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Digital.CSIC from the Spanish National Research Council

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 [...]

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Fri, September 24 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Science in the developing world, green open access, and twitter

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. This is [...]

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Wed, September 15 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Who pays for open access? A video primer from CUL

The Big Think site brought this video to my attention.  As this is a teaching blog, I think it is worth watching, if you are unfamiliar with this notion of who pays and what are the most sustainable models of open access.   Panelists: Mike Rossner, Executive Director of the Rockefeller University Press; Ivy Anderson, Director [...]

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Tue, August 31 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Need a policy model for an academic open access repository? U. of Ottawa’s got it.

I saw the announcement on resourceshelf.com about The University of Ottawa Press decision to launch a new open access collection of 36 UOP books will be available free to the online community in the University of Ottawa’s institutional repository, uO Research,  including both French and English-language in-print titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences.  Curious about the representation [...]

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Sun, August 8 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

APS public access v. arXiv open access- We live in interesting times…

The following  press release was forwarded to me by a colleague: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ APS ONLINE JOURNALS AVAILABLE FREE IN U.S. PUBLIC LIBRARIES Ridge, NY, 28 July 2010: The American Physical Society (APS) announces a new public access initiative that will give readers and researchers in public libraries in the United States full use of all online [...]

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Sun, August 1 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

The next domino: SIU follows UC in opposing NPG subscription increases, urging open access alternatives

On June 4th the University of California Library System issued a very public complaint about Nature Publishing Group‘s proposed triple-digit increase in institutional subscription costs, coupled with a threat of author and editorial boycott by faculty. On June 24th, David Carlson, the Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University(SIU), Carbondale, and Associate Dean Connie [...]

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Tue, July 13 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

UTK’s Office of Research and the University Libraries Support OA with $$$

When a library tweets about open access funding, I sit up and listen.  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and University Libraries have renewed a fund of $20,000 for FY 2009-2010 to support publishing in open access journals.  Credit must be given to the Library Scholarly Communication unit, which guides digital library initiatives, [...]

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Fri, July 9 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

eIFL reports on open content licenses in developing countries

eIFL.net is an international not-for-profit organization building partnerships with libraries around the world to enable sustainable access to high quality digital information for people in developing and transition countries.  Like SPARC in the U.S., eIFL.net was originallystarted to address the serials pricing crisis in  academic and research libraries in Central and Eastern Europe. eIFL.net currently [...]

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Mon, July 5 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Open Access @ UNT Speaker Stevan Harnad explains the OA Advantage

The Open Access @ UNT Symposium on May 18 featured a keynote address by Stevan Harnad, the über evangelist of the green open access movement.  Dr. Harnad has a standard address about the benefits of pre-print self archiving that translates into the open access advantage. This carefully edited video transcription also works in Harnad’s answers [...]

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Thu, July 1 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

An Open Access Reading List — Open Access @ UNT

The University of North Texas at Denton hosted an Open Access Symposium on May 18, 2010, part of their ongoing initiative to establish a campus open access policy.  UNT would be the first public university in Texas, and only the second public university in the U.S., after the University of Kansas, to formalize a requirement for [...]

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Fri, May 28 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments