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NIH Public Access Policy Alert: Text of the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act Now Available

Posted in Copyright, Open Access on September 10th, 2008

As reported previously in DigitalKoans ("Is the NIH Public Access Policy in Danger? House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing"), the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property of the House of Representatives' Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on the "Fair Copyright in Research Works Act" on 9/11/2008. (See the post for contact information for Subcommittee members.)

The text of that bill is now available.

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    Is the NIH Public Access Policy in Danger? House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing

    Posted in Open Access on September 7th, 2008

    The Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property of the House of Representatives' Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on "Fair Copyright in Research Works Act" on 9/11/2008.

    Andrew Albanese has written an article about this upcoming hearing ("NIH Public Access Policy to Face Copyright Challenge in Congress?"), and Peter Suber has made extensive comments about the article and issued a call for action ("Publishers Go to Congress to Undo the NIH Policy").

    Here's an excerpt from Suber's post:

    UpdateAlert to US Citizens:  If your representative is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, please contact him/her before the end of business on Tuesday, September 9, and express your support for the NIH policy.  There are committee members from AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NC, NY, OH, TN, TX, UT, WI, and VA.  Some members know nothing about the policy but what the publishing lobby has told them.  Explain why the policy matters to you and make it personal.  Send copies of your message to the committee leadership (John Conyers, Chairman, D-MI, and Lamar Smith, Ranking Member, R-TX).  If your representative is not a member of the committee, then you can send a message to the committee leadership alone.  For the contact info on any member, see Congress Merge.  If you can address copyright issues, do.  This committee has jurisdiction over copyright issues, and copyright is the hook publishers used to get the committee's attention.  It's tiring to mobilize all over again, but it's necessary.  Please write and spread the word.  Keep a copy of your message.  You may need it again.

    Here is a list of members of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, with each name linked to the Representative's contact page:

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      Open Educational Resources—Opportunities and Challenges for Higher Education

      Posted in Learning Objects, Open Access on September 3rd, 2008

      JISC CETIS has published Open Educational Resources—Opportunities and Challenges for Higher Education.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This briefing paper provides the background to the current development of and future trends around OER aimed at adding to our understanding, stimulating ongoing debate among the JISC community and developing a research agenda. The briefing is structured in three sections:

      • Discussion on the conceptual and contextual issues of Open Educational Resources.
      • A review of current OER initiatives: their scale, approaches, main issues and challenges.
      • Discussion on trends emerging in Open Educational Resources, with respect to future research and activities.
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        SHERPA/RoMEO Releases Publishers with Paid Options for Open Access List

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 3rd, 2008

        SHERPA/RoMEO has announced the availability of a new list of Publishers with Paid Options for Open Access. The initial version of the list has 414 entries.

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          JISC Digital Repositories and Archives Inventory Project Catalogs 3,707 Free Digital Collections

          Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Repositories, Open Access on September 1st, 2008

          With the completion of phase two of the project, the JISC Digital Repositories and Archives Inventory project has cataloged 3,707 free digital collections. The phase two records will be added to the JISC Information Environment Service Registry (IESR), which already contains the phase one records.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          The brief of the inventory was to identify all the repositories and achives in the UK that are relevant to UK higher education and are free at point of use. For the purposes of this project a very loose definition of repositories and archives was used. The only sites that were excluded were those that restricted access and those with little or no structure.

          Phase 1 of the project discovered 1,924 resources and phase 2 discovered 1,783. The records from phase 1 are already in the IESR and records from phase 2 will be added soon.

          Phase 2 also enriched the metadata collected about all the resources and contacted resource owners to approve or extend the data collected about their resources. This produced a very positive response with approximately 800 resource owners providing extra information about their collections.

          The project has released its final report, JISC Final Report—Digital Repositories and Archives Inventory Project.

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            New Video on the Scholars Copyright Project

            Posted in Copyright, Open Access on September 1st, 2008

            John Wilbanks has released a video about the Scholars Copyright Project.

