Twitter Open Access Report – 25 May 2016

The big news lately is that Elsevier has acquired @SSRN (the Social Science Research Network), the world’s biggest repository for the social sciences and humanities (source: @d_mainwaring). As one might expect, there were some responses.

Whatever happens, this is definitely worth keeping an eye on over the next few months.

The IDPF and the W3C have announced plans to join forces “to more quickly advance publishing technologies on the Open Web Platform.” The internet had some thoughts on that:

The “Green Light for Open Access Conference” took place in Amsterdam last week. @LIBEReurope has a recap here,  and you can see the program and links to presentations at the Pasteur40A website, and lots of follow-up Tweets on their Twitter page. is running a series of interviews in which they discuss the background, current state, and further development of Open Science with a number of folks currently in the trenches from a wide range of disciplines and locations. The aggregate result is a terrific overview of the movement and a wide range of educated opinions. Definitely worth reading.
Source: @Protohedgehog

In “Economic Thoughts about Gold Open Access“, an economist ruminates on whether flipping to gold open access would be financially viable. Spoiler alert: It would! But go read the post anyway, and the very interesting discussion in the comments.
Source: @MikeTaylor

As you may recall, around this time last year we reported on a Max Planck Society white paper showing that flipping would be cost-neutral, or even cheaper.  Björn Brembs asks why we haven’t done that yet.  If there is an answer to this question, I suspect it involves the phrase “herding cats”.
Source: @ForgottenGenius, @brembs

The OPEN Government Data Act, introduced in the US House of Representatives, will make open government data the default, in keeping with a 2013 executive order [pdf] issued by President Obama. A companion bill will be introduced in the Senate. You can also read section summaries [pdf].

Transport for London (@TfL) has opened its data feed to developers. Here’s the article, and here’s a link to the data. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

For those of us whose attention has been elsewhere for the past few months, Tom Steinberg wrote a critique of the open data movement’s progress, combined with a nice state of play.

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