"The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to announce that the University Library System (ULS), University of Pittsburgh has entered into a major partnership with PKP, furthering a commitment to the development of scholarly communication software. As a result of this agreement, the ULS will provide significant financial and in-kind support to assist with PKP’s ongoing development and support of its open source software suite—Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), and Open Harvester System (OHS), with Open Monograph Press (OMP) due for release in the coming year…."
"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…."
petermr's blog, (27 Sep 2011)
"The Pirate Party has hovered on the edge of politics for a while now, acting as a kind of gadfly to traditional parties – annoying but not able to inflict much damage. Its seats in the European Parliament have proved important in terms of raising issues and obtaining access to hitherto restricted information. But last week's events in Germany are perhaps even more significant: "The German Pirate Party has scored a massive win in the elections for the Berlin state parliament today. Two hours after the voting booths closed the first results show the Pirates achieving 9 percent of the counted votes. This translates into 15 parliament seats…." Why does that matter to the outside world – or to readers of this blog? Because the programme of the Pirate Party touches on many key topics regularly discussed in these pages. As well as copyright reform that would allow private digital copies to be made, patents would be scaled-back too, avoiding “absurd patents” in the fields of software, genes and business processes. The party supports open access to knowledge…."
The new, second edition of a (TA) book on writing textbooks offers advice on OA. "New topics include pricing solutions, market segmentation in scholarly publishing, academic self-publishing, digitization, open access, wiki-textbooks, and author-editor/ author-publisher relations…."
"Zea E-Books is the digital [and OA] imprint of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. Our goal is to publish academic works (books, journals, multimedia) by scholars who are affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or are working on research already well defined at UNL. We are a new venture, starting in the fall of 2011; however, we are also a natural outgrowth of UNL’s successful Digital Commons [UNL's institutional repository]…, an enterprise which has been publishing electronic books for five years….Your work will be available online in an openaccess format. UNL Libraries is committed to maintaining permanent online access to materials in the Digital Commons….Works are published under a non-exclusive permission to publish agreement….The authors retain ownership of all rights in the work, including copyright, and may publish elsewhere without limitation…."