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April 8, 2008
2 books by Prof. Boyer now online in Institutional Repository
University of Delaware, February 19, 2008

April 8, 2008
A new OSI-supported OA source book
EPT, February 29, 2008

April 8, 2008
SCOAP3: A New Model for Scholarly Communication

ARL Releases Preprint Essay

April 7, 2008
Health Institute Begins Open-Access Grant Policy

April 7, 2008
The University of Oregon joins SCOAP3

April 7, 2008
Ted Bergstrom, Maxim Massenkoff, and Martin Osborne have launched Prices and Ratings of Economic Textbooks (POET).

February 28, 2008
The state of OA policy in Australia
Open Access News, February 27, 2008

February 28, 2008
Rockefeller UP: No delay on implementing NIH policy
Open Access News, February 27, 2008

February 20, 2008
"Other schools should follow Harvard's lead"
Open Access News, February 19, 2008

February 19, 2008
Harvard passes OA mandate
Library Journal, February 14, 2008

February 13, 2008
The Case for Open Access
The Harvard Crimson, February 12, 2008

February 13, 2008
Will Harvard Become First American University To Mandate Open Access?
Library Journal, February 12, 2008

February 11, 2008
Profile of the IR at U. of British Columbia
UBC Reports, February 7, 2008

February 6, 2008
OA mandate at CIHR takes effect
See Peter Suber's comments from last September on the CIHR policy.

February 4, 2008
US physics advisory panel supports SCOAP3

January 25, 2008
PRC publishes new study of Peer Review
A new international study of over 3,000 senior authors, reviewers and editors shows that Researchers want to improve, not change, the system of Peer Review for journal articles. They believe that it helps to improve scientific communications and increases the overall quality of published papers. Alternatives such as 'open peer review' were not popular; however, some were interested in post-publication review.

January 25, 2008
First DRIVER Summit demonstrates the advancement of the European repository network and lays out further actions
On 16 and 17 January 2008, DRIVER II successfully carried out its first Summit in Goettingen, Germany. Approximately 100 invited representatives from the European Community, including representatives of the European Commission, over 20 spokespersons of European repository initiatives as well as experts in different repository related fields from Europe, the U.S., Canada and South Africa came together to discuss their experiences and concrete actions with respect to the further building of cross-country repository infrastructures.

January 23, 2008
Scientists 'obliged' to share wisdom

(from Peter Suber’s Open Access News Blog)

Brendan O'Keefe and Bernard Lane, Scientists 'obliged' to share wisdom, The Australian Higher Education, January 23, 2008. (Thanks to Colin Steele.) Excerpt:

Senator Carr [said]..."I'd like to encourage debate about the most efficient ways to make public research more available."

One aspect could be more effective use of research repositories. The minister said universities would get money promised to them under the defunct research quality framework, "but I'll be talking (to them) about how we can enhance access (to research) through the repositories".

The sector welcomed Senator Carr's initiative.

The Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies said the minister's emphasis on the obligation of researchers might point towards a call for research results to be published free on the internet.

FASTS [Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies] president Ken Baldwin...said Senator Carr's comments came at a time of "quite interesting global shift". In the US last month, President George W. Bush made it law that all research results funded by the National Institutes of Health should be published free on the internet.

"That will have major implications throughout the world of research," Professor Baldwin said. "It's a real challenge to the scientific publishing industry."

Toss Gascoigne, the executive director of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, said it was incumbent on scientists to "have a conversation with the people who fund them".

"The public would have a new appreciation of the value of some of this work, quite a lot of which is hidden under a bushel," Mr Gascoigne said....

PS: Senator Kim Carr is also Australia's Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. For background, see his public comments last week on the open dissemination of science January 23, 2008
OA journal fund at Berkeley

Berkeley Research Impact Initiative:
Advancing the Impact of UC Berkeley Research

The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) supports faculty members who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

January 22, 2008
International Call for Open Resources
Today, some of the same groups that created the Budapest movement are unveiling a new manifesto — the Cape Town Open Education Declaration — in which they call on universities and others to make more of their course and other educational materials online and free, and to encourage faculty members to work with these materials.

