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Willetts: I don’t want research restricted

Willetts: I don’t want research restricted | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"Funds are allocated on project quality not desire to support elite, says minister. Chris Parr reports. 

David Willetts, the universities and science minister, has maintained that he does not have an agenda for further concentrating research budget allocations on elite institutions.

Speaking as part of a launch event for the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 2013 rankings of young universities, Mr Willetts said that research funding should be based on the projects that were bidding for money, not just the institutions where they were based.

The government has been accused of creating a concentration of research in elite universities by asking for funding to be cut for lower-rated research and focusing capital investment on large projects involving such institutions"

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Digital Developments at LSE Library: Open Access at LSE: RCUK's open access policy

"The second in this series of Q&A video blogs on Open Access covers the question, 'Does RCUK's open access policy apply to books?' "

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The bottom line is that journals cost money

The bottom line is that journals cost money | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"Open access is a utopian pipe dream, says Richard Hoyle. A recent issue of Times Higher Education featured a journal editor’s view of open access. The author, Gabriel Egan of De Montfort University, is all for it (“Green-eyed, no monster”, Opinion, 6 June). Indeed, he looks forward to one of the journals he edits, Theatre Notebook, becoming “an online-only, open-access offering”. Egan’s future is entirely digital. For this journal editor, however, this is an entirely implausible prospect."

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Open practices make for strange bed fellows - Research Blogs

"Open approaches are now familiar in all aspects of our daily lives. With governments spearheading initiatives to make the information they hold available to all and developments such as open source software now changing the way we work, communicate and play.

Open policies are already widely in use in the academic world and all the indicators show that this is an unstoppable trend. For future Research Excellence Framework exercises, the Higher Education Funding Council for England is proposing to adopt an ‘open by default’ policy that will require all research papers to be open access and to be deposited in institutional repositories. And it is expected that the EU’s next big funding round – Horizon 2020 – will embrace open culture and practices, including by requiring high levels of openness from all those who apply for funds, as well as funding a data sharing pilot."

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Openness and visibility / A current awareness bulletin for ACP agriculture

Openness and visibility / A current awareness bulletin for ACP agriculture | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"The increasing focus on opening access to information is affecting agricultural research and development, explains Stephen Rudgard. There has been an increasing focus, globally, on various aspects of the ‘openness’ of information and knowledge since the early 2000s – open data, open access, open knowledge, open source, and so on. This openness involves, and is affecting, the world of agricultural information and knowledge as much as any other field of research and development. The impacts are being felt at individual, institutional and national and international levels, from policy development to the day-to-day behaviour of individuals."

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Report Examines Policies for Open Access to Images of Museum Work

Report Examines Policies for Open Access to Images of Museum Work | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"Art museums have long controlled the images of objects in their collections by charging fees for their use. In recent years, however, several art museums in the United States and United Kingdom have adopted policies permitting more open access to these images.

A new report, prepared for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and published by CLIR, describes the current approaches of 11 art museums to the use of images from their collections, when the underlying works are in the public domain. The report, Images of Works of Art in Museum Collections: The Experience of Open Access, was written by Kristin Kelly. Ms. Kelly, a freelance museum professional and writer, spent nine years as the manager of administration at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and nine years overseeing public programming and communications at the Getty Conservation Institute"

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Developing joined up RDM infrastructure for institutions | Digital Curation Centre

Developing joined up RDM infrastructure for institutions | Digital Curation Centre | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"This is a report on Session 4A at the JISC MRD Programme workshop on achievements, challenges and recommendations. This session titled "Repositories, portals and institutional systems” was summed up by programme manager Simon Hodson as having the general theme of how to join up institutional systems. It served up five excellent examples of approaches to joining up within different institutional contexts – these examples are summarised here. Between them they have something to offer other institutions currently examining their infrastructure with a view to embedding research data management services. For further details please consult the project blogs and the presentation slides."

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Conference | Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

"Registration: Visit our registration page to book your place at COASP 2013.  Earlybird discounts are available until June 30th and further reductions are available for OASPA and OAPEN members.

Hotels: We have arranged with the conference hotel to have a number of discounted rooms for our guests. Details of how to book these discounted rooms, as well as information about other nearby hotels, can be found on our accommodation page."

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Wi-Phi: Open Access philosophy from YouTube | Open Science

"Open Access and the Internet are almost inseparable. Without the Internet, OA would have not spread and developed as fast as it had, or perhaps not at all.  However, the Internet is not only a tool of dissemination; it also impacts the shape of the development of OA and forms that it takes. Open Access can, should and does from benefit from the possibilities offered by the web.

A good example of this is the new project launched by Yale and MIT, the Wireless Philosophy, the Wi-Phi. The main goal of Wi-Phi is to provide open-access content in philosophy to a wide audience regardless of the level of readers’ knowledge. To achieve this, the authors of the project decided to use visual form of presentation."

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Research Fundermentals: An Introduction to Open Access

Research Fundermentals: An Introduction to Open Access | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"An Introduction to Open Access

  This week sees the introduction of the University's Open Access Policy. For those who are new to OA, I thought it would be useful to post a brief introduction to it.

Broad definition

Open Access (OA) is the practice of allowing academic outputs to be available to all, free of charge. Generally this applies to journal articles, but some effort is being made to apply OA to monographs and other outputs.

OA takes two forms:
'Green': in which an article is archived in a freely accessible online repository (such as KAR);'Gold:' in which an article is made freely available through a journal without subscription. Some publishers levy an 'article processing charge' (APC) for allowing an article to be made available OA."
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Opening the door to institutional repositories | Smithsonian Libraries Blog

Opening the door to institutional repositories | Smithsonian Libraries Blog | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"What if you could search the research output of hundreds of institutions in one place, gaining access to some of the most important research being done on any number of fields of interest?

Luckily, you can. I know of two directories that allow you to not only find a specific institutional repository, but also search the content of all repositories they have registered. Namely ROAR, the Registry of Open Access Repositories and OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories. Both utilize a Google custom search engine that allows you to search across the repositories for specific terms."

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Join Us for a Complimentary Open Access Webinar

"Complimentary Webinar. A discussion about the latest developments in Open Access and scholarly publishing. In 2013, mandates for Open Access are driving dramatic changes in business models and workflow practices. Publishers are struggling with the details. And if OA isn’t complicated for you yet…it will be"

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Emerald Not So Sparkling Green

Emerald Not So Sparkling Green | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"If your field is management, economics, healthcare, education, or library science, chances are you’re familiar with the journal publisher Emerald.  For a long time, true to its name, Emerald was a “green” open access publisher — that is, it allowed authors to immediately make their articles open access by self-archiving them in an online repository.  A shining, sparkling example of greenness."

 

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Bridging the gap between academia and Wikipedia | Jisc

Bridging the gap between academia and Wikipedia | Jisc | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"Jisc and Wikimedia UK are collaborating on a project to bring the academic world and Wikipedia closer together. This will create opportunities for researchers, educators, and the general public to contribute to the world's freely available knowledge.

Jisc, the UK education charity championing the use of digital technology in education and research,  is supporting this initiative so that the widest possible audience will benefit from the world-leading projects that it supports. These include open educational resources, online repositories of research, and collections such as the 19th century newspapers archive and Manuscripts Online, which holds British written and early printed materials from 1000 to 1500AD."

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Free and easy to find

Free and easy to find | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"I can confirm for Richard Hoyle that the journal Theatre Notebook is run on such “old-fashioned lines that the editors give their time for nothing”, or at least nothing pecuniary (“Pipe-dream believers”, Opinion, 20 June). I would hope that most readers of Times Higher Education do not think this is “a waste of their time as academics”. Indeed, I expect that many readers can think of activities that they gladly undertake without recompense, including providing peer review, serving on national committees and speaking in local schools about university life. The Americans call it “service”, and it is an honourable tradition in academia."

 

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Peter Suber - Upgrading my updates

Peter Suber - Upgrading my updates | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"Now that my book on OA (Open Access, MIT Press, 2012) is OA, you can download it in many formats from many places.
http://bit.ly/oa-book ;

But if you'd rather read it online without downloading, I can recommend the reading edition produced by the Internet Archive:

* Viewing one page at a time:
http://archive.org/stream/9780262517638OpenAccess/9780262517638_Open_Access#page/n0/mode/1up ;

* Viewing two pages at a time:
http://archive.org/stream/9780262517638OpenAccess/9780262517638_Open_Access#page/n0/mode/2up ;

This edition has the very useful feature of supporting deep links to individual pages. I love that. I just used it to enhance my collection of book updates and supplements. Now an entry updating page n links directly to an OA edition of page n. Check it out.
http://bit.ly/oa-book "

 

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The Global Research Council: Open Access increases the quality of research communication | Open Science

The Global Research Council: Open Access increases the quality of research communication | Open Science | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"More than two weeks ago the 2nd Annual Global Meeting of the Global Research Council in Berlin had ended. The conference gathered the heads of 70 research-funding organizations from around the world. Among the many topics discussed was also the matter of Open Access.

In the last few years Open Access has spread quickly and become a very important factor in the development of science. This state of affairs is confirmed not only by the growing number of OA publishers and publications, but also by the increase in the funding of OA by universities and research institutions, as well as by governmental measures in the support of Open Access in many countries."

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New copyright laws give researchers right to conduct 'electronic analysis' of copied content

"Researchers that wish to conduct "electronic analysis" of copyrighted content for non-commercial purposes will have a right to copy that information under proposed new copyright laws.

The Government has set out draft new legislation that would introduce a new exception to conduct data analysis for non-commercial research (3-page / 72KB PDF) into UK copyright law.

The new exception would provide non-commercial researchers with a right to make a free copy of published information that is freely accessible or to which they otherwise have a right to access. However, the exception has been drafted in a way that would allow publishers to put in place a paywall to prevent researchers' making copies of their material for free."

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Open Access at Oxford » CC BY: what does it mean for scholarly articles?

Open Access at Oxford » CC BY: what does it mean for scholarly articles? | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"A number of the enquiries to the Open Access Enquiries mailing list have asked us how the various types of Creative Commons licence specifically relate to scholarly articles. So, in this blog post we explain the rights that the CC BY licence grants to the reader (i.e. the licensee).

The RCUK policy currently mandates use of the Creative Commons ‘Attribution’ licence (CC BY) when an Article Processing Charge (APC) is levied. This licence allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the licensed work, including for commercial purposes, as long as the original author is credited. It is the most liberal of the six Creative Commons licences in comparison with, for example, CC BY-ND (no derivatives, no modifications) and CC BY-NC  (no commercial use)."

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Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories

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12 ideas to improve development research access and uptake

12 ideas to improve development research access and uptake | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"Ruth King, publisher, BioMed Central, London, UK. @tweetruth

Open access can strengthen research quality: OA journals employ different business models from other journals, but there's nothing stopping them from having the same editorial quality standards. Also, with enough feedback systems in place, research quality can increase with exposure.

Researchers shouldn't have to plan how their work will be applied: If researchers were required to plan how their research would be made into policy and practice, it could put them off asking truly innovative research questions. However, I do think that researchers should be engaged with the practical uses of what they are working on."

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OASPA’s response to Request for Input – Finch Report: Survey of Progress, 14 June 2013 | Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

"Background

We thank you for the opportunity to provide input to the Finch Report: Survey of Progress.

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) represents the interests of Open Access publishers of journals and books, with the aim of expanding Open Access publishing while contributing to the development of standards and best practices in all areas of scholarly publishing. OASPA’s membership currently includes more than 60 full voting members, who range from independent OA journals that are run by small groups of researchers to many of the largest and most well-recognised publishers within the scholarly publishing industry."

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Open Access Comments: June's Featured News

Open Access Comments: June's Featured News | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"Open Access Comments is a new website with daily feed of news that will focus on conversations around open access, open licensing, open students, open scientists, open repositories, open libraries and similar open values. I invite you to join the debate where I will be mostly editing the news as well as the monthly summary of ten most interesting topics discussed on the site."

 

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OA Now Interview with Peter Binfield of PeerJ : Open Access Now

OA Now Interview with Peter Binfield of PeerJ : Open Access Now | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"In recognition of its first anniversary, the editors of OA now interviewed PeerJ Co-founder and publisher, Peter Binfield. Peter has worked in publishing for twenty years. Prior to Co-founding PeerJ, he  served as the publisher of PLOS ONE, which he led to become the largest journal in the world."

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LSHTM Library & Archives Service Blog: Wiley and Open Access

LSHTM Library & Archives Service Blog: Wiley and Open Access | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"A series of occasional posts looking at major publishers and their role and stance on Open Access. Wiley are a very big publisher for STM with over 1500 journals and they have recently begun publishing wholly open access journals as part of their Wiley Open Access series. They also have OnlineOpen which allows researchers to make articles in ‘subscription’ journals open access by paying an article processing charge which is usually met by a funder or institution. So Wiley are a great publisher. But are they really?"

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