Part 2: How big was OA Week this year? How comprehensive is the OAD? The Ope…

“The Open Access Directory (+OAD, @oad) is an #openaccess encyclopedia of open access. Among other things, it tracks OA-related conferences and workshops. For October 2016, it captured 411 events, reflecting the surge of global activity surrounding this year’s OA Week. …”

How big was OA Week this year? How comprehensive is OATP?

“The Open Access Tracking Project (+OATP, @oatp) uses social tagging to generate real-time alerts to new OA-related developments — and it aims to be comprehensive. In the six months leading up to this year’s OA Week period, its primary feed published an average of 788 items per month. 

The OA Week tsunami began in September, peaked in October, and tapered off in November. In those three months to date (up to Nov 22), the same feed averaged 1,097 items per month. 

Of those 3,300 items, 376 or 11% were explicitly about OA Week itself, and tagged with oa.oa_week….”

Open Access: what impact the law “digital Republic”? – @ Brest

From Google Translate: “Last week we celebrated the Open Access Week and I had the opportunity to give several speeches about the implications of the law “digital Republic” on Open Access to scientific publications. It is known that Lemaire Act, which came into force on 8 October , dedicated a new “secondary exploitation right” for the benefit of researchers, including to facilitate the filing in open archives of their publications. But the article (30) which contains the new provisions is not easy to read and it even contains several rather delicate points to interpret. I have received in recent weeks many questions from colleagues who sought to have details or to remove ambiguities, and I took advantage of the interventions to Open Access Week to try to make some clarifications….”

Progress from Bioline International | Electronic Publishing Trust for Development

“In celebration of Open Access week, Bioline International can report that, in the single month of October 2016, more than 1,350,000 full text downloads of articles were made from bioscience journals published in 16 developing countries. Usage statistics are reported on the fly from the web site, see, right hand side of home page. This high usage demonstrates the importance of research from these regions to the progress of international science.

A recently launched online survey of users has recorded some 250 responses to date from 59 countries – see for the results so far. We are hoping to establish which particular aspects of Bioline make the site so well-used – is it because it is Open Access, or is it because the information is difficult to find elsewhere, or . . .? …”

Open Access Week 2016: researcher spotlight – science and technology | Library Matters: RGU Library Blog

“OpenAIR was a very early open access repository at a university, putting RGU at the leading edge of what we know now as Green Open Access publishing.”

How well does Google index Harvard’s open-access repository?

“More than half the visitors to DASH, Harvard’s open-access repository, are referred by Google or Google Scholar….[After a systematic study, we found that] 99.5% of DASH works are indexed by either Google or Google Scholar, and 93.2% are indexed by both. When the study turned up works not appearing in either Google or Google Scholar, we identified the problems and fixed them. “I’m very happy with the study,” says OSC Director Peter Suber. “…[S]cholars around the world can find Harvard research in DASH even if they don’t know that DASH exists, don’t know where it’s located, don’t know what it contains, and don’t visit to run local searches.”  …”

Launch of OWL

“The [Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, OSC] recently released a report, “Digitizing Orphan Works: Legal Strategies to Reduce Risks for Open Access to Copyrighted Orphan Works” by David R. Hansen, Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Research Librarian at UNC School of Law….The OSC hopes the report will stimulate further digitization of orphan works, greater use, and greater open access.

To pursue these goals, the OSC is launching a program to identify orphan works in the Harvard Library collections, and build a carefully curated online list called the Orphan Works List (OWL).?OWL will include a detailed record the work, including any critical metadata.?OWL will also serve as a verified notice that we are calling for public help in identifying the rightsholders of the listed works. Each work will have a date and time stamp indicating when we added it to the public list. By using the law and strategy outlined in the Digitizing Orphan Works report, and previously documented strategies, we hope we can eventually open these works to the world….”

ETD’s at Harvard

Since the launch of ETDs @ Harvard in 2014, nineteen Schools, Departments, and Programs have adopted it to manage their student theses and dissertations….

ETDs @ Harvard streamlines the submission process for students, faculty, and administrators, and pipes student data and files to several downstream systems. Once a student submits her work, and it is approved, ETDs @ Harvard sends it to DASH, the Harvard open-access repository, HOLLIS+, the Harvard Library catalog, DRS, the Harvard Library digital preservation system, and the printer, for producing bound copies for the Harvard University Archives or Countway Library….

[W]e’ve deposited 2,853 ETDs [since 2011], which have been downloaded 624,594 times, an average of 219 downloads each….

OSC announces Office Hours Program

“Earlier this month the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication started holding informal Office Hours at different locations around the university. Two or more of our staffers will be available on each occasion to answer questions about open access, Harvard’s OA policies, DASH (our OA repository), HOPE (our OA journal fund), academic publishing, copyright, and related issues. If you’d like us to visit your department, your library, your center, or your school, just let us know….”

2016 is a year of rapid and continuing progress for DASH

“2016 is a year of rapid and continuing progress for DASH, Harvard’s open-access repository. Before the end of the year we’ll pass the milestone of nine million downloads, with more than 2.5 million in 2016 alone, our best year ever. We expect to add more than 6,100 this year, surpassing last year. We deposit more than 500 articles per month, and the average work in DASH has been downloaded 300 times….”