UMass has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education – Open Textbooks Pilot Program. The comment is available at UMass’ institutional repository, ScholarWorks.
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The UMass Libraries have submitted comments to the NSF for its 2017-2018 Strategic Plan update. (Further reading: Summary of current Strategic Plan, and full text of current Strategic Plan, published in 2014.) Re: Comments on Strategic Plan, 2017-18 Update Dear National Science Foundation, Thank you for providing this opportunity to
The Scholarly Communication Dept. submitted comments to the US Department of Education today, on a proposal to require open licensing of grant-funded work. Our comments are available online at UMass-20151203-CommentsDeptEd-OpenLicensing . The proposal is “Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs”, 80 FR 67672 (published Nov. 3, 2015).
Some resources for campus folks on the ongoing roll-out of US government agency open access policies: Crowd-sourced librarian spreadsheet at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PYOhBh6bglh6BkQFlpvNLOwlpzvQyguWAG8AkQMtU0s/edit#gid=0 ARL’s review and links: http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/public-access-policies/federally-funded-research/2696-white-house-directive-on-public-access-to-federally-funded-research-and-data#.VQwHkEs1TQR Columbia University list of brief descriptions: http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/open-access/public-access-mandates-for-federally-funded-research/
Nicole Allen (@txtbks) and I will be speaking at a panel at LibrePlanet in Cambridge, MA, this weekend: New research techniques like data mining have highlighted the shortcomings in “free” (as in beer) licensing of academic research, and the benefits of “libre” licensing that permits true scholarly engagement with data and
The federal “open access” policy rollouts continue. The Department of Defense put their proposal out a couple of days ago; they will develop their own system (a la PubMed): DoD’s repository, the Defense Technical Information Center or DTIC will create and maintain a system for the long-term preservation and access
Martin Eve (Oct. 2, 2014), 3:00 – 4:00, Room 2601 Du Bois Library – Martin Eve, Director of the Open Library of Humanities, will speak on open access in the humanities.
Curious that California’s AB 609 (public health open access mandate) has a sunset provision. Still, yaay, mostly. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB609 …
R.I.P. Aaron Swartz, 1986-2013 Aaron Swartz, an open access activist, committed suicide on Friday, January 10, 2013. He was facing a 13-count indictment from the US Dept. of Justice for breaking into JStor, an academic articles database, although JStor had dropped all charges. Academics worldwide have begun releasing their papers
Open Access AND Open Use / Jan. 6, 2013 – Cameron Neylon, “Science Publishing: Open Access Must Enable Open Use”, Nature 492, pp. 348-349 (Dec. 20, 2012). Open access is not enough – researchers need to be able to index and have other reuse rights to scholarly literature.