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ARL Releases "Establish a Universal, Open Library or Digital Data Commons"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access, Public Domain on January 15th, 2009

The Association of Research Libraries has released "Establish a Universal, Open Library or Digital Data Commons."

Here's an excerpt:

Deepening our understanding of our Nation and its culture and history, advancing scientific discovery, tackling environmental, economic issues and more, all depend on scientists, researchers, students, scholars, and members of the public accessing our Nation's cultural, historical and scientific assets. A large-scale initiative to digitize and preserve the public domain collections of library, governmental, and cultural memory organizations will support research, teaching and learning at all levels, will help stem the current economic crisis by equipping and employing workers in every state with 21st Century skills, and it will lay a foundation for innovation and national competitiveness in the decades ahead. The goal is to establish a universal, open library or a digital data commons.

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    Updated ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit Released

    Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on January 14th, 2009

    The Association of College and Research Libraries has released an updated version of its Scholarly Communication Toolkit. It has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    The toolkit continues to provide context and background by summarizing key issues to offer quick, basic information on scholarly communication topics. It also links to examples of specific tools, including handouts, presentations and videos for libraries to adapt and use on their own campuses. . . .

    “Given the current economic climate, it's natural to ask if scholarly communication activities are a luxury or a distraction,” said Richard Fyffe, librarian of the college for Grinnell College and co-chair of ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Committee. “We define scholarly communications issues as central to the mission of virtually every kind of academic library because they are central to the mission of our institutions. We feel libraries need to maintain a commitment to awareness, understanding, ownership and activism.”

    The updated toolkit serves as a resource for scholarly communication discussions inside the library, outreach programs to faculty and administrators and library school students seeking to incorporate these issues into their course work. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee, as part of its efforts to keep the toolkit current, encourages librarians to contribute tools and case studies on their local scholarly communication campaigns. Simply post a comment describing your tool and provide a link in the appropriate tab.

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      New Press to Publish Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

      Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Open Source Software on December 14th, 2008

      The New Press will publish David Bollier's Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Reporting from the heart of this "free culture" movement, journalist and activist David Bollier provides the first comprehensive history of the attempt by a global brigade of techies, lawyers, artists, musicians, scientists, businesspeople, innovators, and geeks of all stripes to create a digital republic committed to freedom and innovation. Viral Spiral —the term Bollier coins to describe the almost-magical process by which Internet users can come together to build online commons and tools—brilliantly interweaves the disparate strands of this eclectic movement. The story describes major technological developments and pivotal legal struggles, as well as fascinating profiles of hacker Richard Stallman, copyright scholar Lawrence Lessig, and other colorful figures.

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        Stanford's HighWire Press Hits 5 Million Article Mark

        Posted in Digital Presses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on December 3rd, 2008

        With the addition of a backfile 1884 article, "Dermatitis Herpetiformis," in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries, hit the five million article mark. Over two million of those articles are freely available.

        Read more about it at "5 Million Articles Online at HighWire: The Evolution of an e-Publishing Platform."

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          Open Access Directory Seeks Volunteers

          Posted in Open Access on November 20th, 2008

          The Open Access Directory is seeking volunteers to contribute to the OAD Wiki, to maintain it, and to keep Wikipedia articles about open access current. Contact the editors for more information.

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            Digital Library Software: Greenstone Version 2.81 Released

            Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, Digital Libraries, Open Access on November 13th, 2008

            Version 2.81 of the Greenstone digital library software has been released.

            Here's an excerpt from the home page that describes Greenstone:

            Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO. It is open-source, multilingual software, issued under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

            See the Greenstone Fact Sheet for a more detailed description of the system.

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              Concord Free Press: It Really Means Free

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing on November 12th, 2008

              The Concord Free Press gives away its printed books for free, shipping included, but asks for a donation to a charity of the reader's choice. Initially, it will publish two books a year, with a print run of about 1,000 copies each. Selected independent bookstores carry its books.

              Writers are unpaid, and the press relies on "on donations from our Advisory Board and supporters—and sales of our stylish t-shirts."

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                Study of Open Access Publishing Fellowship at CERN

                Posted in Open Access on November 12th, 2008

                CERN is seeking applicants for its Study of Open Access Publishing Fellowship. Applicants must be a citizen of one of the CERN member states, hold a MSc or higher diploma, and have less than 10 years post-MSc professional experience.

                Here's an excerpt from the job posting:

                SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) is a project being negotiated for financing by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Program. Partners of the SOAP consortium are CERN, the coordinator, the Max Plank Society, the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council and the publishing companies BioMed Central, Sage, and Springer. The project is expected to have a duration of two years, starting in March 2009. Its objective is the study of Open Access business models and a comprehensive survey of the attitudes towards Open Access of researchers across all disciplines. SOAP will deliver evidence on the potential of sustainable forms of Open Access Publishing.

                Conditional to the final availability of funding, CERN is looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated person to play a leading role in the SOAP project.

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                  Podcast: Library Publishing Services: An Emerging Role for Research Libraries—An Interview with Karla Hahn

                  Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Presses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 6th, 2008

                  EDUCAUSE has made available a podcast recorded at the CNI 2008 Spring Task Force Meeting: "Library Publishing Services: An Emerging Role for Research Libraries—An Interview with Karla Hahn." Hahn is the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at the Association of Research Libraries.

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                    PALINET to Digitize 20 Million Textual Pages

                    Posted in Digitization, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access, Public Domain on October 29th, 2008

                    With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, PALINET's Mass Digitization Collaborative plans to digitize 20 million textual pages of public domain material from participating member libraries. The scanned digital texts will be freely available from the Internet Archive.

                    Read more about at "PALINET's Mass Digitization Collaborative Underway."

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                      Author's Rights, Tout de Suite

                      Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 27th, 2008

                      Author's Rights, Tout de Suite, the latest Digital Scholarship publication, is designed to give journal article authors a quick introduction to key aspects of author's rights and to foster further exploration of this topic through liberal use of relevant references to online documents and links to pertinent Web sites.

                      It is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License, and it can be freely used for any noncommercial purpose, including derivative works, in accordance with the license.

                      The prior publication in the Tout de Suite series, Institutional Repositories, Tout de Suite, is also available.

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                        Six New Open Access Books Available from Michigan's digitalculturebooks

                        Posted in Digital Presses, Open Access, Scholarly Books on October 24th, 2008

                        The University of Michigan's digitalculturebooks, a joint imprint of the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library, has published six open access books: The Best of Technology Writing 2008; This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities; The Hyperlinked Society: Questioning Connections in the Digital Age; Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability: A Public Interest Approach to Policy Law, and Regulation; Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age; and Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China.

                        The books are also available for purchase in print form.

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