Archive for October, 2012

Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/24/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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IOP Publishing to Use CC-BY Licence for OA articles and Bibliographic Metadata

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

IOP Publishing will use the CC-BY licence for open access articles and bibliographic metadata.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

As a result of this move, the company will adopt a more liberal Creative Commons licence (CC-BY 3.0) for future articles published on a 'gold' open access basis. This licence allows others to distribute, remix, amend, and build upon a piece of work as long as they credit the original creation. The licences grant rights to the users of the content but do not replace the copyright, which remains with the copyright holder. . . .

In addition to the change in licence for open access articles, the basic metadata of the articles in IOP's own journals will also be available for use under a CC-BY licence. This is intended to increase the visibility of such data and to help clarify to third parties what they can and cannot do with metadata.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010: "SEP [Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography] is compiled with utter professionalism. It reminds me of the work of the best artisans who know not only every item that leaves their workshops, but each component used to create them—providing the ideal quality control." — Péter Jacsó ONLINE 27, no. 3 (2003): 73-76. | Digital Scholarship |

Digital Projects Manager at New Hampshire Historical Society

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The New Hampshire Historical Society is recruiting a Digital Projects Manager.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The New Hampshire Historical Society seeks a full-time digital projects manager to help lead the evolution of the Society's digital collections and services and to take charge of a portfolio of digital initiatives, some under way and others ready to begin the planning stages. The position is planned to be in place for a period of three years, and may extend beyond that time.

The digital projects manager reports to the assistant executive director and will work closely with the collections stewardship, interpretation, and technology advisory teams to determine, plan, implement, and support the development of digital collections and web-based services.

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Ireland Adopts "National Principles for Open Access Policy Statement"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Sean Sherlock, Minister of State, has announced that the Irish government has adopted the "National Principles for Open Access Policy Statement."

Here's an excerpt:

1. Peer reviewed journal articles and other research outputs resulting in whole or in part from publicly-funded research should be deposited in an Open Access repository and made publicly discoverable, accessible and re-usable as soon as possible and on an on-going basis. . . .

2. Repositories shall release the metadata immediately upon deposit. Open access to the full text paper should be made immediately upon deposit or upon the publication date at the latest. . . .

3. Researchers are encouraged to publish in Open Access Journals but publishing through Open Access Journals is not necessary to comply with this Open Access policy. Payment of additional Open Access charges through the 'Gold' Open Access model is not necessary to comply with this policy. . . .

4. A repository is suitable for this purpose when it provides free public access to its contents, supports interoperability with other repositories and with other research information and reporting systems, is harvestable by national portal/s and international aggregators and takes steps toward long-term preservation.

5. Research data should be deposited whenever this is feasible, and linked to associated publications where this is appropriate.

Read more about it at "Ireland Sets Open-Access Mandate."

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

OAPEN-UK HSS Researcher Survey Results

Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on October 24th, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The OAPEN-UK project has released the OAPEN-UK HSS Researcher Survey Results.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Only 50% of researchers are aware of OA and only 30% familiar with it.
  • Around 50% of researchers think it is ok to make a profit from OA publishing as long as that profit goes back into supporting the discipline or making more OA content available — 20% think you can make a profit and use it however you like and 20% think that you can make a profit but only to cover costs.
  • Almost 80% would prefer the most restrictive Creative Comms licence, but what is interesting is that the responses show that researchers are more concerned about protecting their work than it being used commercially.
  • 60% had read a monograph in the last couple of days â 39% had bought it and 33% had got it via the library
  • Early career academics are more willing to consider self-publishing than later career researchers.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/23/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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ALA Joins Owners’ Rights Initiative

Posted in ALA, Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Publishing on October 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ALA has joined the Owners' Rights Initiative.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Today, the American Library Association announced that it has joined—as a founding member—the Owners' Rights Initiative (ORI)—a coalition of retailers, libraries, educators, Internet companies and associations working to protect ownership rights in the United States.

The coalition was formed to champion "first-sale rights," or ownership rights, as the issue will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Kirtsaeng vs. Wiley & Sons, Inc. on October 29, 2012. The Supreme Court's decision could have adverse consequences for libraries and call into question libraries' abilities to lend books and materials that were manufactured overseas.

