December 2009 Archives

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"The removal of access barriers and the expanded use of these research results can dramatically transform how scientists and citizens approach issues of vital importance to the public, such as medicine, climate change, and sustainable energy solutions.  It is a crucial building block in laying a strong national foundation to support accelerated discovery and innovation, which will in turn create economic and social benefits for the taxpayers who supported the research."


Read the full article at: Nobel Prize-winning scientists support online access to federally funded research results to spur innovation - By Heather Joseph, Spokesperson for the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.

Posted by: Jay Bhatt

Columbia University Commits to Open-Access Publication Compact

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Columbia University has joined several leading institutions of higher learning in a commitment to a Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity. Other signatories to the compact are Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley.The compact commits signatories to the timely establishment of mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication fees for open access journal articles authored by researchers without alternative funding.

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research. More information is available online at: The Scholarly Communication Program

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Columbia University Commits to Open-Access Publication Compact

Posted by: Jay Bhatt

A scientist talks about requirements for social software for scientists

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Source: Christina Pika's blog:Christina's LIS Rant

Christina K. Pikas is a science and engineering librarian in a special library as well as a doctoral student in information studies.

"I've weighed in a few times on how to build online communities or support scientists online, but it's really worth paying attention to when you get an actual scientist who is also very involved in and interested in social software tell you what he thinks. Cameron Neylon did just that in a recent blog post (comments on ff). I'll quote liberally from his blog and feedback some ideas."

See: A scientist talks about requirements for social software for scientists
See: All entries on Scholarly Communication in Christina's blog