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Not long-winded, just careful.

Is there a well-understood hashtag or abbreviation that means: "Worth discussing but impossible on Twitter"?

If not, how about #WORDBIT ?

To me it includes a hint of "Am I right that you wanted a careful answer?" and a dash of "Are you kidding?"

It also carries a strong nudge in the direction of, "Email me for a serious conversation on your good question. Or visit me on a more accommodating platform like Google+."

In the spirit of Wittgenstein ("we're not crazy, just talking philosophy") it could also suggest, "I'm not long-winded, just careful."

#twitter, #fermatslasttweet

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+Gershom B The simplicity strikes me as good. Its meaning, of course, is not obvious, but it doesn't sortof seem to be about something else.

I think the main reason I reacted against #wordbit is that, to me, the acronym was very counterintuitive. I couldn't help feeling that it wanted to mean something about words &/or bits, computing.

Thus, imagined frustration of someone saying to themselves "word-bit!? wtf does that have to do with anything?"
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"Someday, Altmetrics Will No Longer Need 'Alt'."

This headline from the +Chronicle of Higher Education is obviously true.

It reminds me of a bit of history that I don't think I've recorded before. In the 2001 deliberations that led to the 2002 Budapest Open Access Initiative, we initially used the term alternative journals. At one point I suggested that we replace the term with open-access journals. The "alt" made these journals sound fringe, incendiary, immature and untested, or more focused on protest than substance. The group agreed, and we used open-access journals in the public statement.
http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/read

Footnote: The BOAI is notable in part for giving equal emphasis to green and gold OA. We used the term open-access journals for the gold side. On the green side, we used the term archive, while many of us soon after switched over to repository. At least in my own case, this was a result of protests from traditional archivists who looked at these online databases and said, "Those are not archives!" True enough, in the traditional sense of the term. Although language constantly evolves to apply old terms to new things, in this case I found it easier to change archive to repository in my own writing than to fight the archivists. I've never heard a librarian who worked with pre-OA repositories complain about the way the OA movement uses the term repository.

#oa #openaccess, #terminology


As academics turn to nontraditional measures of their scholarly work’s impact, the notion of "alternative" will fade, predicts a pioneer in the field.
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Mike Eisen's open letter to President Obama.

The +American Medical Association (AMA) claimed copyright in an article President Barack Obama just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In response, +Michael B. Eisen (@mbeisen) just released an open letter to President Obama.

https://twitter.com/mbeisen/status/752721783573221376

Excerpt: "I would like to bring to your attention an issue that you, as both a constitutional lawyer and President sworn to uphold the laws of the United States, will, I hope, find of interest....US Copyright law (specifically section 105) states that copyright protection is not available to works of the federal government. I believe we can safely assume that a work penned by you as part of your official duties as President is subject to this provision. Nonetheless, the official electronic copy of your article...bears the statement "Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All rights reserved" on every page....I would like to humbly request that you demand on behalf of citizens of the United States that JAMA remove this illegal copyright claim from your paper. Furthermore, I hope that you can use the opportunity afforded by this incident to shed light on the broader issue of scientific journals illegally claiming copyright in thousands of other works of the US government every year, thereby restricting access to and use of these works which by law belong to the public domain...."

Comment. Mike is entirely right.

Here's the President's article, which still contains the all-rights-reserved copyright notice.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2016.9797

#copyright, #copyfraud, #publicdomain, #oa #openaccess

cc. +The White House
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I want to thank Peter Suber and Mike Eisen to the issue regarding Copy Wright Law of the Federal Government of United State America,with all due respect to the learned Federal attorney and legal advisers,I am of the view that even though Barak Obama has an added Federal responsibilities, been a lawyer he cannot have enough personal time to take a critical look at the portion of the law refered,then what is the job of attorney of the federation office? beside's both of you has not mentioned that United State National Assembly have been petition to review the obsolete law
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Major gift to the Berkman Center.

"+Harvard Law School and the +Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce that Michael R. Klein LL.M. ’67 has made a generous gift of $15 million to the Berkman Center. In recognition, the Center will now be known as the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society...."

Thank you, Michael Klein.
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More evidence that faculty can accept large-scale journal cancellations.

From Beatriz Betancourt Hardya, Martha C. Zimmerman, and Laura A. Hanscom, "Cutting without Cursing: A Successful Cancellation Project," Serials Librarian, July 1, 2016:

"The Salisbury University Libraries embarked on a serials and database cancellation project in the 2014–2015 academic year, eventually cutting nearly 20% of journals without causing any faculty protests...."

