“Europe’s digital library Europeana has been described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the sprawling web estate of EU institutions.
It aggregates digitised books, paintings, photographs, recordings and films from over 2,200 contributing cultural heritage organisations across Europe – including major national bodies such as the British Library, the Louvre and the Rijksmuseum. Today Europeana is opening up data about all 20 million of the items it holds under the CC0 rights waiver. This means that anyone can reuse the data for any purpose – whether using it to build applications to bring cultural content to new audiences in new ways, or analysing it to improve our understanding of Europe’s cultural and intellectual history.”
“Open access (OA) has been making the headlines recently – and not just in industry-specific publications. The interest stems from large-scale studies and big policy decisions over recent months. The PEER project, which reported its results in May, revealed technical challenges and low author uptake with green OA (the deposit of non-final versions of accepted papers in OA repositories) but also saw increased traffic to publisher versions of articles.”
via Research Information
“John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced today its new membership of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). OASPA represents the interests of open access journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines and enables exchange of information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation. “We are pleased to become members of OASPA,” said Rachel Burley, Vice President & Director, Open Access, Wiley. “We support the OASPA’s goals of sharing knowledge and best practice, and developing sustainable OA publishing models.”
via Wiley Press Release
The European Union said Tuesday it plans to provide free public access to tens of billions of euros worth of scientific research and development sponsored by Brussels. The move follows a similar announcement from the British government Monday, and comes as pressure mounts from some leading scientists to change the way people access publicly funded scientific studies. But the proposals could worry some publishers whose business model depends on charging subscriber fees. “We are leading by example and making EU-funded research open to all,” said Neelie Kroes, the commissioner for Digital Agenda. “In the future, you won’t have to pay expensive subscriptions to access information generated with your taxes.”
“John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced today that its open access option for individual journal articles, OnlineOpen, will be available to authors in 81% of the journals it publishes. OnlineOpen gives authors the option to publish an open access paper in their journal of choice where it will benefit from maximum impact. “Wiley is committed to expanding its range of publishing options for authors,” said Rachel Burley, Vice President & Director, Open Access, Wiley. “With this significant expansion of OnlineOpen we are enabling authors who choose to publish under the open access model to select from a much broader range of publications which are well established and highly valued in their field.”
“UCSF has joined the growing ranks of academic institutions that are offering most, if not all, of their research free to the public, by requiring that all published scientific studies be added by their authors to a university repository accessible to everyone. The policy change at UCSF, which was announced last month, is part of a global shift toward “open access” – improving the exchange of scientific information by allowing free and widespread dissemination of research that has long been contained in subscription-only journals.”
via SF Chronicle
“A new low-cost scientific journal unveiled on Tuesday with an unusual business model will add to the pressure on publishers like Reed Elsevier and Axel Springer and stoke the debate over free access to research. The founders of the new journal, called PeerJ, come with a pedigree. Peter Binfield previously worked for PLoS One, the most successful part of the not-for-profit Public Library of Science, which has pioneered open access to scientific papers, and Jason Hoyt comes from the research database group Mendeley.”
“Students’ library cards are a passport to the specialized knowledge found in academic journal articles — covering medicine and math, computer science and chemistry, and many other fields. These articles contain the cutting edge of our understanding and capture the genius of what has come before. In no uncertain terms, access to journals provides critical knowledge and an up-to-date education for tomorrow’s doctors, researchers and entrepreneurs. But should that access cease at graduation? Or would you rather a graduating medical student, perhaps your future doctor, be able to keep up with the latest advances? Would you rather an ambitious graduate student feel comfortable leaving the academy to found the next Google, knowing she still has access to the latest insight in her field and is able to build upon it?”
via The Washington Post.
UCSF – “The UCSF Academic Senate has voted to make electronic versions of current and future scientific articles freely available to the public, helping to reverse decades of practice on the part of medical and scientific journal publishers to restrict access to research results. The unanimous vote of the faculty senate makes UCSF the largest scientific institution in the nation to adopt an open-access policy and among the first public universities to do so.”
The Boston Globe – “Harvard may be the world’s wealthiest university, but fees for its academic journal subscriptions have gotten so steep – some as much as $40,000 a year – that an advisory council is encouraging faculty to submit their work to “open access’’ online journals that are available for free. The council also asked Harvard faculty to consider resigning from the editorial boards of the high-priced subscription publications and to urge professional associations to “take control’’ of scholarly literature in their fields.”
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