Archive for June, 2009

“Open Access Policy for University Of Kansas Scholarship”

Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on June 30th, 2009

The "Open Access Policy for University Of Kansas Scholarship" is now available.

Here's an excerpt :

Each faculty member grants to KU permission to make scholarly articles to which he or she made substantial intellectual contributions publicly available in the KU open access institutional repository, and to exercise the copyright in those articles. In legal terms, the permission granted by each faculty member is a nonexclusive, irrevocable, paid-up, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit. This license in no way interferes with the rights of the KU faculty author as the copyright holder of the work. The policy will apply to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while a faculty member of KU. Faculty will be afforded an opt out opportunity. Faculty governance in consultation with the Provost's office will develop the details of the policy which will be submitted for approval by the Faculty Senate.

In "More on the U. Kansas OA Policy,"Gavin Bakerr comments:

A Web version of the text of the University of Kansas' new OA policy confirms what I'd suspected in my last post: that the policy as passed doesn't contain an OA mandate. It commits the university to OA, gives the university permission to provide OA to its faculty's research via the IR, and establishes a task force to work out the details—including the details of how the manuscripts will get into the IR.

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    “Beyond Institutional Repositories”

    Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories on June 30th, 2009

    Laurent Romary and Chris Armbruster have self-archived "Beyond Institutional Repositories" in SSRN.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The current system of so-called institutional repositories, even if it has been a sensible response at an earlier stage, may not answer the needs of the scholarly community, scientific communication and accompanied stakeholders in a sustainable way. However, having a robust repository infrastructure is essential to academic work. Yet, current institutional solutions, even when networked in a country or across Europe, have largely failed to deliver. Consequently, a new path for a more robust infrastructure and larger repositories is explored to create superior services that support the academy. A future organization of publication repositories is advocated that is based upon macroscopic academic settings providing a critical mass of interest as well as organizational coherence. Such a macro-unit may be geographical (a coherent national scheme), institutional (a large research organization or a consortium thereof) or thematic (a specific research field organizing itself in the domain of publication repositories).

    The argument proceeds as follows: firstly, while institutional open access mandates have brought some content into open access, the important mandates are those of the funders and these are best supported by a single infrastructure and large repositories, which incidentally enhances the value of the collection (while a transfer to institutional repositories would diminish the value). Secondly, we compare and contrast a system based on central research publication repositories with the notion of a network of institutional repositories to illustrate that across central dimensions of any repository solution the institutional model is more cumbersome and less likely to achieve a high level of service. Next, three key functions of publication repositories are reconsidered, namely a) the fast and wide dissemination of results; b) the preservation of the record; and c) digital curation for dissemination and preservation. Fourth, repositories and their ecologies are explored with the overriding aim of enhancing content and enhancing usage. Fifth, a target scheme is sketched, including some examples. In closing, a look at the evolutionary road ahead is offered.

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      Digital Library Jobs: Web Developer at DuraSpace

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 30th, 2009

      DuraSpace is recruiting a Web Developer.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      The Web developer will join the team designing, building, and supporting the DuraCloud durable storage service and related Web sites for the DSpace Foundation, Fedora Commons, and other open source projects. The developer will be responsible for all aspects of requirements gathering, technical analysis, and development, testing, and documenting customer-facing applications, working both alone and as a member of a team. The position, which reports to the Chief Technology Officer, requires a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and self-motivated individual with extensive experience in user interface design on the Web and thorough grounding in HCI principles and practices.

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        Blog Report on Mass Digitization Mini-Symposium at Notre Dame, Plus Presentations

        Posted in Digitization, Mass Digitizaton on June 30th, 2009

        In "Mass Digitization Mini-Symposium: A Reverse Travelogue," Eric Lease Morgan reports on a mass digitization mini-symposium at the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame. His post includes links to the summarized presentations.

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          Fedora Repository 3.2.1 Released

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on June 30th, 2009

          The Fedora Commons has released version 3.2.1 of Fedora Repository.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          The current release of Fedora Repository is 3.2.1 is a minor upgrade that addresses a security issue discovered in Fedora 3.2. . . .

          Included within is the long-awaited, web-based administrative client, initial integration with the emerging Akubra storage-abstraction layer, many useful bug fixes, and the experimental release of a Fedora decoupled from the familiar 'fedora' context path.

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            Digital Library Jobs: Digital Projects Developer at Duke University

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 30th, 2009

            The Duke University Libraries are recruiting a Digital Projects Developer.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad:

            Under the direction of the Head of the Digital Projects Department, the developer will explore, adapt, and support library information technologies for digital projects, including the application of standards, metadata, and discovery interfaces appropriate to specific projects. The developer is responsible for helping Library staff design user interfaces that successfully navigate and integrate various resources specific to research libraries.

