Creative Commons: Das Städel Museum stellt mehr als 22.000 Kunstwerke zur freien Verfügung | Städel Museum

From Google’s English:  “The Städel Museum makes more than 22,000 works of art freely available in its digital collection with the Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 4.0. This enables a broad public interested in art to reproduce and share the public domain images of the works, naming the Städel Museum, and to use and edit them for any purpose. Popular works of art by the Städel, such as Sandro Botticelli’s Ideal Feminine Portrait (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as a Nymph) (approx. 1480), Franz Marc’s Lying Dog in the Snow (approx. 1911), Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Lying Man under a Blooming Tree (1903), Rembrandts Self-portrait leaning against a stone wall (1639) or Johannes Vermeer’s The Geographer(1669) are thus made available for free download via the digital collection. The aim is – in line with the founding idea – to make the Städel collection accessible to the public and, furthermore, to strengthen participation in the collective cultural property.”

Open Access Transformation in Switzerland & Germany > ./scidecode

“Christian Gutknecht published an exciting posting on the Swiss EUR 57 million Elsevier deal in which he outlines the transformative Open Access agreement between Elsevier and swissuniversities. Since Germany has been trying for years to reach such a contract with Elsevier, it is worth comparing it with the two transformative contracts with Wiley and Springer Nature in Germany, which were reached and coordinated by Project DEAL. Both German agreements were discussed here before just as other transformative Open Access agreements. For those in a hurry: At the end of the posting there is a synopsis of the costs and Open Access components of the Open Access Transformation in Switzerland & Germany. At the very beginning I would like to thank Christian Gutknecht very much for sharing and discussing information that went into this posting….”

Open access publizieren dank DEAL-Vereinbarung | SpringerLink

From Google’s English:  “Dear readers,

Since the beginning of this year it has been even more worthwhile to publish your “originals”, “overviews”, “case reports” and “picture and case” articles in Der Ophthalmologe . In addition to the wide range of subscribers to the journal, which covers over 90% of all ophthalmologists working in Germany, you now also have the opportunity to publish your freely submitted work via the DEAL open access project.”

Open access publizieren dank DEAL-Vereinbarung | SpringerLink

From Google’s English:  “Dear readers,

Since the beginning of this year it has been even more worthwhile to publish your “originals”, “overviews”, “case reports” and “picture and case” articles in Der Ophthalmologe . In addition to the wide range of subscribers to the journal, which covers over 90% of all ophthalmologists working in Germany, you now also have the opportunity to publish your freely submitted work via the DEAL open access project.”

Auf dem Weg zur Open Access Transformation | Informationspraxis

From Google’s English:  Since 2010, the DFG program “Open Access Publishing” has been a central instrument for the institutional funding of open access publications at German universities. In the course of a DFG program evaluation, the central library of the Research Center Jülich created a data analysis that shows the publication output of the sponsored universities illuminated in 2011-2017. The results of the study lead to the following findings:

The DFG program has proven to be structuring for the funded universities, which thus have a publication fund located at the university library.
Open access publishing is a trend at German universities, as the tenfold increase in the gold open access rate at the sponsored and non-sponsored universities between 2006 and 2017 shows.
The German university publication system is still a long way from a complete open access transformation, since the proportion of closed access publications has declined little and the absolute number of closed access publications has even increased.
With a few exceptions, the level of APCs among the publishers under review increases significantly and on average exceeds the price increase rates for subscription magazines.

Recommendations for action at the end of the article show what funded institutions and funding agencies should take into account in future monitoring procedures.

Countries Are Adapting Intellectual Property Laws to Prioritise Health During COVID-19

“Intellectual property (IP) rights can potentially impede mass production of existing health products, as well as innovation and research and development of new products. IP rights can be exercised by their owners to grant or withhold from licensing the technology required for manufacturing or further developing a product. If a license is denied, the technology will not be available for other firms to manufacture or supply.

