- Can AAP Members stay neutral in the row over the Research Works Act?
- Trying to roll back the clock on Open Access: Research Works Act introduced
- Librarians, Open Access Advocates ‘Vehemently Oppose’ Research Works Act
- Budget Cuts Force Biodiversity Program to Close - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Open and Shut?: CLIR becomes the third AAP member to disavow the Research Works Act
- Pennsylvania State University Press says No to Research Works Act
- ITHAKA becomes the second AAP member to disavow the Research Works Act
- Artexte metadata conversion to EPrints: adaptation of digital repository software to visual and media arts documentation
Posted: 13 Jan 2012 06:15 AM PST
Open and Shut?, (13 Jan 2012)
"However, it is not currently clear how representative the views of MIT Press, ITHAKA and Pennsylvania State University Press are. In an attempt to find out I have over the past week or so contacted around 35 members of the AAP, primarily scholarly publishers. The majority of these organisations have yet to reply to my enquiry....But whatever their current position, what remains to be seen is whether AAP members will be able to stay neutral in light of the growing pressure they face from the research community to overturn the AAP's support for the RWA. Is it really possible, as the president of the ACM Alain Chesnais clearly believes, for AAP members to stay neutral on legislation like the RWA when its own members/customers/users begin to criticise it for doing so? Time will tell, but some maintain that it is in any case disingenuous to pretend that neutrality is possible. As OA advocate Peter Suber points out, AAP members who choose to sit on their hands on this issue are not abstaining, as they may claim. Rather they are sending out a clear message. This message, he says, reads, “We're undecided about RWA, or our members disagree about RWA, or we don't take stands on political issues, but we agree to pay dues to an organisation using our money and our name to work energetically against the interests of researchers and research.” Clearly, some AAP members do actively support the RWA, and are highly unlikely to change their minds. But exactly how many that is we do not know...."
Posted: 13 Jan 2012 05:59 AM PST
District Dispatch, (09 Jan 2012)
"The ALA [American Library Association] has been a long-time, ardent supporter of increasing access to information of all types, including federally funded research. This latest bill, the Research Works Act, would act in direct contradiction and therefore the ALA vehemently opposes the bill...."
Posted: 13 Jan 2012 05:56 AM PST
The Digital Shift, (09 Jan 2012)
"A bill introduced December 16 in the House of Representatives has exacerbated tensions between open access advocates and the scholarly publishing industry over the dissemination of publicly funded scientific and medical research....The American Library Association said today that it “vehemently opposes the bill.” ..."
Posted: 13 Jan 2012 05:29 AM PST
"Budget cuts have forced a key biodiversity database to close, leaving scientists and researchers without a unified tool to access biological data from across state and federal agencies. The U.S. Geological Survey's National Biological Information Infrastructure program and its popular Web site will shut down on Jan. 15 due to the elimination of the program's 2012 federal budget. The program's closure follows a series of drastic cuts that reduced its budget to zero in 2012 from $7 million in 2010...."
Posted: 12 Jan 2012 05:27 PM PST
"I was also delighted today to have received a reply from my inquiry to the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) regarding their stance on the RWA relative to their membership in the AAP. Their reply: "Thank you very much for your message. It is embarrassing to admit, but none of us realized that CLIR had continued its membership in AAP. We are opposed to the Research Works Act, the goals of which are, indeed, fundamentally in conflict with CLIR’s values, vision, and mission. Today we will draft a letter of withdrawal from AAP. You may be interested to know that CLIR is about to announce a new scholarly publishing venture, Anvil Academic, that is based on Creative Commons licensing and open access formats." ..."
Posted: 12 Jan 2012 05:25 PM PST
Open and Shut?, (12 Jan 2012)
"Following the recent repudiations of the Research Works Act (RWA) by MIT Press and ITHAKA, I have now received an email from the director of Pennsylvania State University Press Patrick Alexander. Like MIT Press and ITHAKA, Pennsylvania State University Press is a member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which backs the RWA. Alexander writes: “Echoing our colleagues at MIT Press who recently commented on the Association of American Publishers’ endorsement of H.R. 3699, AAP’s statement does not reflect the position of The Pennsylvania State University Press. Nonetheless, our relationship with the AAP remains a vital aspect of our responsibility to share a role in the academic publishing community worldwide. Accordingly, we have no plans to sever that relationship.” ..."
Posted: 12 Jan 2012 01:29 PM PST
Open and Shut?, (12 Jan 2012)
"Today I received an email from ITHAKA, the non-profit organisation dedicated to helping the academic community take full advantage of information and networking technologies, and which includes JSTOR, the online service providing access to archived academic journals, and Portico, the electronic-archiving Initiative. The email was in response to an enquiry I made a few days ago asking ITHAKA to comment on the RWA, and AAP’s support for it. It contained the following statement: “A core principle of our organisation is to provide the broadest possible access to scholarly works in ways that are sustainable and account for their long term preservation. We have no intention of endorsing RWA. We also have no intention of leaving the AAP. We do not agree with them on every issue, but we value our membership, as we do our participation in a number of library and scholarly associations.” Commenting on the news, Open Access advocate Peter Suber said, “I applaud ITHAKA for distancing itself from the harmful Research Works Act. The AAP acts in the name of its members when it lobbies for the RWA, in effect recruiting all its members as allies in a cause that not all of them support. Through their public statements, MIT Press and ITHAKA have refused to lend their weight to a policy they do not endorse.” ..."
Posted: 12 Jan 2012 09:09 AM PST
Artexte metadata conversion to EPrints: adaptation of digital repository software to visual and media arts documentation
International Journal on Digital Libraries, (07 Jan 2012)
Subscription access. Abstract: The following research questions structured our analysis: Does an open access institutional repository model respond to the needs of a non-academic documentation centre? Is EPrints software a good match to support the needs of the existing metadata describing Artexte’s collection? What are the customizations required to accommodate the existing Artexte metadata using EPrints? In order to address these questions, in this study we exported the existing metadata schema and sample data in Artexte’s three databases, performed a manual evaluation of metadata quality and compared the 49 Artexte fields to those available within the EPrints schema. We identified the metadata elements that mapped by default without the need for customization or modification and those which would need to be added to EPrints using configuration files. We also identified the customized software development to accommodate Artexte metadata using EPrints: the bilingual controlled vocabulary demands an extension of the EPrints subject taxonomy model with thesaurus semantic relationships. Comparing Artexte and EPrints metadata schemas, we found that 15 out of 49 fields mapped by default without the need for modification, 25 fields would need to be added to EPrints configuration files, and one field will be removed during the migration. With only the remaining eight fields requiring some special attention, we conclude that EPrints is suitable to the needs of Artexte’s bibliographic data management.
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