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The Connotea developers hope it will be back online later the same day.
Despite the interruption, OATP users should welcome this development. It should fix the problems we've been experiencing since June.
Since Peter started at Harvard, I've aimed to update OAN every weekday. I'm taking off Monday for Labor Day, and so probably won't post again until Monday. Have a nice weekend!
Amanda Curnow, Shared Research Repository Project, The Room of Infinite Diligence, August 27, 2009.
National Institutes of Health, New NIH Tool Makes Funding Data, Research Results and Products Searchable, press release, September 4, 2009.
Utrecht University formulates Open Access Policy, Igitur Newsletter, September 2009.
Christian Zimmermann, RePEc in August 2009, The RePEc Blog, September 3, 2009.
Canada's Ministers of Industry and Canadian Heritage are conducting a consultation on copyright reform, soliciting comments until September 13. (See our past posts: 1, 2.) Project Gutenberg Canada has filed a submission. Executive summary of the recommendations:
The judge presiding over the Google Books settlement has extended the deadline for objections and amicus briefs, previously scheduled for today, due to technical issues. The new deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 8 at 10 am ET. The court's electronic filing system will be down for maintenance until Tuesday morning.
Mike Linksvayer, Does your sharing scale?, Creative Commons, September 2, 2009.
Canada's Ministers of Industry and Canadian Heritage are conducting a consultation on copyright reform, soliciting comments until September 13. (See our past post.) Heather Morrison has posted her submission:
Heather Morrison, Canadian copyright consultation, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, August 31, 2009.
DuraSpace, the foundation behind the Fedora and DSpace repository software platforms, is looking for repository success stories to highlight as part of the upcoming Open Access Week (October 19-23, 2009). Entries will be accepted at the contest Web site beginning until September 28. The best stories win a gift certificate to Amazon.com.
The National Humanities Alliance has released its study on publishing in the social sciences and humanities. (See our past post.) From the study's executive summary:
Comment. A cursory review of the study shows there's a lot of thought-provoking stuff here. But a major flaw make the OA analysis suspect: The study consistently conflates "gold OA" with "author-pays", when in fact, more than 70% of gold OA journals do not charge author-side fees. The study does cite Willinsky's "nine flavors" of OA and PLoS' philanthropic underwriting, but it offers no serious review of any revenue models for gold OA other than author fees.
See also Heather Morrison's comments.
Alma Swan has prepared an OA advocacy checklist for research libraries for the Digital Libraries à la Carte conference (Tilburg, The Netherlands, July 28-August 5, 2009). The 2-page document includes bulleted lists of suggestions like "Add DOAJ content to your library catalogue", "Demonstrate how to deposit [in a repository]", and "Make the case for a mandatory policy".
Lea Bishop Shaver, The Right to Science and Culture, working paper, March 6, 2009. Abstract:
Over the past three decades, protections for intellectual property have dramatically expanded, both domestically and internationally. Today, economists and legal scholars widely agree that patent and copyright protections are higher than ideal. Excessive protectionism constrains individual liberty, limits the diffusion of innovation, impedes economic growth, and results in higher prices for consumers. International IP law, however, poses a significant barrier to reform. A network of multilateral and bilateral trade treaties operates as a one-way ratchet, promoting ever-higher protections and constraining the ability of domestic policymakers to impose sensible limits.
Doug Way, The Open Access Availability of Library and Information Science Literature, College & Research Libraries, preprint, August 27, 2009. Abstract:
To examine the open access availability of Library and Information Science (LIS) research, a study was conducted using Google Scholar to search for articles from was 20 top LIS journals. The study examined whether Google Scholar was able to find any links to full text, if open access versions of the articles were available and where these articles were being hosted. The results showed the archiving of articles is not a regular practice in the field, articles are not being deposited in institutional or subject repositories at a high rate and the overall the percentage of available open access articles in LIS was similar to the findings in previous studies. In addition, the study found that Google Scholar is an effective tool for finding known LIS articles.From the article:
Update. See also T. Scott Plutchak's comments:
Scott Jaschik, The Humanities and the NEH, Inside Higher Ed, September 2, 2009.
Harvard University Library, Harvard's DASH for Open Access, press release, September 1, 2009.
I just mailed the September issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue takes a close look at the BMJ model of selling access to abridgments or summaries in order support full-text OA.
The roundup section briefly notes 154 OA developments from August.
Frances Pinter, Frances Pinter on the (Academic) Value of Sharing, GOOD Magazine, August 27, 2009. Pinter is the Publisher of Bloomsbury Academic.
See also our past posts on Bloomsbury Academic.
Elizabeth Bassett, New Texas cancer institute plans high-impact research, Fort Worth Business Press, August 31, 2009.
Timothy K. Armstrong, Shrinking the Commons: Termination of Copyright Licenses and Transfers for the Benefit of the Public, working paper, September 1, 2009. Abstract:
SCOAP3 support in the U.S. passes the 75% mark, SCOAP3 News, September 1, 2009.
Daniel Baril, L'UdeM prend les devants avec le dépôt électronique des mémoires et des thèses, UdeMNouvelles, August 31, 2009. Read it in the original French or in Google's English. (Thanks to Olivier Charbonneau.)Rough translation (errors mine):
Since Peter started at Harvard, OATP has become the feeder system for OAN. But Connotea, the service which powers OATP, was inaccessible for most of Monday (at least to me). We'll see if things are any better Tuesday; if not, I'll work around it.
Meanwhile, the OATP Twitter bridge is still available, if you want to read what was tagged before the site went down.