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Phill Jones introduces our new, ever so slightly experimental blog!

"By creating a place to think and write for publishers, librarians, academics, funders and everybody else involved in scientific communication, we hope to foster understanding of each others perspectives in order to have more meaningful conversations about how to address the issues that affect us all." http://ow.ly/JzHkZ
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A bit late to post today, but hopefully it will be worth the wait.

As we all know, Valentine's Day is this weekend. Today's we are encouraging you to write a Valentine's message to Elsevier!

As the post (link below) says, it all started with a simple tweet:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue, 
Copyright is ours.
‪#‎ElsevierValentines‬

Or how about:
Roses are 
Violets are blue 
Taxpayers pay twice
For content from you
#ElsevierValentines

Feel free to tweet your own message of love to your favorite subscription publisher.
https://storify.com/DevilleSy/elseviervalentines
February 14th coming soon. Fellow academics, be ready for your date.
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I need your help to finish our latest citizen science experiment.  Please help us complete the last few tasks up at https://mark2cure.org/ !  Just hit the link and click the Start Now button.   Even better, forward this on to friends and family!  We are soo close!
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New OA mandate from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) just became the second US federal agency to adopt an OA mandate under the Obama White House directive of February 2013. 
http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/policies/publicaccess/index.html

The first such OA mandate came from the Department of Energy (DOE). For the reasons why I found it deeply flawed, see my blog post from August 2014. 
https://plus.google.com/+PeterSuber/posts/ZHRXEvLoq4n

On the plus side, the AHRQ avoids one of the biggest mistakes of the DOE policy. AHRQ will use OA repositories independent of publishers. As much as it can, the DOE will use publisher-hosted OA. AHRQ will disregard CHORUS, while DOE will depend on CHORUS. 

On the minus side, the AHRQ shares one of the biggest mistakes of the DOE policy. It is silent on open licensing and reuse, even though the White House guidelines explicitly require agency policies to "maximize the potential for...creative reuse." (To be more precise, the AHRQ wants reuse for data, but is silent on reuse for articles.)

We know that the White House approved the DOE policy. I can't tell yet whether it has approved the AHRQ policy. If it has, that will confirm the conclusion that +The White House will not enforce its own guidelines. If it hasn't yet approved the new policy, and is still deliberating, then there's hope that public comments can persuade it to send agency policies back to the drawing board to comply with the reuse requirement.

Here's my quick take on the AHRQ policy strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths
* The AHRQ policy does not rely on CHORUS or publisher-hosted OA. For articles, it will use PubMed Central. For data, it will outsource to a still-unnamed commercial repository.
* It covers data as well as articles.
* It wants data to be freely available at time of publication, without embargo.
* It adopts the NIH mechanism to enforce the deposit requirement, including the potential withholding of funds to non-compliant grantees.

Weaknesses
* It's silent on the timing of the deposit of articles. For example, it doesn't require deposit at the time of acceptance or before the time of publication.
* It's silent on open licensing and reuse.

The AHRQ permits embargoes up to 12 months. That's a weakness, but unfortunately it's one allowed, even encouraged, by the White House guidelines. 

For background, see the Obama White House directive itself from February 2013.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostp_public_access_memo_2013.pdf

Also see my March 2013 article on the Obama directive and FASTR. 
http://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/10528299

Also see the AHRQ home page.
http://www.ahrq.gov/

#oa #openaccess #ahrq  
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We'll be holding a very informal hackday in Makespace Cambridge (16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX).
This is open to anyone interested in developing tools and expertise in automatic mining of information from the scholarly literature. Please register so we can anticipate numbers (probably max 20) and alert security. Topics include chemistry, crystallography, metadata and licences, biological species, phylogenetics, and clinical trials - or bring your own wishlist. No formal experience, but bring your own laptop and a sense of adventure. Details will be posted and updated on contentmine.org
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