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Word + SWORD + Ingester = Word to DSpace Deposit

In "Direct from MS Word to DSpace via SWORD," Stuart Lewis describes how to get documents into DSpace from Word via SWORD and a custom DSpace ingester.

Here's an excerpt:  read more »

OASIS Open Access Source Book Now Online

Jun 25, 2009 OASIS Open Access Source Book Now Online A new portal for educational materials on the "concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving Open Access,” the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS), is now online. Launched at the recent ELPUB meeting, the new Web resource was featured at an Open Access Week Web cast today.

New tool for searching journal policies

The CAUL Australian Institutional Repository Support Service has launched an Open Access Policies Search, which searches journal copyright policies across SHERPA/RoMEO, OAKList and AcqWeb.

Case study of a journal using OJS

Michael Felczak, Richard Smith, and Rowland Lorimer, Online Publishing, Technical Representation, and the Politics of Code: The Case of CJC Online, Canadian Journal of Communication, June 2008. Not new but newly OA; CJS offers OA after a 12 month moving wall  read more »

Universities with OA journal funds

Richard Poynder, Gold OA Funds, Open and Shut? June 14, 2009. Excerpt:

I am trying to establish how many research institutions and funders have created Gold Open Access (Gold OA) authors funds, and would be grateful for input from others.

I am aware that the Wellcome Trust announced a scheme for paying OA publication fees for its grantees in 2006. But what other funders have introduced such schemes?  read more »

A defense of OA journal funds

Stuart Shieber, The argument for gold OA support, The Occasional Pamphlet on Scholarly Communication, June 11, 2009. Excerpt:  read more »

OA sourcebook launches

Alma Swan and Leslie Chan officially launched OASIS (Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook) at ELPUB 2009 (Milan, June 10-12, 2009). The OASIS subtitle or motto is:

Practical steps for implementing Open Access

From today's announcement:  read more »

Momentum of OA means greater bargaining power for authors

Open Access Growing Steadily, But Powerful Gatekeepers Remain, CAUT Bulletin, June 2009.

The recent vote by MIT faculty to freely and publicly distribute research articles they write marks a sea change in the relationship be­tween academic authors and publishers of scientific journals.  read more »

Answering the fear about OA killing journals

Stuart Shieber, The death of scholarly journals? The Occasional Pamphlet, June 8, 2009. Excerpt:  read more »

McGill launches digitize on demand service

McGill University Library, McGill University Library becomes first Canadian content provider to participate in Digitize on Demand and Kirtasbooks.com, press release, May 29, 2009. (Thanks to Fabrizio Tinti.)

McGill University Library is pleased to announce a partnership with Kirtas Technologies and its Canadian partner Ristech, which will allow students, faculty and the general public to request to have books scanned and made available through the new Digitize on Demand program. ...  read more »