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The UC Open Access Policy and what it means for you

October 13th, 2014 by Amy Studer

UC Open Access Policy Learn MoreThe UC Open Access Policy (http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/open-access-policy/ or http://uc-oa.info) was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and is going into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014.
The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository. What does this policy mean for faculty at UC Davis?

Come to this talk by Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL), who will describe the tools and services that CDL is developing to support the policy, and Dr. Robert Powell of Chemical Engineering, who will give background on the policy and its passage through the UC Senate.  Afterwards a Q&A panel will be held with the speakers, UC Davis librarians and open access researchers to answer questions and discuss the implications of the policy and open access.

This talk is being held during Open Access Week 2014, an annual international event to raise awareness about open access issues.

  • Catherine Mitchell and Dr. Robert Powell on the UC OA policy: talk and discussion
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room, 2nd floor (at the far end of the main reading room)
  • 1:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Phoebe Ayers, psayers@ucdavis.edu

AB-609: California Passes Open Access Legislation

October 1st, 2014 by Amy Studer

On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB-609, The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act.

According to Shawn Daugherty of SPARC (October 1, 2014):

“This first-of-its-kind legislation requires that articles reporting on research funded by the California Department of Public Health be made openly available to the public through online repositories no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.”

While this law is narrow in scope, it is the first time a US state has required that a subset of articles based on its funding be made openly available.

 

NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

September 7th, 2014 by Amy Studer

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On August 26, 2014, the National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy “to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.”(NIH, August 27, 2014)

According to a post in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “The data-sharing policy, which will take effect with grants awarded in January, will give agency-financed researchers six months to load any genomic data they collect—from human or nonhuman subjects—into a government-established database or a recognized alternative.” (Basken, August 28, 2014)

References and Additional Information:

Basken, P. (August 28, 2014). NIH Tells Genomic Researchers: ‘You Must Share Data.’ The Chronicle of Higher Education. Accessed September 7, 2014, from http://chronicle.com/article/NIH-Tells-Genomic-Researchers-/148509/

National Institutes of Health Genomic Data Sharing Governance Committee. (2014). Data use under the NIH GWAS Data Sharing Policy and future directions. Nature Genetics, 46(9), 934-938. doi: 10.1038/ng.3062. Retrieved September 7, 2014, from http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v46/n9/full/ng.3062.html

U.S. National Institutes of Health. (2014). Genomic data sharing. Accessed September 7, 2014, from http://gds.nih.gov/index.html

U.S. National Institutes of Health. (August 27, 2014). NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy (NOT-OD-14-124). Accessed September 7, 2014, from http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-124.html

U.S. National Institutes of Health. (August 27, 2014). NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing. NIH News & Events Blog. Accessed September 7, 2014, from http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2014/od-27.htm

 

U.S. Department of Energy Launches PAGES

August 5th, 2014 by Amy Studer

 

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Image credit: Sergey Sus. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
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On August 4, 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled its plan to increase access to the research that it funds, as required by the White House OSTP directive of February 22, 2013.

Now available is a beta version of the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES).  The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website provides links to the full plan, FAQs, as well as this short summary:

” In response to the OSTP directive, OSTI has developed and launched the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta – DOE PAGESBeta.  When fully operational, this new resource will offer free access to the best available full-text version of DOE-affiliated scholarly publications – either the peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript or the published article – after an administrative interval of 12 months. ”

According to Nature News Blog (August 4, 2014), the PAGES approach will make up to 30,000 papers per year “free to read”, but open access advocates are concerned that the approach may not provide for bulk downloading, re-distribution or creative re-use, such as text-mining.

More description of the PAGES approach from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website:

” The portal that OSTI has prepared employs a hybrid model of centralized metadata and primarily decentralized full-text access to accepted manuscripts or articles hosted by DOE-funded national laboratories, universities, and other institutions or by individual publishers.  In this way, the gateway builds on DOE’s existing scientific and technical information infrastructure and also integrates publishers’ public access efforts.  For publisher-hosted content, OSTI has been collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS, or the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States.  OSTI is also engaging with other stakeholders’ initiatives to advance public access, such as the university and research library community’s Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). ”

For more information:

ScienceInsider Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS)

 

Data Citation

June 24th, 2014 by Mary Wood
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          … has pulled together some very practical information on basic data citation, citing dynamic data, deep data citation, and various discipline-specific citation formats

Raising the Impact of Research, Scholarship & Education Through Openness

April 24th, 2014 by Amy Studer

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Open California Tour:  Monday, May 12th

Technology has revolutionized the way we create and share knowledge, opening up pathways to advance and democratize research and education that are just beginning to be realized. New models that fully harness this potential are developing, from Open Access, which ensures the free, immediate online availability of research articles with full reuse rights, to Open Educational Resources*, which make textbooks and other materials free for anyone to use, tailor, and share. With a system-wide open access policy and one of the largest bodies of world-class scholars, the University of California system is poised to be a global leader in further leveraging these new models to expand access to knowledge, accelerate research, and reduce financial pressures.

As part of a week-long tour of California universities, two prominent experts on Open Access and Open Educational Resources, Nicole Allen and Nick Shockey from SPARC, will visit UC Davis on Monday, May 12, 2014. Their talk will focus on how openness can accelerate scholarship, benefit researchers, and improve education—including specific recommendations for how members of the campus community can get involved.

