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"Steps toward a New GSU Ruling"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing, Research Libraries on April 28th, 2015

Kevin Smith has published "Steps toward a New GSU Ruling" in Scholarly Communication @ Duke University.

Here's an excerpt:

It appears that once again the publishers have failed in an effort to broaden the scope of the case beyond the item-by-item fair use analysis that has already been done and to possibly reintroduce some of the broad principles that they really want, which have so far been rejected at every stage. Now Judge Evans has explicitly told them, in her scheduling order, that what is required is "consideration and reevaluation of each of the individual claims" in order to redetermine "in each instance… whether defendants' use was a fair use under 17 U.S.C. section 107." Her schedule for the briefs is tight, with an end of the briefing now scheduled just two and a half months from now. Presumably we would still have a long wait while Judge Evans applies revised reasoning about fair use to each of the individual excerpts, but it looks a bit more like that is what is going to happen.

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    "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on April 28th, 2015

    Rebecca Kennison and Lisa Norberg have published "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure" in EDUCAUSE Review.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The open-access movement, fueled by the digital revolution, is transforming the business of scholarly communication, affecting the entire value chain. Rapidly emerging technologies have been crucial enablers of this transformation, blurring traditional roles and attracting new participants. The infrastructure and the economic framework established to support a centuries-old model of scholarly publishing are no longer adequate to the task. We believe that a radically different approach is required-one that is open, flexible, collaborative, and networked.

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      "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 24th, 2015

      Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015" in Library Journal.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Open access (OA) continues to develop, but some financial analysts, such as Sami Kassab, executive director at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas, now believe that OA may no longer be a pressure point on commercial publishing. OA has not been the disruptive force on commercial publishing for which many had hoped.

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        University of Minnesota Press and GC Digital Scholarship Lab Get $732,000 Mellon Grant for Manifold Scholarship

        Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on April 22nd, 2015

        The University of Minnesota Press and GC Digital Scholarship Lab of Graduate Center of the City University of New York have received a $732,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Manifold Scholarship.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        Moving beyond the digitization of scholarly books, based primarily in siloed, read-only analogues to print such as Adobe Acrobat PDF and Epub, Manifold will define and create the next phase of scholarly publishing: monographs that open the boundaries of separate formats like "print" and "e-book." Foreseeing an emerging hybrid environment for scholarship, Manifold will develop, alongside the print edition of a book, an alternate form of publication that is networked and iterative, served on an interactive, open-source platform. . . .

        In Manifold, a digital scholarly work would not be a static replication of the print book. From the beginning it is dynamic, revised, and expanded to reflect the evolution of academic thought and research, incorporating access to primary research documents and data, links to related archives, rich media, social media, and reading tools. Manifold seeks to encompass the growth and refinement of academic work as it is discussed, reviewed, and analyzed.

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          50 Universities or University Units Have Now Adopted Open Access Policies by Unanimous Faculty Votes

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 20th, 2015

          With recent votes by Boston University and University of Delaware faculty, 50 universities or university units, such as schools, have now adopted open access policies by unanimous faculty votes.

          Here's a list from Unanimous Faculty Votes. See the original document for omitted details, and see the recently revised (and praised) Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) for a complete list of over 670 open access policies.

          1. February 12, 2008. Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
          2. April 27, 2008. Macquarie University
          3. May 7, 2008, Harvard University, School of Law
          4. June 10, 2008, Stanford University, School of Education
          5. October 2008, University College London (UCL)
          6. February 11, 2009. Boston University
          7. March 6, 2009, Oregon State University, Library Faculty
          8. March 18, 2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
          9. May 2009. University of Calgary, division of Library and Cultural Resources
          10. May 2009. University of Pretoria
          11. May 7, 2009, University of Oregon, Library Faculty
          12. May 14, 2009, University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages
          13. May 14, 2009, Gustavus Adolphus College, Library Faculty
          14. October 1, 2009, York University, librarians and archivists
          15. October, 2009. Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela)
          16. November 18, 2009, Oberlin College
          17. December 2, 2009, University of Northern Colorado, Library Faculty
          18. February 1, 2010, Wake Forest University, Library faculty
          19. February 9, 2010, California Polytechnic State University
          20. February 12, 2010, Oregon State University College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS)
          21. February 24, 2010, University of Virginia
          22. February 25, 2010, Rollins College Faculty of Arts and Sciences
          23. March 18, 2010, Duke University
          24. March 24, 2010, University of Puerto Rico School of Law
          25. April 19, 2010, San Jose State University
          26. September 27, 2010, University of Northern Colorado
          27. October 2010, Trinity College Dublin
          28. December 22, 2010, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
          29. March 15, 2011, Emory University
          30. May 11, 2011, University of Pennsylvania
          31. September 2011, Princeton University
          32. October 19, 2011, Florida State University
          33. December 8, 2011, Pacific University
          34. January 27, 2012, Bifröst University
          35. February 15, 2012, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
          36. April 2012, Utah State University
          37. May 21, 2012, University of California, San Francisco
          38. February 6, 2013, Wellesley College
          39. March 4, 2013, College of Wooster
          40. March 5, 2013, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Library faculty
          41. March 21, 2013, University of Rhode Island
          42. April 2013, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
          43. June 13, 2013, Oregon State University
          44. December 2013, Télé-université (TELUQ), Université du Québec
          45. December 2, 2013, Columbia University, School of Social Work
          46. June 18, 2014, Harvard Medical School
          47. October 7, 2014, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
          48. October 9, 2014, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
          49. February 11, 2015, Boston University
          50. April 6, 2015, University of Delaware

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            DigitalKoans Marks Its Tenth Year of Publication

            Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on April 20th, 2015

            DigitalKoans, which was established by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. on April 20, 2005, has now been published for ten years. During that time, it has had over 11.1 million visitors, over 50.8 million file requests, and over 36.8 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 6.8 million visitors, over 49.7 million file requests, and over 17 million page views. There have been over 7,100 DigitalKoans posts.

            DigitalKoans was the first publication of Digital Scholarship, a digital press that was founded by Bailey on the same date. In its ten years of operation, Digital Scholarship has had over 14.9 million visitors from 231 counties, over 72 million file requests, and over 52 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 9 million visitors from 231 counties, 43.4 million file requests, and over 24.1 million page views.

            Digital Scholarship has primarily published e-books, low-cost paperbacks, digital bibliographies/webliograpies, and blogs. The publications have been under Creative Commons licenses, usually versions of the Attribution-NonCommercial license. The digital publications have been open access. Digital Scholarship has operated without advertising revenue or other external funding.

            One of the most popular e-books published by Digital Scholarship has been Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography. Excluding spiders, the PDF version has been requested over 475,000 times; with the addition of page views from the HTML version, total use is over 539,000 requests.

            Prior to establishing Digital Scholarship, Bailey worked at the University of Houston Libraries, where he led the digital publishing program from 1989-2007 as Assistant Dean/Director for Systems and subsequently Assistant Dean for Digital Library Planning and Development. He established and acted as the first Editor-in-Chief of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review (1989-1996), the first open access journal in the field of library and information science. In 1996, he established the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an open access e-book that had 79 subsequent versions (16 of which were published by Digital Scholarship). These two publications had over 9 million file requests while under Bailey's direction at the UH Libraries.

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              "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness"

              Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 13th, 2015

              A. Swan et al. have self-archived "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness".

              Here's an excerpt:

              The PASTEUR4OA project analyses what makes an Open Access (OA) policy effective. The total number of institutional or funder OA policies worldwide is now 663 (March 2015), over half of them mandatory. ROARMAP, the policy registry, has been rebuilt to record more policy detail and provide more extensive search functionality. Deposit rates were measured for articles in institutions' repositories and compared to the total number of WoS-indexed articles published from those institutions. Average deposit rate was over four times as high for institutions with a mandatory policy. Six positive correlations were found between deposit rates and (1) Must-Deposit; (2) Cannot-Waive-Deposit; (3) Deposit-Linked-to-Research-Evaluation; (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention; (5) Must-Make-Deposit-OA (after allowable embargo) and (6) Can-Waive-OA. For deposit latency, there is a positive correlation between earlier deposit and (7) Must-Deposit-Immediately as well as with (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention and with mandate age. There are not yet enough OA policies to test whether still further policy conditions would contribute to mandate effectiveness but the present findings already suggest that it would be useful for current and future OA policies to adopt the seven positive conditions so as to accelerate and maximise the growth of OA.

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                Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available

                Posted in Copyright, Publishing, Scholarly Books on April 13th, 2015

                The Authors Alliance has released Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                This guide is the product of extensive outreach to the publishing industry. In the process, we interviewed authors, publishers, and literary agents, ranging from a CEO of a major publishing house to contracts and rights managers of trade and academic presses, editorial assistants, novelists, and academic authors.

                We were happily surprised by the consistency of publishers' responses: across the board, publishers told us that they want to work together with their authors and that they are often willing to give authors their rights back if its in the books' best interests.

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                  "Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 10th, 2015

                  SPARC has released "Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA" by Heather Joseph.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its plan to create policies ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive. . . .

                  The NOAA plan calls for all agency-funded intramural and extramural researchers to deposit final, accepted manuscripts into the agency's repository upon acceptance in a peer-reviewed journal. Unlike many of the other agencies that have released plans to date, NOAA will also require its investigators to submit technical reports, data reports, and technical memoranda into the repository as well—significantly increasing the scope of the materials covered by the agency's policy.

                  NOAA will use the OSTP-suggested 12-month embargo period as its baseline. Like other agencies, it will provide stakeholders with a mechanism for petitioning the agency to change the embargo period. The plan indicates that requests must include evidence that outweighs the public benefit of having the embargo remain at one year. . . .

                  Currently, funded researchers are required to make data "visible and accessible" within two years. The new plan calls for this time frame to be shortened to just one year. It also indicates that data underlying the conclusions of peer-reviewed articles will most likely be required to be made available at the time of the article's publication, in appropriate repositories (presumably to be designated by NOAA).

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                    "Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2015 First Quarter"

                    Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 9th, 2015

                    Heather Morrison has published "Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2015 First Quarter" in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    OpenDOAR added 129 repositories for a total of 2,857. The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine added close to 3 million documents for a total of over 71 million documents. Another 7,690 authors joined the Social Sciences Research Network for a total of over 275,000 authors.

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                      "NIST Releases Public Access Plan: Agency will Partner with NIH to use PMC Platform"

                      Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 9th, 2015

                      SPARC has released "NIST Releases Public Access Plan: Agency will Partner with NIH to use PMC Platform" by Heather Joseph.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      NIST's plan calls for the agency to partner with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to use PubMed Central (PMC) as the repository for articles. The plan indicated that NIST selected this option in order to "leverage the well-established search, archival, and dissemination features of PMC."

                      All NIST-funded researchers will be required to deposit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts into PMC upon acceptance in a peer-reviewed journal and make them available to the public with no longer than a 12-month embargo period. NIST will also accept final published articles where allowed and will follow the NIH's current format requirements. As with the other agencies, NIST will provide stakeholders with a mechanism for petitioning the agency to "shorten or extend the allowable embargo period." NIST envisions that this process would take place through a public petition process run through the Federal Register. . . .

                      NIST's plan for providing public access to data consists of three components: requiring data management plans (DMPs), creating an Enterprise Data Inventory (EDI), and establishing a Common Access Platform providing a public access infrastructure.

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                        "5 Million Public Domain Ebooks in HathiTrust: What Does This Mean?"

                        Posted in Digital Repositories, E-Books, Mass Digitizaton, Public Domain, Publishing, Scholarly Books on April 8th, 2015

                        Rick Anderson has published "5 Million Public Domain Ebooks in HathiTrust: What Does This Mean?" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        A week or so ago, a monumental thing happened: the number of public-domain books in the HathiTrust digital repository topped 5 million. And since no one (including HathiTrust, so far) seems to be making a very big deal about this, it seems like a good moment both to recap the achievements of HathiTrust and to consider a few of its implications for the future of reading and scholarship.

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