www.openbiomed.info http://openbiomed.info Accelerating access to biomedical evidence Fri, 05 Nov 2010 03:23:57 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 Flexner goes open access, thanks to Academic Medicine and AAMC http://openbiomed.info/2010/11/flexner-goes-open-access-thanks-to-academic-medicine-and-aamc/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/11/flexner-goes-open-access-thanks-to-academic-medicine-and-aamc/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 03:23:57 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=860 Listen with webreader


From the October 7th AAMC Leader to Leader:

Academic Medicine publishes first eBook
AAMC’s peer-reviewed journal Academic Medicine has just published its very first eBook.  This new resource was developed using articles featured in the February 2010 issue that reflected on the centenary anniversary of Flexner.  The eBook can be downloaded for free in variety of formats including ones for iPads, Nooks, Sony eReaders, and Kindles.  To access the eBook, visit the announcement section of the Academic Medicine Web site at   http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/default.aspx.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of a seminal report in medical education: 27 articles about Abraham Flexner and his legacy

Download for the iPad, Nook, or Sony here.
Download for the Kindle here.

Searching Abraham Flexner from Google Images


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One minute open access lessons in English and French. Merci beaucoup! http://openbiomed.info/2010/10/one-minute-open-access-lessons-in-english-and-french-merci-beaucoup/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/10/one-minute-open-access-lessons-in-english-and-french-merci-beaucoup/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:56:07 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=857 Listen with webreader

Direct from the McGill Library’s youtube channel:


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The Oregon Library Association makes a statement on Open Libraries http://openbiomed.info/2010/10/the-oregon-library-association-makes-a-statement-on-open-libraries/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/10/the-oregon-library-association-makes-a-statement-on-open-libraries/#comments Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:21:47 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=853 Listen with webreader

Please note that my Library and Information Science instructional activies take precedence over blogging until after December 15th or so, except when my friend and colleagues spot a timely gem.  My former student Sondhaya  (Sunny) Sritongsook has been supporting my blog with ideas and research.  She formatted most of this post, which I really appreciate.

The Oregon Library Association (OLA) dedicated their latest Quarterly issue to the concept of Open Libraries.  The Fall 2010 issue reads like a handbook for creating “openness” in surrounding libraries such as dealing with diverse patrons, communicating with fellow library staff using wikis, and choosing open source software and open source integrated library systems over commercial software.  The topics in the quarterly pertains to librarians who may want to consider a unifying system that creates and share data rather than limit their means of collecting and distributing information, especially due to budget crunches.  The more the cost of journal subscriptions, the cost of getting published, not to mention the time it takes to make a hard copy readily available to readers makes Open Access Models even more appealing to librarians.  Open publication licenses allow these materials to be improved and used by peers.  For example, librarians are urged to tap into the scientific community’s publications using open science resources such as Open Notebook.  Just as OA has done to the scholarly works all the world over, open science has brought about that same sort of transparency, accessibility and collaboration among scientists.  Also highlighted in the quarterly is President Obama’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government through the Freedom of Information Act as the backdrop of allowing government information to go public.  And until October 15th, the public may comment on the newest proposal that evaluates the openness of federal agencies at OpenTheGovernment.org.

The articles in the quarterly include:

Open to the Public By: Jane Salisbury with contribution from Carolee Hirsch

A Wiki Way of Communication By: Carol McGeehon

Free as in Internet: Using Linux and Open Source Software on Public Workstations By: Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen & Sean Park

Coming Soon to a Library Near You: An Open Source ILS  By: Beth Longwell

Tipping the Scales: How Free Culture Helps Restore Balance in the Age of Copyright Maximalism  By: Rachel Bridgewater

Collective Voice for Collective Good: Library Consortia, Open Access, and the Future of Scholarly Communication By: Kim Marsh Read

Open Sesame: The Open Science and Open Data Movements and Their Implications for Librarians  By: Hope Leman

The Promise of Open Government, for the Nation and for Oregon By: Patrice McDermott & Roberta Richards

Oregon’s LSTA State Grant Program: Excavating Best Practice Reaching Towards Transparency By: Ann Reed & Jane Scheppke

The freely, downloadable pdf of the issue can be accessed here http://www.olaweb.org as the authors abide by the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License agreement.  Make great use of it!


