petek, junij 24, 2011

Odprtodostopne novice

Kolegica dr. Mojca Kotar (Rektorat UL)  je znova pripravila bogat izbor novic iz aktualne literature o odprtem dostopu. Zopet se bom okoristil z njeno pridnostjo in svojim bralcem omogočil pogled v aktualnosti OD.



Open Access Repositories with EPrints | EIFL
The presentations from the EIFL workshop, Open Access Repositories with EPrints, are now online.
Tudi: Miha Peternel: ePrints.FRI – a case study

Do open access biomedical journals benefit smaller countries? The Slovenian experience
Abstract: Scientists from smaller countries have problems gaining visibility for their research. Does open access publishing provide a solution? Slovenia is a small country with around 5000 medical doctors, 1300 dentists and 1000 pharmacists. A search of Slovenia's Bibliographic database was carried out to identity all biomedical journals and those which are open access. Slovenia has 18 medical open access journals, but none has an impact factor and only 10 are indexed by Slovenian and international bibliographic databases. The visibility and quality of medical papers is poor. The solution might be to reduce the number of journals and encourage Slovenian scientists to publish their best articles in them.


The European Commission and Open Access

Responses - CSFRI - Research & Innovation - European Commission
The European Commission posted the written comments it received on its February 2011 green paper on Research and Innovation in Europe. One question in the associated questionnaire asked about OA. (See Question 20: "How should intellectual property rules governing EU funding strike the right balance between competitiveness aspects and the need for access to and dissemination of scientific results?") The contribution deadline was May 20, 2011.

Spanish Congress passes the Law on Science, Technology and Innovation with Open Access Mandate
The Plenary of the House of Representatives has finally adopted the Law on Science, Technology and Innovation by 289 votes in favor, 3 against and no abstentions, including the mandate to deposit the research results funded by the General State Administration in an open access repository. While remaining to see how this Law  still  concrete in the relevant Ministerial Order, this is excellent news that everyone in the open access community in Spain were waiting for.

From Google's English, Chapter II, Article 37:  "Open access dissemination.  1. The public agents of the Spanish System of Science, Technology and Innovation will drive the development of repositories, own or shared, to open access  publications from its research staff, and establish systems to connect them with similar initiatives at national and international level. 2. The Faculty/ research staff whose projects have been  funded primarily with public funds  will make publicly available  a copy of the final accepted version of scientific publications as soon as possible  and not later than  twelve months after the official date of publication.  3. The electronic version will be published in open access repositories recognized in the field of knowledge which has developed the research, or in open access institutional repositories.  4. The public electronic version may be used by public administrations in their evaluation processes.  5. The Ministry of Science and Innovation will provide centralized access to repositories, and its connection with similar national and international initiatives. 6. All this  without prejudice to the agreements under which authors have agreed or transferred rights to third parties, and do not apply when the results of the research activity, are susceptible to be protected under industrial property rules...."

Spanish national Thesis mandate
11 February 2011. A Royal Decree-Law has been released in which, according with its article 14.5.: Spanish Universities are asked to archive the Thesis, once approved,  in the Institutional Repository. An electronic copy of it, with all additional information, is to be sent to the Ministry of Education for appropriate purposes.

OA bill in Argentina
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina have a strong interest in developing efficient scientific information systems that maximize the impact of public investments in research. For that purpose we are promoting the establishment of a legislation that will mandate research funders and institutions the creation of open access repositories to deposit the scientific and technological outputs produced by institutions and researchers part of the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation (SNCTI) and publicly funded. The bill was introduced in the Argentinean Congress by members of Argentina's House of Representatives and is being discussed

Central open access activities in Denmark
We continue to follow the promising OA developments in Denmark. Lise Mikkelsen has earlier reported on the hearing process for the first draft of the “Recommendations for implementation of Open Access in Denmark”. The final version has now been released. In “
Central Open Access activities in Denmark” Lise Mikkelsen  takes us through the key events related to the final Recommendations, and presents some of the main areas in the Danish Open Access Committee’s final recommendations for implementing a national OA-policy in Denmark.

Strategy for the programme 2011-2013
“Promote a national open access policy and create the necessary conditions for an efficient implementation of it” is one of the most important goals for the new strategy recently adopted by the Steering Committee for the Swedish programme. The main purpose of the Programme is to help increasing the share of freely available research publications on the Internet. “
Strategy for the programme 2011-2013” was adopted at the Committee’s May 23rd meeting.  The new strategy also defines goals for specific areas as well as the means to reach them.

KNAW policy on 'Open access and digital preservation for KNAW researchers'
The Dutch Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, KNAW) released its policy on Open Access and Digital Preservation (in English).

The national science academies of the G8 countries prepared a statement on science education for the G8 Summit in late May
One of their five recommendations:  "Support international collaboration to set up quality e-learning facilities, accessible to all, including students worldwide, and promote open access to scientific literature and databases."

Research Councils UK and HEFCE work together on open access
The RCUK (Research Councils UK) and HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) announced a joint commitment to OA.  From RCUK and HEFCE themselves:  "[We] have a shared commitment to maintaining and improving the capacity of the UK research base to undertake research activity of world leading quality, and to ensuring that significant outputs from this activity are made available as widely as possible both within and beyond the research community. Open access to published research supports this commitment and, if widely implemented, can benefit the research base, higher education, and the UK economy and society more broadly. To achieve this, open access needs to be implemented with clear licensing agreements, sustainable business models, and working with the grain of established research cultures and practices.  HEFCE and the Research Councils will work together and with other interested bodies to support a managed transition to open access over the medium term, and welcome the work of the UK Open Access Implementation Group in support of this aim."  From David Willetts, the UK Minister for Universities and Science:  "Transparency is at the heart of the Government's agenda, and this also applies to published research. In a recent discussion with members of the research community and publishers I stressed the importance of open access to this information for everyone, and I'm delighted that the Research Councils and HEFCE have committed to taking this forward."

Wellcome Trust urges universities to take leadership in open scientific publishing
"Creative Commons plays an instrumental role in the Open Access movement, which is making scholarly research and journals more widely available on the Web. Last month, Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, spoke at Oxford University on the role of open access in maximising the impact of biomedical research. Wellcome is one of the world’s leading funders of scientific research. Walport’s lecture was the fourth in a series on scholarship, publishing and the dissemination of research presented by the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA). The series is designed to stimulate debate on the issues surrounding changes in scholarly communications....Walport believes that science is on the cusp of an historic change in regard to publication practices and advised the university to take an aggressive role in the open access movement. A video of Walport’s presentation will be posted shortly on the oxford scholarly communications debate website...."

Enabling Open Scholarship - LERU launches Open Access Roadmap
"LERU, the League of European Research Universities, has published its Roadmap Towards Open Access. At a launch event on Friday 17th June 2011 in Brussels, chaired by Professor Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of LERU, the document was introduced by Dr Paul Ayris, Librarian at University College London. The Roadmap was developed by a group of people mainly from LERU member universities, and covers the case for Open Access, provides practical steps for universities to take to achieve it, and cites examples of good practice from LERU institutions. Responses to the Roadmap were made by Dr Carlos Morais-Pires, representating the Directorate General Information Society and Media at the European Commission, Dr Caroline Sutton from Co_Action Publishing and president of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, Mr Wouter Schallier, Executive Director, Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), and Dr Alma Swan, representing Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)...."

Open Access Group for the Conference of Italian University Rectors released its recommended OA policy language for Italian Universities
From Google's English:  "[1] The University adopts the principles of full and open access to scientific literature and promotes the free dissemination of research results in network produced in university, to ensure the widest possible dissemination.  [2] The university, with a special regulation [to be issued within 180 days of the adoption of this policy], raises the discipline aimed to implement fully and openly with the principles of access to data and products of scientific research, encouraging the deposit institutional archive and communication to the public, in compliance with laws relating to intellectual property, confidentiality and protection of personal data and protection, access and exploitation of cultural heritage...."

Project details - Science as a public enterprise | Royal Society
"The Royal Society is beginning a new, major policy study on the use of scientific information as it affects scientists and society....The Society has launched a call for evidence and we are seeking input from academia, business, industry, Government, interest groups and members of the public to inform this important project. Please circulate this document to other interested parties.We welcome submissions as soon as possible, and before the 5 August 2011....The immediate focus of this study will be the exchange of information among scientists and other scientifically literate audiences. This is an important part, but only a part, of the larger purpose of making science a public enterprise. The secondary focus of the study will be public engagement with scientific information, which may be mediated by journalists or interest groups and individuals. As former habits of deference decline in democratic societies, calls for greater openness and transparency are ubiquitous. Public expectations of openness grow as access to information improves. However, open access to scientific information by itself rarely elicits the knowledge or understanding that is sought. Raw data is rarely useful to others if it is made available without the metadata and other context that is needed to make it understandable. A presumption in favour of data sharing should enable efficient research. A case for open access to research data is most obvious where the research has been done at public expense, or where the research has involved experimentation on human beings who have consented to be subjected to risks for the benefit of the public (as in the case of medical research). But it is also arguably necessary where private companies undertake activities that pose risks to public health. Public interest in openness and disclosure must however be balanced against possible concerns of security, confidentiality, privacy and intellectual property protection...."

