April 30, 2010

Panelists named for UMN's May 12 forum "Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values: Choosing our Future"

Three University of Minnesota faculty members will engage in a discussion and Q&A in reaction to Professor Jason Baird Jackson's presentation on May 12:

We hope you will join us! Seats remain.

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April 23, 2010

National Science Foundation Releases Open Government Plan

From NSF's April 7, 2010 press release:

On February 6, 2010, NSF, along with agencies across the government, launched a new Web page (www.nsf.gov/open) designed to inform citizens about the agency's activities to encourage participation and collaboration between the agency and the citizens it serves. Members of the public were asked to submit ideas and comments through a dialog page at http://opennsf.ideascale.com. The comment period ran through March 19.

Over that period, the OpenNSF site received 59 ideas, 85 comments and 529 votes. Ideas submitted included: making taxpayer-funded research freely available, requiring that data from publicly funded projects be shared on an open source basis, and producing live webcasts of all meetings. The ideas, along with comments and discussion, can be viewed on the OpenNSF dialog site. In addition, NSF will be using the dialog site to ask for public comments on the agency's Open Government Directive Plan.

The plan being released today reflects public input as well as ongoing discussions about making more data available in open formats, and expansion of public participation and other collaboration activities.

The key principle that will be applied in executing the elements of the NSF Open Government Directive Plan is to maximize data that will be made available within the constraints of confidentiality and privacy concerns.

"Unless proven otherwise, the default position will be to make data and information available in an open format," said José Munoz, acting director of NSF's Office of Cyberinfrastructure, who is NSF's senior accountable official for the Open Government Directive.

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April 16, 2010

Federal Research Public Access Act introduced in House of Representatives

Here is a bill to watch! The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) can build not just on the government's success with the NIH public access policy, but also on the success of institutions like Harvard, MIT, and the University of Kansas in introducing public access policies for scholarship produced by their faculty members.

From the April 15, 2010 press release by the Alliance for Taxpayer Access:

Fueling the growing momentum toward openness, transparency, and accessibility to publicly funded information, the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) has been introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and a bi-partisan host of co-sponsors. The proposed bill would build on the success of the first U.S. mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

"Free and open access to scientific literature and data are the underpinnings of discovery in the digital age," said Stephen Friend MD PhD, President and Co-Founder of Sage Bionetworks. "Full collaboration among researchers is essential, and we have the power now to communicate, collaborate, and innovate in ways that were previously unimaginable. I applaud the sponsors of the Federal Research Public Access Act for their commitment to ensuring the kind of access scientists need to make progress on improved disease treatments and diagnostics in the digital world."

Like the Senate bill introduced in 2009 by Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Cornyn (R-TX), H.R. 5037 would unlock unclassified research funded by agencies including: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

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April 9, 2010

Ithaka Faculty Survey 2009: Attitudes and practices in scholarly communications

Ithaka, the organization behind the electronic journal preservation service Portico, released the faculty survey it has conducted every 3 years since 2000. Responses were received from 3,025 faculty members from "colleges and universities in the United States that grant bachelor's degrees or higher." In the chapter on scholarly communications, they report:

  • With perennial interest from the library community in developing institutional repositories and substantial attention to successful examples of community-driven repositories like arXiv, our study revealed a significant amount of interest in depositing articles, but relatively limited faculty deposit behaviors. Less than 30% of faculty members have deposited any scholarly output or research material into a repository, but nearly 50% have not deposited but hope to do so in the future. Nearly 80%, therefore, report that they are likely to deposit materials in the future. Whether this is cause for hope that faculty are moving toward depositing more of their work or just an indication of good intentions is hard to tell.
  • [R]oughly one-third of faculty members strongly agree that tenure and promotion practices "unnecessarily constrain" their publishing choices, which suggests that a non-trivial share of faculty members would take different approaches to the dissemination of their work if they could. This belief is stronger among social scientists and humanists than among scientists. Despite the concerns of faculty with the unnecessary constraints of tenure and promotion practices around publishing and dissemination choices, career incentives based on traditional practices are likely to continue unless there is an overall cultural shift and structural change driven from the highest levels of academic administrators.
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April 2, 2010

Attend our May 12 forum: Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values: Choosing our Future

Who controls publishing in your discipline?

How do restrictive publishing agreements hinder access to the scholarly literature?

How would open-access publications promote wider readership and potential cost savings?

How is peer review handled in an open-access environment?

How can an open-access journal achieve financial sustainability?

How can tenure and promotion committees best evaluate new publishing models?

Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values: Choosing our Future
A Forum for Authors and Creators of Academic Works

Attend this short forum to discuss these questions with your colleagues and learn about issues of access and authors' rights. Connect with others who wish to advance sustainable venues for disseminating the results of scholarship through their roles as authors, editors, society leaders, campus advisors, and committee chairs.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Walter Library, Room 402


Jason Baird Jackson is an ethnographer whose work bridges the fields of folklore studies, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and ethnomusicology. He is the editor of the open-access scholarly journal Museum Anthropology Review, published by the Indiana University Libraries as part of the IUScholarWorks Journals project. Jackson launched the journal after becoming dissatisfied with publisher policies while serving as editor of Museum Anthropology, published by the American Anthropological Association and Wiley-Blackwell. He was part of a group that recently published an article entitled "Anthropology of/in Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies," which appeared in Cultural Anthropology and is now freely available.

More about Professor Jackson...

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with faculty members from the Academic Health Center, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Institute of Technology.

Co-sponsored by the University Libraries, Senate Library Committee, and Office of the Provost.

Free to University of Minnesota community.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Reserve your seat now!

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