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An Open Access Week eve treat- British Library grows OA evidence http://openbiomed.info/2010/10/bl-grows-knowledge/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/10/bl-grows-knowledge/#comments Thu, 14 Oct 2010 02:19:52 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=843 Listen with webreader

THE (Times Higher Education) reports that the British Library aims to build a concrete case for open access in the academy with research findings from an exhibition, Growing Knowledge,  that opened this week, which is expected to provide evidence that research quality will improve in a culture of greater openness. A researcher will kick off a year-long gathering information from an exhibit. Visitors will be able to take part in a study of how they use new technology and how research questions are evolving.  Growing Knowledge opened on 12 October and will run until 16 July 2011.

Growing Knowledge: the evolution of research showreel from Matthew Shaw on Vimeo.


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The predatory open access seal of approval goes to… intechweb http://openbiomed.info/2010/10/the-predatory-open-access-seal-of-approval-goes-to-intechweb/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/10/the-predatory-open-access-seal-of-approval-goes-to-intechweb/#comments Mon, 04 Oct 2010 05:10:56 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=835 Listen with webreader

I found a previously undetected open access publisher with a website, blog, youtube channel, and even a twitter feed called intechweb.org.  The also have a selection of open access textbooks, including one on medical robotics.

I went to their web site and confirmed that the publisher used a gold open access model of an author fee for chapter or article submissions.  The medical robotics textbook has 37 chapters,  showing no particular organizational principle and containing an editorial introduction of only 273 words.  The editor has no record of scholarly publishing in standard biomedical databases.

It did not take long with light reviewing to see that many of the rather nice images of robotic surgery actually came from the Intuitive Surgical Product Image Gallery for the  da Vinci® Si System. Why not the best images,especially when there is no cost involved?

The question of open access publisher credibility begins with something really basic:  enough transparency to see a person called a publisher or editor-in-chief.  When the about page or the contact page does not suggest a specific human being behind the brand, a little bell starts to go off.   Then you find some really unflattering chatter on FriendFeed, and you have a nomination for openbiomed predatory status.  Then you look at the new office, which seems both too quiet and too posed, and you reach the threshold for the predatory open access seal of approval.

Stay away, and imagine this…for the medical robotics textbook, I imagine that the creators of this shell took approximately $22,200 US at $600 per submitted chapter, according to the really unflattering chatter on FriendFeed. If you believe their statistics, it was downloaded 1979 times , but the publishers probable income for one of hundreds of titles is…well…predatory.


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eIFL: Access to Knowledge for Sustainable Livelihoods.. and Health http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/eifl-sustain-health/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/eifl-sustain-health/#comments Wed, 29 Sep 2010 03:30:16 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=827 Listen with webreader

eIFL.net partners with libraries and library consortia in over 45 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, extending a range of programmes and initiatives that increase access to knowledge. eIFL’s core initiatives include:

The Public Library Innovation Program (PLIP) caught and held my attention.  PLIP uses technology as the driver of innovative services, ultimately improving professional library practice and community lives through the use of technology to provide critical access to information resources, as well as empower library services with communication technologies.  This three-year, two-step grant program,  funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will help public libraries in developing and transitioning countries become centers of community life.

Among the twelve award-winning proposals in the first round of the grant competition, one selected project looked at health and community life.

The library takes on the new role of heath information provider
Country: Kenya

Organization: Kenya National Library System (KNLS)

KNLS Health Project Brief Description: eHealth is an emerging service sector which has great potential to improve health care delivery to rural and remote communities and to promote health education and research. High cost of healthcare coupled with high levels of poverty and inadequate healthcare infrastructure has led many people to seek information from libraries. However, the libraries have not been equipped to handle these requests. Kenya National Library System (KNLS) will address this urgent need in Kisumu and Eldoret by partnering with existing healthcare NGOs to train librarians, to set up ehealth services in the library, and to use mobile phones and other relevant technology to expand the outreach of library services.


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Digital.CSIC from the Spanish National Research Council http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/digital-csic-from-the-spanish-national-research-council/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/digital-csic-from-the-spanish-national-research-council/#comments Sat, 25 Sep 2010 03:43:58 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=824 Listen with webreader

I just added Digital.CSIC, the Institutional Repository of the Spanish National Research Council, to this blog’s  link blogroll, as they just reached the admirable accomplishment of hosting 25,000 items September 16, 2010.

