5,400 Images from the Getty Research Institute’s Special Collections Now Available as Open Content. Rich materials for the study of art history now free to download, with more to come. “We hope the Open Content Program will accelerate this democratization process, enabling not only scholars but also students, artists, designers, and anyone who is interested to work with rare materials to produce new artworks, designs, and erudition that extend beyond the confines of the academy and the museum.” More here.
GovData wird Open Source. Ganz im Sinne unseres Anspruchs, ein offenes Verwaltungshandeln aktiv vorzuleben, wurde heute der vollständige Quellcode von GovData von unserem Entwicklungspartner Fraunhofer FOKUS auf der Software-Entwicklungs-Plattform Github online gestellt. Alle Komponenten stehen unter offenen Lizenzen zur Verfügung und können so von jedermann frei weiterverwendet werden. Bereits seit dem Launch des Portals wurden einzelne Komponenten auf diese Weise bereitgestellt. Auch zur Verwaltung und Pflege der OGD-Metadatenstruktur und der Datenlizenz Deutschland nutzen wir von Beginn an diesen offenen Ansatz. Nachdem nun einige rechtliche Fragen geklärt und die technisch-organisatorischen Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen werden konnten, können wir nun auch die noch fehlenden Bestandteile von GovData verfügbar machen. Mehr.
Wiley Exchanges: OA funding – a silver lining in the current cloud? Sequestration will cause $1.55 billion to be cut from NIH grants this year. The U.S. government’s shutdown has caused the NIH to halt basic research and suspend new research applications. Even Nobel Prize winners are having their funding slashed. At a time when The Huffington Post has christened this the “Dark Age for Science”, we could use a little good news. An unlikely silver lining is that Wiley authors are reporting a dramatic increase in funding for publishing their work in Open Access journals. In our second annual survey of our global journal authors, over half report that they have received grant funding (24% full funding, 29% partial funding) to cover Article Publication Charges (APCs), an increase of 43% over last year. This is great news not just for our authors, but for research. Here’s to more silver linings! More here.
LSE Blogs: Universities can improve academic services through wider recognition of altmetrics and alt-products. As altmetrics gain traction across the scholarly community, publishers and academic institutions are seeking to develop standards to encourage wider adoption. Carly Strasser provides an overview of why altmetrics are here to stay and how universities might begin to incorporate altmetrics into their own services. While this process might take some time, institutions can begin by encouraging their researchers to recognize the importance of all of their scholarly work (datasets, software, etc). Read here.
Digital Scholarship releases Altmetrics Bibliography. The Altmetrics Bibliography includes selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding altmetrics. See here.
Code For All Germany – starting in 2014. Das Ziel des Code for All Stipendienprogramms ist es, das Innovationspotenzial junger technikaffiner Experten, für die öffentliche Verwaltung nutzbar zu machen, um neue Lösungsansätze für alltägliche Herausforderungen in der Interaktion zwischen Bürger und Verwaltung zu denken und Anwendungen für moderne öffentliche Dienstleistungen zu entwickeln. Konkret geht es um ein neunmonatiges Stipendienprogramm in enger Kooperation mit ausgewählten Partnerstädten mit Unterstützung namhafter IT Unternehmen. More here.
DOAJ celebrates 10 years at the heart of Open Access. It is now 10 years since a new initiative was set in motion: The Directory of Open Access Journals is the result of a unique venture between Lund University Libraries, supported by the Information Program of the Open Society Institute, along with SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). Today, DOAJ receives over 12 million page requests a month, lists journals in 51 different languages, from 119 countries and is used the whole world over. More here.
SciLogs: Peer Review Quality is Independent of Open Access. Open access is broken as a system. Or at least, that’s what a recent article published in Science seems to indicate. The article argues that a “sting operation,” conducted by John Bohannon, demonstrates that open access (OA) publishing is deeply flawed, because numerous OA journals accepted a scientifically and ethically flawed “spoof paper” for publication. However, I’d argue that the article actually does little to damage the reputation and clear benefits of open access research, and instead exposes serious flaws in the traditional publishing model. Bohannon submitted the spoof paper under fake names, getting 157 article acceptances and 98 rejections, all from OA journals that pursue the “gold” route to access, whereby you pay an up-front fee after acceptance to make the article instantly available and re-usable for free. (Note: only about 29 percent of journals actually charge publication fees.) More here.
Egon Willighagen: Forget Green and Gold Open Access: I only care about Copper Open Access. Forget Green and Gold Open Access: only care about Copper Open Access. Hereby, Copper Open Access is defined as:
- the author(s) remain copyright owners,
- the work is made available under an Open license to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works in any digital medium for any purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship, as well as any further rights we associate with Open as outlined by, for example, the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
Open Access, Open Minds: Who should be the academic gatekeepers? By Caroline Wintersgill. “My plea is for creative thinkers in the book industry – publishers, authors, booksellers, agents, librarians – to be clear about what we can gain from open access. There are myriad possibilities not touched on here: the resurrection of long out-of-print books, exposure to a wider range of writers from the global south, experimental projects in new genres by established authors, and so on.” More here.
September 30 2013 Dramatic Growth of Open Access. The open access journals listed in DOAJ are growing significantly in number of journals and article searchable at article level. The number of journals searchable at the article level grew this quarter grew by 660 to a total of 5,597, a total of 7 new journals searchable per day. The number of articles searchable via DOAJ at article level is now 1.5 million, a growth of 386,000 this quarter. DOAJ now has a browse by publication charge feature which makes it easy to illustrate that about two-thirds of the journals listed in DOAJ do NOT charge article processing fees. Internet Archive continues to amaze, adding 10 billion webpages this quarter for a total of 357 billion webpages. The number of texts freely available through the Internet Archive is over 5 million, with half a million added this quarter. More here.
Knowledge Unlatched Announces the Launch of its Pilot Collection. The Pilot is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for a large numbers of scholarly books. If at least 200 libraries from around the world sign up for the collection by 31 January 2014, 28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an Open Access basis. The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press. The collection can be viewed at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-participate-1/ More here.
The many meanings of Open | Sir Tim Berners-Lee for #TheOpenAgenda. I was recently asked to talk about the idea of “open”, and I realized the term is used in at least eight different ways. The distinct interpretations are all important in different but interlocking ways. Getting them confused leads to a lot of misunderstanding, so it’s good to review them all. When we tease apart their meanings, we can understand more clearly which aspects of each are the most important. The first, one of the most important forms of openness for the Web, is its universality. More here.