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The NIAMS starts a public digital image collection

I discovered that the  National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has launched a searchable Image Gallery.  According to the site, “Images found here are in the public domain; however, we ask that you not use this material to promote or endorse commercial products or services. Please credit the source as: National [...]

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Thu, January 28 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Emergency Access Initiative- a temporary solution with permanent need

Well, I was quite excited about today’s announcement of the  Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), a timely partnership of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) , the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), and the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and other publishers. Then I began to scratch [...]

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Tue, January 26 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

The ROAR of Open Access

Tracking the comparative performance of open access repositories, particularly the measurement of repository growth, was early on identified as a suitable mission for the  Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) , the  UK  agency  providing leadership in the use of information and communications technology in support of learning, teaching, research and administration. JISC coordinated the funding of the [...]

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Sun, January 24 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Chinese Academy of Sciences embraces open access

The Chinese Academy of Sciences will cover the publications costs for their authors wishing to publish in a Biomed Central (BMC) journal.   A press release on the BMC website announced this new partnership, which also noted that “BioMed Central has seen significant growth in the number of published articles from authors based in mainline China and [...]

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Fri, January 22 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The PMC Open Access Subset- free of traditional copyright

Despite the fact that access to articles in PubMed Central is barrier free, there is still legitimate copyright restrictions regulating use of a copyrighted article, once it is obtained.  For instance, fair use provisions of U.S. Copyright law allow individuals to obtain one copy of a research article for personal scholarly or research use, subject [...]

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Thu, January 21 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Scholarly Publishing Roundtable- Difference of opinion or chasm?

Spin is everything. The result of the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable of key stakeholders charged on October 29th, 2009, by the U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), was released on January 12th, 2010, after reaching enough consensus to suggest something was [...]

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Tue, January 19 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The average person’s biomedical open access: “our damned data’

CNN Health may have provided some momentum to the health care reform bill by featuring an article on the fury with which some patients and patients families greet the inability to get timely (or any) medical records, despite the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. If you don’t find average person exasperation or rants very [...]

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Sun, January 17 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Update on PLoS and article-level metrics

Back in September 2009, The Public Library of Science (PLoS), already the publisher of the #1 ISI impact factor journal for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,  announced that that all seven PLoS journals would provide online usage data for published articles. With this addition, the suite of metrics on PLoS articles now includes measures of: online [...]

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Sun, January 17 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The lifeblood of institutional repositories: OAI-PMH

Set up an institutional repository of biomedical  pre- or post-print papers, theses, or open curriculum, and you wonder:  how will my content be discovered? A very elegant solution exists called OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting). The original specifications for the OAI-PMH emerged from a coalition of web visionaries and programmers from both the Coalition for Networked [...]

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Fri, January 15 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

What ever happened to the DC Principles?

The Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science ( aka DC Principles) was launched in 2004 as a unified not-for-profit scientific publishing statement, right around the same time as the birth of the  Alliance for Taxpayer Access. The audience for this face-off was and continues to be scholarly societies with well-established reputations and publishing [...]

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Tue, January 12 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments