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Posted: 24 Feb 2012 07:33 PM PST
hbxt.org, (20 Feb 2012)
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 07:25 PM PST
"As announced in our October'11 update, the Simons Foundation has provided a $60,000 planning grant to support the development of a governance model that will guide arXiv's transition from an exclusive initiative of Cornell University Library (CUL) to a collaboratively governed, community supported resource. To discuss how to achieve this goal, we will hold two planning meetings in February 2012—one in the US and a second in Europe—with representatives from the library and science communities. During the planning meetings, we will seek advice on arXiv's organizational structure and operating principles. We will also discuss a collaborative business model that continues to engage the libraries and research labs. The planning grant will be carried out between September 2011 and April 2012....We continue working with CERN to migrate arXiv to use the Invenio platform for our discovery and access interface.... In the coming year, we expect to expand our programming staff by 0.5 FTE in order to assist with this effort and other current needs. We now anticipate the transition to Invenio, which will include a number of user interface enhancements, to be completed in the first half of 2013....In 2011, 133 institutions in 18 countries have pledged their support, totaling $424,000 in contributions....We have a budget estimate for 2012 up on the arXiv website. You will notice that the annual expenses have increased due to our need to add a new user support person and a half-time programmer. We have just completed performing an analysis of the 2011 download activity in order to determine the top 200 constituents. There are not any significant variations between the 2010 and 2011....Established in January 2010, the current institutional contribution model is a 3-year interim strategy for 2010-2012 with the goal of developing a long-term business plan that provides a strategic framework by Summer 2012. The voluntary institutional contribution model targets pledges from 200 libraries and research laboratories worldwide that represent the heaviest institutional users of arXiv. The short-term contribution model has been successful and with Cornell's contributions has resulted in sufficient funds to cover all direct expenses for 2010 and 2011 as well as creating a contingency fund. Based on the outcomes of the February planning meetings, we expect to announce a model for 2013-2017 by June 2012...."
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 07:10 PM PST
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 06:55 PM PST
"The International Society for Computational Biology this week sent a letter to members of the US House of Representative's Oversight and Government Reform Committee opposing the Research Works Act, which, if passed, will prohibit federal agencies from requiring public online access to research as a condition of grant funding. The letter, available here, argues that the bill’s stipulations will limit the public’s access to the results of scientific research that is funded by taxpayer dollars...."
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 06:53 PM PST
From Google's English: "A multinational scientific publishing asked me to act as peer reviewer for a closed-access journal....For personal integrity - I said - I agree to cooperate exclusively with magazines to open access, maintain that the public what the public was born....I told this story - omitting details that could track down the magazines and the authors - because I know that my gesture, made only by me, has no value. Done by many, supported by institutions, could spread the awareness that is noble work for free for the common good , because it enriches ourselves and others, but it is despicable for anyone to know the privatization of all...."
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 06:42 PM PST
"The Protein Society, the leading international society devoted to furthering research and development in protein science, announces the winners of its 2012 awards. The awards will be conferred at the 26th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society (August 5-8, 2012, San Diego, CA, USA). The Carl Brändén Award, sponsored by Rigaku Corporation, is given to an outstanding protein scientist who has also made exceptional contributions in the areas of education and/or service to the science. The 2012 award will be presented to Dr. Helen Berman (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey) for her accomplishments toward enabling a freely available and uniform worldwide archive of 3D structural information for biomedical research and education. Dr. Berman’s passion for making structural data accessible and understandable by a broad community has driven the development of the Protein Data Bank into a vital and accessible international resource for biology. Berman in the early 1970’s was a champion of the open access of scientific information; albeit obvious today, the concept at that time of open access was truly visionary...."
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 05:55 PM PST
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 10:03 AM PST
Posted: 24 Feb 2012 06:28 AM PST
"SPARC's greatest rhetorical achievement has been to establish the equivalence of support for FRPAA with support for Open Access....The report from the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable, now two years old, still reflects the complexity of issues pretty well...."
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