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              RoMEO List of Publishers Who Allow Their PDFs to Be Deposited in Institutional Repositories

              Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on August 27th, 2008

              SHERPA's RoMEO service has made available "Publishers Allowing the Deposition of Their Published Version/PDF in Institutional Repositories."

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              SHERPA has analysed its records to determine which of the 414 publishers listed allow authors to deposit the publishers' version or publishers' PDF of a journal article into the author's institutional repository. 50 publishers allow immediate, un-embargoed deposit into repositories—even more allow use in restricted circumstances. This means that there is a large volume of work which can be deposited directly into repositories even if the author has not retained their own final draft. . . .

              We have separated the publishers into sub-sets, indicating any restrictions that are imposed by the publishers on the use of their versions. The sub-sets are: no restrictions, embargos, fee required and embargo & fee required.

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                Uncovering the Social and Economic Benefits of Open Access Podcast

                Posted in Open Access on August 25th, 2008

                JISC has released a new podcast: Uncovering the Social and Economic Benefits of Open Access. In it, Dr. John Houghton, Professorial Fellow at Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Economic Studies and Director of the Centre's Information Technologies and the Information Economy Program, is interviewed by Philip Pothen about open access benefits.

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                  Ireland's Higher Education Authority Enacts Open Access Mandate

                  Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on August 22nd, 2008

                  Ireland's Higher Education Authority, a major research funding agency in that country, has enacted an open access mandate that requires searchers to "lodge their publications resulting in whole or in part from HEA-funded research in an open access repository as soon as is practical after publication, and to be made openly accessible within 6 calendar months at the latest, subject to copyright agreement."

                  Stevan Harnad reports that this is the "world's 52nd Green OA Self-Archiving mandate (the 27th funder mandate)."

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                    Max Planck Society Will Pay Its Authors' PLoS Journal Publication Fees

                    Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals on August 21st, 2008

                    The Max Planck Society will pay its authors' Public Library of Science journal publication fees.

                    Read more about it at "Max Planck Society Covers Publication Fees for PLoS Journals" and "Max Planck Society Pays for Gold OA and Still Fails to Mandate Green OA."

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                      Interview with the Directory of Open Access Journals Team

                      Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals on August 21st, 2008

                      Tom Hill has interviewed the Directory of Open Access Journals team on Libertas Academica.

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                        European Commission Launches Open Access Pilot Project

                        Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on August 21st, 2008

                        The European Commission has launched a pilot project to provide open access to EU-funded research results after a 6-12 month embargo period. Further information about the pilot project will be available on 9/1/08 at the Open Access Pilot in FP7 page.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        Fast and reliable access to research results, especially via the Internet, can drive innovation, advance scientific discovery and support the development of a strong knowledge-based economy. The European Commission wants to ensure that the results of the research it funds under the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) with more than € 50 billion from 2007-2013 are disseminated as widely and effectively as possible to guarantee maximum exploitation and impact in the world of researchers and beyond. The Commission today launched a pilot project that will give unrestricted online access to EU-funded research results, primarily research articles published in peer reviewed journals, after an embargo period of between 6 and 12 months. The pilot will cover around 20% of the FP7 programme budget in areas such as health, energy, environment, social sciences and information and communication technologies. . . .

                        The Commission's open access pilot, to run until the end of FP7, aims to ensure that the results from EU-funded research are progressively made available to all. Grant recipients will be required to deposit peer reviewed research articles or final manuscripts resulting from their FP7 projects in an online repository. They will have to make their best effort to ensure open access to these articles within either six or twelve months after publication, depending on the research area. This embargo period will allow scientific publishers to get a return on their investment.

                        Open access to research articles, previously accessible through journal subscriptions, can help to increase the impact of the EU's € 50 billion investment in research and development and avoid wasting time and valuable resources on duplicative research. With access to a wider selection of literature, researchers can build upon this knowledge to further their own work. Small and medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs can also benefit from improved access to the latest research developments to speed up commercialisation and innovation.

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