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More Coverage of the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on February 6th, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Here are some additional articles/postings about the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act.

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Fair Copyright in Research Works Act: Bill Opposing Open Access Reintroduced in House

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on February 5th, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Rep. John Conyers has reintroduced the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act (H.R. 801) in the House.

Here's an excerpt from Peter Suber's posting:

The Fair Copyright Act is to fair copyright what the Patriot Act was to patriotism.  It would repeal the OA policy at the NIH and prevent similar OA policies at any federal agency.  The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where Conyers is Chairman, and where he has consolidated his power since last year by abolishing the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.  The Judiciary Committee does not specialize in science, science policy, or science funding, but copyright. 

The premise of the bill, urged by the publishing lobby, is that the NIH policy somehow violates copyright law.  The premise is false and cynical.  If the NIH policy violated copyrights, or permitted the violation of copyrights, publishers wouldn't have to back this bill to amend US copyright law.  Instead, they'd be in court where they'd already have a remedy.  For a detailed analysis of the bill and point by point rebuttal to the publishing lobby's rhetoric, see my article from October 2008.

I'll have more soon on ways to mobilize in opposition to the bill and support the NIH and the principle of public access to publicly-funded research.  Meantime, if you're a US citizen and your representative is a member of the Judiciary Committee, it's not to early to fire off an email/fax/letter/phone call to your representative opposing the bill and defending the NIH policy.  You can find ammo here:

Also see: "Bill Banning NIH-Like Public Access is Reintroduced in Congress."

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"SWORD: Cutting Through the Red Tape to Populate Learning Materials Repositories"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Learning Objects, Self-Archiving on February 2nd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JISC has released "SWORD: Cutting Through the Red Tape to Populate Learning Materials Repositories."

Here's the abstract:

This in-depth article by Sarah Currier, the Product Manager for Intrallect Ltd., introduces SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) to those interested in sharing, reuse, repurposing and management of teaching and learning materials. The article provides an overview of the tool, technical details of how SWORD works and four case study vignettes, or SWORD Stories, on work that is already under way, which illustrate how SWORD streamlines the process of depositing learning materials into repositories.

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Repository Deposit Software: SWORD PHP Library Released

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Self-Archiving on December 3rd, 2008 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stuart Lewis has released a PHP library for the SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) software.

Here's an excerpt from his post:

There are many web applications that could deposit into repositories using SWORD, and many of these are written in PHP. Examples might include open source Content Management Systems, Blogs or Wikis. By using this library you can easily retrieve service documents and make deposits by using the API provided. There are two simple method calls (one to retrieve a service document and one to deposit a file). In addition there is a packager included that can package a file and metadata together into a package format supported by both DSpace and EPrints. This is the same code which is used to power the Facebook SWORD deposit tool (http://fb.swordapp.org/).

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Digital Repository Deposit from Facebook Using SWORD

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Self-Archiving on November 17th, 2008 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Stuart Lewis of the SWORD 2 project has released a SWORD-based Facebook repository deposit application.

Read more about it at "Launched Today: the Facebook Repository Deposit Application."

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Repository Deposit Software: Want to Try SWORD with DSpace?

Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, Institutional Repositories, Self-Archiving on November 16th, 2008 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The JISC SWORD 2 project has made a DSpace repository that can be used to test the SWORD deposit software available.

Read more about it at "New SWORD Test Repository Available to All."

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Author's Rights, Tout de Suite

Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Disciplinary Archives, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 27th, 2008 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Author's Rights, Tout de Suite, the latest Digital Scholarship publication, is designed to give journal article authors a quick introduction to key aspects of author's rights and to foster further exploration of this topic through liberal use of relevant references to online documents and links to pertinent Web sites.

It is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License, and it can be freely used for any noncommercial purpose, including derivative works, in accordance with the license.

The prior publication in the Tout de Suite series, Institutional Repositories, Tout de Suite, is also available.

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PEER Project to Examine Large-Scale "Green" Open Access Impacts

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 13th, 2008 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) project will examine "the effects of the large-scale, systematic depositing of authors' final peer-reviewed manuscripts . . . on reader access, author visibility, and journal viability, as well as on the broader ecology of European research." The project will conclude in 2011.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The aim of PEER is to build a substantial body of evidence, by developing an 'observatory' to monitor the effects of systematic archiving over time. Participating publishers will collectively contribute 300 journals to the project and supporting research studies will address issues such as:

  • How large-scale archiving will affect journal viability
  • 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 and what the associated costs might be
  • Models to illustrate how traditional publishing systems can coexist with self-archiving

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), the European Science Foundation, Gottingen State and University Library, the Max Planck Society and INRIA will collaborate on PEER, supported by the SURF Foundation and University of Bielefeld, which will contribute the expertise of the EU-funded DRIVER 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 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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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Ireland's Higher Education Authority Enacts Open Access Mandate

Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on August 22nd, 2008 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

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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NIH Mandate Works: Article Deposits in PubMed Central Dramatically Increase

Posted in E-Prints, Open Access, Self-Archiving on July 24th, 2008 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Library Journal Academic Newswire reports that article deposits in PubMed Central have dramatically increased (e.g., 2,593 deposits in May 2008 vs. 948 in May 2007) as a result the NIH mandate, which requires "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."

Read more about it at "PubMed Central Submissions Jump Sharply Under New NIH Policy."

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RoMEO: Now with 400+ Publisher Self-Archiving Policies

Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 22nd, 2008 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

SHERPA's RoMEO service now contains over 400 publisher self-archiving policies.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The RoMEO service, provided by the award winning SHERPA Partnership, uses a simple colour-code to classify policies and inform authors of what can be done with their articles, and offers users the ability to:

  • View summaries of publishers' copyright policies in relation to self-archiving
  • View if publisher policies comply with funding regulations, as some publishers are too restrictive and cannot be used to publish funded research
  • To search journal and publisher information by Journal Title, Publisher Name and ISSN

RoMEO is seen as an essential resource by many in the Open Access community. RoMEO is funded by JISC and the Wellcome Trust. Journal information is kindly provided by the British Library's Zetoc service hosted by MIMAS

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