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International Network for Online Resources and Materials offers Open access sourcebooks

The International Network for Online Resources and Materials (INFORM) is dedicated to creating and supporting teaching workshops in developing countries in Asia and Africa. The Inform sourcebooks on health provide guidance about accessing free information resources on different health subjects, and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. I created [...]

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Thu, February 25 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) Free Period for Haiti Extended to March 19th

You may or may not have heard that the EAI access for Haiti care was extended.   EAI is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. EAI provides free access to full text articles from major [...]

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Tue, February 23 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Innocent or deliberate omission? E-Health Partnerships in Low Income Nations

I was reading a recent  interesting article, A Toolkit For E Health Partnerships In Low-Income Nations,  in a non-open access journal, Health Affairs, expecting to find some mention of open access biomedical publishing playing some sort of major or minor role in this toolkit.  I also knew that the publisher of this journal was originally on board and publicly [...]

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Sun, February 21 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Turning Research into Clinical Practice…not the CTSA flavor

The CTSA (Clinical Translation Science Award) flavor is usually referred to as “bench to bedside”, or how basic science discoveries in the laboratory can be more rapidly transformed into solutions for the intractable challenges of disease, including engaging communities in clinical research efforts and training researchers in this arena. Yet there are all kinds of [...]

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Thu, February 18 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP)

E-theses are mostly found in university institutional respositories. DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses.  The DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP) provides researchers with a single starting search point for 214 Universities found in 16 European countries.  For instance, search a term [...]

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Mon, February 15 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The Nucleic Acids Research Database Directory: OA Since Infancy

I was looking at my friend Carrie’s 2009 posting “Free Online Bioinformatics Tools” in Bitesize Bio and noticed that she mentioned The Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) Database Issue. Starting from the current January 2010 abstract introduction I discovered the depth of open access commitment, which includes descriptions of 58 new and 73 updated data resources, [...]

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Wed, February 10 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

HINARI and open access- together in a PubMed search

The Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), introduced by the United Nations’ Secretary General Kofi Annan at the UN Millennium Summit in the year 2000, continues to provide free or very low cost online access to  major biomedical literature to not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.  Initially six international publishing  companies responded to Annan’s call to improve [...]

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Tue, February 9 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Science Commons Symposium – Pacific Northwest on February 20, 2010

On February 20th an international all-star list of knowledge sharing experts will be gathering at the Redmond WA Microsoft Campus,  united in their enthusiasm and outspoken support for online science and open access. I hope medical, science and academic librarians who are interested in scholarly communication and developing alliances with activist scientists and technologists can attend [...]

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Fri, February 5 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Journal Price Freeze in 2010…after a period of steady price increases

An objective summary of  EBSCO journal subscription price records for academic medical journals (2005-2009 Journal Price History) shows an average 40% increase for the past five years. Last year, the Medical Library community issued a Statement on the Global Economic Crisis and its Impact on Health Sciences Library Collections which called to both publisher and public attention [...]

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Wed, February 3 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Benjamin Franklin Life Sciences Award for 2010- Nomination Time!

Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences.  This is a humanitarian award presented annually by the Bioinformatics Organization to an individual who has, in his or her practice, promoted open-access to the materials and methods used in the life sciences. You will have to join [...]

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Wed, February 3 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments