Friday, 17 February 2012

Connotea: Bookmarks matching tag oa.new (50 items)

Connotea: Bookmarks matching tag oa.new (50 items)


10 library, publishing, and public-interest organizations endorse FRPAA

Posted: 17 Feb 2012 06:07 AM PST

 
10 library, publishing, and public-interest organizations endorse FRPAA
www.arl.org
A joint open letter in support of FRPAA to Sen. John Cornyn (paired with a similar letter to Rep. Mike Doyle) from American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, Association of College and Research Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Creative Commons, Greater Western Library Alliance, Public Knowledge, Public Library of Science, and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Author's refereed, revised, accepted final draft vs. publisher's version-of-record

Posted: 17 Feb 2012 01:38 AM PST

 
Author's refereed, revised, accepted final draft vs. publisher's version-of-record
mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk
Useful advice and clarifications from Andrew Adams, Meiji University
Posted by stevanharnad to oa.new on Fri Feb 17 2012 at 09:38 UTC | info | related

OA Volunteerism, OA Mandates, and BOAI's First Decade

Posted: 17 Feb 2012 01:36 AM PST

 
OA Volunteerism, OA Mandates, and BOAI's First Decade
mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk
The last two decades have been decades of volunteerism. Mandates, though mooted, have hardly been tried yet. But if FRPAA passes, and if the EU proceeds with some of its planned recommendations to its member states concerning university OA mandates, and if EOS's policy-guidance thereon is successful -- ensuring that the right, convergent, collaborative mandates are adopted by both funders and universities (ID/OA, Liege Model, Deposit Institutionally, Harvest Centrally), instead of wishy-washy or competitive ones, I think the mandate decade is only just beginning (and that the right mandates have the power to generate 100% Green, Gratis OA in short order -- just as volunteerism could have done, if only it had been done...) My own efforts are now fully dedicated to EOS, FRPAA and the EU mandates, as re-affirmed last week in Budapest at the 10th anniversary meeting of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI-II).
Posted by stevanharnad (who is an author) to oa.mandates oa.new on Fri Feb 17 2012 at 09:36 UTC | info | related

AAUP Statement on RWA, FRPAA, and America COMPETES Act AAUP Statement on RWA, FRPAA, and America COMPETES Act AAUP Statement on RWA, FRPAA, and America COMPETES Act

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 06:17 PM PST

 
AAUP Statement on RWA, FRPAA, and America COMPETES Act AAUP Statement on RWA, FRPAA, and America COMPETES Act AAUP Statement on RWA, FRPAA, and America COMPETES Act
www.aaupnet.org
"Two diametrically opposed bills have been introduced in this session of Congress seeking to address the issue of providing free public access to published articles based on research funded by federal agencies. As an association, AAUP supports neither. The first, the Research Works Act (RWA),...would prohibit any federal agency from adopting a policy that requires online distribution of private-sector research publications without the consent of the publisher, or that would require the author or publisher of such work to agree to online distribution of such work. The second, the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA),...would extend the public access policy of the National Institute of Health...to the 11 other federal agencies with extramural research budgets of $100 million or more, and it would cut the embargo period from 12 months to 6 months. AAUP supports the goal of providing free public access to the results of publicly funded research. However, we think the blanket prohibition sought by RWA goes too far. At the same time we also think the one-size-fits-all solution proposed in FRPAA is unworkable. It mistakenly assumes that no more than 6 months will be required for publishers to recover the investment they have made in preparing research works for publication, in all fields and across all disciplines...."

Battle Renewed in Congress Over Offering Access to Federally Funded Research Works

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 10:38 AM PST

 
Battle Renewed in Congress Over Offering Access to Federally Funded Research Works
Tony Dutra
Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives, (16 Feb 2012)
On the U.S. Federal Research Public Access Act and the Research Works Act. (Behind a paywall.)
Posted by gavinbaker to oa.frpaa oa.new oa.usa on Thu Feb 16 2012 at 18:38 UTC | info | related

College textbooks cost too much | mndaily.com - The Minnesota Daily

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 10:00 AM PST

 
College textbooks cost too much | mndaily.com - The Minnesota Daily
www.mndaily.com
... “According to a report released in 2005 by the U.S. General Accounting Office, textbook costs rose an astonishingly 186 percent between 1986 and 2004... Frustratingly, some small textbooks seem to often cost exorbitant amounts of money, while larger textbooks are much cheaper. Let’s take one text as an example: “Ovid: Blackwell Introductions to the Classical World” by Katharina Volk. This is a 157-page long textbook, and it’s written for a general undergraduate audience. However, this textbook is $104.95... I find this unacceptable... Placing the Ovid textbook against another longer textbook can help us understand perspective. Let’s take “Workplace Communications: The Basics” by George Searles for example. This is a 312-page long textbook and it’s written for a general, nonwriter audience... This textbook is $70.80. This textbook is longer, contains more information and is a practical textbook, yet it costs about 30 percent less than the Ovid textbook. How is this possible? ... The power of textbook publishers is immense, and I’m afraid they may have a stranglehold on universities. In order to change, we need to begin to realize that knowledge is not always something that needs to be printed and sold. Indeed, there are many of Ovid’s works available online, and there are many online guides for business communication. However, there just isn’t enough open-access online work for instructors to pull from yet... what will it take for instructors and students to start demanding and using freely available open-access volumes of textbooks? It will require a redefinition of knowledge and authority... Fortunately, textbooks only have as much authority as we grant them. So, perhaps it’s time we start granting the same authority to free open-access editions... Students must demand change, and instructors must be willing to enact change.”

10th Anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative Today

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 09:52 AM PST

 
10th Anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative Today
Open Access Comments
Open Access Comments, (14 Feb 2012)
“Valentine’s Day marks an anniversary of a declaration that came to define ‘open access’ in Budapest, back in 2002. The Budapest Initiative states: ‘By ‘open access’ to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.’ Cameron Neylon kindly reminds us of how it was 10 years ago, at the time the declaration was published... “

What is the Federal Research Public Access Act and why should you care about it?

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 09:33 AM PST

 
What is the Federal Research Public Access Act and why should you care about it?
io9.com
“Every year, the government funnels tens of billions of dollars toward scientific research — research that you help pay for with your taxes. These government-funded investigations give rise to an average of 65,000 peer-reviewed papers a year. Many of these papers, however, remain inaccessible to you unless you happen to subscribe to the journal in which they're published, and some of these journals are pretty expensive. Think you should be able to access this research free of charge? So do a lot of other people — in fact, legislation was just introduced that could make open-access government-funded science a reality... The legislation in question is a bill entitled the Federal Research Public Access Act or FRPAA. The upshot of the bill is that it would make papers that report on government-funded research publicly available within six months of their publication, regardless of where they were printed (be it Nature, PNAS, etc.), or the research institution that submitted them to be published...”

@CCESS AND OPEN ACCESS: A NEW INITIATIVE AIMED AT OFFERING ACCESS TO ALL INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE. | MalariaWorld

Posted: 16 Feb 2012 08:29 AM PST

 
@CCESS AND OPEN ACCESS: A NEW INITIATIVE AIMED AT OFFERING ACCESS TO ALL INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE. | MalariaWorld
malariaworld.org
@ccess means free and unrestricted access to information
Posted by tomolijhoek (who is an author) to @access.new oa.new openaccess on Thu Feb 16 2012 at 16:29 UTC | info | related

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