Thursday, April 28, 2016

The 2015 edition of Science International has developed an international accord on the values of open data in the emerging scientific culture of big data. The Accord recognises the need for an international framework of principles on “Open Data in a Big Data World” and proposes a comprehensive set of principles.

These principles provide a guiding framework for an African data science capacity mobilization initiative spearheaded by CoDATA-ICSU and supported by other Science International partners. The initiative puts forward a comprehensive capacity mobilization plan, to be co-designed and delivered with key partners in Africa. It proposes the establishment of an African Open Data Platform, which will coordinate a series of actions at different levels of national science systems in the region.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Science Europe Roadmap contains a clear objective “to move from a subscription-based ‘reader-pays’ system to different business models for research publications.”How the transition to Open Access (OA) can occur has been, and still is, heavily debated. Through their activities, several Science Europe Member Organisations, and research funding and performing organisations in general, have contributed directly to this transition.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This briefing paper describes where the main costs lie in providing Open Access and in the traditional subscription-based system.  It provides indicative costs for Green and Gold Open Access and summarises studies to date on the comparative costs of different systems of scholarly communication.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

We began with a training session in January, 2015, proceeding to information gathering, and engaging in a second full-group session in May to initiate analysis and interpretation of the data. The team then conducted a series of analytic and interpretive sessions and wrote a preliminary report. Ithaka S+R provided feedback on the report and the team reworked it with additional feedback from Ithaka S+R. We are pleased to make the resulting document, “A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library.”

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The organizing committee for the 37th annual International Association of University Libraries  conference is pleased to announce the extension of early bird registration rates until Friday, May 6.

The early bird rates for the conference are as follows:

·         $800 for IATUL members (full conference)

·         $400 for IATUL members (single day)

·         $830 for non-IATUL members (full conference)

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A report to the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication

This report identifies ways through which subscription-based scholarly journals have converted their publishing models to open access (OA). The major goal was to identify specific scenarios that have been used or proposed for transitioning subscription journals to OA so that these scenarios can provide options for others seeking to “flip” their journals to OA.