OpenAIRE: Free Access to EU Projects Publications
News from the Helmholtz Office Brussels OpenAIRE: Free Access to EU Projects Publications

Helmholtz Open Access Workshop "Open Access to Publications and Data in the Research Field ‚Energy‘ of the Helmholtz Association"
All the presentations are now available for download as PDF files.

JISC scholarly communications roundtable concludes: variety will be the spice of open access
"Publishers, researchers and librarians met this week to debate the global and UK position for scholarly communications including the transition from traditional journal publishing models to open access for academic research. JISC hosted the roundtable discussion which saw experts gather to share their views on the benefits and international challenges facing higher education in making academic research more widely available, for example through open access routes....The debate looked at the possible paths to transition from the traditional journal model through to gold oa as well as talking through whether a hybrid model was also the way to go. There was agreement that peer review must remain a cornerstone of scientific publication...."

4th Report: Open Access – the View from the Academy
The Research Communications Strategy released its 4th Report to JISC. Section 1, about half the whole report, is devoted to researcher attitudes toward OA. That section makes three recommendation: "that HEFCE be encouraged to make it clear that peerreviewed OA journals will be considered the equal of any traditional journals for the purposes of the REF...; that an advocacy message from JISC be that: dissemination is an expense, OA is an alternate not an additional expense, in the context of grants the cost of OA publishing is tiny, money is available to support OA publication... [and] that consideration be given to employing high-profile figures with appeal both to the academic community and the wider public to publicise and endorse OA...."

OAPEN Final Report
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) funding expired at the end of February 2011 and the organization has released its final report. Excerpt: "For the next three years [2011-2013], OAPEN was looking for support from academic stakeholders that are active in the effort to achieve Open access for academic publications, in particular so called ‘Gold’ OA. We preferred to interest stakeholders already involved in OAPEN, and in a position to interest other partner organizations to broaden support and help achieve a structural solution. With this in mind, Amsterdam University Press approached academic institutes within the Netherlands to provide financial support for a limited period, with the explicit expectation that funding will be expanded to other (European) countries as soon as possible. The following Dutch institutes were prepared to provide financial support for the period 2011-2013: the Universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Library of the Netherlands and Amsterdam University Press. These institutions successfully approached the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to take part in financial support during this period...."

Study on the use of research information by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Denmark
John Houghton, Alma Swan, and Sheridan Brown released a study on the use of research information by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Denmark.  Among the findings:  "Forty-eight per cent rated research articles as very or extremely important, and among those in research roles a higher 64% did so....More than two-thirds reported having difficulties accessing market survey research and reports and Doctoral or Masters theses, 62% reported difficulties accessing technical reports from government agencies and 55% reported difficulties accessing research articles. Comparing responses on importance and ease of access, suggests that research articles and market survey research and reports are seen to be both important and difficult to access....Use of Open Access materials is widespread. More than 50% used free institutional or subject repositories and Open Access journals monthly or more regularly, and among researchers 72% reported using free institutional or subject repositories and 56% Open Access journals monthly or more regularly....Access barriers and delays involve costs. It would have taken an average of 2.2 years longer to develop or introduce the new products or processes in the absence of contributing academic research. For new products, a 2.2 years delay would cost around DKK 36 million (EUR 4.8 million) per firm in lost sales, and for new processes it would cost around DKK 211 000 per firm...."

27 questions the inf11 programme has addressed
"The [JISC] information environment programme 2009-11 [which ends in July 2011] is a very broad programme consisting of over 100 projects covering a wide range of topics. The programme has produced many useful outputs ranging from advice and guidance to tools and standards. To help people find things from the programme that are of use to them we have put together a list of questions that the programme has addressed....[8] How can I keep abreast of developments in scholarly communications and open access publishing? [9] How can I encourage a change in the scholarly communications process within my institution? [10] How can I examine the costs to my institution of adopting different open access publishing options? [11] How can people within my institution get access to full text UK theses? ..."

