Knowledge Exchange: Licensing and Open Access Exchange across borders

Knowledge Exchange combines national initiatives across four countries: Denmark, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands – to support multi-national licensing and support for open access initiatives.

Excerpt from About Knowledge Exchange:
Vision and goals
The agreed vision for Knowledge Exchange is:

To make a layer of scholarly and scientific content openly available on the Internet.

The goals that have been set to achieve that vision include:
* Building an integrated repository infrastructure
* Exploring new developments in the future of publishing
* Facilitating integrated management services within education and research institutions
* Supporting the European digital libraries agenda.

Looks an initiative to watch!

New social networking and research management site

Indiana U researchers launch social networking and research management tool for scientists, press release, August 27, 2008. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.)

Indiana University researchers have introduced Laboratree, a web-based solution to the complex problems of scientific collaboration. …

In addition to professional social networking, collaborators can upload documents to Laboratree, where colleagues can view, download, edit, and manage research papers and data. Colleagues will have access to all versions of a document, tracking edits made, while an intuitive check-in, check-out system eliminates conflicting changes.

Laboratree implements the recently developed OpenSocial platform … Using OpenSocial means software applications and tools by others can be plugged in to Laboratree, freely exchanged between social networks that have incorporated the new platform. …

More on bloggers and OA

Bora Zivkovic,, v.2.0, A Blog Around the Clock, August 29, 2008.

… [W]e took a little look [at the new release of] at the PLoS HQ and noticed that out of 87 pages of ‘all results’ there are 8 pages of ‘PLoS’ results – implying that about 10% of all the [] posts are on PLoS papers from all seven journals – and of those, 4 pages are just on PLOS ONE papers – which is about 5%. All I can say is w00t! for Open Access – when bloggers can read, bloggers will write.

Profile of DOE Data Explorer

Meredith Ayers, DOE Data Explorer, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Summer 2008. Overview:

The Department of Energy (DOE) Data Explorer is a relatively new and currently unsophisticated research tool which helps researchers, students, and the public find stored and maintained data sets. The site claims to have cited over 200 data sets and is continuing to grow. The DOE does not claim responsibility for the accuracy and availability of the stored data. The purpose of the engine is to make both archived and active data easier to find. The Data Explorer is operated and maintained by the DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) which is responsible for providing all the bibliographic information in the database based on the information found at the web sites hosting the data.

The Data Explorer indexes collections of scientific research data, figures and plots, numeric files, scientific images, interactive maps, multimedia and computer simulations. The data collections themselves reside on various servers in numerous locations including national laboratories, data centers, colleges and universities, corporations, and international organizations. Access to the data collections is free, however, some may require password registration. Users should note that they may need specific software in order to access some data collections.

See also our past posts on Data Explorer.

Ukranian publisher and society collaborate with Connexions

Two new modules on the Connexions site were recently added by Ukraine-based Nauka Publishers and the Center for American Literary Studies in Ukraine at the Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. (Thanks to EIFL.) The courses:

Which publishers allow self-archiving the published PDF version?

Publisher version/PDF use in Institutional Repositories, press release, August 27, 2008.

… There is often a question about the use of the publishers own PDF version
of research articles and whether these can be archived. It is often believed
that all publishers prohibit the use of their own PDF: in fact the situation
is very different.

SHERPA has analysed its records to determine which of the 414 publishers
listed allow authors to deposit the publishers’ version or publishers’ PDF
of a journal article into the author’s institutional repository. 50 publishers
allow immediate, un-embargoed deposit into repositories — even more allow
use in restricted circumstances. This means that there is a large volume of
work which can be deposited directly into repositories even if the author
has not retained their own final draft. …

The results have been mounted on the RoMEO site

In total this shows that 69 out of the 414 publishers listed in RoMEO, allow
the use of the publishers’ final version of an article in an institutional
repository in some manner. These 69 publishers cover approximately 1334 journal

Update. See also Jason Baird Jackson’s comments on the American Anthropological Association’s policies.

On repositories and publishers’ copyright set statements

Jenny Delasalle has posted a summary of responses to her question on how repositories handle publisher requirements to include set statements with articles.

… The basic issue I asked about is what to do with copyright statements, whether to include them in cover sheets and/or metadata records for items. Should copyright statements be exactly as laid out by publishers and how [do] we make sure that we are aware of publishers’ precise wishes? …

[Different repositories take different approaches to the question …]

No-one has had any complaints from publishers about their approach. This is another issue that relates to the importance of a swift and robust take-down policy, should any such complaints be received. …