January 22, 2008
Blog Comments and Peer Review Go Head to Head to See Which Makes a Book Better

What if scholarly books were peer reviewed by anonymous blog comments rather than by traditional, selected peer reviewers?

That's the question being posed by an unusual experiment that begins today. It involves a scholar studying video games, a popular academic blog with the playful name Grand Text Auto, a nonprofit group designing blog tools for scholars, and MIT Press.

January 20, 2008
Health Care Reform: CED Releases Harnessing Openness to Transform American Health Care
The report looks at the production chain for healthcare from biomedical research through clinical trials to patient records and patient/caregiver interactions. It looks at publishing of research results, access to the underlying data from clinical trials, the approval of medical devices, and public health—all through the lens of how they might be improved by providing more people with more access to more information and allowing them to contribute their own insights and expertise. The public policy agenda it articulates seeks to improve healthcare through greater openness and would not require great expense of money or political capital or fundamental restructuring.

January 10, 2008
The Scientific Council of the European Research Council has released its Guidelines for Open Access.
(from Peter Suber’s Open Access News Blog)
This is an exemplary policy --kudos to all involved. First and above all, it makes OA mandatory. The embargo is reasonably short and ERC clearly hopes to make it even shorter. The policy supports central and distributed (disciplinary and institutional) repositories equally. For peer-reviewed articles, it requires deposit upon publication, before the embargo runs, supporting what I call the dual deposit/release strategy or what Stevan Harnad calls immediate deposit / optional access. It makes no exception for resisting publishers and even seems to apply to the published editions of articles, not just the authors' peer-reviewed manuscripts. And it unambiguously extends the OA policy from articles to data.

January 9, 2008
Open Choice
... In response to the trend to freer access, The Journal of Neuroscience will now offer an Open Choice option for articles submitted on or after January 1, 2008. By paying a fee, authors can have their articles freely available on the Journal's website as soon as they are published. The fee is currently $1,250 for a Brief Communications article and $2,500 for a regular article. ...

December 17, 2007
Show me the data
The integrity of data, and transparency about their acquisition, are vital to science. The impact factor data that are gathered and sold by Thomson Scientific (formerly the Institute of Scientific Information, or ISI) have a strong influence on the scientific community, affecting decisions on where to publish, whom to promote or hire, the success of grant applications, and even salary bonuses. Yet, members of the community seem to have little understanding of how impact factors are determined, and, to our knowledge, no one has independently audited the underlying data to validate their reliability.

November 21, 2007
OpenDOAR now includes 1000 repositories

SHERPA has announced that its OpenDOAR directory, which contains an authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories, now boasts 1000 repository entries from across the globe.

With each of the repositories listed by the OpenDOAR service having been visited by project staff, the gathered information is both accurate and precise, and contains a quality-controlled list of repository features.

November 18, 2007
Now 100 Institutional Repositories in eIFL-net countries
(from Peter Suber’s Open Access News Blog)
Kudos to eIFL for organizing this important development. Institutional repositories are an affordable, effective way to provide worldwide open access to the research output of an institution. They are a natural solution any research institution, even the most affluent, but are an urgent solution where money is tight and conventional forms of research visibility are low. Unlike HINARI and related initiatives, which make some research from the North visible in the South, OA (through repositories or journals) is a two-way street and can make research from the South visible in the North.

November 17, 2007
DOAJ/SPARC Europe seal of approval program
(From Peter Suber's Open Access News Blog)
I like this approach. I like the way it's bottom-up rather than top-down, and decentralized rather than centralized. I like the way it focuses on the endorsement and support of respected organizations rather than on the control of word usage. I like the way it will provide new clarity and precision without requiring the agreement of everyone using a certain word or phrase. I expect that it will succeed in making OA journal policies, on average, more consistent and more open. And I like the way it will have that kind of unifying effect while at the same time respecting pluralism through its compatibility with similar programs from other organizations supporting a different standard. I look forward to the details.

