Senator Cornyn to receive 2015 Madison Award for championing the public’s right to know | News & Press Center

“On Friday, March 13, 2015, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James Madison Award honors individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions.

Since taking office in 2002, Sen. Cornyn has led congressional efforts to improve the public’s access to government information. In 2007, he co-sponsored the OPEN Government Act, which reformed the Freedom of Information Act and created the Office of Government Information Services (GIS). Earlier this year, Sen. Cornyn introduced the FOIA Improvement Act of 2015, which would strengthen the GIS and would require that records be released unless there is foreseeable harm or a legal requirement to withhold them …”

New SPARC Europe service: The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary « SPARC Europe

“SPARC Europe is happy to share a new service with the Open Access Community: The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary.

This service brings together European news and developments on Open Access drawn from the international Open Access Tracking Project.
The Diary allows you to browse by country, and also summarises some of the key policy developments and services and projects in the European Union. It also gives you a special view on humanities resources.
We hope this OA Diary will help you derive a better picture of developments around Open Access and keep track of how things are going.

We plan to continue this service through 2015 and further into the future if you find it useful.

Try it out here and let us know what you think:”

New OpenCon webcast series and March OpenCon Community Call

This month, due to downtime on the OpenCon website we’re posting this announcement here. Normally you can find details at and

Announcing OpenCon Community Webcasts!

We’re excited to announce our new OpenCon Community Webcast series, which aims to inform and engage the growing OpenCon community by showcasing an individual, project, or success story each month. Ranging between 30 minutes and an hour, these webcasts will provide a regular opportunity for the OpenCon community to hear from those leading the charge for Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

To kick the series off, we’ve invited Titus Brown (website, blog, twitter) to join us and share his story of gaining tenure as an open researcher! Titus is a an Associate Professor at the University of California Davis Genome Center and recently wrote a blog post that will be of interest to many in the OpenCon community entitled “On gaining tenure as an open scientist”. In October 2014, Titus was one of 14 researchers selected for the new Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery award .

The webcast will be held on Friday, April 3rd, at 12pm EDT / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST, and last approximately 45 minutes. A recording of the presentation will be available online immediately after the webcast. You can view the webcast at this URL or by bookmarking the embedded YouTube link below.

March OpenCon Community Call

Beginning in February, we’ve begun hosting OpenCon community calls each month for those in the OpenCon network to hear the latest updates on open policy, share updates on one another’s projects, and have an open discussion of important topics. Approximately 20 people joined our first call, and we’re hoping to see many more join future discussions. Those surveyed said the first call was extremely useful and plan to join again in the future.

Join our next community call on Wednesday, March 25th, at 12pm EDT / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET.

If you’re planning to join this month’s community call, you can sign up to give an update and see last month’s minutes at

Don’t miss out on the discussion! Join the OpenCon community email list.
Finally, make sure you’re not missing out on the lively discussion on our OpenCon community email list, which is also where you can get the latest updates on OpenCon. You can subscribe through the form below.

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LIBER | LIBER Responds To Elsevier’s Text and Data Mining Policy – LIBER

“In response to the recent launch of Elsevier’s policy on text and data mining, LIBER has produced a discussion paper which analyses the potential impact of the policy, the associated click-through licence, and the API.

It is understood that Science Direct institutional subscription agreements will be updated to reflect the new Elsevier policy. The discussion paper outlines the limits of this policy and its potential to undermine the scientific freedom of the researcher.
LIBER  believes that the right to read is the right to mine and that that licensing will never bridge the gap in the current copyright framework as it is unscalable and resource intensive. Furthermore, as this discussion paper highlights, licensing has the potential to limit the innovative potential of digital research methods by:
Restricting the tools that researchers can use.
Limiting the way in which research results can be made available.

Impacting on the transparency and reproducibility of research results….”

An Exploration of Text and Data Mining of Scholarly Content Survey

“Countway Library of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Elsevier invite you to attend, An Exploration of Text and Data Mining of Scholarly Content to Drive Discussion and Research.

The goal for this event is to bring together researchers and stakeholders from academia, industry, and the public sector in an effort to examine the key components of text and data mining of scholarly content, and to share successful applications and ideas to drive discussion and research.

The event is free to attend and will be held on the Longwood Campus of the Harvard University Medical School in Boston on Thursday, April 2nd. An evening reception will follow the event …”

400.000 open access publicaties in NARCIS

NARCIS, hét nationale platform voor wetenschappelijke informatie open access publicaties, heeft een nieuwe mijlpaal bereikt: er zijn nu 400.000 open access publicaties toegankelijk, waarvan 66.000 proefschriften en 165.000 artikelen.

Deze wetenschappelijke publicaties zijn afkomstig van alle universiteitsrepositories, de KNAW, NWO, de Open Universiteit, hogescholen, Amsterdam University Press, en 15 andere wetenschappelijke instellingen in Nederland. Ruim 12.600 publicaties dateren uit 2014.

Naast de open access publicaties wordt in NARCIS een overzicht gegeven van 575.000 publicaties die voor een deel van de academische wereld wel full text toegankelijk zijn via de universitaire bibliotheken.



Four Videos of Concordia University Roundtable on EU, Democracy and Hungary

(March 3rd 2015 Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)

I. Professor András Göllner, Concordia University, Canada

II. Professor András Bozóki, Central European University, Hungary

III. Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University, USA

Hungarian Government Response (Lajos Olah, Deputy Head of Mission, Hungarian Embassy, Ottawa)

I. Democracy 101 (Prof. A Gollner, Concordia University) (1st of 4 videos)

II. How Hungary departed from democracy in the EU (Prof A Bozoki, Central European University) (2nd of 4 videos)

III. How the EU can help restore Democracy in Hungary (Prof KL Scheppele, Princeton University) (3rd of 4 videos)

     And the Hungarian government responds… (4th of 4 videos)