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Alan K. Cubbage, Northwestern Reaffirms Commitment to University Press; TriQuarterly Magazine Goes Electronic, Northwestern University NewsCenter, September 21, 2009.
Jennifer Howard, Literary Circles Reel at Northwestern's Plans for 'TriQuarterly', Chronicle of Higher Education, September 24, 2009. Only an excerpt is OA.
N.B. I've focused the excerpts here on the transition to online-only publishing and OA, but a lot of the angst seems to be wound up with other changes (such as sacking the existing editors and a greater reliance on student editors). This is a journal converting to OA at a moment of internal crisis, rather than in a moment of strength.
John MacColl, Mendeley scrobbles your papers, HangingTogether, September 24, 2009.
Comment. To me, the better analogy may be Napster. I don't necessarily mean that pejoratively: both Napster and Mendeley watch a folder on the user's computer and automatically share files in that folder. That takes the effort out of sharing, which means more documents get shared. It also means that metadata will often be incomplete or inaccurate. In addition, since there's less emphasis on copyright compliance, I'd suspect that some authors may share documents in ways that violate their publisher's contract -- more so than traditional repositories. In short, the Mendeley model seems to have some major advantages over traditional repositories, but also some significant shortcomings vis-à-vis traditional repository goals. I think there's a place for both in a healthy scholarly communications ecosystem, with both competition and collaboration.
See also our past posts on Mendeley.
Update. See also Dorothea Salo's comments.
Open Access Week is coming up on October 19-23, 2009. Here's a taste of what's coming:
SPARC, Changing the Game: Pioneers Report on Efforts to Support Open-Access Publication, press release, September 24, 2009.
Iryna Kuchma, The first open access repository in Belarus – Belarusian State University Digital Library, EIFL, September 23, 2009.
The Fundamental Library of the Belarusian State University celebrated the National Library Day (9-15-09) by registering the first open access institutional repository in Belarus – BSU Digital Library – in the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR). Congratulations to our colleagues from Belarus! ...
COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories, DRIVER, apparently recent.
Plasterk is Minister for Education, Culture and Science in the current Dutch government.
Randy Schekman, PNAS takes action regarding breach of NIH embargo policy on a PNAS paper, editorial, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 18, 2009.
Alan E. Guttmacher, Elizabeth G. Nabel, and Francis S. Collins, Why data-sharing policies matter, editorial, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 18, 2009.
The presidents of 57 liberal arts colleges in the U.S. today released a letter supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009 (FRPAA, S.1373). The colleges are members of the Oberlin Group of Libraries. From the letter:
After a premature launch in June, Enabling Open Scholarship launched today. From the press release:
See also our past posts on Enabling Open Scholarship and its predecessor, EurOpenScholar.
Earlier this week, we posted the latest news on the transfer of the OAIster metadata harvester to OCLC, including some points of confusion and contention. Roy Tennant of OCLC has posted two updates to clarify and defend OCLC's actions:
Roy Tennant, The Straight Dope on OAIster, HangingTogether, September 21, 2009.
Roy Tennant, Clarification on OCLC/OAIster Transfer, HangingTogether, September 23, 2009.
The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications recently released its Autumn 2009 newsletter, which highlights INASP's Journals Online (JOLs) project. The JOLs provide a low-cost online publishing platform (based on Open Journal Systems) and capacity building for journals in developing countries, with the goal of providing OA to the journals' full text. Excerpt:
Pakistan is also being considered for a JOL.
The plaintiffs in the Google Book Search settlement today filed a motion with the court asking to delay the fairness hearing, scheduled for October 7. In a memo accompanying the motion, the plaintiffs explain that they are amending the preliminary settlement in light of discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice. From the memo:
Comment. This could be big. There's no shortage of criticism of the terms of the preliminary settlement; the question is which changes will Google and the plantiffs adopt, and whether DOJ will sign off on them.
Communicating knowledge: How and why UK researchers publish and disseminate their findings is a new study released this month by the Research Information Network and JISC. The report touches on some aspects related to OA; excerpts:
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA announces new board, press release, September 18, 2009.
Thomas Krichel has shared an email sent by OCLC to OAIster contributors.
Charles Bailey comments,
What appears to be lost in this strategy is free access to OAIster as a separate database after OCLC assumes full control of OAIster in 2010.
Nicholas Gruen, A League ladder of PSI openness?, Government 2.0 Taskforce, September 19, 2009.
Comment. I think the same concept could be gainfully applied to OA policies and practices. I don't know of any survey or ranking of OA across governments. (Students for Free Culture's Open University Campaign aims to apply the concept across individual universities.)
Keith Dawson, Amazon Delaying Public Domain Submissions On Kindle, Slashdot, September 18, 2009.
John B. Hare writes
Sam Rogers, Survey and Analysis of Electronic Journal Licenses for Long-Term Access Provisions in Tertiary New Zealand Academic Libraries, Serials Review, March 2009. Abstract:
A survey of New Zealand university and polytechnic libraries indicates what proportions of library e-journal holdings have archival rights or perpetual access clauses. The author then analyzes licenses from three universities for terms, permissions, and other details. The research indicates that less than 20% of the online holdings for most New Zealand educational libraries had a print duplicate, archive, or perpetual access right. Licenses failed to address these access and rights issues in 70% of the cases surveyed. The issues of long-term access to licensed materials are addressed in less than 30% of licenses and only by providers that are offering them.
National Endowment for the Humanities, NEH launches new online database, press release, September 21, 2009.
See also our past post on a similar tool from NIH.
Caroline J. Savage and Andrew J. Vickers, Empirical Study of Data Sharing by Authors Publishing in PLoS Journals, PLoS ONE, September 18, 2009. Abstract:
Update. See also the comments on the PLoS Medicine blog.
OCLC, OCLC Board of Trustees convenes Council to study and develop new WorldCat Record Use Policy, press release, September 14, 2009.
See also our past posts on WorldCat or OCLC.