Open Access Call to Action from Alliance for Taxpayer Access

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access on September 6th, 2010

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has issued a call to action to thank Representative Wm. Lacy Clay for holding a Congressional hearing on public access to federally funded research.

Here's an excerpt from the call:

On Thursday, July 29, the Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform held the first-ever Congressional hearing on the issue of public access to federally funded research.  The Subcommittee, chaired by The Honorable Representative Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), invited ten witnesses, representing a broad cross-section of the stakeholder communities affected by this issue, to testify on the implications of opening access to the results of publicly funded research.

The open, public hearing was a crucial and timely examination of the issue of public access and its advancement. For full details, including witness testimony, visit

All supporters of public access to publicly funded research are urged to please write to Chairman Clay to express thanks for taking this important step in Congress. Talking points and contact information are included for your use below. Your action is requested NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 17th.

As ever, please send copies of letters to SPARC/Alliance for Taxpayer Access via email to jennifer [at] arl [dot] org.

And thanks, once again, for your continued support for public access! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Heather Joseph
(202) 296-2296 ext. 157
heather [at] arl [dot] org

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Programs and Operations, SPARC
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Talking points:

  • On behalf of the [your organization], which represents [number and type of membership], I write to thank you for your leadership in convening the first open hearing on public access to federally funded research. 
  • We believe that ensuring timely, barrier-free access to the results of the science and scholarship that our tax dollars underwrite will make possible an unprecedented variety of potential connections and discoveries, and improve the lives and welfare of people in the U.S. and around the world. We fully support policies that can turn this belief into a reality.
  • Your hearing was an invaluable and timely examination of the potential benefits of public access to the results of our nation’s $60 billion annual investment in scientific research.
  • By ensuring the hearing was inclusive and open, you created a very valuable forum for the diverse range of perspectives on the issue to be represented and explored.
  • The direction and nature of your questions also helped to surface key topics of discussion and provide much-needed clarity.
  • [detail why public access to research is important to your organization]
  • We look forward to working with you to continue to advance successful public access policies in Congress.

[end talking points]

Contact information:

The Honorable Representative Wm. Lacy Clay
Chairman, Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
U.S. House of Representatives
2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Via email: anthony.clark [at] mail [dot] house [dot] gov

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    FCC: Internet Access Services: Status as of June 2009

    Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on September 6th, 2010

    The Federal Communications Commission has released Internet Access Services: Status as of June 2009.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    Report highlights include the following, as of June 2009:

    • Out of a total of 71 million fixed – as opposed to mobile – connections to households, only 44% met or exceeded the speed tier that most closely approximates the universal availability target set in the National Broadband Plan of 4 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 1 Mbps upstream
    • The number of mobile wireless service subscribers with data plans for full Internet access increased by 40% over the first six months of 2009, to 35 million
    • Cable modem connections increased by 3% to 41 million and aDSL by 1% to 31 million in the first six months of 2009
    • A 23% increase in fiber connections, to 4 million, was the largest rate of increase among fixed-location technologies
    • Satellite Internet connections increased by 6% to 1 million
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      Digital Projects, Assistant/Associate Librarian at Florida Gulf Coast University

      Posted in Digital Library Jobs on September 6th, 2010

      The Florida Gulf Coast University Library is recruiting a Digital Projects, Assistant/Associate Librarian. Salary: $42,000, negotiable.

      Here's an excerpt from the ad:

      Your initial assignment will address the growing need for digital collection creation and maintenance within the Library. Major responsibilities of this position are to establish and maintain the FGCU Library's Institutional Repository, focusing initially on capturing and archiving the university's electronic archival materials; planning, organizing, and completing image digitization or sound file creation and resource description for items in the library's special collections; and establishing the library's electronic theses program in coordination with Graduate Affairs. This librarian will also be responsible for ensuring the safety of the physical holdings of the archives and special collections and any loaned materials intended for digitization, as well as, ensuring that archival-level preservation techniques are used. This librarian will be expected to work closely with staff at the Florida Center for Library Automation, with Library Systems staff, with other librarians and faculty, and with Administrative Services staff responsible for Records Management.

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        Handheld E-Book Readers and Scholarship: Report and Reader Survey

        Posted in E-Books, Reports and White Papers on September 6th, 2010

        The American Council of Learned Societies has released Handheld E-Book Readers and Scholarship: Report and Reader Survey.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This report describes a conversion experiment and subsequent reader survey conducted by ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) in late 2009 and early 2010 to assess the viability of using scholarly monographs with handheld e-readers. Scholarly content generally involves extensive networking and cross-referencing between individual works through various channels, including bibliographical citation and subsequent analysis and discussion. Through past experience with its online collection, HEB had already determined that a web-based platform lends itself well to presenting this type of material, but was interested in exploring which key elements would need to be replicated in the handheld edition in order to maintain the same level of functionality, as well as what specific factors from either print or digital publishing would have to be taken into account. As sample content, HEB selected six titles from its own online collection, three in a page-image format with existing OCR-derived text and three encoded as XML files, and had these converted by an outside vendor with minimal editorial intervention into both MOBI (prc) and ePub files.

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          Daily Tweets 2010-09-06

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              Cloud Computing: TierraCloud Launches HC2 Open Source Project with Fedora Plug-in

              Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Repositories, Fedora on September 2nd, 2010

              TierraCloud has launched the HC2 Open Source Project. HC2 has a Fedora Repository plug-in.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              Web2.0s have invented a new storage architecture that runs on industry standard x86 servers using sophisticated software to create extremely reliable and scalable storage systems. This architecture, that may be called Private Cloud Storage, is so compelling that enterprises will have no option but to use it. Although enterprise storage architectures have been fairly stable since the mid 80’s with external block and file storage, TierraCloud expects these architectures will undergo a sea-change in the next decade.

              "Current mainstream solutions are ill-suited to address new private cloud storage requirements" said Sriram Rupanagunta, founder of TierraCloud. "Acquisition cost, management cost, scalability and reliability are the key requirements. With HC2’s unique advantages in the areas of automated data management, extreme data mobility, and ability to run third-party storage apps, the total-cost-of-ownership will get slashed by 10x." . . .

              "It has become clear that data curation will require distributed storage and application frameworks," said Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean of University Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. "No single institution can develop the comprehensive, necessary infrastructure to preserve and provide access to the large amount of data being generated by all disciplines ranging from the sciences to the humanities. HC2's emphasis on hardware choices, geographically distributed data and open-source software is compelling. Most institutions will be eager to experiment with private cloud storage and HC2 represents a useful option in this regard."

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                Assistant Director for Electronic Licensing at OhioLINK

                Posted in Electronic Resources Jobs on September 2nd, 2010

                OhioLINK is recruiting an Assistant Director for Electronic Licensing.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Responsible for leading the consortia’s planning, management, evaluation, and licensing of shared electronic information resources by the OhioLINK community. Working closely with the Executive Director to implement the priorities of the community, develop negotiating strategies, develop financial models and maintain strong communications with the CIRM and the OhioLINK community, and as the proactive liaison to the CIRM in this position.

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