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16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know -- Campus Technology

16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know -- Campus Technology | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Open educational resources not only save students from triple-digit (or more!) textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. Here are 16 resources that offer a wide range of content and tools to help implement OER in just about any course.
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Libraries Test a Model for Setting Monographs Free – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Libraries Test a Model for Setting Monographs Free – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Librarians love to get free books into the hands of scholars and students who need them. Publishers love it when their books find readers—but they also need to cover the costs of turning an idea into a finished monograph. Now a nonprofit group called Knowledge Unlatched is trying out a new open-access model designed to make both librarians and publishers happy.

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Who's Afraid of Peer Review?

More on the sting operation conducted by a journalist who submitted a bogus article to hundreds of open access science journals--where it was accepted for publication with alarming frequency. 

"Acceptance was the norm, not the exception. The paper was accepted by journals hosted by industry titans Sage and Elsevier. The paper was accepted by journals published by prestigious academic institutions such as Kobe University in Japan. It was accepted by scholarly society journals. It was even accepted by journals for which the paper's topic was utterly inappropriate, such as the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction.

The rejections tell a story of their own. Some open-access journals that have been criticized for poor quality control provided the most rigorous peer review of all. For example, the flagship journal of the Public Library of Science, PLOS ONE, was the only journal that called attention to the paper's potential ethical problems, such as its lack of documentation about the treatment of animals used to generate cells for the experiment. The journal meticulously checked with the fictional authors that this and other prerequisites of a proper scientific study were met before sending it out for review. PLOS ONE rejected the paper 2 weeks later on the basis of its scientific quality."

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Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom

Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The power of funding alone should not be enough to override academic freedom, argues Curt Rice, nor does open access automatically skew the world of scholarship
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Project Information Literacy: Smart Talks

Project Information Literacy: Smart Talks | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This interview with Peter Suber, who is the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project (and who lives in Brooksville, ME), is a great introduction to the history and evolution of the Open Access movement.

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Don't Let the Dream of Open Access Journals Die

Don't Let the Dream of Open Access Journals Die | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Aaron Swartz's tragic suicide has brought the idea of "Open Access" into the popular press and I certainly hope that if some good can come from his death, it will be that the public will join librarians and academics in demanding that more information be made available freely.

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U.S. Takes Huge Step Forward in Opening Access to Publicly Funded Research

U.S. Takes Huge Step Forward in Opening Access to Publicly Funded Research | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
During a flurry of announcements over the past 2 weeks, the world has watched as two major developments were launched from the U.S. federal government that will open access to articles produced as a result of grant funding from key U.S.
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Mathematicians aim to take publishers out of publishing

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"Mathematicians plan to launch a series of free open-access journals that will host their peer-reviewed articles on the preprint server arXiv. The project was publicly revealed yesterday in a blog post by Tim Gowers, a Fields Medal winner and mathematician at the University of Cambridge, UK.

The initiative, called the Episciences Project, hopes to show that researchers can organize the peer review and publication of their work at minimal cost, without involving commercial publishers." 

Heather Perkinson's insight:

The Open Access movement is spreading--slowly but surely.  Maybe someday we won't have to rely on our expensive subscription databases to find reliable, peer-reviewed sources?  The more information that's available on the open web, however, the more our students need to be able to hone their evaluation skills so that they can differentiate between good and bad online sources.

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NLW 14: SAGE Offers Free Full Text Access to 7 Information Science and 83 Education Journals Until the End of This Month | LJ INFOdocket

In honor of National Library Week 2014, SAGE databases are offering free access to their library science and education journals. Many more journal trials are available from SAGE. Some provide access into 2015. You do have to create a personal account and register. Visit the link to InfoDocket to see the full list of titles.

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Half of taxpayer funded research will soon be available to the public

Half of taxpayer funded research will soon be available to the public | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Funding bill is a victory for open access proponents.
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Half of 2011 papers now free to read

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"Search the Internet for any research article published in 2011, and you have a 50–50 chance of downloading it for free. This claim — made in a report1 produced for the European Commission — suggests that many more research papers are openly available online than was previously thought. The finding, released on 21 August, is heartening news for advocates of open access. But some experts are raising their eyebrows at the high numbers."

Richard Van Noorden

via Nature.com

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For Scientists, an Exploding World of Pseudo-Academia

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A parallel world of pseudo-academia, with prestigiously titled conferences and journals that will print seemingly anything for a fee, has the scientific community alarmed.
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The dark side of Open Access...

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The National Digital Public Library Is Launched! by Robert Darnton | The New York Review of Books

The National Digital Public Library Is Launched! by Robert Darnton | The New York Review of Books | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The library and academic worlds are all abuzz about the launch, on April 18, of Robert Darnton's (super librarian from Harvard) Digital Public Library Project.  FMI, see also: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/back_bay/2013/04/prototype_of_digital_public_li.html

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The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free - Slashdot

The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free - Slashdot | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Bennett Haselton writes
"The U.S. government recently announced that academic papers on federally-funded research should become freely available online within one year of publication in a journal.
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Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications

Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Advocates of open publishing fret that misunderstandings lead scientists to choose restrictive licenses.
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Aaron Swartz Died Innocent — Here Is the Evidence

Aaron Swartz Died Innocent — Here Is the Evidence | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Aaron Swartz' suicide last weekend has the technology community in an uproar.  Swartz was only 14 when helped create RSS (the technology that allows you to "follow" this or any other blog) and in his efforts to fight SOPA founded the group "Demand Progress."  His suicide seems to have been prompted by his imminent arrest in a case brought against him by Federal prosecutors and MIT for "stealing" JStor articles.

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For more on Swartz and why he took on JStor:  http://scienceprogress.org/2011/07/swartz-%E2%80%9Csteals%E2%80%9D-for-science/ 

 

Update:  in the NYT 1.13.13, by Noam Cohen:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/technology/aaron-swartz-a-data-crusader-and-now-a-cause.html?_r=0

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