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The latest issue of ScieCom Info is now available. Contents:
Diane DiEuliis and Robynn Sturm, Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Implementation, OSTP Blog, December 10, 2009.
Culture a Mouse Click Away in Digital Library, German Missions in the United States, December 3, 2009.
Columbia University Commits to Open-Access Publication Compact, press release, December 11, 2009.
See also our past post on Columbia joining COPE.
Update. Although there are 28 members of ARENE ry, only 26 participate in Theseus, and only 26 have adopted the OA mandate. The 26 with mandates are those governed by the Finnish Ministry of Education. One institution, the police academy at Tampere, is governed by the Ministry of Interior, and one, the Åland University of Applied Sciences, is in Mariehamn, an autonomous territory. (Thanks to Anna-Kaisa Sjölund for these details.)
Sarah Ngu, Dangerously Democratic, The Eye, December 10, 2009.
OSTP to Launch Public Forum to Discuss Options for Improving Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, OSTP Blog, December 9, 2009.
See also our past post on the consultation.
The faculty of the University of Northern Colorado Libraries unanimously adopted this OA resolution on December 2, 2009. (Thanks to Jayati Chaudhuri and Wendy Highby.) Excerpt:
Comment. By my count, this is the 5th OA policy adopted by library faculty and the 18th OA policy adopted by a unanimous faculty vote. Kudos to all involved.
Katharine Ball, The Indexing of Scholarly Open Access Business Journals, Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, Winter 2009.
The second issue of Open and Libraries Class Journal, from Ellyssa Kroski's class at San Jose State University, is now available. See especially:
See also our past post on the class journal.
Update. Margaret A. Driscoll's article, Open Their Eyes: How the Open Access Movement has Changed the Scholarly Publishing World for Academics, was also written for the class but submitted for publication elsewhere.
OA journal announcements, launches, and conversions spotted in the past week or so:
Panos Georgiou and Fiori Papadatou, Scholarly Publishing & Open Access in Greece: 2009 Report, report for Hellenic Academic Libraries Link, October 23, 2009.
The Obama administration is calling for public comments on ways to enhance access to federally-funded research. From today's announcement:
Update. For those who want to post their comment(s) to the forum (rather than by email), and/or follow the discussion at the forum, the discussion has begun at the OSTP blog.
Update (1/11/10). The deadline for comments has been extended until January 21, 2010.
Overcoming barriers: access to research information, announcement, December 4, 2009.
Also see coverage in Information World Review.
University of Ottawa among North American leaders as it launches open access program, press release, December 8, 2009.
Siân Harris, Industry tackles polarisation in access debate, Research Information, December 2009/January 2010.
See also our past post on the roundtable.
Jonathan Gray, Climate Change, Climate Sceptics and Open Data, Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, December 5, 2009.
Judy Curry, On the credibility of climate research, Climate Audit, November 22, 2009.