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              Digital Video Shows Detailed Operation of Espresso Book Machine

              Posted in Print-on-Demand, Publishing on June 30th, 2009

              The article "Is This the Future Bookstore?" includes a digital video that shows the detailed operation of the Espresso Book Machine. Be sure to stick around after the first overview of the paperback production process for the subsequent close-up view.

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                Open Access—What Are the Economic Benefits? A Comparison of the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Denmark

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on June 30th, 2009

                The Knowledge Exchange has released Open Access—What Are the Economic Benefits? A Comparison of the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Denmark.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                In June 2009 a study was completed that had been commissioned by Knowledge Exchange and written by Professor John Houghton, Victoria University, Australia. This report on the study was titled: "Open Access—What are the economic benefits? A comparison of the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Denmark." This report was based on the findings of studies in which John Houghton had modelled the costs and benefits of Open Access in three countries. These studies had been undertaken in the UK by JISC, in the Netherlands by SURF and in Denmark by DEFF.

                In the three national studies the costs and benefits of scholarly communication were compared based on three different publication models. The modelling revealed that the greatest advantage would be offered by the Open Access model, which means that the research institution or the party financing the research pays for publication and the article is then freely accessible.

                Adopting this model could lead to annual savings of around EUR 70 million in Denmark, EUR 133 million in The Netherlands and EUR 480 in the UK. The report concludes that the advantages would not just be in the long term; in the transitional phase too, more open access to research results would have positive effects. In this case the benefits would also outweigh the costs.

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                  Elsevier Launches SciVal Spotlight

                  Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication on June 29th, 2009

                  Elsevier has launched SciVal Spotlight.

                  Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                  SciVal Spotlight uses an innovative visualization technique to produce customized maps that provide graphical views of an institution's performance over time and across scientific fields, focusing on specific topical areas. By pinpointing a university's topical strengths and identifying leading researchers and institutions in each area, the tool is designed to help academic decision-makers optimize funding allocations and enhance hiring and collaboration decisions.

                  Quantifying the overall size of each topical area, the tool allows institutions to understand the significance of their article and market shares and how they rank compared to competitors in those areas. It also assesses article and market growth or decline over the last five years, offering an average rate for each using a two year sliding scale. Additionally, it determines if an institution's work is building upon the most recent discoveries; providing a "state of the art quotient" by analyzing how recent the citations are within its published output.

                  "We recognized a need to change the way research is currently being measured, and designed the tool to provide a more holistic and integrated view of performance," explained Jay Katzen, Managing Director, Academic and Government Products. "By capturing the unique research fingerprint of each institution, we can help academic executives better understand their core strengths and potential weaknesses so they can develop and implement successful long-term research strategies."

                  Moving beyond the traditional method of measuring research output by journal count, SciVal Spotlight is based on a more detailed model of the current structure of science. The model, covering virtually all of the research being published across the globe, was developed using co-citation analysis of a comprehensive database that includes 6.1 million separate papers published between 2004 and 2008, and another two million of the highly-cited references from these papers.

                  Leveraging this new model of science, SciVal Spotlight identifies and focuses on the inter-related work being done within an institution which represents the unique topical areas or "distinctive competencies" in which it is a leader. It also offers an opportunity to better understand which institutions are true competitors by revealing those that compete within the same research competencies.

                  "The square peg, round hole nature of evaluating research performance based on the broad classifications of journals no longer captures the reality of today's multidisciplinary scientific landscape," explains Kevin Boyack, a senior development advisor for Elsevier. "SciVal Spotlight provides academic decision-makers with a more accurate picture of research productivity. It allows them to evaluate performance based on the breakthroughs they are trying to achieve, rather than the classification of the journals in which their researchers are publishing articles."

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                    Alliance for Taxpayer Access Call to Action about Federal Research Public Access Act

                    Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on June 29th, 2009

                    The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has issued a call to action about the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009 (S 1373).

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    On June 25, Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (S.1373), a bill that would ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by eleven U.S. federal agencies. S.1373 would require those agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from such funding no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The bill gives individual agencies flexibility in choosing the location of the digital repository to house this content, as long as the repositories meet conditions for interoperability and public accessibility, and have provisions for long-term archiving.

                    The bill specifically covers unclassified research funded by agencies including: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

                    S. 1373 reflects the growing trend among funding agencies—and college and university campuses—to leverage their investment in the conduct of research by maximizing the dissemination of results. It follows the successful path forged by the NIH’s Public Access Policy, as well as by private funders like the Wellcome Trust, and universities such as Harvard and MIT.

                    Detailed information about the Federal Research Public Access Act is available at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/frpaa.

                    All supporters of public access—universities and colleges, researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, consumers, individuals, and others—are asked to ACT NOW to support this bill. Here’s how:

                    • Contact Congress now to express your organization's support for public access to taxpayer-funded research and for this bill. Act now through the ATA Legislative Action Center.
                    • Contact Congress now to express your individual support for public access to taxpayer-funded research and for this bill.
                    • Send thanks to the Bill's sponsors—Senators Lieberman and Cornyn.
                    • Issue a public statement of support from your organization and share it widely with members, colleagues, and the media. Send a copy to sparc [at] arl [dot] org to be featured on the FRPAA Web site.
                    • Share news about this bill with friends and colleagues.
                    • Post the "I support taxpayer access" banner on your Web site.
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                      Blog Reports about the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program Partners Meeting

                      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 29th, 2009

                      Several blog reports are available about the recent National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program partners meeting.

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                        Open Access: Text of Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009

                        Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on June 29th, 2009

                        The text of the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009 (S 1373) is now available.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        SEC. 4. FEDERAL RESEARCH PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY.

                        (a) In General- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, each Federal agency with extramural research expenditures of over $100,000,000 shall develop a Federal research public access policy that is consistent with and advances purposes of the Federal agency.
                        (b) Content- Each Federal research public access policy shall provide for—
                        (1) submission to the Federal agency of an electronic version of the author's final manuscript of original research papers that have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals and result from research supported, in whole or in part, from funding by the Federal Government;
                        (2) the incorporation of all changes resulting from the peer review publication process in the manuscript described under paragraph (1);
                        (3) the replacement of the final manuscript with the final published version if—
                        (A) the publisher consents to the replacement; and
                        (B) the goals of the Federal agency for functionality and interoperability are retained;
                        (4) free online public access to such final peer-reviewed manuscripts or published versions as soon as practicable, but not later than 6 months after publication in peer-reviewed journals;
                        (5) production of an online bibliography of all research papers that are publicly accessible under the policy, with each entry linking to the corresponding free online full text; and
                        (6) long-term preservation of, and free public access to, published research findings—
                        (A) in a stable digital repository maintained by the Federal agency; or
                        (B) if consistent with the purposes of the Federal agency, in any repository meeting conditions determined favorable by the Federal agency, including free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation.
                        (c) Application of Policy- Each Federal research public access policy shall—
                        (1) apply to—
                        (A) researchers employed by the Federal agency whose works remain in the public domain; and
                        (B) researchers funded by the Federal agency;
                        (2) provide that works described under paragraph (1)(A) shall be—
                        (A) marked as being public domain material when published; and
                        (B) made immediately available under subsection (b)(4); and
                        (3) make effective use of any law or guidance relating to the creation and reservation of a Government license that provides for the reproduction, publication, release, or other uses of a final manuscript for Federal purposes.
                        (d) Exclusions- Each Federal research public access policy shall not apply to—
                        (1) research progress reports presented at professional meetings or conferences;
                        (2) laboratory notes, preliminary data analyses, notes of the author, phone logs, or other information used to produce final manuscripts;
                        (3) classified research, research resulting in works that generate revenue or royalties for authors (such as books) or patentable discoveries, to the extent necessary to protect a copyright or patent; or
                        (4) authors who do not submit their work to a journal or works that are rejected by journals.
                        (e) Patent or Copyright Law- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect any right under the provisions of title 17 or 35, United States Code.
                        (f) Report-
                        (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than October 1, of each year, the head of each Federal agency shall submit a report on the Federal research public access policy of that agency to—
                        (A) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate;
                        (B) the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives;
                        (C) the Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Representatives;
                        (D) the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate;
                        (E) the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate; and
                        (F) any other committee of Congress of appropriate jurisdiction.
                        (2) CONTENT- Each report under this subsection shall include—
                        (A) a statement of the effectiveness of the Federal research public access policy in providing the public with free online access to papers on research funded by the Federal agency;
                        (B) a list of papers published in peer-reviewed journals that report on research funded by the Federal agency;
                        (C) a corresponding list of papers made available by the Federal agency as a result of the Federal research public access policy; and
                        (D) a summary of the periods of time between public availability of each paper in a journal and in the online repository of the Federal agency.
                        (3) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY- The Federal agency shall make the statement under paragraph (2)(A) and the lists of papers under subparagraphs (B) and (C) of paragraph (2) available to the public by posting such statement and lists on the website of the Federal agency.
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