The Researcher Development Framework and the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy
In April 2011, SCONUL presented the new and refined version of its
Seven Pillars of Information Literacy, including its own ‘lens’ focused on the particular needs and practices of HE researchers. The principles underlying this model and the Researcher Development Framework are similar; they are both aspirational in their aim of helping researchers better understand what it means to be well-rounded. The Seven Pillars are a more focused framework, but their content broadly matches much of the RDF. Given the overlap between the two documents, and the fact that they both reflect national initiatives, it makes sense for them to be seen clearly to relate to each other.

New York University Press, Media Commons to Test Online Peer Review in Project Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
"NYU Press (NYUP) has been awarded a grant of $50,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop and test a method of conducting open, public online peer-to-peer (P2P) review of scholarly monographs and journal articles. NYUP, which is part of the NYU Division of Libraries, will collaborate on the project with MediaCommons, a digital scholarly network affiliated with both NYU Libraries and the Institute for the Future of the Book....The outcome of the yearlong, Mellon-funded project will be a published white paper that will 1) assess the value and shortcomings of P2P review for the evaluation of scholarship, 2) serve as a roadmap for scholars and publishers, articulating criteria and protocols for conducting P2P review that are both rigorous and flexible enough to apply across disciplines; 3) identify the technical functionalities necessary to support these protocols; and 4) assess tools and platforms currently available for online peer review, and consider whether their functionalities will support our proposed protocols. The white paper will be made available for open peer review as part of its publication process...."

Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms (ACUMEN)
This FP7 project is a cooperation among several European research institutes with Professor Paul Wouters (CWTS – Leiden University) as the principal investigator.

Centre for Research Communications released four briefing papers
The Centre for Research Communications (CRC) based at the University of Nottingham released four briefing papers on Research Communications Strategy:
1. Open Access: In Support of Research - This briefing paper describes how Open Access supports research. It reviews some of the benefits of OA and explains important factors that come into play for the "green" (OAI-PMH, institutional mandates, data storage) and "gold" (OA publication funds, transitional costs) routes. Best practices, such as the adoption of institutional mandates, instruction in copyright and IPR, establishment of OA publishing funds, and collaboration with existing organisations, are also included in this paper.
2. Open Access: Beyond the Numbers - This briefing paper goes beyond the discussion of the costs of Open Access and describes the case for OA in relation to the creation and dissemination of knowledge. It explains the properties of knowledge, such as intangible capital, and describes how subscription publishing works against knowledge transfer, while OA supports the sharing of knowledge and results in large public gains.
3. Open Access: Embedding Repositories - This briefing paper describes the University of Glasgow’s repository, Enlighten, and how it became embedded in the institution. The drivers for the creation of the repository, including: increasing the impact for research, presenting the University’s research profile, and complying with funding body OA policies, are also explained. The paper also describes the publication policy that has been adopted at Glasgow, as well as other developments that have moved the work forward.
4. "Gold" Open Access Publishing - This briefing paper describes some of the reasons why “gold” open access publishing should be supported. These include the need for HEIs to be part of the ongoing experiment with new business models. “Gold” OA publishing is also a way to reach immediate open access and to market research outputs, and it currently fits more readily with established workflows and cultural practices. This paper also lists practical questions that should be considered when thinking about how “gold” OA publishing can be supported at an institutional or research group level.

New Student Open Access Flyer
I'm excited to announce that the Right to Research Coalition has just launched a new
Open Access flyer, which we believe will be a useful resource for catching students' attention and teaching them the basics of Open Access and why it's important.  We designed the flyer to be easily producible locally and flexible so you can use it in many different ways, from posting it on bulletin boards around campus to using it as a handout in informational sessions. Please see the full announcement and a list of our top ten ideas for how the use the flyer at

Campus Open Access Policies

Co-ordination Workshop on Open Access to Scientific Information, Brussels, 4th May 2011
Predstavitve dostopne na  

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2011
- UNESCO-Promoting Open Access to Scientific Information
- Open Access: a Movement in Progress
- Open Access Policies in Developing and Transition Countries
- Removing Barriers to Science

