Archive for the 'Open Access' Category Turns Digital Public Domain Books into Printed Books

Posted in E-Books, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access, Print-on-Demand, Public Domain, Publishing on January 7th, 2008 is offering an experimental service that allows users to convert about 1.7 million digital public domain books in the Internet Archive, Google Book Search, or the Universal Digital Library into printed books using the Lulu print-on-demand service.

Source: "Converting Google Book PDFs to Actual Books."

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    Institutional Repositories, Tout de Suite

    Posted in Digital Commons, Digital Repositories, Digital Scholarship Publications, DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Source Software on January 6th, 2008

    Institutional Repositories, Tout de Suite, the latest Digital Scholarship publication, is designed to give the reader a very quick introduction to key aspects of institutional repositories and to foster further exploration of this topic through liberal use of relevant references to online documents and links to pertinent websites. It is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License, and it can be freely used for any noncommercial purpose in accordance with the license.

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      NIH Open Access Mandate Becomes Law

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on December 26th, 2007

      President Bush has signed the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008," which includes the NIH open access mandate. The mandate states: "The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law."

      Read more about it at "OA Mandate at NIH Now Law and "Public Access Mandate Made Law."

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        Columbia University Libraries and Bavarian State Library Become Google Book Search Library Partners

        Posted in Digital Repositories, Digitization, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access, Scholarly Books on December 14th, 2007

        Both the Columbia University Libraries and Bavarian State Library have joined the Google Book Search Library Project.

        Here are the announcements:

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          Biomedical Digital Libraries and BioMed Central Part Company

          Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, E-Journals, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 13th, 2007

          According to "Biomedical Digital Libraries Moves to Open Journal Systems," Biomedical Digital Libraries will no longer be published by BioMed Central because "BMC's author payment model had become untenable for most of the authors wishing to publish in the journal." In the future, the journal will be published using Public Knowledge Project's Open Journal Systems without author fees.

          BioMed Central has an article-processing charges waiver policy with case-by-case basis review, and it also offers a variety of article-processing charges discounts. It is not clear why these cost-reduction mechanisms did not meet author needs.

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            Alpha Release of the ORE Specification and User Guide

            Posted in Metadata, OAI-ORE, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Standards on December 12th, 2007

            The Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange has released an alpha version of the ORE Specification and User Guide. Comments can be made on the OAI-ORE discussion group or via email to

            Here's an excerpt from the introduction:

            The World Wide Web is built upon the notion of atomic units of information called resources that are identified with URIs such as (this page). In addition to these atomic units, aggregations of resources are often units of information in their own right. . . .

            A mechanism to associate identities with these aggregations and describe them in a machine-readable manner would make them visible to Web agents, both humans and machines. This could be useful for a number of applications and contexts. For example:

            • Crawler-based search engines could use such descriptions to index information and provide search results sets at the granularity of the aggregations rather than their individual parts.
            • Browsers could leverage them to provide users with navigation aids for the aggregated resources, in the same manner that machine-readable site maps provide navigation clues for crawlers.
            • Other automated agents such as preservation systems could use these descriptions as guides to understand a "whole document" and determine the best preservation strategy.
            • Systems that mine and analyze networked information for citation analysis/bibliometrics could achieve better accuracy with knowledge of aggregation structure contained in these descriptions.
            • These machine-readable descriptions could provide the foundation for advanced scholarly communication systems that allow the flexible reuse and refactoring of rich scholarly artifacts and their components [Value Chains].
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              University of Michigan Libraries Make over 100,000 Records for Digitized Books Available for Harvesting

              Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Repositories, Digitization, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Institutional Repositories, Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, Metadata, Open Access, Public Domain on December 12th, 2007

              The University of Michigan Libraries have made over 100,000 metadata records from its MBooks collection available for OAI-PMH harvesting. The records are for digitized books in the public domain.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              The University of Michigan Library is pleased to announce that records from our MBooks collection are available for OAI harvesting. The MBooks collection consists of materials digitized by Google in partnership with the University of Michigan.


              Only records for MBooks available in the public domain are exposed. We have split these into sets containing public domain items according to U.S. copyright law, and public domain items worldwide. There are currently over 100,000 records available for harvesting. We anticipate having 1 million records available when the entire U-M collection has been digitized by Google.

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                University of Michigan Libraries Release the UMich OAI Toolkit

                Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, OAI-PMH, Open Access, Open Source Software on December 11th, 2007

                The University of Michigan Libraries have released the UMich OAI Toolkit.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                This toolkit contains both harvester and data provider, both written in Perl. . . .

                UMHarvester is a robust tool using LWP for harvesting nigh on every OAI data provider available. It allows for incremental harvesting, has multiple re-try options, and a batch harvest tool (Batch_UMHarvest) that can automatically perform incremental harvesting.

                UMProvider relies heavily on libxml (XML::LibXML) and will store the data in nearly any relational database. It functions by harvesting from a database of records, making rights determinations from a separate database, and providing the resulting set of records.

                Originally, only the UMHarvester was available from UM's DLXS software site. The UMProvider tool is newly developed and takes the place of our DLXS data provider tool.

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                  Rice University Releases Travelers in the Middle East Archive

                  Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digitization, DSpace, Open Access, Rice University, Texas Academic Libraries on December 9th, 2007

                  Rice University has released the Travelers in the Middle East Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic License.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  IMEA provides access to:

                  • Nearly 1,000 images, including stereocards, postcards and book illustrations
                  • More than 150 historical maps representing the Middle East as it was in the 19th and early 20th centuries
                  • Interactive geographical information systems (GIS) maps that serve as an interface to the collection and present detailed information about features such as waterways, elevation and populated places
                  • Successive editions of classic travel guides and major museum collection catalogues
                  • Convenient educational modules that set materials from the collection in historical and geographic context and explore the research process

                  TIMEA is able to offer seamless access for researchers by providing a common user interface to digital objects housed in three repositories. Texts, historical maps and images reside in DSpace, an open-source digital repository system. Educational research modules are presented within Connexions, an open-content commons and publishing platform for educational materials. TIMEA also uses Google Maps and ESRI’s ArcIMS map server.

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                    New Release of BioMed Central's Open Repository, a Hosted Institutional Repository Service

                    Posted in DSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on November 30th, 2007

                    BioMed Central has released version 1.4.9 of Open Repository, its DSpace-based, hosted institutional repository service.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    Open Repository version 1.4.9 has several new features that are designed to enhance the customer experience. The release offers an improved user interface, making it easier for customers to browse and submit their material online. Additionally, institutions can convert their Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Text and RTF documents to PDF format. Customers can also set up RSS feeds, and customize lists and search fields, adding value to the already robust platform.

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                      Pitt's Libraries and University Press Establish Open Access Book Program

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Presses, E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, University Presses on November 29th, 2007

                      The University of Pittsburgh University Library System and the University of Pittsburgh University Press have established the University of Pittsburgh University Press Digital Editions, which offers free access to digitized versions of print books from the press.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      The University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System (ULS) and University Press have formed a partnership to provide digital editions of press titles as part of the library system’s D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. Thirty-nine books from the Pitt Latin American Series published by the University of Pittsburgh Press are now available online, freely accessible to scholars and students worldwide. Ultimately, most of the Press’ titles older than 2 years will be provided through this open access platform.

                      For the past decade, the University Library System has been building digital collections on the Web under its D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program, making available a wide array of historical documents, images and texts which can be browsed by collection and are fully searchable. The addition of the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions collection marks the newest in an expanding number of digital collaborations between the University Library System and the University Press.

                      The D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program includes digitized materials drawn from Pitt collections and those of other libraries and cultural institutions in the region, pre-print repositories in several disciplines, the University’s mandatory electronic theses and dissertations program, and electronic journals during the past eight years, sixty separate collections have been digitized and made freely accessible via the World Wide Web. Many of these projects have been carried out with content partners such as Pitt faculty members, other libraries and museums in the area, professional associations, and most recently, with the University of Pittsburgh Press with several professional journals and the new University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions. . . .

                      More titles will be added to the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions each month until most of the current scholarly books published by the Press are available both in print and as digital editions. The collection will eventually include titles from the Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies, the Pitt-Konstanz Series in the Philosophy and History of Science, the Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture, the Security Continuum: Global Politics in the Modern Age, the History of the Urban Environment, back issues of Cuban Studies, and numerous other scholarly titles in history, political science, philosophy, and cultural studies.

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                        Stable Version of SPECTRa Released: Software for Depositing Chemical Data into Repositories

                        Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access on November 29th, 2007

                        A stable version of SPECTRa has been released. SPECTRa is designed to facilitate the deposit of chemical data into digital repositories.

                        The JISC-funded SPECTRa (Submission, Preservation and Exposure of Chemistry Teaching and Research Data a Digital Repository for the Chemical Community) project's final report is also available.

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