November 13, 2007
Murdoch May Make Wall Street Journal Free
Murdoch hasn’t made any final decisions about access to the Wall Street Journal Online, but he told shareholders, “We are studying it and we expect to make that free, and instead of having 1 million (subscribers) having at least 10-15 million in every corner of the earth.”

November 10, 2007
Version 1.0 of SWORD, A Smart Deposit Tool for Repositories, Has Been Released
SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) is a protocol for interoperable deposit between repository platforms. It was developed by a JISC project during 2007, building on earlier work to define a deposit protocol.

November 9, 2007
CERN has created a home page for the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3)
consortium facilitates Open Access publishing in High Energy Physics by re-directing subscription money.

Today: (funding bodies through) libraries buy journal subscriptions to support the peer-review service and to allow their patrons to read articles.

Tomorrow: funding bodies and libraries contribute to the consortium, which pays centrally for the peer-review service. Articles are free to read for everyone.

November 6, 2007
Expanding medical library support in response to the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy
Responding to recent changes in the scholarly publishing process, Coy C. Carpenter Library is expanding its scholarly communications program to better support the research publication efforts of the faculty at Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFUHS). Recent advances in open access publishing and archiving initiatives, adoption of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research” (Public Access Policy) in 2005, the rapidly increasing pool of published biomedical research, rising costs of subscription rates, and continued barriers to access have necessitated an internal redesign of the library's Faculty Publications (FP) database.

October 30, 2007
Release of IRStats for institutional repositories
We are happy to announce the beta release of the IRStats package - a tool for analysing usage of institutional repositories.
Headline features:
- Agnostic to repository software - support for EPrints and (beta) DSpace
- Aggressive filtering of robots and other automated agents (using AWStats and bespoke techniques)
- Analyse groups of eprints based on a simple CSV-format specification - by-author, by-school etc.

October 29, 2007
How to Find Blogging on Peer-Reviewed Research
...Thousands of thoughtful bloggers report on the latest studies, use blogs teaching tools for the classroom, and even speculate about future directions for their own research. But sometimes they also use their blogs to share links to news articles or press releases, or even photos, jokes, or personal rants. The Research Blogging icon makes serious blog posts by serious researchers, teachers, students, and others easy to locate.

October 29, 2007
Open Access: the New World of Research Communication
On October 10 the University of Ottawa Library Network, in association with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) hosted Open Access: the New World of Research Communication. An enthusiastic audience of about 110 students, faculty, researchers and librarians attended.

October 28, 2007
Particle physicists push for publishing changes
The high-energy physics community wants all of its published research to be freely available to everybody. Jens Vigen reports on how a radical new initiative hopes to achieve this (Research Information, October/November 2007)

October 23, 2007
Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences Considering Open Access For Their Work

October 22, 2007
Australia's RUBRIC project (Regional Universities building research infrastructure collaboratively) has released the RUBRIC Toolkit: Institutional Repository Solutions
...The RUBRIC Project was funded to establish and develop institutional repositories in participating universities. The development of the repositories incorporates best practice emerging from other projects funded by DEST between 2002 and 2005, [especially] FRODO (Federated Repositories of Digital Objects) [and] MERRI (Managed Environments for Research Repository Infrastructure)....

October 11, 2007
Practices and Challenges in Preservation and Access for Scientific and Scholarly Digital Repositories DCC/DPE/DRIVER/Nestor Joint Workshop
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC), Digital Preservation Europe (DPE), Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (DRIVER), and Network of Expertise in Long-Term Storage of Digital Resources (nestor) are delighted to announce that they will be delivering a joint
workshop on the long-term curation of scientific and scholarly digital repository content. This event will be held over one and a half days at the Campus Adlershof, Humboldt University in Berlin on 27-28 November 2007.

