- Splitting the Difference on Open Access: Brainlessness Masquerading as "Balance"
- Toward Global Open Scholarship – Access to Research in Development and Globalization
- COAR » Sustainable Best Practices for Populating Repositories
- Is the Research Works Act Dead?
- Legislation to Bar Public-Access Requirement on Federal Research Is Dead - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education
- ANAP: an integrated knowledge base for Arabidopsis protein interaction network analysis.
- Do Mathematicians Get the Author Rights They Want?
- Wilbanks nfais
- 100 Civil Society Groups Write WIPO Opposing IP-Maximalist “Africa IP Forum”
Posted: 28 Feb 2012 06:13 AM PST
Open Access Archivangelism, (28 Feb 2012)
(1) Researchers' need (and reasons) for publishing in journals with high peer review standards are no secret (and nothing to hide or apologize for!) (2) The objective of OA is not to "kill the system" but to provide OA. (3) As usual, the false assumption is that OA = Gold OA publishing. (4) OA has nothing to do with "withholding submissions" or boycotting. (5) Both bills (FRPAA and RWA) are about mandating Green OA self-archiving.
Posted: 28 Feb 2012 04:50 AM PST
A Master's thesis at the U of Ottawa, 2012. Abstract: Two centuries after the printing press was invented, the first scholarly journal appeared in 1665. Less than two decades after the journal went online, the digital format is reshaping scholarly communication rapidly. We are moving quickly towards an open system of scholarship, and from a Western heritage of print scholarship to a future of global knowledge, a shift driven by the communications revolution. This thesis provides data describing the size and growth of the universe of scholarship, its global reach, how much of it is accessible free of charge on the internet and the rate at which that share is growing. Open Access together with development programs aimed at reducing price barriers to subscription journals have vastly increased the possibilities for accessing research in the South. The relevance to globalization and development is explored conceptually and revealed in the results.
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 06:16 PM PST
"During the first and second quarters of 2012, Working Group 1 will be launching a new project to collect and disseminate COAR-recommended sustainable best practices related to populating repositories. The report will include regional and global trends, selected case studies, and general best practices from institutions around the world. The focus will be on strategies and operations that are sustainable over the long-term and can be replicated at other institutions. Additional information will also be posted to this website. Topics included in the report related to populating repositories will include themes such as:  Lessons learned: what’s worked and what hasn’t.  Workflows or strategies to gather content and populate repositories over time.  Long-term staffing, operational plans, or campus partnerships that have lead to consistently higher rates of deposit.  Automated processes to gather content and populate repositories.  Any other long-term activities or operations that resulted in higher levels of article deposit. If you have any suggestions for appropriate resources, please email [firstname.lastname@example.org] any documents that you think might be relevant including handouts, brochures, articles, websites, or your own description of an initiative. The final report is expected in May 2012...."
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 04:24 PM PST
"[After Elsevier's withdrawal of support for RWA] you can smell the smoke from the brake pads, and hear the reverse gears engaging. Maybe now the American Chemical Society will make a public statement - I haven't heard anything from them yet, although their default position (as a member of the AAP) is to support it. (They supported a previous version of the bill in 2008)...."
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 01:34 PM PST
"The science-publishing giant Elsevier pulled its support on Monday from the controversial Research Works Act, hours before the bill's co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives declared the legislation dead....The bill, HR 3699, would have prevented agencies of the federal government from requiring public access to federally subsidized research. In a statement released on Monday morning, the publisher reiterated its opposition to government mandates even as it backed away from the bill. On Monday afternoon, the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican of California, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat of New York, issued a statement of their own saying that they would not push for action on the bill after all. "As the costs of publishing continue to be driven down by new technology, we will continue to see a growth in open-access publishers. This new and innovative model appears to be the wave of the future," the Issa-Maloney statement said. "The American people deserve to have access to research for which they have paid. This conversation needs to continue, and we have come to the conclusion that the Research Works Act has exhausted the useful role it can play in the debate." Before the news broke that the bill was dead, open-access advocates credited a growing scholarly boycott of Elsevier for the publisher's change of course. But Elsevier said its shift on the legislation was a response to feedback from the scholars who continue to work with it....Boycott organizers and access advocates celebrated Monday's news. "I see this as a victory won by popular awareness and support," Mr. [Tyler] Neylon said in an e-mail. Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, said the boycott had helped spur Elsevier's turnabout. "You don't get almost 8,000 scientists saying 'We think this is a lousy idea' so vocally without taking that seriously," she said. Alicia Wise, Elsevier's director of universal access, played down the boycott's effect. "It's something that we're clearly aware of," she said. But she emphasized that Elsevier had been sounding out the authors, editors, and reviewers who continue to work with it. "Those are the voices we have been listening to," she said....If Elsevier hopes that renouncing the controversial bill will make the boycott go away, it's likely to be disappointed. "Elsevier's sincerity is still a bit suspect," Mr. Neylon said...."
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 08:28 AM PST
ANAP: an integrated knowledge base for Arabidopsis protein interaction network analysis.
Plant physiology, (17 Feb 2012)
Abstract: “Protein interactions are fundamental to the molecular processes occurring within an organism and can be utilised in network biology to help organise, simplify and understand biological complexity. Currently, there are >10 publically available Arabidopsis protein interaction databases. However, there are limitations with these databases, including different types of interaction evidence, a lack of defined standards for protein identifiers, differing levels of information, and critically a lack of integration between them. In this paper we present an interactive bioinformatics web tool, ANAP (Arabidopsis Network Analysis Pipeline), which serves to effectively integrate the different datasets and maximise access to available data. ANAP has been developed for Arabidopsis protein interaction integration and network-based study, to facilitate functional protein network analysis. ANAP integrates 11 Arabidopsis protein interaction databases, comprising 201,699 unique protein interaction pairs, 15,208 identifiers (including 11,931 TAIR AGI codes), 89 interaction detection methods, 73 species that interact with Arabidopsis and 6,161 references. ANAP can be used as a knowledge base for constructing protein interaction networks based on user input and supports both direct and indirect interaction analysis. It has an intuitive graphical interface allowing easy network visualisation and provides extensive detailed evidence for each interaction. In addition, ANAP displays the gene and protein annotation in the generated interactive network with links to TAIR, AtGenExpress Visualization Tool (AVT), Arabidopsis 1001 Genomes GBrowse (1001 Genomes), Protein Knowledgebase (UniProtKB), Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) and Ensembl Genome Browser (EnsemblGenomes) to significantly aid functional network analysis.” The tool is available open access at http://gmdd.shgmo.org/Computational-Biology/ANAP."
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 07:49 AM PST
"Some mathematicians have been remarkably effective in keeping the rights they want: among survey respondents who have negotiated with publishers to retain more rights, 92 percent report being usually or always successful. Their most common approaches are attaching an addendum to or amending the terms of the contract....Despite the very high success rate, fewer than one in five mathematicians have acted to improve their rights position . That does not mean that authors are satisfied with their publication agreements...."
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 07:44 AM PST
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 07:36 AM PST
International IP and the Public Interest
"100 civil society groups and academics have asked the World Intellectual Property Organization to postpone an upcoming Africa IP Forum it is co-organizing with IP-owning firms, their trade associations, and developed country governments. The letter warns that the agenda advanced by the sponsors will not benefit development in Africa – rather it would lead to strong IP policies that block access to medicines, access to knowledge, and freedom of expression on the internet...."
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