Unfortunately the article is #paywalled and the authors haven't yet made a green OA copy.

This isn't the first time that a major cancellation effort failed to elicit the much-feared faculty protests. I haven't systematically collected examples (someone should), but here are a few others:

Jennifer Howard, "Libraries Abandon Expensive 'Big Deal' Subscription Packages to Multiple Journals," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2011.
http://chronicle.com/article/Libraries-Abandon-Expensive/128220/

Franco Toni, "Leaving Elsevier's 'big deal': an evaluation of the Italian National Institute of Health experience inside the Bibliosan Consortium," in 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2012), Limerick, May 22-25, 2012.
http://eprints.rclis.org/17042/

Henrietta Thornton-Verma, "No Big Deal: Three Libraries Survive Cuts to Serials Access," Library Journal, June 29, 2012.
http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2012/06/ala/no-big-deal-three-libraries-survive-cuts-to-serials-access-ala-annual-2012/

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Suggest updates to the Open Access Directory (OAD)

The Open Access Directory (+OAD) is happy to introduce Share an Update, a simple form allowing users to suggest additions or edits to the OAD editors.

Of course users may still edit the OAD directly, as before. But for those short on time, or unfamiliar with wiki editing, the new form should be an easy alternative. Share an Update with us today.
http://goo.gl/forms/6KEPAWWRAal0oQPp2

The OAD is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. ​It's a wiki and depends on the OA community to keep it accurate, current, and comprehensive. To limit spam, direct editing is limited to registered users, but registration is free and easy. Reading and reuse are free for all. All OAD content is under a CC-BY license.
http://oad.simmons.edu

To bypass the form and start editing directly, register here.
http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Special:RequestAccount

#oa #openaccess #oad

cc +Nancy Pontika, +L. Kelly Fitzpatrick
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My dear Peter Suber, updating a worldwide documents contained in Open Access Directory should be a ten years spacing edition,due to its researches and discoveries contents to allow academic communities schedule curricular on a standard timetable, however new discoveries could be a periodic pamphlets to be compile for every new edition
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Welcome to the new fellows at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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More on open data to crack Zika.

From Donald NcNeil in +The New York Times:

"[David] O’Connor and his colleagues have been infecting pregnant female macaques with the Zika virus, minutely recording their symptoms, and giving them blood tests and ultrasounds. But then, instead of saving their data for academic journals, the researchers have posted it almost immediately on a website anyone can visit. The openness of the process thrills scientists, who say it fosters collaboration and speeds research....Back-to-back epidemics of Ebola and Zika have driven some infectious disease specialists to embrace greater speed and openness. Until now, they felt forced to hoard data and tissue samples: Careers depend on being published in prestigious journals, which often refuse to publish work that has previously been released and may take months to edit papers....Dr. O’Connor’s decision was the most radical manifestation of a trend already underway. In early February, more than 30 of the most prominent academic journals, research institutions and research funders signed a “Statement on Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies” in which the journals agreed to make all articles about the Zika virus available free instead of charging their subscription fees, which can be hundreds of dollars. The journals also agreed to consider articles that had first been posted for comment on public forums like bioRxiv, which is hosted by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island. The funders agreed to make everyone receiving their money share data as widely as possible...."

#oa #openaccess #opendata #zika

A primate lab’s free sharing of information, contrary to the norm of saving data for publication, may lead to a model for responding to epidemics.
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Please spread the word and help us find a terrific person.
 
Harvard is hiring a senior developer for its institutional repository: http://ow.ly/f14L301ucy6
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+L. Kelly Fitzpatrick just updated the +OAD list of OA journal funds.

http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/OA_journal_funds

Thanks, Kelly!

We're pretty confident that this is the most complete list of these funds anywhere. Plus it's crowd-sourced. If you know about a fund not yet listed to pay APCs at APC-based journals, please add it or ask us to add it. If our annotation of your institution's fund is incomplete, please improve it or tell us how to improve it.

