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5 major American universities commit to support OA journals


A Compact for Open-Access Publication, press release, September 14, 2009.  read more »

OA in Canada's copyright consultation


Canada's Ministers of Industry and Canadian Heritage are conducting a consultation on copyright reform, soliciting comments until September 13. Heather Morrison has posted her submission:  read more »

"Is Creative Commons Good for Copyright?"

Copycense has published an editorial asking "Is Creative Commons Good for Copyright?"

Here's an excerpt:  read more »

Early Open Access Journal, the PACS Review, Established 20 Years Ago Today


In a press release posted to the American-Scientist-Open-Access-Forum, D. Peters announced that the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) will launch during Open Access Week 2009.  read more »

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog Update (8/12/09)

The latest update of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog (SEPW) is now available. It provides information about new works related to scholarly electronic publishing, such as books, e-prints, journal articles, magazine articles, technical reports, and white papers.

Especially interesting are: "The Antaeus Column: Does the 'Open Access' Advantage Exist?  read more »

Studies on and tools for accessing the public domain

Aurelia J. Schultz and Joe Merante, WIPO, CC, and Nurturing the Public Domain, Creative Commons, August 10, 2009.

For the past year, Creative Commons has been working on tools to help increase access to works in the public domain. Often, it is not clear whether a work has entered the public domain or is still covered by copyright protection.  read more »

Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) announces new geospatial data and health informatics storage and research tools

OCUL is launching a new geospatial data and health informatics storage and research tool project that will, be shared, more cost-effective and sustainable for researchers, faculty, students and staff in Ontario Universities. The project is to be completed over the next three years. The Geospatial Data and Health Informatics Cyberinfrastructure project will expand OCUL's Scholars Portal infrastructure with a portal to provide storage capacity for large geospatial and health informatics data, and tools for research, discovery and analysis.  read more »

Scholarly Publishing in the New Era of Scarcity 2010-2025

Michael Jensen, Director of Strategic Web Communications at National Academies Press, has made a digital video of his presentation "Scholarly Publishing in the New Era of Scarcity 2010-2025" available on YouTube (part 1 and part 2).

Here's an excerpt from the abstract:  read more »

Most BMC journal impact factors increase

Matthew Cockerill, New and improved impact factors for BioMed Central journals in the 2008 JCR, BioMed Central Blog, June 24, 2009.  read more »