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Here's more of what to expect for the upcoming international Open Access Week (October 19-23, 2009):
Carol Minton Morris, Announcing the DuraSpace/SPARC OA Week Contest Winners, DuraSpace Blog, October 8, 2009.
See also our past post on the contest.
John Dupuis, Open Access Policy for York University Librarians and Archivists, Confessions of a Science Librarian, October 8, 2009.
SPARC, New SPARC guide reviews income models for supporting open-access journals, press release, October 8, 2009.
GT Library receives IMLS grant to create statewide digital repository, Georgia Tech Library News, October 7, 2009. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
See also our past post on the GALILEO Knowledge Repository.
Federal Depository Library Program, GPO & Digitization of Historical Depository Collection, announcement, October 7, 2009. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
See also our past post on the RFP.
Bob Grant, Open access bill stalls in Congress, The Scientist, October 8, 2009.
The Public Knowledge Project has released version 2.3 of its Open Journal Systems publishing software. OJS is free software which powers the Web sites of more than 2,000 journals, and is probably the most widely-used publishing platform for OA journals. The release includes new features for readers, authors, editors, and site administrators, as well as a rewritten core to improve maintainability. For example, the new version adds improved email and RSS notifications, additional language support, and trackbacks from other Web pages that link to an article.
Motoko Rich, Judge Sets Nov. 9 Deadline For Revised Google Book Settlement, New York Times: Media Decoder blog, October 7, 2009.
James Grimmelmann, GBS: Status Conference Status, The Laboratorium, October 7, 2009.
See also our past post on the settlement revision.
Rightscom, Embedding repositories in research management systems: final report, report for JISC, posted October 5, 2009.
See also our past posts on the study or on the Research Assessment Exercise and Research Excellence Framework.
Cameron Neylon, Nature Communications: A breakthrough for open access?, Science in the open, October 5, 2009.
Neylon then discusses the journal's editorial focus, expected time to publication, relationship with the other Nature brand journals, peer review process, pricing, and licensing. For the most part, he finds more questions than answers in the announcement. Neylon concludes:
See also our past post on Nature Communications.
AcaWiki Increases Impact of Scholarly Research Using Web 2.0, press release, October 7, 2009.
Also see comments by Mike Linksvayer.
Disclosure: I was a paid consultant on AcaWiki.
Update: Also see my comments.
The Swedish Research Council is an arm of the Swedish Department of Education and Culture which funds research in humanities and social sciences, medicine, and natural sciences and engineering.
See also our past posts on the Swedish Research Council.
Update. An official English translation is now available.
Adrian Stevenson, SWORD2 Project Final Report, report to JISC, June 30, 2009. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) Executive summary:
From the report's recommendations:
See also our past posts on SWORD and SWORD2.
Carol Hsin, Digitization project derailed, Yale Daily News, September 10, 2009. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
See also our past post on Microsoft's pull-out at Yale.
Samuel C. Avemaria Utulu and Omolara Bolarinwa, Open access initiatives adoption by Nigerian academics, Library Review, 2009. Abstract:
Tim Hackman, What’s the opposite of a pyrrhic victory?: Lessons learned from an open access defeat, C&RL News, October 2009. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.)
See also our past posts on the Maryland resolution (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) or Peter's SOAN column on the topic.
Richard Poynder, Interview with BioMed Central Publisher Matthew Cockerill, Open and Shut?, October 4, 2009.
A wide-ranging interview with Matthew Cockerill of OA publisher BioMed Central. Topics include BMC's marketing practices, journal quality, author-side fees, and the role of publishers in the Internet era.
Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries Awarded $20 Million Grant, press release, October 2, 2009.
Comment. The comparison to PMC is promising. The history of the NIH Public Access policy began with a repository, then a voluntary policy for grantee deposits, then finally an OA mandate. NSF is the main federal funder of non-biomedical research, including STEM fields, social sciences, and STEM education, so this could touch a lot of research.