"This quarter a number of initiatives have met or exceeded some interesting milestones. DOAJ is now over 7,000 journals, and still adding more than 4 titles per day. The Electronic Journals Library now lists more than 30,000 titles that are freely available. OpenDOAR now lists more than 2,000 repositories, and the BASE search engine searches more than 31 million documents in repositories. ROARMAP now lists a total of 300 open access mandate policies. Kudos to PMC for clearly posting pertinent data right on their website, and for growing the number of journals making all articles available OA by 19 to a new total of 635 – and for growing free fulltext at the rate of one per minute! Following are links to quick reference and full data versions, rationale and method, items of interest from this quarter, and noteworthy data from this quarter…."
"The Electronic Publishing Trust* is pleased to announce that it is launching an annual award for individuals in developing and transition countries** who have made significant advances to the cause of open access and the free exchange of research findings. Nominations are sought for the first such award. Individuals or organisations may nominate themselves or others….Nominations should be received by 30th November 2011…."
"The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee* has invited the creators of the following submissions to the DPLA Beta Sprint, an open call for code and concepts defining how the DPLA might operate, to present at the public plenary meeting taking place on October 21, 2011 in Washington, DC: …The six selected projects were invited on the basis of recommendations made by an independent review panel composed of public and research librarians and experts in the fields of library science and information management. The panel met in Cambridge, MA on September 18, 2011 to discuss the 38 final Beta Sprint submissions…."
"The U-M Library continues to operate its nascent Orphan Works Project “because we remain as certain as ever that our proposed uses of orphan works are lawful and important to the future of scholarship and the libraries that support it.”
That’s the position of University Librarian and Dean of Libraries Paul Courant, who also says that, contrary to some erroneous reports, the library is continuing its digitization efforts along with improving the orphan works identification process. “We have not changed our plans or activities in any way as a result of the Authors Guild lawsuit,” says Courant…."
"The 1,400 delegates attending the 6th World Congress of Education International in July unanimously passed a resolution introduced by CAUT [Canadian Association of University Teachers] calling for greater balance in global copyright rules….“By supporting this motion, you will make it clear our priority is to ensure all students, teachers and researchers across all sectors of education and in all parts of the world have better access to the learning materials they need and deserve,” [CAUT President Wayne Peters] also told delegates. The resolution was seconded by the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) in Ghana….“In Ghana, the time to complete a PhD is rising mainly because students don’t have access to the library resources and research materials they need,” said [NAGRAT President Christian Addai-Poku]. “Libraries can’t afford books and journals and digital content on the Internet is increasingly locked up.” The CAUT resolution calls on EI [Education International] to advocate at the international level for a more balanced approach to copyright rules, one that respects the rights of owners but allows exemptions for non-commercial educational and research purposes."
"At the request of the DSpace Committers and Developers, the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) has begun an effort to build a community consensus on improving the metadata support in future DSpace releases. Because there are many different issues, both from an organizational/policy perspective, as well from a code development perspective, we ask for your input to help clarify the priority and focus.
In this brief survey we are interested in identifying which challenges could and should be tackled first. Please do your best to indicate the highest priority level issues for your organization, recognizing that if everything is a priority then there may not be a clear starting point. So even if all of these issues are very important to you, please try to focus on which ones would make your life or the lives of your users and management significantly easier…."
"During my keynote for the Zukunft Personal event in Cologne, I [Steve Wheeler] publicly announced that I would no longer publish my work in closed journals. In truth, the last time one of my papers was published in a pay-to-subscribe journal was quite some time ago. I'm not the first academic who has made this stand and hopefully I won't be the last. Many others now only publish their work in open access journals, and I intend to do the same….For a long time I have felt very strongly that some academic publishers are operating a sharp practice by exploiting the goodwill of scholars. Large groups of lecturers and researchers act as journal authors and reviewers without payment, and then the publishers sell this content on to other academics at grossly inflated prices. Other highly knowledgeable academics give up their time, also for no payment, to review and advise editors on the content, and this can be painstaking work – read this by Martin Weller on the real cost of 'free reviewing'. This is not sustainable and must change. The publishing industry should no longer be allowed to operate such cynical, profiteering business models. The content they sell has been given to them for free by exceptionally skilled academics who have spent their valuable time and energy researching and writing their reports. The price we are expected to pay to read the work of our own community is unjustifiable…."
"Creative Commons is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Brian Fitzgerald as a new Director of the corporation and member of the Board….Many of you may be familiar with Brian, who has been the legal lead of CC Australia since 2004 and has made an outstanding contribution to the CC and broader open access communities. The adoption of CC licenses by the Australian government, in which he was critically involved, continues to be a leading example of CC implementation, particularly as data management becomes a more and more prominent issue in open access debates…."
"Drs. Peter Murray-Rust and Henry Rzepa are the joint recipients of the 2012 Herman Skolnik Award presented by the ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF). The award recognizes outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science and related disciplines….Peter Murray-Rust and Henry Rzepa are recognized for their continued efforts to advance the field of chemical informatics, particularly in electronic and online forms, for opening standards to facilitate first-class science, and promoting new [and open] ways to collaborate and exchange chemical data….Their work has had a huge impact in the fields of chemical document analysis, chemistry on the Internet and in the orchestration of a viable strategy for making electronic chemistry information as widely accessible and usable as possible in our information age…."