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Open Access Clauses in Publishers’ Licenses: Current State and Lessons Learned

Posted in Copyright, Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 28th, 2013

COAR has released Open Access Clauses in Publishers' Licenses: Current State and Lessons Learned.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

As Open Access (OA) policies and laws are being adopted world-wide, the scholarly community is shifting its efforts from advocacy towards practical implementation and support. One of the major routes for making articles open access is through OA repositories. However the variety and lack of clarity of publishers' policies regarding article deposit can be a significant barrier to author compliance of OA policies.

In order to overcome this barrier, some organizations have successfully negotiated authors' or deposit rights with publishers in the context of purchasing content licenses. This report documents the existing OA licensing language that has been implemented by organizations around the world and presents some suggestions for their successful adoption. The report concludes that OA clauses offer a feasible option for institutions to address some of the obstacles to article deposit into repositories.

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    Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 28th, 2013

    The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The report provides an illuminating background on the problem area, then suggests ways to establish criteria for appraisal and selection decisions for geospatial data. It then proposes some models and processes for appraisal and selection, including tools for the identification and evaluation of data resources and triggers for appraisal and selection, and finishes with further questions for the community to explore.

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      OAPEN-NL: A Project Exploring Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Netherlands

      Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on October 24th, 2013

      SURF has released OAPEN-NL: A Project Exploring Open Access Monograph Publishing in the Netherlands.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Between June 2011 and November 2012, fifty Open Access monographs in various subject areas were published in Open Access by nine participating publishers. For every Open Access title, the publishers provided a similar title that was published in the conventional way. Data were collected about usage, sales and costs, to study the effect of Open Access on monographs. OAPEN-NL consisted of a quantitative and a qualitative research component, measuring the effects of Open Access publishing and the perceptions and expectations of publishers and authors.

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        Report of the European Commission Public Consultation on Open Research Data

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 22nd, 2013

        The European Commission has released the Report of the European Commission Public Consultation on Open Research Data.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The European Commission held a public consultation on open research data on 2 July 2013 in Brussels, which was attended by a variety of stakeholders from the research community, industry, funders, libraries, publishers, infrastructure developers and others. The debate focused on five questions posed by the Commission to structure the debate and can be summarized as follows. Information on the consultation, including the agenda, the list of participants, the list of contributions and the final report are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/node/67533.

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          PRESERVING.EXE: Toward a National Strategy for Software Preservation

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 22nd, 2013

          The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program has released PRESERVING.EXE: Toward a National Strategy for Software Preservation.

          Here's an excerpt:

          A report from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress, focused on identifying valuable and at-risk software. Topics covered include executable software preservation, game preservation, electronic literature and ideas for approaches to ensure long-term access.

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            Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update

            Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on October 21st, 2013

            The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released the Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.

            Up from 25% last year, more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets. Up from 19% last year, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers.

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              Who’s Not Online and Why

              Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on September 26th, 2013

              The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Who's Not Online and Why.

              Here's an excerpt:

              As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.

              Asked why they do not use the internet:

              • 34% of non-internet users think the internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
              • 32% of non-internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the internet is not very easy to use. . . .
              • 19% of non-internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an internet connection.
              • 7% of non-users cited a physical lack of availability or access to the internet.

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                The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning

                Posted in MOOCs, Reports and White Papers on September 19th, 2013

                The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released The Maturing of the MOOC: Literature Review of Massive Open Online Courses and Other Forms of Online Distance Learning.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This survey of MOOC and ODL literature aims to capture the state of knowledge and opinion about MOOCs and ODL, how they are evolving, and to identify issues that are important, whether consensual or controversial.

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