Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Issues Statement on Open Scholarship

Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on October 18th, 2010

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) has issued a statement on open scholarship. CAUL has also established COSI (CAUL Open Scholarship Initiative).

Here's an excerpt:

CAUL and its members seek to facilitate Open Scholarship by:

  • Collaborating with researchers, research institutions and publishers to raise awareness of the principles, practice and benefits of open access publishing.
  • Working with researchers and others to enable appropriate open access to both their published works and their primary research data.
  • Advocating and implementing policies to ensure fair use of copyrighted information for educational and research purposes.
  • Cooperating with the Australian Government to improve access to scholarly information through maximising the amount of information in the public domain or otherwise available without economic restriction through open access to publicly funded research findings and data.
  • Developing infrastructure components, including institutional repositories, that will facilitate open access to scholarly information

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    JISC Open Access Week Microsite

    Posted in Open Access on October 18th, 2010

    JISC has established an Open Access Week microsite.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Interactive resources for vice chancellors, senior managers and heads of information services will help them explore open access publishing from today as part of an international week of events involving over 60 countries.

    JISC is bringing advice on implementing open access to the attention of universities and research institutions through a series of briefing papers, interviews and web resources released each day this week on a special site. The schedule of topics for the week's resources is:

    Monday: Putting open access policy in place
    Tuesday: Making an open access policy effective
    Wednesday: Funding open access developments
    Thursday: Measuring the benefits of open access
    Friday: Open access copyright and licensing

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      University of Tromsø Adopts Open Access Policy

      Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on October 18th, 2010

      The University of Tromsø in Norway has adopted an open access policy.

      Here's the English translation:

      Free access to scientific results is an important prerequisite for a well-functioning democracy, for the free exchange of opinions and to enable science to be a tool for the development of society and industry. The University of Tromsø has as its goal that all scientific publications from the university shall be made available either in an Open Access journal or in an institutional repository. Hence, the University of Tromsø will adhere to the following basic principles of Open Access to scientific results.

      • Self-archiving: The University of Tromsø has as its general rule that students and researchers shall self-archive their publications in Munin, the university’s institutional repository. Publications will be made available through Munin within the constraints of the agreements the authors have made with the publisher and publishers’ principles for self-archiving. The University Library of Tromsø has the responsibility for investigating and ensuring compliance with publishers’ policies and other questions regarding intellectual property rights in this context.
      • Choice of publishing venue: The University of Tromsø has as its general rule that students and researchers shall – provided publications are of equal scientific worth and stature – choose publishing venues that provide the freest access to the publications, either through having a positive attitude to self-archiving or by being an Open Access publishing venue.
      • The University as a publisher: The University shall endeavour to make journals and other publications published by the University Open Access publications. It is a goal that all publications published by the University shall permit self-archiving, and that self-archiving of the final published version (publisher’s PDF) shall be encouraged.

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        SPARC Announces Start of Open Access Week 2010

        Posted in Open Access on October 18th, 2010

        SPARC has announced the start of Open Access Week 2010.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        Today marks the start of Open Access Week 2010, as thousands of scholars, faculty, and students in nearly 90 countries worldwide participate in events to raise awareness and advance understanding of the benefits of Open Access (OA). The week features the voices of top researchers who have stepped forward with first-hand accounts of how Open Access to research has positively impacted them and their ability to do their work.  In opening remarks today, OA Week organizers note:

        "The exciting opportunity we have with this year's Open Access Week stems from the fact that Open Access is mature enough that good examples now exist of what you can do as a scholar in an open-access enabled world that you simply can't do in a closed environment."

        With these words, Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition and organizer of OA Week), tees up the official 2010 Open Access Week Online Kick-off Event. Leading the event is pioneering Open Access advocate Dr. Harold Varmus, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who currently directs the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Varmus is joined by Dr. Cameron Neylon, a biophysicist and open research advocate; Dr. Mona Nemer, professor and vice-president for research at the University of Ottawa; Dr. Roger Wakimoto, Director of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research; and a host of other leading researchers from around the globe. This recorded event can be viewed online at by anyone, in any time zone, on any day during OA Week.

        Presenters paint a clear picture of how Open Access has contributed to changing the research landscape and point to opportunities that lay ahead. Dr. Varmus describes Open Access as an "incredibly important development in the history of science," and adds:

        "Open access publishing… establishes the framework in which a much wider repertoire of adventures can take place… All of these adventures are tremendously exciting because they markedly enrich the experience of being a scientist, of reading the work of others, and of exchanging views with others in the scientific community."

        Dr. Neylon notes how popular news stories now highlight a growing amount of research published in open-access journals, which make that material directly available to people who want to dig deeper:

        "We've made more of this available to people, to form their own opinions, but at the same time they're now going to expect to be able to contribute back, to be able to bring their expertise to the research process."

        He suggests that continuing to reach a wider community, but also "really engaging" with them, should be the focus of Open Access advocates in the coming years.

        Dr. Arianna Betti, professor of philosophy at VU University Amsterdam, describes the open-access Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and its rapid entry update process: "This model increases collaboration, puts collective intelligence at work, and speeds up research."

        The Kick-Off Event, along with the voices of a large international host of researchers, will be highlighted in Open Access Week programs everywhere and is now available through the Open Access Week Web site at

        A global event now entering its fourth year, Open Access Week (October 18 to 24) is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access (OA), to share ideas with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in establishing Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, research organizations, non-profits, businesses, and others use as a valuable platform to launch expanded open-access publication funds, institution-wide open-access policies, and new reports on the societal and economic benefits of OA.

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          Daily Tweets 2010-10-18

          Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on October 18th, 2010
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            Digital Archivist at Columbia University

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 17th, 2010

            The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library is recruiting a Digital Archivist.

            Here's an excerpt from the ad (requisition number: 0001678):

            The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks a skilled and accomplished electronic records archivist to help design and implement a curatorial and archival program for born-digital materials. While this position is in the RBML, it will work with all of Columbia's special collections units in developing and coordinating a robust and consistent archival program for born digital materials.

            Reporting to the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, the Digital Archivist is responsible for identifying and managing born digital content in RBML collections.

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              Teesside University Adopts Self-Archiving Mandate

              Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on October 17th, 2010

              Teesside University in the UK has launched its institutional repository, TeesRep, and adopted a self-archiving mandate.

              Here's the mandate:

              For record keeping, research asset management and performance evaluation purposes, and in order to maximise the visibility, accessibility, usage and impact of our institution’s research output, all Teesside University researchers are mandated to deposit the publicly available output of the University’s research activity into TeesRep, the University’s Institutional Repository.

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                Associate Director for Digital Library Software Development at Indiana University

                Posted in Digital Library Jobs on October 17th, 2010

                The Indiana University Digital Library Program is recruiting an Associate Director for Digital Library Software Development.

                Here's an excerpt from the ad:

                Manages the staff and projects of the IU Digital Library Program's (DLP) systems development group. Manages a team of seven programmer/analysts, database administrators, and system administrators across multiple projects; works with other DLP and Library Technologies managers to define new projects and set priorities; manages and schedules software development projects and team members' assignments; coordinates deployment and management of production systems with other groups in the Libraries and in UITS, estimating time and resources required for software development activities; and defines processes for quality assurance, defining programming standards, mentoring and assisting in the professional development of team members, and directing and participating in requirements analysis, architecture, design, coding, testing, deployment, and support of software. Functions as a member of the Library Technologies and Digital Libraries management group and the Digital Library Program planning team. Participates in organization and unit-wide planning initiatives and the development of overall strategic plans and architectures for digital library systems.

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