Looking back on Budapest

In honour of Open Access Week I thought it might be fitting to revisit one of the milestones in establishing the Open Access Movement: the Budapest Open Access Initiative
From the first paragraph of the statement:
“An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet. The public good they make possible is the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds. Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge.”
Continue reading HERE.

New SPARC Guide: Campus-based Open-access Publishing Funds

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has just created a new webpage with resources to help institutions establish an Open Access Fund: http://www.arl.org/sparc/openaccess/funds/index.shtml
“An open-access fund is a pool of money set aside by an institution to support publication models that enable free, immediate, online distribution of, and access to, scholarly research.”
The resources include a pdf guide of practical information and recommendations for institutions in the creation and management of an Open Access Fund. The author of the guide, Greg Tananbaum, will also join a free webinar offered by SPARC on the topic:
Open-access funds: Design and implementation on campus
A SPARC Webcast
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
1:00 – 2:00PM EST
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by May 4 at http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/event_registration.shtml.

Chilean Tectonics Papers made Open Access

The Geological Society has now made openly available scientific papers on the tectonics of the Andean region – the zone responsible for the recent major earthquake in Chile. Certainly, the U of S already has a subscription to this content through the Lyell Collection, and we own a copy of the monograph The Geology of Chile as well, but it is useful to have the relevant works collected in one place. Earlier this year, they also made publicly available papers on the Caribbean geology responsible for the Haitian earthquake. It is commendable that The Geological Society has responded so quickly with this public service initiative after each earthquake.
Here is the link: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/gsl/publications/lyellcollection/page7188.html

E-LIS Reaches Milestone of 10 000 Submissions

Recently the open access repository for Library and Information Science (LIS) documents E-LIS surpassed 10 000 items. E-LIS was established in 2003 as the first international repository in this subject area.
Please consider depositing your library-related publications in this repository. From the E-LIS Submission Policy page:
“The purpose of the E-LIS archive is to make full text LIS documents visible, accessible, harvestable, searchable, and useable by any potential user with access to the Internet. Searching and archiving in E-LIS are totally free for any user. The only requirement is that authors wishing to submit a document need to register in order to obtain a user id in the system. Librarians, libraries, research institutes, organizations, and individual researchers involved in LIS and related fields are encouraged to make use of and contribute to the archive.”