OA Librarian colleagues – especially in the U.S. – please submit a comment in support of the NIH policy! Comments are due tomorrow, Saturday, May 31, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. If you’re not sure about the details of the policy implementation, no problem – at least comment on question number 4, expressing thanks and support for the policy.
Details from Peter Suber on Open Access News:
Time is short to comment on the NIH policy
Thanks to Peter Suber on
“http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2008/05/time-is-short-to-comment-on-nih-policy.html”>Open Access News
The WHO’s research access programme, HINARI, claims that it has helped increase the scientific output of its member countries.
Science Commons’ John Wilbanks has produced a 6-minute video on the Health Commons which explains succinctly what is broken about the current approach to health discovery, and how a health commons could make a difference.
The current approach emphasizes profit; this makes the weight problems of the wealthy a higher priority than river blindness, a serious affliction for millions of people around the world.
The world wide web makes it possible to create new approaches to science discovery, based on open sharing of knowledge and collaboration.
Thanks to Peter Suber on Open Access News.
I found this while doing something else. It appears to be masses of Olympic information in the LA84 Foundation archives. And considering what will descend on us in 2010, the topic is getting bigger.
From the entry page:
The LA84 Foundation has undertaken an ambitious project to convert portions of its traditional library collection to digital format. The growing digital collection now contains more than 300,000 pages, stored in over 45,000 PDF files.
Digital resources include academic journals, scholarly books, popular sports magazines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and an extensive offering of Olympic publications. The Olympic titles include a complete run of back issues of Olympic Review, the official publication of the International Olympic Committee, and two dozen Olympic Games official reports.
All of the digital publications are available at no cost to website visitors. The LA84 Foundation Search page provides full-text access to all digital documents and shows a complete list of titles.
From the Website:
MSF is well known for its humanitarian medical work, but it has also produced important research based on its field experience with vulnerable populations. Its studies have been published in over 90 peer-reviewed journals and have often changed clinical practice and been used for humanitarian advocacy.
This website archives MSF’s scientific articles and makes them available free, with full text, and in an easily searchable format. No login required.
The Myanmar cyclone and Chinese earthquake highlight the need for effective dissemination of information, both before and after a disaster.
Free HIV drugs drop Malawi mortality, farmers struggle to access adapted maize, radio initiative fails to reach Nigeria farmers, and more.
to participate in these International Book Fairs by booking space on the ALPSP Stand.
This brief page-and-a-half on SCOAP3 is an interesting an engaging way to learn about this exciting intiative to convert high energy physics publishing from subscription to OA:
The Audacity of SCOAP3
by Ivy Anderson, Director of Collections, California Digital Library
Taking Action on SCOAP3
by Julia Blixrud, Assistant Executive Director, External Relations, ARL, and Assistant Director, Public Programs, SPARC
downloadable from: http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br257.shtml
The Open Access Directory is now open for viewing – please join us in building and refining this wiki!
OA Librarian is on the list of blogs about OA, naturally.