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Research Data Management Symposium (Almost Full so Register Now!)

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Doing It Your Way:  Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries

When:  April 28 – 29, 2014

Where:  The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) is offering a 2-day symposium to help your library find its unique approach to research data management.  We have a great cast of speakers to talk about issues you may be facing in your library.

Details / Registration:  http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_data2014

  • Register for both days, or only one day—it’s your choice.
  • If registration fills up, you’ll be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available

Gibberish Papers

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. In today’s article by reporter Richard Van Noorden, you can even find out how to make a start on your own gibberish paper.  These were published mainly in conference proceedings: http://www.nature.com/news/publishers-withdraw-more-than-120-gibberish-papers-1.14763

Registration Open for Research Data Management Symposium (Space is Limited)

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Doing It Your Way:  Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries

When:  April 28 – 29, 2014

Where:  The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) is offering a 2-day symposium to help your library find its unique approach to research data management.  We have a great cast of speakers to talk about issues you may be facing in your library.

Details / Registration:  http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_data2014

  • Register for both days, or only one day—it’s your choice.
  • If registration fills up, you’ll be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available

World Health Organization (WHO) Providing Open Access to All Publications

Friday, February 21st, 2014

WHO provides access to the numerous items they have authored and published through their website, under the belief that access to information is a basic right that supports better decision making. A new policy that will be effective July 2014 requires that any WHO authored or WHO-funded research published in non-WHO publications, such as journals and books, must also be made freely available to all.

Press Release: http://www.who.int/about/who_reform/change_at_who/issue4/information-sharing/en/index.html

WHO Publications: http://www.who.int/publications/en/

WHO Institutional Repository: http://apps.who.int/iris/

Registration Now Open for Research Data Management Symposium (Space is Limited)

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

NOTE:  One more week for priority registration for MAR network members

Doing It Your Way:  Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries

When:   April 28-29, 2014

Where:  The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

MAR is offering a 2-day symposium to help your library find its unique approach to research data management.  We have a great cast of speakers to talk about issues you may be facing in your library.

  • Registration for NN/LM MAR Network members (from DE, NJ, NY or PA)
  • For everyone else, registration opens February 21, 2014
  • If registration fills up, registrants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available

Details / Registration:  http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_data2014

Biomedical Big Data Science Notices of Intent to Publish

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Registration Now Open for Research Data Management Symposium (Space is Limited)

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Doing It Your Way:  Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries

When:   April 28-29, 2014

Where:  The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

MAR is offering a 2-day symposium to help your library find its unique approach to research data management.  We have a great cast of speakers to talk about issues you may be facing in your library.

  • Registration opens today for NN/LM MAR Network members (from DE, NJ, NY or PA)
  • For everyone else, registration opens February 21, 2014
  • If registration fills up, registrants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a space becomes available

Details / Registration:  http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_data2014

MORE Details: Join Us for Our Data Management Symposium

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Doing It Your Way:  Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries

When:   April 28-29, 2014

Where:  The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

NN/LM MAR is planning a 2-day symposium to help your library take a  “Frank Sinatra” approach to research data management.

Day One Keynote Speakers

  • Paul Harris / Director, Office of Research Informatics, Vanderbilt University
  • Jared Lyle / Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) , University of Michigan
  • Keith Webster / Dean of Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University

Day One Breakout Session Speakers

  • Heather Coates / Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian, IUPUI University Library
  • Barrie Hayes / Bioinformatics & Translational Science Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina
  • Lisa Johnston / Research Data Management/Curation Lead, Science/Engineering Library, University of Minnesota
  • Wendy Kozlowski / Scientific Data Curation Specialist, Olin Library, Cornell University
  • Stephen Morales / Director, Digital Preservation Network, University of Virginia
  • Alisa Surkis / Translational Science Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, New York University
  • Ryan Womack / Data Librarian, Alexander Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Day Two Workshop Speakers

  • Andrea Horne Denton / Research and Data Services Manager, University of Virginia
  • Sherry Lake / Senior Data Consultant, University of Virginia

We will provide more details about the symposium in coming weeks.  So start spreading the news!

Publisher Goes After Authors of Its Own Journals

Friday, January 17th, 2014

An article in the new issue of The Economist reported on Elsevier’s efforts to stop authors from posting papers they have written on their own web pages.

http://tinyurl.com/ojqgfzu.

Public Access to Scientific Research Advances in Omnibus

Friday, January 17th, 2014

PUBLIC ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ADVANCES

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Codifies White House Directive

Washington, DC – Progress toward making taxpayer-funded scientific research freely accessible in a digital environment was reached today with congressional passage of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act.  The bill requires federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education portion of the Omnibus bill with research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to articles reporting on federally funded research no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

“This is an important step toward making federally funded scientific research available for everyone to use online at no cost,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).  “We are indebted to the members of Congress who champion open access issues and worked tirelessly to ensure that this language was included in the Omnibus.  Without the strong leadership of the White House, Senator Harkin, Senator Cornyn, and others, this would not have been possible.”

The additional agencies covered would ensure that approximately $31 billion of the total $60 billion annual US investment in taxpayer funded research is now openly accessible.

SPARC strongly supports the language in the Omnibus bill, which affirms the strong precedent set by the landmark NIH Public Access Policy, and more recently by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Directive on Public Access.  At the same time, SPARC is pressing for additional provisions to strengthen the language – many of which are contained in the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act – including requiring that articles are:

·      Available no later than six months after publication;

·      Available through a central repository similar to the National Institutes for Health’s (NIH) highly successful PubMed Central, a2008 model that opened the gateway to the human genome project and more recently the brain mapping initiative.  These landmark programs demonstrate quite clearly how opening up access to taxpayer funded research can accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, lead to both innovative new treatments and technologies, and generate new jobs in key sectors of the economy; and

·      Provided in formats and under terms that ensure researchers have the ability to freely apply cutting-edge analysis tools and technologies to the full collection of digital articles resulting from public funding.

“SPARC is working toward codifying the principles in FASTR and is working with the Administration to use PubMed Central as the implementation model for the President’s directive,” said Joseph.  “Only with a central repository and the ability to fully mine and reuse data will we have the access we need to really spur innovation and job creation in broad sections of the economy.”

Background

Every year, the federal government uses taxpayer dollars to fund tens of billions of dollars of scientific research that results in thousands upon thousands of articles published in scientific journals.  The government funds this research with the understanding that it will advance science, spur the economy, accelerate innovation, and improve the lives of our citizens.  Yet most taxpayers – including academics, students, and patients – are shut out of accessing and using the results of the research that their tax dollars fund, because it is only available through expensive and often hard-to-access scientific journals.

By any measure, 2013 was a watershed year for the Open Access movement:  in February, the White House issued the landmark Directive; a major bill,  FASTR, was introduced in Congress; a growing number of higher education institutions – ranging from the University of California System, Harvard University, MIT, the University of Kansas, and Oberlin College – actively worked to maximize access to and sharing of research results; and, for the first time, state legislatures around the nation have begun debating open access policies supported by SPARC.

Details of the Omnibus Language

The Omnibus language (H.R. 3547) codifies a section of the White House Directive requirements into law for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Department of Education, among other smaller agencies.

Additional report language was included throughout the bill directing agencies and OSTP to keep moving on the Directive policies, including the US Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Department of Commerce, and the National Science Foundation.

President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.