Tag Archives: Scientific Research

Where Have All the Scientific Data Gone? LIS Perspective on the Data-At-Risk Predicament

“Scientists produce vast amounts of data that often are not preserved properly or do not have inventories, placing them at risk. As part of an effort to more fully understand the data-at-risk predicament, researchers engaged in the DARI project at UNC’s Metadata Research Center surveyed information custodians working in a range of settings.” (via C&RL)

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We asked and the White House responded!

“On Friday afternoon, John Holdren, director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, released a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. The memo, Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (pdf), is the Obama Administrations response to last year’s We the People petition that asked for a requirement for scholars and researchers to provide “free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research”.”

via District Dispatch

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“The Association of American Publishers and five preeminent scholarly publishing member organizations are sponsoring a new public service guide that explains how to evaluate scientific claims promoted in the media. I Don’t Know What to Believe, launching nationally today and available free of charge in digital format, offers a straightforward approach to assessing the accuracy of science stories. It also explains the process called “Peer Review” conducted on manuscripts submitted for publication in fact-based scholarly journals: a formal, careful system, funded and led by publishers, which analyzes and approves the quality of research and reporting in an article before it is accepted for publication.”

via The Association of American Publishers.

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EU Pledges Free Access to Science Research Sponsored by Brussels

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.”

via WSJ

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