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"The Open Access Citation Advantage"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 26th, 2015

SPARC Europe has released "The Open Access Citation Advantage."

Here's an excerpt:

The OpCit project has for many years kept up to date a list of studies on whether or not there is a citation advantage for Open Access articles. That project has now completed and the list is no longer being managed. SPARC Europe is pleased to maintain the list henceforth and has brought it up to date.

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    Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE

    Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books on January 23rd, 2015

    The HEFCE has released Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    • Monographs are a vitally important and distinctive vehicle for research communication, and must be sustained in any moves to open access. The availability of printed books alongside the open-access versions will be essential.
    • Contrary to many perceptions, it would not be appropriate to talk of a crisis of the monograph; this does not mean that monographs are not facing challenges, but the arguments for open access would appear to be for broader and more positive reasons than solving some supposed crisis.
    • Open access offers both short- and long-term advantages for monograph publication and use; many of these are bound up with a transition to digital publishing that has not been at the same speed as that for journals.
    • There is no single dominant emerging business model for supporting open-access publishing of monographs; a range of approaches will coexist for some time and it is unlikely that any single model will emerge as dominant. Policies will therefore need to be flexible.

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      Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access on January 20th, 2015

      The RECODE project has released Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data.

      Here's an excerpt:

      These policy recommendations are targeted at key stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem, namely research funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers. They will assist each of the stakeholders in furthering the goals of open access to research data by providing both over-arching and stakeholder-specific recommendations. These function, as suggestions to address and attend to central issues that RECODE identified through the research work.

      The current report thus comprises:

      • summary of project findings
      • overarching recommendations
      • targeted policy recommendations for funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers
      • practical guides for developing policies for funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers
      • resources to expedite the process of policy development and implementation among stakeholders

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        Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 19th, 2015

        The Copyright Clearance Center has released Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, recently brought together institutions from the UK and publishers from both the US and UK for an Open Access roundtable discussion to explore the implications of managing Open Access fees on a large scale. During this meeting, held at University College in London, the attendees examined a number of issues related to fragmentation, approach and processes, including ways vendors can play an expanded role in addressing the challenges. CCC published the group's findings in a report written by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director of Research Consulting.

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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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