October 3, 2007
Open Access and Institutional Repository in Asia-Pacific
The Steering Committee invites you to attend the DRF International Conference 2008 (DRFIC2008) from 30th to 31st January 2008 in Osaka, JAPAN DRFIC2008 will focus on the open access movement in the world, in the Asia, and in Japan in order to contribute to a better scholarly communication in the world.

October 3, 2007
Academic Authorship, Publishing Agreements and Open Access Survey

The OAK Law Project seeks to promote strategies for the management of copyright so as to facilitate optimal access to research output, especially that which is publicly funded.

The Project is undertaking a survey of academic and scholarly authors in Australia to obtain an understanding of authorsx2019; knowledge of publishing agreements and their experience in dealing with publishers in order to provide an accurate perspective on current academic publishing practices. The results received from the survey will be used in developing model publishing agreements, toolkits and training materials for academic authors and publishers.

October 3, 2007
JISC adopted an OA policy in the April 2007 version of its Generic terms and conditions of grant[s]

(from Peter Suber’s Open Access News Blog)
There have long been rumors that JISC was planning to adopt an OA mandate. For example, when UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) was launched in January 2007, JISC issued a press release explaining that all nine members of the UKPMC Funders Group would soon require OA for the research they fund. At the time, JISC was a member, although it's no longer listed on the member page. All eight other members have since adopted OA mandates.

I consider the April 2007 grant guidelines to be an OA mandate even if it's not the rumored policy. Many other OA mandates use the same language of expectation rather than requirement, and even the policies that use stronger language succeed because they create expectations, not sanctions. The policy three other strengths: the reasonable embargo, the flexibility about the destination repositories, and the firmness that asks grantees to change publishers rather than compromise on OA. Kudos to all involved.

October 2, 2007
NIH Launches Extensive Open-Access Dataset of Genetic and Clinical Data
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) x2014; the nation's medical research agency x2014; is launching one of the most extensive collections of genetic and clinical data ever made freely available to researchers worldwide. Called SHARe (SNP Health Association Resource), the Web-based dataset enables qualified researchers to access a wealth of data from large population-based studies, starting with the landmark Framingham Heart Study.September 30, 2007
Transfer of DSpace copyright to the Foundation
...As a result of the size and complexity the Dspace codebase has now acquired, as well as the significant DSpace user constituency, both HP and MIT now feel that it is time to pass over stewardship of the DSpace codebase to the new DSpace Foundation so that the Foundation can support the ongoing development of the code and seek funding that will be necessary to implement enhancements in the future...

September 30, 2007
WIPO Launches New Agenda On IP And Development
(from Peter Suber's Open Access News Blog)
This is important. WIPO controls the direction of copyright and patent law worldwide, and the development agenda converts the WIPO mission from knee-jerk maximalism to something much closer to balance. For background, see my previous posts on the WIPO development agenda and its connection to OA issues.
The development agenda includes a number of Access to Knowledge (A2K) proposals, including a draft A2K Treaty (May 9, 2005), which includes a provision (Article 5-2) mandating OA for publicly-funded research. (Disclaimer: I took part in the drafting of the OA provision of this treaty.)
The 15 nations in the Friends of Development coalition, and the many associated NGOs, deserve all our thanks for tireless diplomacy in a system of Byzantine complexity.

September 29, 2007
The Future of Scholarly Communication:xA0; Building the Infrastructure of Cyberscholarship
Developments of cyberscholarship are hampered by the profusion of intellectual property rights and business practices that restrict access to information. Some of these restrictions are necessary, particularly those that protect privacy or trade secret information, but there is less justification for others. Science and scholarship have a privileged position in society. Governments fund scientific research and national libraries. Universities are supported by taxpayers, enhanced by the generous tax benefits given to not-for-profit organizations. A fundamental goal of the new infrastructure is to make the results of these efforts benefit the society that supports them.

September 27, 2007
HHMI Expresses Support for Springer Open Choice
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has expressed support for Springer's Open Choice program whereby articles are — if accepted for publication after a process of rigorous peer-review — immediately published with full open access and deposited in repositories such as PubMed Central, at a flat-rate fee per article of $3,000.