giovedì 22 dicembre 2011

EC: Open access report 2011

National Open Access and Preservation Policies in Europe.
Analysis of a questionnaire to the European Research Area Committee

Open access report 2011

mercoledì 14 dicembre 2011

The Pacific University approved an Open Access Resolution

The Pacific University Council approved December 8, 2011 a
Resolution in Support of Open Access and Authors’ Rights

"Whereas, the mission of Pacific University is to promote an environment of discovery through a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, to collaborative scholarly and creative activities, to sustainable practices, to promotion of diverse perspectives, and to civic engagement; and ....


A. the faculty, staff and students of Pacific University, in recognition of their commitment to open intellectual exchange, both locally and globally, and to the equity and sustainability of access to knowledge, should consider these options when deciding how to share their work:

• depositing their own published scholarly and professional articles in CommonKnowledge or other open access repositories in order to provide the widest and most affordable access to their work; and
• using CommonKnowledge to openly share, as deemed appropriate by their department or school, other forms of unpublished scholarly, creative or professional work; and
• using an Addendum to Publication Agreement (such as that provided by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)) in order to retain their right to share their published work as widely as possible; and
• investigating the pricing and authors’ rights policies of journals with which they collaborate (as
authors, reviewers, and editors) and advocating for improvements therein; and
• publishing their work in reasonably priced journals or in peer-reviewed open access journals; ....."

lunedì 12 dicembre 2011

EC launches Open Data Strategy for Europe

News from the blog of Neelie Kroes:
"This opening up can generate tax revenues which far exceed revenue from any fees previously charged for the data.
But the benefits aren’t just economic. They improve the transparency of our democratic and public institutions. They can improve the quality of decision-making within public administrations themselves – through informed, evidence-based policymaking. And they can help those from all sectors of society – like apps that help people with disabilities find wheelchair-accessible buildings.
Today’s legal proposals are in two parts. First, the Commission itself will be practising what we preach, putting our own data on a single portal, free, open, easy to use. And we are pushing the EU’s other institutions and agencies to join us too.
Second, we are proposing changes to the Public Sector Information Directive. Changes which will make accessing public data from any level within the EU:
  • Cheaper (with fees, if anything, set at just marginal costs)
  • Easy to use, with an automatic right to re-use, no need for complicated authorisations
  • Wider in scope – as we include valuable cultural material, from libraries, archives and museums – although for these institutions, it will be under rules which respect their particular commercial vulnerability"
You can see Digital Agenda: Turning government data into gold

    martedì 6 dicembre 2011

    Slide from the Berlin 9

    Conference slides
    Slides from the Berlin 9 pre-conferences and sessions are online.         

    lunedì 5 dicembre 2011

    Society Publishers with Open Access Journals

    A list of
    Society Publishers with Open Access Journals
    Second edition, November 2011
    by Caroline Sutton and Peter Suber

    from the article "Open access journals from society publishers" published in
    SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #162
    December 2, 2011
    by Peter Suber

    Ranganathan in 2011

    I'm thinking about the Five laws of library science that is a theory proposed by S. R. Ranganathan in 1931, detailing the principles of operating a library system.
    These laws are:
      1. Books are for use.
      2. Every reader his [or her] book.
      3. Every book its reader.
      4. Save the time of the reader.
      5. The library is a growing organism.
    And now, in 2011 ... what happens with open access and the Institutional Repository (IR)?

    One can speak of digital Five laws of Library and information science (LIS)?
    For example:
    1. Record are for use.
    2. Every reader his [or her] record.
    3. Every record its reader.
    4. Save the time of the reader.
    5. The IR is a growing organism.

    The numbers of Open Access

    OA by the numbers by the Open Access Directory (OAD).
    OAD "is a wiki where the open access (OA) community can create and support simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. It launched on April 30, 2008".