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"Licensing Revisited: Open Access Clauses in Practice"

Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Birgit Schmidt and Kathleen Shearer have published "Licensing Revisited: Open Access Clauses in Practice" in the Future Issue section of LIBER Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

Open access increases the visibility and use of research outputs and promises to maximize the return on our public investment in research. However, only a minority of researchers will "spontaneously" deposit their articles into an open access repository. Even with the growing number of institutional and funding agency mandates requiring the deposit of papers into the university repository, deposit rates have remained stubbornly low. As a result, the responsibility for populating repositories often falls onto the shoulders of library staff and/or repository managers. Populating repositories in this way—which involves obtaining the articles, checking the rights, and depositing articles into the repository—is time consuming and resource intensive work.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), a global association of repository initiatives and networks, is promoting a new strategy for addressing some of the barriers to populating repositories, involving the use of open access archiving clauses in publisher licenses. These types of clauses are being considered by consortia and licensing agencies around the world as a way of ensuring that all the papers published by a given publisher are cleared for deposit into the institutional repository. This paper presents some use cases of open access archiving clauses, discusses the major barriers to implementing archiving language into licenses, and describes some strategies that organizations can adopt in order to include such clauses into publisher licenses.

| Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography: "This work gives an outstanding overview of scholarship relating to the growing Open Access movement." — George Machovec, The Charleston Advisor 12, no. 2 (2010): 3. | Digital Scholarship |

Applications Developer at Shippensburg University Computing Technologies Center

Posted in Library IT Jobs on October 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Shippensburg University Computing Technologies Center is recruiting an Applications Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

This position is responsible for designing and maintaining web applications with emphasis on open-source projects, authentication systems, and federated identity applications. Duties include some scripting and web and application server configuration. Must manage multiple ongoing assignments coordinated in a team-centered environment. This position will support the Keystone Library Network, which is an ongoing project contingent upon annual funding. S

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Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

Posted in Digital Culture, Libraries, Reports and White Papers on October 23rd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Younger Americans' Reading and Library Habits.

Here's an excerpt:

Among the main findings:

  • 83% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year. Some 75% read a print book, 19% read an e-book, and 11% listened to an audiobook.
  • Among Americans who read e-books, those under age 30 are more likely to read their e-books on a cell phone (41%) or computer (55%) than on an e-book reader such as a Kindle (23%) or tablet (16%).
  • Overall, 47% of younger Americans read long-form e-content such as books, magazines or newspapers. E-content readers under age 30 are more likely than older e-content readers to say that they are reading more these days due to the availability of e-content (40% vs. 28%).

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Current News: Twitter Updates for 10/22/12

Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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Open Access in Biomedical Research

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Open Access on October 22nd, 2012 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The European Science Foundation has released Open Access in Biomedical Research.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The ESF-EMRC Science Policy Briefing entitled 'Open Access in Biomedical Research' was instigated to examine whether there are new opportunities for open access in biomedical research within Europe that will benefit European biomedical researchers and European society as a whole. The report provides three key recommendations for the adoption of open access policy:

  1. There is a moral imperative for open access
    Research papers should be made freely available to all to read, use and re-use, with appropriate acknowledgement, in order to maximise the value of biomedical research, build on the body of knowledge, accelerate the process of discovery and improve human health.
  2. Individual agencies must work together to raise awareness of the moral imperative for open access
    Agencies and organisations that fund and perform research, libraries, publishers and researchers must work collectively to raise awareness of the moral imperative for open access publishing. Enhanced efforts towards national, European and international partnerships are the basis for the successful achievement of open access to research outputs.
  3. All research stakeholders should work together in order to support the extension of Europe PubMed Central into a Europe-wide PubMed Central
    In order to facilitate discoveries and innovation in biomedical research, research stakeholders should collaborate to establish a Europe-wide repository in biomedicine as a partner site to the US equivalent PubMed Central. The recently rebranded Europe PubMed Central represents a valuable means to achieving this goal, provided that the diversity of European partner mandates and policies can be integrated.

| Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals: This is an excellent resource for its extensive background documentation of the open access arguments and issues. — Ann Jensen, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, no. 43 (2005) | Digital Scholarship |


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