any drawback, it's that the lack of a hearing means a missed chance for Collins to explain his views on OA to Congress and the public in a high-profile forum. But once he takes office, there should be many more such chances.
See also our past posts on Collins.
One day I'll survey users of the OA tracking project (OATP). But since I won't be able to do it any time soon, let me throw out an open-ended question.
If you've used OATP as a reader or tagger, regularly or irregularly, did you find any part of the experience to be frustrating or confusing? If you have thoughts or suggestions, please drop me a line.
I know that Connotea is flaky these days, and often slow or down. Hence this may not be the best time to ask for feedback on OATP, which depends on Connotea. But I'd rather not wait to think about ways to improve the service. I have long-term plans for OATP and hope to keep them closely tied to user experiences. Thanks.
Erica Hendry, Students Reach Settlement in Turnitin Suit, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 3, 2009. Excerpt:
Comment. Under this standard for fair use, wouldn't Google have prevailed against the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers, making the whole complicated and controversial Google book settlement unnecessary?
Update (8/5/09). I'm pleased to say that Peter Jaszi, who knows copyright law better than most and far better than I, is also encouraged by the Turnitin decision.
I'm back from my travels (extended without my consent due to auto troubles) and settling back in to the usual rhythm of life. I've resumed tagging at OATP (where others, Peter included, had continued in my absence) and will pick up blogging tomorrow.
I just mailed the August issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue takes a close look at the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), which Senators John Cornyn and Joe Lieberman reintroduced in the US Senate in June.
The round-up section briefly notes 140 OA developments from July.