Presentation, including Q&A session, will be held:

Date:  Monday, May 12, 2014

Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM

Location:  1065 Kemper Hall    [map & visitor parking]

Followed by an informal discussion:

Date:  Monday, May 12, 2014

Time:  3:30 – 4:30 PM

Location:  Shields Library, First Floor Library Instruction Lab   [map & visitor parking]   [LIR map]

Sponsored by UC Davis Library.

Questions?  Contact Amy Studer  |  530-752-1678  |  acstuder@ucdavis.edu

* Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge (SPARC, 2014).  California has committed state funds to make educational resources more open and affordable.

Additional resources:

Huckabee, C.  (2012, September 28).  Calif. Governor Signs Bills Giving Digital Textbooks and Other Help to Students.  Chronicle of Higher Education.

SPARC:  Open Education Resources Fact Sheet

California Open Education Resources Council (COERC)

Student PIRGs:  Open Textbooks

Image credit:  Remix of UNESCO English OER logo.  License:  CC BY-SA

Open Access Funds available

April 15th, 2014 by Mary Wood

UC Davis Open Access Fund
Support available for Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

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UCD-OAF provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals  (journals in which all articles are published open access)

The fund is intended to subsidize reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.

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The UC Davis University Library is providing the funds in order to support Davis authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing

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additional information and application

UC Open Access Fund Pilot libguide

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ICIS/CSIS Event

April 9th, 2014 by Mary Wood

PUBLICATION MISMATCHES: IS THERE A COMMON CURRENCY FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT?

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9:00AM-6:00PM
UC Davis, Andrews Conference Room, SSH 2203

Sponsors
Innovating Communication in Scholarship

Center for Science and Innovation Studies

This workshop will examine the various disjunctures, in different disciplines, between what scholars produce in the course of their work and what is deemed credit worthy for career advancement in the academy  …  In other words, we are looking into the changing meaning of what “making things public” (or public-ation) means in academia, and why.

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Workshop Schedule includes:

| From Talk to Text

Mario Biagioli (STS,Law,History,UCDavis) | Tim Murray (English,Cornell) | Jonathan Eisen (GenomeCenter,UCDavis)

 | Filming, Curating, Translating: Publication’s Boundary Objects

Alan Klima (Anthropology,UCDavis) | Tarek Elhaik (Cinema,SanFranciscoState) | Tom Conley (French,Harvard)

 | Publication Potentials

Jim Griesemer (Philosophy,UCDavis) | MacKenzie Smith (Library,UCDavis) | George Marcus (Anthropology,UCIrvine)

| Making the Un-publishable Public

Tiffany Ng (Music,UCBerkeley) | Larry Bogad (TheaterDance,UCDavis) | Allison Fish (ICIS,Library,UCDavis) | Tim Choy (STS,Anthropology,UCDavis)

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Library Copyright Alliance

March 19th, 2014 by Mary Wood

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The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA, whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) continues to address copyright issues that affect libraries and our users. In 2014, LCA has worked for the library community in responding to proposals to amend national and international copyright law and policy for the digital environment.

Content and resources found on the site reflect the voice of LCA and its members on copyright and related intellectual property laws and treaties, nationally and internationally. Intellectual property laws are currently undergoing major changes in response to the growth in the use of digital formats for works. Accordingly, the members of LCA communicate with lawmakers both here and abroad to express that these changes enhance, rather than harm, the ability of libraries and information professionals to serve the needs of the general public.

Seeking New Paths to Open Access in the Humanities

March 6th, 2014 by Amy Studer

By David Michalski

Earlier this week, I attended webinar, called “Open Access in the Humanities” led by Rupert Gatti. Dr. Gatti is a Fellow in Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and Co-Founder and Director of Open Book Publishers. The presentation outlined the landscape and the challenges of Open Access in the humanities.

One point that resonated with me, given the centrality of monographs to the humanities, was a statistic that showed the relative dearth of new open access academic books in relation to new journal titles. Clearly there are combinations of reasons preventing a more robust move to open access in the humanities, both economic (the problem of financial capital: books (e or print) are more labor intensive) and sociocultural (the problem of cultural capital: in that humanities books are awarded status and prestige through publishing houses). Gatti’s presentation took on these challenges by seeking a sustainable ways to address these conditions, showing some exciting options moving forward.

The bulk of his presentation was spent on Open Books Publishers, a new publishing project for peer-reviewed open access monographs, which he directs. (See Open Books Publishers:

http://www.openbookpublishers.com/section/25/1/faqs ) This outfit has only published a few books to date, but their economic model, which includes a mixture of revenue from big name supporters, hard-copy and alternative format sales, and voluntary author-generated publication grant funding makes them an interesting new player in field.

Gatti also outlined other important initiatives. One of these was Knowledge Unlatched, (See: http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/ ) a project which seeks long-term cost savings for institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons license. UC Libraries is part in one of their pilot projects. Another was Unglue It, ( https://unglue.it/about/) a project designed to help individuals and institutions join together to liberate specific ebooks “crowd-funding ” payments to authors and publishers so they they will relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses.”

It is exciting to see these different economic models being tried. While I can’t say they will all achieve the sustainability they desire, it is clear that their aim is to create cooperatives to address real costs.

This webinar was sponsored by UKSG, a group formally that United Kingdom Serials Group. UKSG has evolved into a network that encourages “the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication…spanning the wide range of interests and activities across the scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors. More about their activities can be found here: http://www.uksg.org/