MQ researcher says open access keeps medical research honest – Macquarie Library Open Access week

“More broadly, I advocate for publishing research in ways that make it more accessible to the public regardless of whether it is via gold, green, as a pre-print, in an institutional repository, or even shared through social media or peer-to-peer networks. But there are other aspects of “open” in research that impact on research integrity, and this journal is likely to deal with them as it grows.”

How Open Is It? An interview with Greg Tananbaum | PLOScast

“As Open Access becomes more widespread, quantifying the range of OA options has become complex. In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Greg Tananbaum, the owner of ScholarNext, about the spectrum of Open Access, the tool available to help academics gauge the openness of an article, OA policies and emerging developments in scholarly communication. Together they discuss how machine readability is playing a role in OA publishing, issues surrounding OA funding, and how Open Access journals can work together. Greg focuses on the intersection of technology, content and academia. He’s been working with SPARC since 2007 on issues relating to Open Access and open data. If you are interested in learning more, please check out the following links …”

“I’m confident of a mandatory text and data mining deal for researchers” – Science|Business

“Researchers want reform of European copyright law to allow the use of data mining to harvest facts and data from research papers, a practice which to date has been tightly controlled by journal publishers in Europe. If passed it could lead scientists to unearthing hidden data connections, perhaps helping to crack intractable research problems, but also dent the core business of publishing companies, which are campaigning for the right to self-regulate how they manage their content.  Publishers automatically block data mining software programmes, which can download and copy vast amounts of papers, whilst distributing special licences to academics and university libraries to use data mining. If copyright law were to include an exemption for researchers, publishers claim intellectual property could be re-sold by unscrupulous researchers and publisher computer systems could be immobilised by the volume of traffic from text miners. Julia Reda, German Pirate Party member of the European Parliament (MEP), produced an ‘own initiative report’ on copyright reform in June. In an interview with Science|Business, Reda said the European Commission should not shy away from a clash with publishers, as it edges closer to updating copyright to better suit the digital age …”

“New & Innovative Ways to Fundraise”: An Interview with Autism Speaks | Coin Cafe Blog

“We have a big project right now that we call our MSSNG Project. It’s focused on discovering the future in autism through what we call “open science”. We’re partnering with Google, as well as the SickKids Hospital in Toronto, to hold genome sequencing for over ten thousand individuals, both individuals with autism and family members without autism. We hope to understand what is going on from a genetic level, so that we can understand the various forms of autism better, as well as develop personalized treatments. We couldn’t be doing a project like this without the support of Google. They will actually host all of this genetic information on the Google Cloud, and any qualified researcher anywhere in the world will have access to this database. With other databases like this, one research institution holds it, and researchers can’t really get to that information if they’re in another part of the country or not affiliated with that institution. Our database is open science – anybody, through the power of Google Cloud, will be able to access this database. We hope to get the best and brightest minds working on autism, helping us find more of the causes and potential treatments….”

University Librarian reflects on a transformative era

From an interview with Tom Leonard, University Librarian at UC Berkeley. 
“[Q:] I take it your concerns around intellectual property and fair use led to your recent involvement in the Authors Alliance.
[A:] Yes. I’m concerned with what happens to published work that is “orphaned” — left in the stacks with no chance of being fully digitized because of our creaky copyright laws. With three other Berkeley faculty I helped start Authors Alliance, which represents writers who know how helpful it is to stand on the shoulders of other scholars by having access to their work. We are encouraging those who share our passion for moving work that has outlived its commercial life into the public domain. The Library spends more than $5 million a year to license materials, so that students, faculty and staff can see all of this material from their home. But I also try to keep in mind the independent scholar who doesn’t have an affiliation with a research university. That researcher is a second-class citizen when it comes to information. Libraries should work to end that….”

Interview with Advisory Board member Peter Suber

“When junior faculty feel pressure to publish in prestigious journals, we can help them find prestigious OA journals, which are growing in number. When they feel pressure to publish in prestigious non-OA journals, then we can help them make their work OA through repositories. And of course, we should do what we can to remove any pressures to put prestige ahead of quality, that is, pressures which prove that we are not yet evaluating their work fairly….”