Open access advocacy: EIFL-OA online workshop | EIFL

Advocacy for open access: a selected review of the literature and resource list
From the abstract: The purpose of this paper is to review some of the current literature and discuss some ways to advocate for open access (OA) programs adopted by libraries in various institutions. It points out that the library and information science/system community's enthusiasm for innovations in OA may have unintended negative financial consequences. This overview provides a list of relevant literature/resources in the area of library advocacy, with regard to the ongoing needs of OA repositories. There is a focus on OA in India....The literature review is not comprehensive but selective and fairly recent; it includes published resources from the last ten years and lists organizations advocating for a sustainable OA model....The advocacy roles for librarians in promoting the OA movement, and the challenges they are facing in this era are discussed. The author stresses that a proactive approach in information handling and collaboration with information technology staff and academics are essential for OA to be sustainable....Owing to poor or reduced government funding for libraries, librarians are forced to advocate for OA in new and different ways. Library officers/information managers serving in universities and academic institutions can launch a program to help faculty pay for publishing in OA journals, introducing the concept and securing funding through various means.

Library Planning Task Force its interim report
The Library Planning Task Force of the University of California's Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee (SLASIAC) released its interim report for public comment.  "[T]he [UC] libraries may experience budget reductions of as much as $52 million, or 21 percent of their current budget base, over the next six years....[T]his cut is greater than the total library budget of any single UC campus, and roughly equivalent to the budgets of three of our mid-sized campuses....As a result of ongoing increases in the prices charged by publishers for scholarly material in both print and digital formats, the libraries will likely lose the equivalent of $17 million in buying power over the same period.  This is equivalent to the current library materials budgets of two mid-sized campuses, and means a reduction in the systemwide acquisition rate of about 200,000 items per year....The adverse effects of the anticipated budget cuts cannot be entirely avoided....However, the effects of the cuts can be mitigated through collaboration....[Recommendation 2 of 4:] Support faculty efforts to change the system of scholarly communication....To foster successful change in scholarly publishing and communication, UC faculty must be prepared to:  [1] Retain and manage their copyrights in the works they produce, [2] Participate actively in new publishing models and innovations in scholarly communication that more effectively serve the interests of the scholarly community, [3] Decline to publish in, edit or review for journals that persist in unacceptable pricing or copyright practices, [4] Encourage their academic colleagues and scholarly societies to take similar actions....Among the institutional strategies that UC might adopt or continue in support of the faculty are:  [1] Assisting and supporting the faculty as they seek to explore and use alternatives to traditional methods of scholarly publishing and develop and adopt new modes of scholarly communication that are aligned with emerging changes in methods of research and teaching.  [2] Supporting the faculty by conveying to them information about the actual costs of publications and the expenses incurred by their libraries in providing access to scholarly information.  [3] Continuing and fortifying its strong negotiating positions with publishers.  As the negotiations with Elsevier and the NPG have demonstrated, a reasonable negotiating position backed by the full force of faculty support and UC's economic clout can make a difference both to the University and to the larger community of higher education institutions.  [4] Encouraging and supporting the adoption of open-access publishing.  The many varieties of open-access scholarly communication promise both significant academic benefits, by making peer-reviewed research results available to all without subscription charges to readers or their institutions, and significant financial benefits, by reducing and permitting reallocation of the costs of scholarly publishing.  The University has already taken affirmative steps in this direction by supporting new open-access journals, helping to cover the costs for UC faculty publishing in “author-pays” open-access journals, and providing support for author compliance with the NIH open-access deposit policy.  [5] Redirecting a portion of the funding currently used for purchase of traditional print and digital publications to the support of alternative publishing models that advance the interests and values of the academic community...." Comments are welcome until September 2, 2011.


Author Rights

IFLA/CLM Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives


SPARC introduces Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index
New resource helps streamline launch and operation of open-access journals
Washington, D.C. – SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today released a free online Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index with information and documents to support the launch and operation of an open-access journal. Materials in the index will help libraries, presses, and other academic units on campuses as they work together to make the work of their researchers more widely available.