Usually, a bundle of several IP rights can exist around a particular technology. It is very common patenting strategy in the pharmaceutical industry to take separate patents on the main compound of a drug and a large number of secondary patents on different formulations and combinations, dosage, as well as other possible therapeutic use of a drug. This can make it difficult for follow on innovators to invent around the thicket of IP rights….

Through a resolution of the World Health Assembly on COVID-19, member states of the WHO have recognised the possible need for countries to adopt measures to ensure that IP rights do not constrain global equitable access to health technologies for COVID-19 through the full use of the flexibilities of the agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) as well as voluntary pooling of patented technologies, data and know-how….

A number of flexibilities available under the TRIPS Agreement can be applied by governments to ensure that IP rights do not constrain innovation and availability of health technologies required for responding to COVID-19….

It is time for developing countries to review the extent to which such measures can be adopted, or what changes, if any, need to be introduced into their legal regimes so as to be able to act effectively and timely to address the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic….”

APS and Max Planck Society Partner on “Read and Publish” Open Access Pilot

“On July 7, APS announced a new aspect of its partnership with the Max Planck Society (MPG) in Germany allowing open access publication of research papers in APS journals at no direct cost to MPG researchers.

This pilot program marks the first APS “read and publish” agreement, meaning that the costs of accessing subscription journals and open access publishing are combined and covered by a single contract. Previously MPG researchers were usually required to pay individual article publishing charges (APCs) to make their papers immediately open access upon acceptance and publication in the Physical Review journals published by APS…..”

Informationsplattform Open Access: 23. Juli 2020: Wo und wie offen publizieren? Eine Einführung in Open Access

From Google’s English:  “” Where and how to publish openly? An introduction to Open Access ” is the name of the first online lecture that the Technical Information Library (TIB) is organizing as part of the open-access.network project. In the first seminar in the monthly series Open Access Talk there will be a general introduction to the topic of Open Access. More and more research funding agencies and institutions are expecting Open Access, the free and legally regulated access to research results. But how can publications of the community be made optimally available? In the half-hour webinar, our speakers give Jessika Rücknagel (project open-access.network, TIB) and Dr. Stefan Schmeja (Publication Services, TIB) Answers to these and other questions:

Which publication variants of Open Access are there? Which are suitable for me?
Where can I publish according to Open Access? How do I find a suitable journal? 
What do research sponsors expect?…”

Open Access Uptake in Germany 2010-18: Adoption in a diverse research landscape

Abstract:  This study investigates the development of open access (OA) to journal articles from authors affiliated with German universities and non-university research institutions in the period 2010-2018. Beyond determining the overall share of openly available articles, a systematic classification of distinct categories of OA publishing allows to identify different patterns of adoption to OA. Taking into account the particularities of the German research landscape, variations in terms of productivity, OA uptake and approaches to OA are examined at the meso-level and possible explanations are discussed. The development of the OA uptake is analysed for the different research sectors in Germany (universities, non-university research institutes of the Helmholtz Association, Fraunhofer Society, Max Planck Society, Leibniz Association, and government research agencies). Combining several data sources (incl. Web of Science, Unpaywall, an authority file of standardised German affiliation information, the ISSN-Gold-OA 3.0 list, and OpenDOAR), the study confirms the growth of the OA share mirroring the international trend reported in related studies. We found that 45% of all considered articles in the observed period were openly available at the time of analysis. Our findings show that subject-specific repositories are the most prevalent OA type. However, the percentages for publication in fully OA journals and OA via institutional repositories show similarly steep increases. Enabling data-driven decision-making regarding OA implementation in Germany at the institutional level, the results of this study furthermore can serve as a baseline to assess the impact recent transformative agreements with major publishers will likely have on scholarly communication. 

AI in Medicine, Covid-19 and Springer Nature’s Open Access Agreement

“Just at the right time, we are happy to announce Springer Nature’s Open Access Agreement (read more in the News section of the KI Journal): if you are a corresponding author affiliated with a German university or research institution, you are entitled to publish open access in our KI Journal with fees covered by the German DEAL agreement. This means everyone in the German AI research community can, from now on, publish open access in our KI Journal for free, with Scopus Index! …”