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2014 Open Data Index

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access on December 10th, 2014

Open Knowledge has published the 2014 Open Data Index.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Index ranks countries based on the availability and accessibility of information in ten key areas, including government spending, election results, transport timetables, and pollution levels.

The UK topped the 2014 Index retaining its pole position with an overall score of 96%, closely followed by Denmark and then France at number 3 up from 12th last year. Finland comes in 4th while Australia and New Zealand share the 5th place. Impressive results were seen from India at #10 (up from #27) and Latin American countries like Colombia and Uruguay who came in joint 12th.

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    Towards a UK Digital Public Space—A Blueprint Report

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing on December 9th, 2014

    The Strategic Content Alliance has released Towards a UK Digital Public Space—A Blueprint Report.

    Here's an excerpt:

    "Imagine … that much of the UK's publicly held cultural and heritage media assets could be found in a unified online space … connected together, searchable, open, accessible, visible and usable … in a way that allows individuals, institutions and machines to add additional material, meaning and context to each other's media, indexed and tagged to the highest level of detail … This emerging vision of a free-to-everyone, open access environment for learning and creative endeavour has been referred to as a digital public space."

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      Fedora 4 Production Release

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Source Software on December 5th, 2014

      The international Fedora repository community and DuraSpace have released the Fedora 4 production release.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      This significant release signals the effectiveness of an international and complex community source project in delivering a modern repository platform with features that meet or exceed current use cases in the management of institutional digital assets. Fedora 4 features include vast improvements in scalability, linked data capabilities, research data support, modularity, ease of use and more.

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        DOAJ Journal Analysis: "Intersections: The Third Half"

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 3rd, 2014

        Walt Crawford has published "Intersections: The Third Half" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Most of this essay (pp. 7-19) is the "Third Half" of the two-part Journals and "Journals" examination in the October/November and December 2014 issues-adding another 1,200-odd bio/med journals from DOAJ and looking at overall patterns. The essay also includes four briefer discussions related to DOAJ and gold OA journals.

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          "A Living Open Book"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books on December 2nd, 2014

          Peter Suber has published "A Living Open Book" in Ebooks in Education: Realising The Vision.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This is a case study of my short book, Open Access (Suber 2012a). The book is not "enhanced" in the way that a growing number of digital academic books are enhanced. It has no graphics, no multimedia, and no interactivity beyond links, and does not offer different layers or pathways for readers at different levels. From that point of the view the book is conventional and text-oriented. But it has two other enhancements worth highlighting. First, the full text is open access, which benefits authors and readers, and sometimes also publishers. Second, the book has a companion web site of open-access updates and supplements, which benefits all three groups.

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            "The Adoption of Open Access Funds among Canadian Academic Research Libraries, 2008-2012"

            Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on December 1st, 2014

            Crystal Hampson has published "The Adoption of Open Access Funds among Canadian Academic Research Libraries, 2008-2012" in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

            Here's an excerpt:

            To examine academic libraries' responses to OA publishing charges, this article explores the adoption of OA funds among Canadian academic research libraries from 2008 to 2012 by analyzing results from a series of previously published surveys. The findings are then examined in light of Everett Rogers' Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT) to consider the question of whether or not OA funds are becoming a standard service in Canadian academic research institutions. Adoption in Canada is briefly compared to that in the United States and United Kingdom. The paper concludes that, as of 2012, OA funds were becoming common but were not a standard service in Canadian academic research libraries and that libraries were actively participating in the development of OA funding models.

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              Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future

              Posted in Digital Humanities, Open Access, Publishing on December 1st, 2014

              Martin Paul Eve has published Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future with Cambridge University Pres.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              I am extremely pleased to announce that my book, Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future has today been published by Cambridge University Press. The book offers a background to open access and its specifics for the humanities disciplines, as well as setting out the economics and politics of the phenomenon. It also has a very fine preface by Peter Suber! You can download the book for absolutely free (under a CC BY-SA license) at the official website (click the green "open access" button). You can also buy an extremely good value paperback copy, with all my royalties going to Arthritis Research UK, from the usual suspects.

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                Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Adopts Open Access Policy

                Posted in Open Access on November 21st, 2014

                The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has adopted an open access policy.

                Here's an excerpt:

                As of January 1, 2015 our Open Access policy will be effective for all new agreements. During a two-year transition period, publishers will be permitted to apply up to a 12 month embargo period on the accessibility of the publication and its underlying data sets. This embargo period will no longer be allowed after January 1, 2017.

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