Elsevier declines to cut off German universities that cancelled journal subs | News | Chemistry World

“Efforts to reach a deal between the publishing giant and 200 institutions protesting prices continue after January deadline passes German universities and research institutes that cancelled their subscriptions to Elsevier journals in a protest over pricing still have access to them. This is despite a breakdown in talks last month. A consortium of German institutions, Project Deal, has been trying to negotiate a nationwide deal for the entire portfolio of electronic journals from the Dutch publishing giant since 2016. The consortium, which includes the country’s National Academy of Sciences, the Fraunhofer Society and the German Research Foundation, wants all papers authored by the country’s researchers to be open access in Germany and pricing that ensures costs are only incurred at publication. This would mean that corresponding authors could make papers freely available without paying any more. It’s understood that if these demands were met the amount that these institutions pay to Elsevier would be halved….”

Can secondary publication rights be compulsory? | Press releases in detail | Press releases | Current announcements | News and media | University | University of Konstanz

“The administrative court in Mannheim seeks clarification on the question of whether the legal norm of the Landeshochschulgesetz (state law on higher education) underlying the University of Konstanz regulations is in conformity with the German constitution.”

Can secondary publication rights be compulsory? | Press releases in detail | Press releases | Current announcements | News and media | University | University of Konstanz

“The administrative court in Mannheim seeks clarification on the question of whether the legal norm of the Landeshochschulgesetz (state law on higher education) underlying the University of Konstanz regulations is in conformity with the German constitution.”

Ent­scheid­ung zum ver­pflicht­end­en Zweit­­ver­­öffent­­lichung­s­recht noch nicht be­kannt (Decision on mandatory secondary publication is not yet known)

From Google’s English:

“17 university lecturers from the University of Konstanz had been sued. The decision on the statutes of 10 December 2015, which obliges the scientists of the University of Konstanz to exercise their so-called “right to secondary publication”, will be sent in writing. From the remarks of the court is a template to the BVerfG in Karlsruhe. The Verwaltungsgerichtshof has expressed doubts that § 44 (6) LHG, on which the statutes are based, is covered by the legislative competence of the Land Baden-Württemberg. Incidentally, the Administrative Court did not raise any doubts about the content of the statutes. The University of Konstanz will continue to inform the public about the progress of the procedure.”

 

 

Ent­scheid­ung zum ver­pflicht­end­en Zweit­­ver­­öffent­­lichung­s­recht noch nicht be­kannt (Decision on mandatory secondary publication is not yet known)

From Google’s English:

“17 university lecturers from the University of Konstanz had been sued. The decision on the statutes of 10 December 2015, which obliges the scientists of the University of Konstanz to exercise their so-called “right to secondary publication”, will be sent in writing. From the remarks of the court is a template to the BVerfG in Karlsruhe. The Verwaltungsgerichtshof has expressed doubts that § 44 (6) LHG, on which the statutes are based, is covered by the legislative competence of the Land Baden-Württemberg. Incidentally, the Administrative Court did not raise any doubts about the content of the statutes. The University of Konstanz will continue to inform the public about the progress of the procedure.”

 

 

Project Manager for the European OpenAIRE-Advance project (E 14 TV-L)

“Responsibilities are as follows:

Manage the communication and dissemination work package, working closely with all areas and coordinators of the project

Contribute to strategic planning of the network, manage networking tasks and establish coordination activities, ensuring successful support for the implementation of open science policies

Oversight of topical scholarly communication task groups to increase capacity and knowledge among the network, including training and advocacy programmes

Help to develop and implement the OpenAIRE legal entity and open science partnerships, including oversight of liaison with the European Open Science Cloud

Coordination and communication of scholarly communication tasks, including developing technical interoperability guidelines for repositories and publishing platforms and OA monitoring through the Institutional Dashboard”

Vernehmlassungsantwort zum Entwurf des Urheberrechtsgesetzes – Parldigi – Digitale Nachhaltigkeit

From Google’s English: “The Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability (Parldigi) is committed to the sustainable and innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and calls for unrestricted public access to knowledge….The open access strategies of the universities serve not only to science, but also to the general public, and enable access and the long-term preservation of knowledge. However, Open Access can only be implemented in a targeted manner if (scientific) works can actually be published freely accessible. The Swiss Code of Obligations (OR) provides that the rights of the copyright holder are only transferred to the publisher for as long as it is necessary for the execution of the publishing contract (Article 381 para 1 OR). However, this provision may be amended by contract. As a rule, the publishers make use of this possibility by transferring copyrights in standard contracts or general terms and conditions (GTC) in full. In order to prevent this in the future and thus ensure that scientific publications can be made freely accessible to the interested public, a new, compelling provision is to be introduced in the framework of the revision of the URG. Concretely, we propose to supplement Art. 381 OR with the following paragraph:

Art. 381 para. 2 OR (new): 

The right to make a publicly funded contribution for a scientific journal or a scientific collection free of charge may be made available to the publisher. …”

Home – OERinfo – Information Center OER

“The OER (OERinfo) information center is a themed-specific online portal that provides comprehensive information on OER for the general public and professional target groups. The aim is the broad visualization of OER and the addressing of new target groups. The current state of knowledge is to be prepared for the practice, information on best practice examples bundled and the variety of existing initiatives are illustrated….”

Knowledge Unlatched to open up its central platform for the funding of Open Access models – Knowledge Unlatched

“Berlin, 5th October 2017 Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is pleased to announce its transformation into a central Open Access (OA) platform. Through this platform, KU will support publishers and OA initiatives by managing the funding processes for their OA models. It will also provide libraries and funders all over the world with one central place where they can support OA programmes. Knowledge Unlatched’s core product, KU Select, will remain an important part of the platform, and will be including STEM alongside HSS titles in 2018.”