“Imagine being able to pore over a sketchbook by Jacques-Louis David in minute detail, to investigate Mayan, Aztec, and Zapotec ruins in Mexico, or to study the costumes and social mores at Versailles. All of these things are possible with today’s addition to the Open Content Program, which includes 5,400 artwork images from the collections of the Getty Research Institute—bringing the total number of available images to over 10,000.” (via The Getty Iris)
“John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced the results of its 2013 author survey on open access, with over eight thousand respondents from across Wiley’s journal portfolio. The survey is a follow up to Wiley’s 2012 open access author survey and is the second such survey conducted by Wiley. This year new sections were added including research funding and article licenses. Consistencies were seen between the 2012 and 2013 surveys in authors’ desire to publish in a high-quality, respected journal with a good Impact Factor, but the survey also shed light on differences between early career researchers respondents between the ages of 26-44 with less than 15 years of research experience and more established colleagues in their opinions on quality and licenses. Differences were also seen across funding bodies and in the funding available for open access to different author groups.” (via Wiley)
“Just because scholars who seek to publish in open-access journals are open to new forms of peer review, that doesn’t mean they all see eye-to-eye — or know what to expect. As one sting operation shows, many such journals are unable to reject obviously flawed submissions, even as they promise thorough review processes. Meanwhile, other journals are even criticized for being too much like the traditional publishing they aim to reform.” (via Inside Higher Ed)
“The worldwide movement to bring scholarly work and other knowledge within reach of all those wishing to access it has gained momentum at Washington University in recent years, most notably with the adoption of an Open Access Resolution by the Faculty Senate in 2011 and the creation of a digital repository at http://openscholarship.wustl.edu. But a need for greater awareness of open access remains, and librarians on campus are providing a series of activities in October to promote open access ideas and resources as they relate to scholarly publishing and other endeavors. A video shorts contest aimed specifically at students is already underway, with three prizes of $500 each to be awarded to creations of five minutes or less in three categories. Sponsored by Washington University Libraries, the Access Granted Video Shorts 2013 Contest is the inaugural run of what organizers hope will become an annual competition. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate, with submissions due by Monday, Oct. 14. Four judges—volunteers from among the Washington University faculty and staff—will choose the winners, who will be announced in late October.” (via Washington University Libraries)
“Although case law is technically public domain, the legal decisions that interpret and apply statutory law are often scattered across the Internet, locked up in proprietary systems, and only available by paying exorbitant fees. A new non-profit launching this week aims to make these legal materials easily and freely available to all.
School of Information assistant professor Brian Carver and alumnus Michael Lissner (MIMS 2010) founded the Free Law Project to support open access to the law and to develop open-source legal research tools.” )via Berkeley School of Information)