From the blog post: “The role of the repository manager is constantly evolving. The repository manager of today needs to be aware and interpret not only their affiliated institution’s open access policies, but also the national and international ones that emerge from public funding agencies. The proliferation of these policies introduces technical requirements for repositories, the use of current research information systems (CRIS) and the installation of various plug-ins for example, and often repository managers serve as intermediary between the IT department of their institution and their supervisors or library directors and have to communicate messages and requests. A couple of months ago on the UKCoRR members list we had a discussion around the specific technological terms that repository managers hear regularly.”
A French Reddit discussion of the proposed French law allowing authors to make their scholarly articles green OA regardless of the contracts they might have signed with their publishers.
I’m happy to announce that my new book is out: Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002–2011, MIT Press, 2016.
I’m doubly happy to announce that it’s OA from birth, under a CC-BY license. MIT Press has released hardback and paperback editions, as well as OA editions in PDF, ePub, and Mobi. OA editions in other file formats are forthcoming from other sources.
This is a collection of 44 of my essays on OA from the first decade of this century. If you were wondering, they were all OA the first time around as well.
My book home page (still new and minimal)
MIT Press book home page
“The Personal Genome Project was founded in 2005 and is dedicated to creating public genome, health, and trait data. Sharing data is critical to scientific progress, but has been hampered by traditional research practices—our approach is to invite willing participants to publicly share their personal data for the greater good.”
“Since President Obama’s first day in office, open data has been a major priority for the administration, and the United States has established itself as a world leader in open data. But until recently, legislative data—information about legislative activities, including bills and their status, lawmaker votes, committee meetings, public communications by members of Congress, lobbying information, and the products of legislative support agencies such as the Congressional Research Service—was rarely published as open data. This is changing. In late 2015, a bill was introduced to Congress to transform the Statutes at Large, the catalog of all laws enacted during a session of Congress, into freely accessible and machine readable open data. In February 2016, the Government Publishing Office began publishing bill status information in machine readable formats and making it available for bulk download. And in March 2016, the House and Senate introduced bills that would make Congressional Research Service reports publicly available. Like other types of open data, legislative data can serve as a platform for new products and services that enhance transparency, promote civic engagement, and fuel new business models. But open legislative data specifically offers unprecedented insight into the legislative process, making it easier than ever for the public to analyze legislative activities, monitor influence, and hold lawmakers accountable for their actions. Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion exploring the impact of open legislative data on the public and private sectors and identifying opportunities for both federal and state governments to better provide this data to unlock social and economic benefits.”
“The main purposes of the Associate Publisher role is to: Assist with the development and execution of a strategic plan for the Biological Sciences portfolio Assist with journal and team budgeting (including but not limited to honoraria, travel, and staffing) Assist with the development and execution of a strategic plan for growth of BioMed Central in key markets….”
Benedikt Fecher and Gert Wagner in a recent Science letter on credit for academic data sharing.
“The Wellcome Trust has warned big publishers than unless they improve their service and lower their costs it could refuse to provide researchers with funds to publish in certain types of their journals. Elsevier and Wiley have been singled out as regularly failing to put papers in the right open access repository and properly attribute them with a creative commons licence. This was a particular problem with so-called hybrid journals, which contain a mixture of open access and subscription-based articles. More than half of articles published in Wiley hybrid journals were found to be ‘non-compliant’ with depositing and licensing requirements, an analysis of 2014-15 papers funded by Wellcome and five other medical research bodies found. For Elsevier the non-compliance figure was 31 per cent for hybrid journals and 26 per cent for full open access. In contrast, for PLOS, which only publishes full open access journals, all papers were compliant. Wellcome said it had had meetings with Elsevier and Wiley to make them aware of the problem and make sure it did not continue to happen. Following this, both publishers had retrospectively put papers in the right repositories …”
A new project by Kaitlyn M. Werner at the Open Science Framework.
“Our main objective is to come up with an interoperability framework that will allow publishers, institutional or thematic repositories, scholarly or learning societies and providers of textual data to deliver content for TDM purposes in a uniform way.
Based on this we plan to produce the following services:
 Interoperability guidelines to describe data representations, licenses and protocols to expose the content appropriately for TDM services.
Our resource metadata and IPR/licensing working groups will compile and maintain an inventory of existing metadata schemas for documenting scholarly communication/literature content and the appropriate licenses. Collaborating with initiatives like OpenAIRE, RIOXX and CrossRef will ensure that OpenMinted’s guidelines and solutions will fully align with the scholarly communication community.
 ? registry of all TDM accessible content to be used via the OpenMinted platform text and data mining services.
 Content software connectors that will enable the ingestion of publishers’ data into the OpenMinTeD platform:
[3a] connectors to non-standard systems of content providers to increase content coverage
[3b] connector for ingestion of repository research articles to OpenMinTeD
 APIs for accessing content hosted on the OpenMinted platform.
Nancy Pontika is the new editor of the Open Access Directory, effective March 24, 2016.
“The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes more than 11 000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. It is a white list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. Publishers must apply for their journal(s) to be indexed in DOAJ and each application is reviewed manually by the editorial team. We receive approximately 80 new applications every week. DOAJ has been awarded a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to improve open access publishing practices in the Global South. We are now seeking 8-10 full time Ambassadors (10 month contract) who are residents in the following regions and are native speakers of the indicated languages and fluent in English …”
“December 15, 2015 – Standard Analytics today announced that John Wiley & Sons is their first partner for science.ai, a new web-first service for journal authors that will make scientific research easier to access and discover. Standard Analytics is working with Wiley to bring an improved user experience, linked data, and collaboration capabilities to the publishing process. Today, scientific articles are published in a way that renders them largely invisible to search engines, leaving researchers to manually filter thousands and sometimes millions of search results. Standard Analytics’ AI-powered platform, science.ai, empowers publishers to upgrade their production pipeline to publish scientific content such as manuscripts, data, figures, code, and media as structured data, enriched and connected to the scientific web. Standard Analytics takes the guiding principles of the web and applies them to scholarly publishing to promote:  Universal access: Accessible regardless of disability, language, device, or technology.  Machine readable content: Easy to repurpose and ready to be indexed by search engines.  User-centered design: Responsive, interactive, and intuitive.  Content longevity: Reusable independent of future technology.”
“Our client, a leading academic publisher based in Central London, are looking for an Open Access Marketing Assistant to work closely with the Marketing Managers and Executives. The main purpose of this role is to support all journal activity, drive submisssions and maximize usage of journal content. This is a 6 month contract….You will:…Coordinate the briefs and updates for Open Access materials in collaboration with the Design department….”
“[Haank] added: “His deep knowledge of scholarly publishing is complemented by his keen understanding of how this is evolving. Steven was responsible for Nature Publishing Group’s move into open access, resulting in 60% of 2015 research articles on research articles being OA. Most recently he has led the innovative Nature content sharing initiative, the first of its kind in the industry. This vision and pioneering spirit are huge assets to Springer Nature.” …”