At the 2010 IFLA Conference, a poster session was also presented on this repository.  Some facts from the poster include:

Digital.CSIC is the institutional repository of the Spanish National Research Council resulting from the signing of the Berlin Declaration by CSIC Presidency in 2006
• Digital.CSIC was launched in January 2008 to organise, preserve and maximise access to CSIC research centrally.
• Digital.CSIC is a CSIC Libraries Coordination Unit initiative
• The 147 CSIC research centers and institutes and its 78 specialized libraries take part
Digital.CSIC runs on DSpace.
Here is the division of scholarly deposits at its current growth stage, which is taken from the monitor on the Digital.CSIC web page:

Great start for the green open access momentum of biosciences, with nearly 2000 biology and biomedicine deposits.


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David Lipman on Open Genomics http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/david-lipman-on-open-genomics/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/david-lipman-on-open-genomics/#comments Tue, 21 Sep 2010 03:24:56 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=809 Listen with webreader

As part of the NCBI publicity for the GenBank 25th Anniversary, David Lipman speaks to the importance of sharing genome access in a public database at about the three minute mark of this interview:


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Science in the developing world, green open access, and twitter http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/science-in-the-developing-world-green-open-access-and-twitter/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/science-in-the-developing-world-green-open-access-and-twitter/#comments Thu, 16 Sep 2010 02:55:30 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=803 Listen with webreader

For those of us that monitor twitter™ space with a tool like tweetdeck™, the availability of a new archived pre-print like Alma Swan and Martin Hall’s Why Open Access can change science in the developing world in less than 48 hours old in the repository, and already more than 30 readers have discovered it.

Open Access Developing countries Developing world Deposited On: 14 Sep 2010 19:07 by Swan, Alma

This is green open access at work, applified by twitter generation.  No advertising budget, just an initial tweet and a #0a hash tag, plus the determined willingness of authors to share their conclusion as fast as the digital ink is dry.  And after you digest this relatively short advocacy paper , you have immediate access to the article’s bibliography, including the links to original articles for the paper’s conclusion:

1.  UNESCO (2008) Improving Access to Scientific Information for Developing Countries: UK Learned Societies and Journal Access Programmes. Report by Improving Access to Scientific  Information Working Group (Natural Sciences Committee) http://www.unesco.org.uk/uploads/Improving%20Access%20to%20Scientific%20Information%20-%20May%2008.pdf

 2.  UNESCO and the International Council of Scientific Unions (1999): World Conference on Science; Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge (July 1). http://www.unesco.org/science/wcs/eng/declaration_e.htm.

 3. Aronson, B (2004) Improving Online Access to Medical Information for Low-income Countries. New England J. Medicine 350, pp. 966–968. http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/350/10/966

 4.  Abrahams, L, Burke, M, Gray, E & Rens, A (2008). Opening access to knowledge in Southern African universities. In SARUA 2008 Study Series, Southern African Regional Universities Association, Johannesburg, http://www.sarua.org/?q=content/opening-access-knowledge-southern-african-universities   

 5. Kuchma, I. (2008) Open Access Institutional Repositories in Developing and Transition Countries: Results of eIFL.net Activities. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom. http://pubs.or08.ecs.soton.ac.uk

Meet the new Twitter.com


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Charles W. Bailey’s Open Access Bibliography: Another milestone http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/charles-w-baileys-open-access-bibliography-another-milestone/ http://openbiomed.info/2010/09/charles-w-baileys-open-access-bibliography-another-milestone/#comments Tue, 14 Sep 2010 04:05:54 +0000 cjgberg http://openbiomed.info/?p=794 Listen with webreader

Charles W. Bailey made this announcement on the ETD listserv:

Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship:


This bibliography presents over 1,100 selected English-language scholarly works useful in understanding the open access movement’s efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature.  The bibliography primarily includes books and published journal articles.  A limited number of book chapters, conference papers, dissertations and theses, magazine articles, technical reports, and other scholarly works that are deemed to be of exceptional interest are also included (see the “Preface” for further details about selection criteria).  The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works.  Most sources have been published from January 1, 1999 through August 1, 2010; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1999 are also included.  The bibliography is available as a paperback and an open access PDF file.

The following Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

(1) Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, version 78


(2) Digital Scholarship 2009 (paperback and open access PDF


(3) Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: 2008 Annual Edition (paperback, Kindle e-book, and open access
PDF file)

(4) Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography,
version 1


Translate (oversatta, oversette, prelozit, traducir, traduire, tradurre, traduzir, or ubersetzen):

Best Regards,

Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
Publisher, Digital Scholarship


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