Faculty & OA at the UofS

This past November (2012) I invited all faculty members at the UofS to complete a short online survey on their publishing activities and opinions – specifically with reference to the growing importance of the open access movement.
One of the main objectives of this research study was to determine the current and emerging scholarly communications needs of researchers at the UofS; and how the University Library might support them in this area.
Preliminary analysis of the results indicates that there is already high awareness of, and support for, open access. The greatest need however, is in education and support for author rights issues such as negotiating copyright transfer agreements with publishers.
I will be presenting these results in a poster this week at the 2013 Canadian Library Association conference in Winnipeg (poster abstracts).
Interested in knowing more? You can download a pdf copy of my poster HERE.
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Another OA Endorsement from CAUT

In the most recent CAUT Bulletin (May 2013) the president of CAUT, Wayne Peters, writes a strong endorsement of open access in his President’s Column: Open access publishing serves the public good.
From the first paragraph:
“Access to the results of academic scholarship and research is in a crisis today due in part to the proliferation of expensive, for-profit, scholarly journals. Most library budgets can no longer maintain extensive collections of periodicals, let alone acquire new ones. Consequently, the realm of accessible knowledge has declined as the work of the academy succumbs to commercial interests.”
CAUT’s policy on scholarly communications is here. This was first adopted in 2004 and recently re-approved (April 2013).

A Big Day for Open Data!

Today in the U.S. …
“President Obama signed an Executive Order directing his administration to take historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth.”
Accessible data is open and machine-readable. This allows entrepreneurs to more easily incorporate the data into new and innovative technologies. Let the app coding begin!

New Award: ASAP

A new award has just been announced: the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)
“The Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) recognizes individuals who have used, applied, or remixed scientific research — published through Open Access — to make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole.”
-Three top awards of $30,000 each
-A trip to Washington, D.C., to be honored at Open Access Week in October, 2013
-Inclusion in a portfolio book distributed online and in print around the world
The main sponsors of this new award include PLOS, Google, and the Wellcome Trust.
Deadline for this year’s nominations is June 15, 2013.
For Program Rules and Nomination forms see this page.