Open Access in Asia – News Service

“Open Access has rapidly gained popularity in Europe and the USA, but by comparison its growth in Asia has been very slow.

The situation in Asia is explored in a report published by Asia OA, a forum hosted by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). This report analysed the status of Open Access publishing in sixteen countries in Asia. The major finding was that all countries studied are already adopting Open Access policies, but that they lack the organised efforts and support to make Open Access successful in each country.

As an ambassador of DOAJ in India, and living in the Asian continent, I have decided to do research on Open Access development in Asia. Just a simple Google search (country name + open access) gave me the following indication about the state of Open Access in each country….”

NZGOAL (New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing) framework | ICT.govt.nz

“NZGOAL is guidance for agencies to follow when releasing copyright works and non-copyright material for re-use by others.

It aims to standardise the licensing of government copyright works for re-use using Creative Commons licences and recommends statements for non-copyright material….”

David Kernohan: Open data is about more than a licence | Wonkhe | Comment

“The release of the “Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2016/2017” (Statistical First Release 247) by HESA was accompanied around the sector by a series of sudden sharp intakes of breath in institutional data offices. It represents a brave and bold move into new ways of presenting and sharing data, and showed off a new format that will delight some and disappoint others. In this article I look at what has changed, and why.

The dash for designation. In applying for Designated Data Body status in England, HESA has made a move towards offering “open data”, suggesting that “From 2021 all of our publications will be available in open data format, allowing additional access to the information we enrich.” The Open Data Institute defines open data as “data that anyone can access, use or share,” which sounds like a pretty good thing. In many cases, though, open data has simply meant data that is available under an open (usually Creative Commons) licence – good to have legal clarity, but not at all the same as providing easily usable data.. HESA should be lauded for making this move for SFR248, but it is only a starting point….”

Looking ahead at Open Access and US Public Access

“There seem to me to be at least two different things going on. First, the US Public Access Program is distributed, unnamed and not publicized. Second it is ideologically not popular with the OA movement, for various reasons.

To begin with, I have found in numerous discussions with OA people that there is a general lack of understanding of the Public Access Program. 

It does not help that this large federal program has no actual name. I call it the “US Public Access Program” but that is just me. …”

Indiana University Libraries: Our Year in Review – Scholarly Communication

“Last December, the Scholarly Communication Department carved time out of our annual retreat to reflect on our successes from 2017 and our goals for the coming year. Greatest Accomplishments of 2017 We contributed to the development and adoption of the IU Bloomington Open Access Policy. We extended our repository to create IUScholarWorks Open – a self-service repository for IUB faculty to make work that is subject to the Open Access Policy publically available….”

Knowledge Unlatched Research

[Knowledge Unlatched Research is a division of Knowledge Unlatched.]

“We are working to help libraries, publishers, intermediaries and policymakers to capture, interpret and share and act on rich data about how Open Access [OA] books are being used. We are also contributing to state-of-the-field knowledge about OA policy and practice for books.

Our projects include:

  • Developing effective tools and strategies for capturing data relating to the uses of OA books;
  • Mapping the digital visibility of OA books in a global context;
  • Creating integrated dashboards to help OA publishers to gather and manage usage data from multiple sources;
  • Exploring challenges of data governance – and likely solutions – for communities involved in making, sharing and using OA books;
  • Contributing to international projects focussed on mapping the OA policy landscape for books;
  • Collaborating with platforms and publishers to ensure that the best use is being made of available data about OA books….”

Knowledge Unlatched Research

[Knowledge Unlatched Research is a division of Knowledge Unlatched.]

“We are working to help libraries, publishers, intermediaries and policymakers to capture, interpret and share and act on rich data about how Open Access [OA] books are being used. We are also contributing to state-of-the-field knowledge about OA policy and practice for books.

Our projects include:

  • Developing effective tools and strategies for capturing data relating to the uses of OA books;
  • Mapping the digital visibility of OA books in a global context;
  • Creating integrated dashboards to help OA publishers to gather and manage usage data from multiple sources;
  • Exploring challenges of data governance – and likely solutions – for communities involved in making, sharing and using OA books;
  • Contributing to international projects focussed on mapping the OA policy landscape for books;
  • Collaborating with platforms and publishers to ensure that the best use is being made of available data about OA books….”

Policy: What is open science? – EuCheMS Newsletters

“Open science has been increasingly under the spotlight and a topic of discussion among the research community, but what does it mean for science and society? This article intends to provide an overview of open science and associated discussions (open access, open data, citizen science, etc) as well as the current policy framework of open science….”