Archive for the ‘Open Access’ Category
Monday, May 13th, 2013
Presenter: Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Location: Free, Online
Date: May 30, 2013
Description: A major change for NIH-funded researchers in July 2013 is enforcement of mandatory compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: funding will be withheld if publications arising from that award are not in compliance. Become familiar with the NIH Public Access Policy and learn about tips and tools from the National Library of Medicine for helping NIH investigators manage compliance. Objectives include learning what manuscripts are covered by the Policy, the criteria for compliance, and the key NIH/NLM tools used by investigators to link research publications to grants.
Monday, May 13th, 2013
ARL has now joined major sponsors Public Library of Science (PLOS), Wellcome Trust, and Google to launch the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP), which recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations in any field that benefits society.
The goal of the ASAP program is to build awareness and encourage the use of open access scientific research and, through these stories, inspire greater support for open access.
“ARL’s sponsorship of ASAP signals deep support from the research library community for open access publishing and for the authors who publish in open access journals,” said Elliott Shore, ARL executive director. “Open access encourages the sharing of research and promotes innovation, activities that are central to the mission of higher education and scholarship.”
This new, innovative program recognizes individuals who have used, applied, or remixed scientific research—published through open access—to innovate and make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology, or society as a whole. Potential nominees include individuals, teams, or groups of collaborators—such as scientists, researchers, educators, social service workers, technology leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, patient advocates, public health workers, and students—who have used scientific research in transformative ways.
Three top awards of $30,000 each will be presented. The nomination period is open from May 1 to June 15, 2013. Winners will be announced in Washington, DC, in October 2013, at an Open Access Week kickoff event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank.
The ASAP program is sponsored by 24 global organizations that value the transformative impact of applying scientific research, published through open access, to extend the reach of science and medicine.
For more information on the ASAP program, visit http://asap.plos.org/. See also the program rules at http://asap.plos.org/nominate/rules/. Follow and tweet about the ASAP program on Twitter using the hashtag #SciASAP.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.
Friday, April 26th, 2013
This video helps NIH-funded scientists link funding to their citations and manage compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYODIOD_YYE
Friday, April 19th, 2013
MLA and AAHSL are issuing the following statement encouraging publishers to support authors in complying with NIH Public Access Policy:
NIH Policy Support Statement
The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the Medical Library Association urge journal publishers to fully support authors who are federally mandated to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. Many authors are confused by the varied approaches and policies of different journals for submitting articles to PubMed Central. This issue will become even more pressing beginning July 1, 2013, when NIH will delay processing an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the Policy. Additionally, authors and their institutions need publisher support to address prior lapses in compliance, dating back to 2008, as failure to do so will adversely affect future grant funding.
On behalf of academic health centers, health sciences schools, libraries and more importantly, journal authors, we ask that:
- Publishers allow authors to submit to PubMed Central the final published versions of their articles published after April 7, 2008, related to awards that will have an anticipated start date of July 1, 2013. We ask that this permission be communicated to authors via the journal website and other relevant communication mechanisms between now and July 1, 2013.
- Going forward, publishers consider entering into an NIH Portfolio agreement with PubMed Central, wherein the journal commits to depositing all articles funded by the NIH (as defined by the NIH Public Access Policy), starting with a specified volume/issue or publication date. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/about/faq/#q15.
Authors in academic health centers are increasingly aware of the importance of selecting journals that simplify compliance. Publisher assistance with the compliance process would strengthen ties with their authors, an important market, and establish a strong pipeline for future cutting-edge research articles. Also, it would avoid the potential problem of researchers inadvertently violating publisher agreements when attempting to bring older publications into compliance. Finally, having a standard, easy solution for all authors would reduce publisher workload in consulting with individual authors to bring older articles into compliance.
Any delay in grant awards will have an adverse effect on major research institutions that thrive on competitive NIH funding. Publishers have a major role in the compliance process. We strongly encourage them to streamline the process and offer all possible assistance to authors mandated to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.
The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) supports academic health sciences libraries and directors in advancing the patient care, research, education and community service missions of academic health centers through visionary executive leadership and expertise in health information, scholarly communication, and knowledge management.
Founded in 1898, the Medical Library Association (MLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational organization of 4,000 individual and institutional members in the health sciences information field that provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.
Saturday, March 30th, 2013
For those interested in scholarly communication issues in the sciences, you may want to review the current issue of Nature to learn more about open access, big data, and data sharing issues occurring in the sciences.
