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Librarians needed to facilitate Open Data, by Andrew Wesolek - Open Access Now

Librarians needed to facilitate Open Data, by Andrew Wesolek - Open Access Now | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Andrew Wesolek:

"Tim Poisot’s recent blog post on facilitating open data in ecology illustrates a desire to make ecology data open, while admitting that “there are so many peculiarities attached to datasets that sharing them is by nature a difficult task.” Mr. Poisot goes on to offer some interesting solutions to enhance the current practices in data formatting. Perhaps most interestingly, though, he does not mention engaging those who are specifically trained in the organization of information–librarians. This should provide further incentive for our efforts to effectively communicate the breadth of our value to our faculty.

In advocating for Open Access, we often focus on educating our colleagues to the benefits of making their research open, but how well are we supporting those who already want to make their research, or data in this case, open, but are unsure of how to share it effectively?"

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How #librarians can help researchers navigate open access choices #webinar #OA

How #librarians can help researchers navigate open access choices #webinar #OA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Webinar: 

Open-access publishing has grown dramatically in the last five years. There have been many positive initiatives to help researchers communicate and access information in a sustainable way. However, as with many paradigm shifts, there are growing pains associated, including predatory journal practices and lack of clarity around terms and options.

In anticipation of Open Access Week October 21 to 27, Elsevier's Library Connect program is hosting a free webinar: "How librarians can help researchers navigate open access choices." In this live event, a surgeon/scholar, publisher and librarian will equip librarians and authors with the terminology, models and best practices of open access publishing and journal choices in general.

What metrics and standards should librarians and authors consider in determining in which journals to submit? Does the journal have an ethical publishing statement? How can you find journals that best fit the audience and research? What tools are out there to assist?

 
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Resources on Open Access in Canada

Posted by John Dupuis:

"For various reasons, I’ve been collecting some resources around open access, open data and scientific and technological innovation Canada. Since they might be more broadly useful that to just me, I thought I’d share them."

 

- The Open Access Directory: http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page

- Government of Canada (General)

- Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council

- Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council

- Canadian Institutes of Health Research

- Canadian Institutes of Health Research

- Canadian Research Knowledge Network

- Canadian Library Association

- Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences

- Institutional Open Access Policies & Mandates (likely incomplete)

- Institutional Open Access Author Funds/Institutional Memberships (likely incomplete)

- Institutional & Disciplinary Repositories (likely incomplete)

- Open Data

- Innovation/R&D Funding in Canada

- Science-Related Documents – Other Political Parties (NDP, Liberals, Greens)

- Science-Related Documents – 2011 Federal Election

- Selected various statements, blog posts, journal articles, etc.

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How Open is it? Open Access Toolkit #openaccess #OA

"This guide will help you move beyond the seemingly
simple question, “Is this journal open access?” and toward
a more productive alternative, “How open is it?”
Use it to:
• Understand the components that define Open Access
• Learn what makes a journal more open vs. less open
• Make informed decisions about where to publish

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WSIS Knowledge Communities: Global Open Access Portal Launched

WSIS Knowledge Communities: Global Open Access Portal Launched | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP), aiming at presenting a top level view of Open Access to scientific information, was launched at a special side event organized during the UNESCO General Conference, on Tuesday 1 November 2011, at Paris Headquarters.

The portal has country reports from over 148 countries with weblinks to over 2000 initiatives/projects in Member States. The GOAP is a knowledge portal that has the following features:

 

Country-wise distilled knowledge on the status of Open Access

Key organizations engaged in OA in Member States

Thematic focus areas of OA

Important publications on OA coming from different regions of the world

Critical assessment of major barriers to OA in each country

Potential of OA in UNESCO Member States

Funding and deposit mandates

Links to OA initiatives in the world

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Welcome to Open Access Week! - Open Access Week

Welcome to Open Access Week! - Open Access Week | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Learn. Share. Advance

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

 

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

 

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

Get involved. Participating in Open Access Week can be as simple or involved as you like. It can also be a chance to let your imagination have full rein and come up with something more ambitious, wacky, fun.

 

OA Week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward open sharing with the advancement of policy changes on the local level. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of open-access publication, and more.

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Rockyourpaper.org: Search and Manage your Research Articles, Download Full Text Research Articles for Free

Rockyourpaper.org: Search and Manage your Research Articles, Download Full Text Research Articles for Free | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Search and Manage Research Articles, Abstract, Citations, Bibliography and References for free at RockYourPaper.org
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International Open Access Week 2013 - 21-27 Oct #OA - suggestions on what to do

International Open Access Week 2013 - 21-27 Oct #OA - suggestions on what to do | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"The 6th Open Access Week is next week. "The week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward." - Open Access Week
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Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket

Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Gary Price:

 

The following article appears in the Vol 39 No 1 (2013) issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship.  This special issue of JAL is devoted to open access. and is available at no charge.

Title

Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians

 

Abstract:

 

Open access (OA) journals promote the opportunity for peer-reviewed journal articles to be freely accessible. In recent years, the number of OA journals has exploded in all disciplines. Previous studies have identified print-based pedagogical discipline-specific journals outside the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) for librarians to consider as vehicles for publishing articles related to subject-based Information Literacy (IL). The present study explores the presence of discipline-specific pedagogical journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and presents a table of OA journals with their acceptance rates and review times. Pedagogical OA journals are highlighted as a potential opportunity for librarians to pro-actively reach out to faculty within a discipline and contribute towards the OA movement.


Full text: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiImageURL&_cid=272069&_user=10&_pii=S0099133312001760&_check=y&_origin=article&_zone=toolbar&_coverDate=2013-Jan-31&view=c&originContentFamily=serial&wchp=dGLzVlt-zSkWz&md5=25b1f0671652c3674fea4aa12b0093e1&pid=1-s2.0-S0099133312001760-main.pdf


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Assessing the role of librarians in an Open Access world

This blog is to provide information to University of Melbourne Library staff.

 

Jennie Johnson, TBI Communications:

"Today, InTech – an Open Access (OA) publisher – has published the results of a survey appraising attitudes and awareness of the library community towards the OA business model in scholarly publishing.

The survey results suggest that although librarians have a good level of awareness and knowledge of OA, they believe their research communities are much less aware. Their work to educate their communities is hampered by lack of informational support materials.

Librarians remain broadly supportive of OA and the vast majority already feel the benefits of the model are being realized, or will be realized in the future. Despite this support, librarians in our sample were not actively involved in managing OA funds centrally, indeed, almost half were unaware of how OA charges are funded within their institution.

The greatest concern librarians have with OA center on the article processing charges being set too high. There is generally less concern with the quality of peer review or the potential incentive for publishers to focus on quantity over quality. Less than a quarter of librarians were concerned that OA could make their role and the services provided by the library less visible. Indeed, librarians see a strong future for the profession becoming more closely integrated with their research communities as a partner, educator and innovator.

For the full survey results summary, please visit: http://www.intechopen.com/open-access-su…;

 

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Librarians -- Ideas - Open Access Week

Librarians -- Ideas - Open Access Week | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Librarians have played a crucial, leading role in advocating for Open Access worldwide.

 

As a traditional focal point for scholarly communication innovation, libraries continue to exercise their leadership by encouraging faculty members, administrators, and students to engage in Open Access Week activities.

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