The new index complements the rich existing resource center by pointing to relevant sections in existing open-access journal publishing guides and to sample journal proposals, policies, bylaws, and other documentation to help with planning, development, and collaboration issues. Topics covered include:

•                  New Journal Planning
•                  Journal Publishing Program Policies
•                  Governance
•                  Editorial
•                  Marketing & Promotion
•                  Technical Platforms
•                  Sustainability Planning

The Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index is available online at

Bibliographic index coverage of open-access journals in six subject areas
Abstract: We investigate the extent to which open-access (OA) journals and articles in biology, computer science, economics, history, medicine, and psychology are indexed in each of 11 bibliographic databases. We also look for variations in index coverage by journal subject, journal size, publisher type, publisher size, date of first OA issue, region of publication, language of publication, publication fee, and citation impact factor. Two databases, Biological Abstracts and PubMed, provide very good coverage of the OA journal literature, indexing 60 to 63% of all OA articles in their disciplines. Five databases provide moderately good coverage (22–41%), and four provide relatively poor coverage (0–12%). OA articles in biology journals, English-only journals, high-impact journals, and journals that charge publication fees of $1,000 or more are especially likely to be indexed. Conversely, articles from OA publishers in Africa, Asia, or Central/South America are especially unlikely to be indexed. Four of the 11 databases index commercially published articles at a substantially higher rate than articles published by universities, scholarly societies, nonprofit publishers, or governments. Finally, three databases —EBSCO Academic Search Complete, ProQuest Research Library, and Wilson OmniFile— provide less comprehensive coverage of OA articles than of articles in comparable subscription journals.;jsessionid=A2D9C98EC4D5584622B72689502C7F86.d03t02


A seminar on Persistent Object Identifiers took place in Den Haag
Last week from June 14th - 15th a seminar on Persistent Object Identifiers took place in Den Haag organized by the Knowledge Exchange  Initiative. Representatives from a number of National &  State Libraries, Data Service Centers and Research Infrastructure Projects discussed challenges of PID systems, the pros and cons of having multiple PID systems (which normally rely on distinct use cases) and the relation of Linked Data (Cool URI's) and PID's. They agreed that clear policies in the use of the respective PID system is necessary as well as a need for coordination and further exchange accross the PID systems. You can find the presentations and results from the discussion groups at

Digital Commons Toolkits

Time and cost analysis for repository deposit: the Welsh Repository Network Mediated Deposit Bureau
Abstract: As part of the Welsh Repository Network (WRN) Enhancement Project (WRN-EP) an experimental service, the Mediated Deposit Bureau (MDB), was used to investigate the effect of outsourcing repository deposit on institutional repository services. Working with a selection of pilot institutions from WRN partners, the project team based at Aberystwyth University took responsibility for the deposit of a number of identified collections. The objectives of the MDB were to: 1. Directly increase the number of deposited items within each repository. 2. Identify per unit costs, in both time and money, for repository item deposit. 3. Engage institution staff with the repository deposit process in an attempt to embed the processes involved within their working cycle and further increase deposit. 4.Encourage further deposit by academic staff within each repository through the presence of new repository deposits. It is the second objective which provides the focus for this paper.

BASE migration finished
"[T]he new version of BASE with a Lucene/Solr index and a VuFind interface is now available....You have now access to more than 28 million documents from 1.788 sources and we can now refresh the index on a regular basis again....There is also a new iPhone-App for BASE available from our website, or at directly at iTunes...."

Preserving repository content: practical tools for repository managers
Abstract: The stated aim of many repositories is to provide permanent open access to their content. However, relatively few repositories have implemented practical action plans towards permanence. Repository managers often lack time and confidence to tackle the important but scary problem of preservation. Written by, and aimed at, repository managers, this paper describes how the JISC-funded KeepIt project has been bringing together existing preservation tools and services with appropriate training and advice to enable repository managers to formulate practical and achievable preservation plans. Three elements of the KeepIt project are described: 1. The initial, exploratory phase in which repository managers and a preservation specialist established the current status of each repository and its preservation objectives; 2. The repository-specific KeepIt preservation training course which covered the organisational and financial framework of repository preservation; metadata; the new preservation tools; and issues of trust between repository, users and services; 3. The application of tools and lessons learned from the training course to four exemplar repositories and the impact that this has made. The paper concludes by recommending practical steps that all repository managers may take to ensure their repositories are preservation-ready.

