A Fantastic Milestone for Texas ScholarWorks! | Open Access at UT

TSW [Texas ScholarWorks] has now surpassed over 50,000 items! From theses and dissertations to newsletters to articles to student journals, we provide a wide-ranging collection of what is being produced by the UT Austin Community. We have been accessed millions of times by people in almost every country in the world! Thank you for your continued support.”

Institutional eRepository Hits Two Million Downloads – Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University’s Institutional Repository, eRepository, officially hit the two million mark for worldwide downloads as of July 7, 2017. Maintained by the Seton Hall University Libraries in partnership with Seton Hall Law, the eRepository exists as a publishing service for the preservation and dissemination of University scholarly works. Faculty works profiles as well as Seton Hall published journals, conference materials, student theses and doctoral dissertations are centrally archived and available for digital download as reference materials for research and other similar efforts.

African countries to combat food crisis with open data

“The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative together with the Government of Kenya and 15 African Ministers including from South Africa, Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Ghana, have agreed to a declaration for comprehensive open data collaboration in the nutrition and agriculture sectors, to combat the global food security crisis. The declaration is historic in that it presents the first time a ministerial level network, focusing on open data for agriculture and nutrition, has been formed. Coincidentally the Conference takes place in Africa, the continent with the largest untapped agriculture potential, proving a major milestone towards achieving global food security worldwide. …”

Budapest Open Access Initiative | BOAI15

“The 15th anniversary of the BOAI offers an opportunity to take stock of our collective progress. To do this, feedback was solicited through an open survey, and we received responses from 69 countries around the world. Additionally, we have convened a small working group to synthesize the community feedback and use it to reflect on the values, impact, and continued relevance of the BOAI. The Working Group will review and digest the responses received and provide updated recommendations to reflect the current status of the movement. Later this week, we’re looking forward to the release of a comprehensive reflection on where the open access movement has been and where it may be headed, written by Jean-Claude Guédon, one of the original drafters of the BOAI, and a noted thought leader in the open access community. In the meantime, watch the BOAI 15 twitter feed (@TheBOAI) and #TheBOAI starting today for a series of tweets showcasing some of the reactions collected from the wider Open community on the impact of the BOAI and on open access in general. As recommendations are formulated, these will be supplemented with more action-oriented items from members of the BOAI 15 Working Group….”

Making Federal Research Results Available to All | whitehouse.gov

“Summary: Completion of department and agency public access plans means the public will have greater access to publications and data resulting from Federally-funded research.

Federal departments and agencies subject to the February 2013 OSTP Memorandum on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research have completed their public access plans. The February 2013 Memorandum directed Federal departments and agencies with annual research and development expenditures of more than $100 million to develop plans for improving access to the scholarly publications and digital data that result from Federally-funded research. 

In recent weeks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed their public access plans and posted them on their open government web pages. As a result, 22 Federal departments and agencies accounting for more than 99 percent of U.S. Federal R&D expenditures now have public access plans in place. A consolidated listing can be found here.”

Dramatic Growth of Open Access December 31, 2016

“Arguably the best indicator of the global collaborative growth of open access, whether through archives or publications, is the ongoing impressive growth of what we can access through the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine, which surpassed two major milestones in 2016: over 100 million documents (about 60% open access) and 5,000 content providers. The growth rates (22% for documents, 27% for content providers) are particularly impressive given the high pre-existing content rate. This is amazing success not just for BASE, but for all of us. If you’ve published a thesis through an institutional repository that allows for metadata harvesting, or published an article in a journal that contributes article-level data for metadata harvesting, your contribution is reflected here. This is a meta-level indicator of our global success. …I’ve added a new metric for medical open access, a keyword search of PubMed for “cancer” for articles with no date limit, last 5 years, last 2 years, and last year, further limited to free fulltext to determine the percentage of items for which fulltext is available. This ranges from 26% overall (no date limit), to 40 – 44% for items published in the last 2 – 5 years, to 32% for articles published in the last year….”

Reproducibility Crisis Timeline: Milestones in Tackling Research Reliability | Absolutely Maybe

“It’s not a new story, although “the reproducibility crisis” may seem to be. For life sciences, I think it started in the late 1950s. Problems caused in clinical research burst into the open in a very public way then….There is a lot of history behind each of those [types of reproducibility]. Here are some of the milestones in awareness and proposed solutions that stick out for me….”

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….”

The State of Open Data: Report Provides New Insights into the Global State of Open Data #stateofopendata – Digital Science

“Today, Figshare released the results of its global survey of 2,000 researchers in a report that assesses the global landscape around open data and sharing practices.

“The State of Open Data” – Figshare’s report and survey finds 80% of researchers value data citation as much as, or more than article citation.

This report has been supported by Digital Science and the survey was conducted in partnership with Springer Nature. It highlights the extent of awareness around open data, the incentives around its use, and perspectives researchers have about making their own research data open.”

Last night the Open Access Tracking Project passed the milestone of 50k items

“Our new milestone means that we’ve tagged 50,000 new OA developments in the past 7 years and 8 months, for an average of 26 items every day.

Is your source of OA news that comprehensive? If not, consider subscribing to our primary feed, which is available in seven formats: RSS, Atom, JSONP, Email, Twitter, Google+, and Pushbullet. If you don’t want to subscribe to anything, just bookmark the HTML edition and read it like a blog, with the most recent items at the top. (Unfortunately the Twitter and G+ feeds are abridged for technical reasons. All the others are unabridged, and the most popular unabridged version is the email version.)

https://cyber.harvard.edu/hoap/OATP_feeds#Versions_of_the_primary_project_feed

BTW, if you follow me as an individual, even in part for OA-related news, then subscribe to some version of the primary OATP feed as well. I don’t aim to be comprehensive on my personal blog and Twitter accounts. But OATP does.

To make sure that OATP covers new OA developments in your area (your field, nation, region, or language), consider becoming a tagger.

https://cyber.harvard.edu/hoap/Get_started_as_a_tagger 

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