The Open Access Directory (+OAD) is a wiki open to public edits, and depends on the OA community to keep it current and comprehensive. To limit spam, editing is limited to registered users, but registration is free and easy. Reading and reuse are free for all. All OAD content is under a CC-BY license.
http://oad.simmons.edu

If you want to make an addition or revision to the OAD and don't have time, or don't know the syntax of wiki editing, please use the web form we launched just last week.
https://plus.google.com/+PeterSuber/posts/PfzR5sJA51R

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This is a list of funds to support OA journals. The funds may be hosted by universities, research centers, foundations, or government agencies. Currently, all the funds listed here are designed to pay publication fees (or article processing charges, APCs) at fee-based OA journals.
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Clinton's tech and openness agenda.

Just released from www.hillaryclinton.com:

"Hillary believes that the government has an obligation to protect the open internet....She will also promote open-licensing arrangements for copyrighted material and data supported by federal grant funding, including in education, science, and other fields. She will seek to develop technological infrastructure to supports digitization, search, and repositories of such content, to facilitate its discoverability and use....Hillary will make it easier for the federal government to find, try, and buy innovative technology—including open source software....Open up More Government Data for Public Uses: The Obama Administration broke new ground in making open and machine-readable the default for new government information, launching Data.gov and charging each agency with maintaining data as a valuable asset. With more accessible datasets, entrepreneurs can create new products and services, citizens can evaluate more effectively how the government does it job, researchers can look for new insights – and government can work better. Hillary will continue and accelerate the Administration’s open data initiatives, including in areas such as health care, education, and criminal justice. She would fully implement the DATA Act to make government spending more transparent and accountable to the American people, improving USASpending.gov so that Americans can more accurately see how and where their taxpayer dollars are spent. She would also bring an open data approach to regulation —making it easier for businesses to submit structured data instead of documents, and bringing greater transparency to financial and other markets so that regulators, watchdog groups, and the American people can more easily identify fraud and illegal behavior...."

#oa #openaccess

h/t to +Heather Joseph
Today’s dynamic and competitive global economy demands an ambitious national commitment to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. America led the world in the internet revolution, and, today, technology and the internet are transforming nearly every sector of our economy—from manufacturing and transportation, to energy and healthcare. Hillary Clinton’s priority is to harness the power of technology and innovation so that it works for all Am...
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+daramola johnson Sad but true, and for that reason, not only do I think the government should stay out of religion; the converse is also true. People can be beguiled by what they perceive as an enlightened religious leader whom they accept without reservation has their best interest at heart. #imwithher #HillaryforPresident

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Harvard is hiring a senior developer for its institutional repository.

Please spread the word and help us find some terrific people.

"As part of the Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication team of librarians, scholars, and software engineers, you will work on the cutting edge of the open access movement to make academic research produced at Harvard and elsewhere available to anyone, throughout the world, free of charge. As a member of Library Technology Services, you may collaborate with library and IT staff across the university to deliver best of breed library services for research, teaching, and learning....

Primary Responsibilities: Develop and administer a digital repository. Evaluate both existing and emerging repository software for future development. Take ownership of new open access projects. Work closely with librarians, scholars, and technologists across institutional boundaries. Both librarians with programming experience and software engineers with a library background are welcome to apply. We are less concerned about specific technologies than about finding a team player who cares deeply about what we do. But to give you a taste of the technologies we are currently using or experimenting with, see the lists of "qualifications" below. It’s OK if you are missing a few buzzwords – as long as you can demonstrate the interest and ability to learn them (and others) as required. Please Note: This is a two year term-limited position...[with] the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance...."

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerID=25240&siteID=5341&AReq=39719BR

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10 years ago this would have been a dream job... when I was still able to sponge up information and tech. (sigh) I'm slowing down.
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I work for the free circulation of science and scholarship in every field and language. In practice that means research, writing, organizing, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. I wear several hats:
I'm the founder of the Open Access Tracking Project, co-founder of the Open Access Directory, and co-developer of TagTeam.

My latest book is Open Access (MIT Press, 2012). The book itself is OA, and I use the book home page for posting updates and supplements, and linking to reviews, translations, and OA editions. Also see my other writings on open access, my writings on topics other than open access, and my section of the Harvard institutional repository.

For more detail, see my home page.

My G+ posts are automatically reposted to my Twitter account. I seldom post to Twitter manually. I don't use FB or LinkedIn at all. 

Most of my G+ posts are about open access (OA), but most of what I want to share about OA doesn't yet make it to G+. I tag new OA developments for the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP). You can follow complete versions of the OATP feed on the web or by RSS, Atom, JSONP, or email. There are also Twitter and G+ versions of the feed, but unfortunately they are both abridged (details here and here respectively). 
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