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Washington Post: Supreme Court says copyright law does not protect publishers in discount re-sales
Excerpts: “The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that textbooks and other goods made and sold abroad can be re-sold online and in discount stores without violating U.S. copyright law.” “Had the court come out the other way, it would have crimped the sale of many goods sold online and in discount stores, and it would have complicated the tasks of museums and libraries that contain works produced outside the United States, Breyer said.”
The case: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, 11-697. “John Wiley & Sons v Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher’s copyrighted books that his relatives first bought abroad at cut-rate prices.”
The Opinion: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/11-697_d1o2.pdf
Supreme Court blog: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/kirtsaeng-v-john-wiley-sons-inc/
Friday, March 15th, 2013
The third issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) has just been published! This special issue of JeSLIB features proceedings from the 2012 University of Massachusetts and New England Librarian e-Science Symposium. It is available at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/vol1/iss3/
Table of Contents
Volume 1, Issue 3
What do Data Services Librarians Do? by Elaine R. Martin
Letter to the Editor
Proprietary vs. General Data Formats by James Schroeder
Mentoring for Emerging Careers in eScience Librarianship: An iSchool – Academic Library Partnership by Gail Steinhart and Jian Qin
Forging New Service Paths: Institutional Approaches to Providing Research Data Management Services by Regina Raboin, Rebecca C. Reznik-Zellen, and Dorothea Salo
Lurking in the Lab: Analysis of Data from Molecular Biology Laboratory Instruments by Jen Ferguson
A Case Study: Data Management in Biomedical Engineering by Glenn R. Gaudette and Donna Kafel
E-Science in Action
A Data Sharing Story by Mercè Crosas
Data Management Training for Students at a Large Research University by Jessica Adamick, Rebecca C. Reznik-Zellen, and Matt Sheridan
Are you interested in submitting to JeSLIB? Please refer to author guidelines at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/styleguide.html
Mary Piorun, MSLS, MBA
Community, Technology, and Global Relations
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
The 2013 Sara Fine Institute Lecture
When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 / 2:30 pm
Where: Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, School of Law, University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Who: Pamela Samuelson, Professor, Law School and School of Information, University of California at Berkeley
There are at least three serious obstacles to the creation of digital libraries. While technological and financial obstacles are nontrivial, there are reasons to be optimistic that they can be overcome in time. Copyright looms as perhaps the most significant impediment, one that seems more intractable than the others. This talk will consider the role of the fair use limitation on copyright as a mechanism through which at least some digital library projects may be accomplished. How much digital librarians will be able to depend on fair use will be affected by the forthcoming appellate court rulings in the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust and Authors Guild v. Google cases. The talk will explore the pros and cons of some other options that have either been adopted or are under consideration to overcome copyright obstacles in the U.S. and elsewhere. The implications of the current U.S. Copyright Office inquiry about orphan works and mass digitization will also be discussed.
Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley. An acknowledged expert on digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy, Samuelson is Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, as well as on the advisory boards for the Center for Democracy & Technology, Public Knowledge, and the Berkeley Center for New Media.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Hawaii and a 1976 graduate of Yale Law School, Samuelson practiced law as a litigation associate with the New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher before turning to academic pursuits. From 1981 through June 1996 she was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, from which she visited at Columbia, Cornell, and Emory Law Schools. Since joining the Berkeley faculty, she has been a distinguished visiting professor at University of Toronto Law School as well as a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law Schools. She was named an honorary professor at the University of Amsterdam in 2002.
She teaches courses on intellectual property, Internet law, and information law and policy. Professor Samuelson has been a contributing editor of Communications of the ACM, a journal devoted to coverage of existing and emerging technologies. From 1997 through 2002, Samuelson was a fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Anita Borg Institute honored Samuelson with its Women of Vision Award for Social Impact in 2005, and the public interest organization Public Knowledge awarded her its IP3 Award for her contributions to Internet law and policy in October 2010.
This event is hosted by the Sara Fine Institute at the School of Information Sciences and co-sponsored by the Innovation Practice Institute at School of Law at the University of Pittsburgh.
Friday, January 25th, 2013
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Electronic Data Methods Forum are pleased to announce the official launch of eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to improve patient outcomes). eGEMs is an open access journal focused on using electronic clinical data to advance research and quality improvement, with the overall goal of improving patient and community outcomes. Authors are welcome to submit papers, images, or other media focused on data methods, informatics, governance, and the learning health system.
Select to access: http://repository.academyhealth.org/egems/.