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Open Data Dialogue: Final Report

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on June 24th, 2012

Research Councils UK has released Open Data Dialogue: Final Report.

Here's an excerpt:

Undertaken on the behalf of the Research Councils UK in partnership with JISC, the Royal Society and Sciencewise-ERC, this public dialogue explored views on open data, data reuse and data management policies within research.

The public dialogue was designed to:

  • Provide insight on the business issues that the dialogue will support, at the research councils and JISC
  • Build on prior work in the area and account for the wider policy framework
  • Engage people meaningfully around this complex area, enabling the public to frame issues and test out any principles emerging across a range of research contexts.

The research comprised a number of elements:

  • an initial literature and policy review of the area
  • two reconvened discussion groups in Swindon and Oldham
  • a workshop involving key stakeholders conducted between the first and second wave of the public dialogues.

Read more about it at Evaluation of Public Dialogue on Open Data: Report to Research Councils UK.

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    Libraries, Patrons, and E-books

    Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Reports and White Papers on June 24th, 2012

    The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Libraries, Patrons, and E-books .

    Here's an excerpt:

    Some 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book from a library in the past year. . . .

    But most in the broader public, not just e-book readers, are generally not aware they can borrow e-books from libraries. We asked all those ages 16 and older if they know whether they can borrow e-books from their library and 62% said they did not know if their library offered that service. Some 22% say they know that their library does lend out e-books, and 14% say they know their library does not lend out e-books.

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      Science as an Open Enterprise

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Reports and White Papers on June 21st, 2012

      The Royal Society has released Science as an Open Enterprise.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This report analyses the impact of new and emerging technologies that are transforming the conduct and communication of research. The recommendations are designed to improve the conduct of science, respond to changing public expectations and political culture and enable researchers to maximise the impact of their research. They are designed to ensure that reproducibility and self-correction are maintained in an era of massive data volumes. They aim to stimulate the communication and collaboration where these are needed to maximise the value of data-intensive approaches to science. Action is needed to maximise the exploitation of science in business and in public policy. But not all data are of equal interest and importance. Some are rightly confidential for commercial, privacy, safety or security reasons. There are both opportunities and financial costs in the full presentation of data and metadata. The recommendations set out key principles. The main text explores how to judge their application and where accountability should lie.

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        Green Open Access: PEER: Final Report

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Self-Archiving on June 19th, 2012

        The PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) project has released the PEER: Final Report.

        Here's an excerpt:

        PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research), supported by the EC eContentplus programme2, has been investigating the potential effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors' final peer-reviewed manuscripts (so called Green Open Access or stage-two research output) on reader access, author visibility, and journal viability, as well as on the broader ecology of European research. The project ran from 1 September 2008–31 May 2012. . . .

        Collectively, the project has provided insights and evidence indicating:

        • How large-scale archiving may affect journals
        • Whether it increases access
        • How it will affect the broader ecology of European research
        • Which factors influence the readiness to deposit in institutional and disciplinary repositories
        • What the cost drivers are for publishers and repositories

        The project also released PEER Usage Study—Descriptive Statistics for the Period March to August 2011 and PEER Usage Study—Randomised Controlled Trial Results.

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          "Finch Group" Open Access Report: Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on June 19th, 2012

          The Research Information Network has released Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to Expand Access to Research Publications. Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings. For background on the report, see "Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings."

          Here's an excerpt:

          This report tackles the important question of how to achieve better, faster access to research publications for anyone who wants to read or use them. It has been produced by an independent working group made up of representatives of universities, research funders, learned societies, publishers, and libraries. The group's remit has been to examine how to expand access to the peer-reviewed publications that arise from research undertaken both in the UK and in the rest of the world; and to propose a programme of action to that end.

          We have concentrated on journals which publish research results and findings. Virtually all are now published online, and they increasingly include sophisticated navigation, linking and interactive services. Making them freely accessible at the point of use, with minimal if any limitations on how they can be used, offers the potential

          Our aim has been to identify key goals and guiding principles in a period of transition towards wider access. We have sought ways both to accelerate that transition and also to sustain what is valuable in a complex ecology with many different agents and stakeholders.

          In "Finch Group report on OA in the UK," Peter Suber said of the report:

          Bottom line: On the plus side, the Finch group wants a massive shift to OA. It prefers immediate to embargoed OA, and it prefers libre to gratis OA. Some of its reasons for preferring gold to green OA are based on real virtues of gold. On the minus side, most of its reasons for preferring gold to green OA are based on a distorted and jaundiced view of green. The group implies that green cannot be libre (8.9, 8.28), which is false. It implies that green cannot be peer reviewed (8.26) which is false. It implies that green cannot be immediate or must be embargoed (8.28), which is false. It virtually disregards the role of green OA in disseminating peer-reviewed research and values green primarily for providing access to data, and access to grey literature, and preservation. One can see the effect of publisher lobbying on the group's misinformed disparagement of green OA and the group's high priority to save incumbent publishers from risk.

          Read more about it at "U.K. Panel Backs Open Access for All Publicly Funded Research Papers."

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            Digital Book Publishing in the AAUP Community Survey Report: Spring 2012

            Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on June 18th, 2012

            The Association of American University Presses has released Digital Book Publishing in the AAUP Community Survey Report: Spring 2012

            Here's an excerpt:

            In addition to gathering data about e-book revenue, digital marketing and discovery strategies, and format and channel availability, we also asked respondents to share their opinions about major concerns or hurdles they are facing, and to tell us more about their presses' e-book goals.

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              EPUB for Archival Preservation

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, E-Books, Reports and White Papers, Standards on June 18th, 2012

              The Koninklijke Bibliotheek has released EPUB for Archival Preservation.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Over the last few years, the EPUB format has become increasingly popular in the consumer market. A number of publishers have indicated their wish to use EPUB for supplying their electronic publications to the KB. In response to this, the KB's Departments of Collection and Collection Care requested an initial study to investigate the suitability of the format for archival preservation. The main questions were:

              • What are the main characteristics of EPUB?
              • What functionality does EPUB provide, and is this sufficient for representing e.g. content with sophisticated layout and typography requirements?
              • How well is the EPUB supported by software tools that are used in (pre-)ingest workflows?
              • How suitable is EPUB for archival preservation? What are the main risks?

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                Research Data Management: Review of DCC Tools and Guidance

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on June 14th, 2012

                The REDm-MED Project has released the Review of DCC Tools and Guidance.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In the course of its work, the REDm-MED Project has used various tools and guidance produced by the DCC, most notably CARDIO and DMP Online, the latter in both its checklist and software forms. The Project team found CARDIO to be promising but in need of further development before being used widely. The process of setting up a DMP Online template was relatively straightforward, but unfortunately there was no opportunity to solicit feedback from researchers on using it in the context of the tool.

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