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New Zealand's State Services Commission has released a draft framework on OA to public sector information, on which it is soliciting comment. Under the draft, an agency would evaluate a particular work and choose from one of the Creative Commons licenses (with the most permissive, the Attribution license, generally recommended) or a to-be-developed more restrictive license, or a certification that the work/data is not subject to copyright. The draft backs away from an earlier recommendation of CC Zero, which would effectively waive Crown copyright. The framework recommends that PSI generally be available gratis, with any charges limited only to reasonable costs of distribution.
It's not immediately clear to what extent publicly-funded research is included in the policy (see excerpt below); I'll contact the commission to ask, and knowledgeable readers are encouraged to contact me. (Note: See update below.) From the announcement:
Keitha Booth, Draft Open Access and Licensing Framework released, In Development, August 27, 2009.
From the draft policy, section on "Procuring and preparing information, data and copyright works":
When procuring, preparing or commissioning information, data and copyright works, State Services agencies are encouraged to consider whether such information, data and works should, in accordance with these Policy Principles, be released to the public for re-use. ...
Update (September 21, 2009): As to the question of whether publications resulting from publicly-funded research would be covered by the principles, Keitha Booth of the New Zealand State Services Commission responded:
... Our current thinking for the draft New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) is that works produced by or for New Zealand government departments and Crown entities using public funds would be "public sector works". By contrast, works produced by scientists using research grants would not. ...
The University of Tampere adopted a new OA policy on April 16, 2009. Stevan Harnad calls the policy a mandate, although the university's English-language policy memo uses the term "request" (Google translates the Finnish as "calls on"). From the English memo:
Update: Harnad is no longer calling the policy a mandate.
Paula J. Hane, Anti Google Book Settlement Organizations Band Together in Open Book Alliance, Information Today, August 27, 2009.
N.B.: ALA, ACRL, and ARL are the members of the Library Copyright Alliance. Until recently, LCA membership included the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the Special Libraries Association (SLA, now a member of the Open Book Alliance). According to an internal ACRL memo, the other associations quit LCA earlier this year, "citing the current economic climate"; ACRL subsequently joined.
Norman Oder, Margolis: ALA, Allies Should Request More Library Access in Google Settlement, Library Journal, August 25, 2009.
Norman Oder, PW Survey: Librarians On the Fence Regarding Google Settlement, Library Journal, August 20, 2009.
See also our past post on the Open Book Alliance.
Diverse Coalition Unites To Counter Google Book Settlement, Open Book Alliance, press release, August 26, 2009.
See also our forthcoming follow-up post for more on the Open Book Alliance.
Phil Malone, An Evaluation of Private Foundation Copyright Licensing: Policies, Practices and Opportunities, report by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, August 2009. From the executive summary:
Gerd Stumme, PUMA - Project on Academic Publication Management started on August 1st, BibSonomy Blog, August 26, 2009.
Fossils for All: Science Suffers by Hoarding, editorial, Scientific American Magazine, September 2009.
I tried to launch it on August 9, using RSStoTwitter, but never got it to work. At first I thought the reason was that DDoS attacks had forced Twitter to close parts of its API. While that may have been the initial cause, RSStoTwitter has since shut down.
The new, successful Twitter version of the OATP feed uses TwitterFeed instead. (Thanks to Charles Bailey for the suggestion.)
Apologies. When I was trying to diagnose the problem with the first Twitter version of the OATP feed, I created a second, personal Twitter account, and used it to play with several RSS-to-Twitter options. When I finally got one to work, I forgot to kill it for 12 hours or so, leading a surprising number of people to think they could monitor the OATP feed by following my personal Twitter account. But I've killed it now. If you want to use Twitter to track the OATP feed, follow the OATP Twitter account. If you're still following my personal Twitter account, don't expect many tweets.
Japanese e-library project could lose out to Google Book Search without government flex, editorial, The Mainichi Daily News, July 23, 2009.
Copyright law and online books, editorial, The Japan Times, August 23, 2009.
Copenhagen Business School has adopted an OA policy. From a June 2009 memo forward by Leif Hansen to the SPARC-OAForum list:
See also our past posts on Copenhagen Business School.
Jim Till, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research adopts an OA mandate, Be openly accessible or be obscure, August 22, 2009.
Sam Wong, Encyclopedia of Life to gather every species into a digital Noah's Ark, The Guardian, August 23, 2009.
Wiki Acceso Abierto is a new Spanish-language wiki about OA. The wiki is a project of the Lista Latinoamericana sobre Acceso Abierto y Repositorios and supported by the Universidad Nacional de Rosario. Paola Bongiovani and Nancy Gómez are the founders and coordinators.