Curation Micro-Services: A Pipeline Metaphor for Repositories
Abstract: The effective long-term curation of digital content requires expert analysis, policy setting, and decision making, and a robust technical infrastructure that can effect and enforce curation policies and implement appropriate curation activities. Since the number, size, and diversity of content under curation management will undoubtedly continue to grow over time, and the state of curation understanding and best practices relative to that content will undergo a similar constant evolution, one of the overarching design goals of a sustainable curation infrastructure is flexibility. In order to provide the necessary flexibility of deployment and configuration in the face of potentially disruptive changes in technology, institutional mission, and user expectation, a useful design metaphor is provided by the Unix pipeline, in which complex behavior is an emergent property of the coordinated action of a number of simple independent components. The decomposition of repository function into a highly granular and orthogonal set of independent but interoperable micro-services is consistent with the principles of prudent engineering practice. Since each micro-service is small and self-contained, they are individually more robust and collectively easier to implement and maintain. By being freely interoperable in various strategic combinations, any number of micro-services-based repositories can be easily constructed to meet specific administrative or technical needs. Importantly, since these repositories are purposefully built from policy neutral and protocol and platform independent components to provide the function minimally necessary for a specific context, they are not constrained to conform to an infrastructural monoculture of prepackaged repository solutions. The University of California Curation Center has developed an open source micro-services infrastructure that is being used to manage the diverse digital collections of the ten campus University system and a number of non-university content partners. This paper provides a review of the conceptual design and technical implementation of this micro-services environment, a case study of initial deployment, and a look at ongoing micro-services developments.

Diversity and Interoperability of Repositories in a Grid Curation Environment
Abstract: IT based research environments with an integrated repository component environments are increasingly important in research. While grid technologies and its relatives used to draw most attention, the e-Infrastructure community is now often looking to the repository and preservation communities to learn from their experiences. After all, trustworthy data-management and concepts to foster the agenda for data-intensive research are among the key requirements of researchers from a great variety of disciplines. The WissGrid project aims to provide cross-disciplinary data curation tools for a grid environment by adapting repository concepts and technologies to the existing D-Grid e Infrastructure. To achieve this, it combines existing systems including Fedora, iRODS, DCache, JHove, and others. WissGrid respects diversity of systems, and aims to improve interoperability of the interfaces between those systems.

Analyzing the Persistence of Referenced Web Resources with Memento
In Open Repositories 2011 Conference, Austin, TX, 6-11 June 2011. Abstract: In this paper we present the results of a study into the persistence and availability of web resources referenced from papers in scholarly repositories. Two repositories with different characteristics, arXiv and the UNT digital library, are studied to determine if the nature of the repository, or of its content, has a bearing on the availability of the web resources cited by that content. Memento makes it possible to automate discovery of archived resources and to consider the time between the publication of the research and the archiving of the referenced URLs. This automation allows us to process more than 160000 URLs, the largest known such study, and the repository metadata allows consideration of the results by discipline. The results are startling: 45% (66096) of the URLs referenced from arXiv still exist, but are not preserved for future generations, and 28% of resources referenced by UNT papers have been lost. Moving forwards, we provide some initial recommendations, including that repositories should publish URL lists extracted from papers that could be used as seeds for web archiving systems.


Digital Curation Centre,

Data management plans,

DataCite (Data Repositories)

Life Science Data Repositories in the Publications of Scientists and Librarians
Abstract: Bibliographic analysis of the sciences literature indicates that several data repositories are used by science practitioners in their research publications, conference presentations and patents. These specialized resources offer data storage, search, visualization, and sharing capabilities to the science communities of which they are a part. Some science librarians also use data repositories in their publications and in the performance of their professional duties. As the need for established data archives continues to grow, both existing and future data repositories present potential opportunities for the data-related work of science librarians.

Who were the winners of Europe’s biggest open data competition? | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog
"Today [June 16, 2011] we’re pleased to announce the winners of the Open Data Challenge, Europe’s biggest open data competition. The 1st prizes for each category will be awarded later today by European Commission Vice President, Neelie Kroes at the Digital Agenda Assembly in Brussels...."


ETD Toolkit
Digital Commons released an ETD Toolkit, which includes information and recommendations on making ETDs OA.


Open up educational resources legally with new JISC tools
Making your educational resources openly available is not always straightforward when there are multiple licences involved – but two new JISC online wizards can help navigate the issues.


The 6th Munin conference 2011 – Enhancing publications
University of Tromsø Campus, November 22, 2011 – November 23, 2011
The Munin conference is an annual conference on scientific publishing, with an Open Access approach. Submissions are welcome on topics including but not limited to: open access publishing, open access to scientific data, new formats of scientific journals and scientific papers, the borderline between scientific publishing and impartment of knowledge, the peer review system. Important dates: Deadline for abstract submission: 22 August 2011; Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2011; Conference to be held: 22 and 23 November 2011.

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