Archive for the ‘Open Access’ Category
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Global health authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the launch of a new open access policy in January 2014 to ensure the widespread dissemination of scientific research. The policy, which applies to all WHO-authored or WHO-funded research published in external journals and books, kicked into action on July 1, 2014.
There are many drivers behind the open access movement: to accelerate the pace of scientific research, discovery and innovation; increase the visibility, readership and impact of authors’ works, as well as to enhance interdisciplinary research, to name but a few. All factors point to one ultimate goal, the advancement of knowledge, which both researchers and publishers know, can only be reached by sharing results and making them as accessible as possible.
Effective January 1, articles authored or co-authored by WHO staff or WHO funding recipients will have to be published in an open-access journal or a hybrid open-access journal (a subscription journal with some open access articles). The research must be published under the terms of the standard Creative Commons licence or in a subscription journal that allows for the depositing of the article in Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) within 12 months of the official publication date.
WHO will become the 26th funding member of the open access repository Europe PMC; the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service. It provides free access to nearly 3 million full-text biomedical research articles, over 23 million abstracts from PubMed and 4 million biological and patent records. It is the same barrier-free and peer reviewed repository that BioMed Central publishes with, to ensure all its articles are immediately made freely available.
WHO will be joining 25 other life sciences and biomedical research funders at a time when providing free access to research outputs continues to be championed at the highest levels.
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Stanford offers new open access MOOC — Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning
Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning — This fall Stanford librarians and faculty are working with international partners to offer the innovative free (no-cost) course Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning on the OpenEdX platform (https://class.stanford.edu/courses/Education/OpenKnowledge/Fall2014/about)).
The course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including library and information studies, education, publishing, economics, politics, and more. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Stanford University (USA), Fordham University (USA), University of British Columbia (Canada), Simon Frasier University (Canada), the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (Mexico), and the rest of the world.
Learn more about the concept of “open”, develop your digital literacy skills, and connect with peers from around the world.
For more information and to register: (https://class.stanford.edu/courses/Education/OpenKnowledge/Fall2014/about)
Friday, June 27th, 2014
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces thepublication of a new recommended practice, Open Discovery Initiative:Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014), which providesspecific guidelines on participation in the new generation of librarydiscovery services. The NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) began work in2011 to develop recommendations that would increase transparency across allaspects of indexed discovery services. The group’s final publicationincludes guidelines to content providers on disclosure of level ofparticipation, the minimum set of metadata elements provided for indexing,linking practices, and technical formats.
Recommendations for discoveryservice providers address content listings, linking practices, file formatsand methods of transfer to be supported, and usage statistics. The documentalso provides background information on the evolution of discovery anddelivery technology and a standard set of terminology and definitions forthis technology area.
“An increasing number of libraries, especially those that serve academic orresearch institutions, have invested in the new generation of discoveryservices that use an aggregated central index to enable searching across awide range of library related resources,” explains Marshall Breeding, anindependent library consultant and Co-chair of the ODI Working Group. “Theselibraries expect their entire collection, including licensed and purchasedelectronic content, to be made available within their discovery service ofchoice. But it is often not clear which resources are available and whichare indexed in full text, by citations only, or both. Libraries deserve aclear explanation of the degree of availability of the content they licensein their discovery service-and they need usage statistics to help assess theeffectiveness of their discovery tool.”
“Index-based discovery services involve a complex ecosystem of interrelatingissues and interests among content providers.”
Friday, June 27th, 2014
NLM’s Journal Donation System makes it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard. The system can be used by DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries to offer any title, including titles not owned by NLM. The system can be accessed at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/journaldonation/ or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page. In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions. For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301) 496-0081 or NLMJournalDonation@mail.nlm.nih.gov. NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/donate.html.
Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, over 10,000 gifts have been added to the collection. With the help of libraries planning to discard journal volumes, NLM can build on the success achieved to date.
Preservation and Collection Management Section
Journal Donation Unit
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
Friday, June 20th, 2014
A short Coursera MOOC on copyright, designed for teachers and librarians at all levels, offered starting on July 21. The MOOC is taught by three librarian/lawyers who all specialize in this area — Lisa A. Macklin, JD, MLS from Emory, Anne Gilliland from UNC Chapel Hill, and Kevin Smith from Duke University.
More information and enrollment are available at the course site – https://www.coursera.org/course/cfel
Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Kevin Smith, the scholarly communication officer and copyright expert at Duke University and two colleagues are organizing a four-week MOOC on the basics of copyright. Course is aimed at librarians and K-12 educators and offered on the Coursera platform. Sounds like a great, free opportunity to learn from one of the best. Let me know if there is any interest in doing this in a group.
Is it in the Public Domain?
The Samuelson Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, has released a very cool handbook/set of visual tools to help researchers determine whether a work is still under copyright. Article: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/17178.htm
Handbook and Visuals: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/Final_PublicDomain_Handbook.pdf
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Presenter: Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Summary: Almost 25% of PubMed queries are author searches, yet 2/3 of authors in MEDLINE share the same last name and first initial with an average of eight other authors! This session will explore name ambiguity and introduce ORCID, the international registry that provides a persistent digital identifier to authors, useful throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle. Learn the benefits of ORCID to authors and researchers as well as publishers, funders, universities and professional societies, and how to get started with a new ORCID ID.
Date / Time: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Where: Online / No Registration Required
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Friday, May 9th, 2014
All MAR staff will be attending MLA in Chicago, May 15th – May 21st. So we ask your patience while we’re out of the office. We hope that if you’re attending MLA, please stop to say hello or drop by to visit us at one of our presentations, meetings, etc. We’d love to see you!
Friday, May 9th, 2014
- Beyond the Desk: Resources for Innovative Reference Services
- iFought the iPads (and iWon)
- CE Institute Convenes Top Talents
- Board in the Library: Act 4
- Library Staff in Poland Learn with Webinars
- Take Charge of Individual Learning
- Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Digital Literacy Resources
- Minecraft and Water Buffalo: A Diversity of Stories
Friday, May 9th, 2014
Back in February, I sent an inquiry regarding collection development policies for commercial datasets. Thank you for all of your thoughtful responses. This overview was presented as a poster at a regional conference, and I would like to share the results with you here. Please find the poster, handout, and references at this link: http://www.slideshare.net/SarahYoung10/whattodoaboutdata
Health Science and Policy Librarian
Albert R. Mann Library
Ithaca, NY 14853