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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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AMA: Gun violence is a public health crisis.

From the +American Medical Association (AMA): "In the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history and with more than 6,000 deaths already in 2016 from gun violence, the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted policy calling gun violence in the United States "a public health crisis" requiring a comprehensive public health response and solution. Additionally, at the Annual Meeting of its House of Delegates, the AMA resolved to actively lobby Congress to overturn legislation that for 20 years has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from researching gun violence...."

#ama, #guns #orlando
In the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history and with more than 6,000 deaths already in 2016 from gun violence, the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted policy calling gun violence in the United States “a public health crisis” requiring a comprehensive public health response and solution
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We need to control this.
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Open Access Directory launches a list of research wikis.

Thanks to +Emily Kilcer, Samantha DeWitt, and +L. Kelly Fitzpatrick for putting it together.

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

If you know a research wiki not already on the list, please add it.

Remember that the Open Access Directory (+OAD) is a wiki open to public edits. It 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

#oa #openaccess #oad
This is a list of wikis devoted to research fields or research topics. Related lists in OAD: Wikis about OA. Organized by field, and alphabetical by title within each field. Agriculture. Agrowiki is an agricultural wiki which is a subsidiary of Agropedia - an “integrated model of digital content ...
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Unclear on the concept.

+Yahoo Finance commenting on the EU move to #OA by 2020:

"So if your idea of some nice, light reading consists of research papers, you may want to consider moving to Europe in the coming years. A treasure trove will soon be available."

#oa #openaccess 
If science is meant for public benefit, then it stands to reason that it should exist in the public domain. That, at least, appears to be the line of logic behind the European Union's new law.
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My dear Mr. Peter Suber,
It is infact long overdue,it should not be only European Union but it should be incorporated in all public funded Reaserch in all Countries throughout the World, without exceptions, the United Nations should see that Chatter prohibiting the concealment of such research should be drafted with a clause that REASERCHERS CONCERN deserve commendation and reward for their effort and dully registered in the GOLDEN BOOK or else they will continue to either sabotage smurgle or shortchange the very public that support them. 
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Thanks to +L. Kelly Fitzpatrick for updating the +OAD list of publishers of #OA books.

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

The list now contains 151 publishers, each annotated to help you zero in on its OA books.

Remember that the Open Access Directory (+OAD) is a wiki open to your edits. It 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

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This is a list of publishers of OA books. As of May 16, 2016, there are 151 publishers on this list. When possible, please annotate each publisher: to indicate whether it publishers just a line (series, imprint, etc.) of OA books, or whether all its books are OA; to indicate whether it publishes ...
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Blockchain can improve trust in clinical drug trial reporting.

From a new article by Greg Irving and John Holden:

Abstract: Trust in scientific research is diminished by evidence that data are being manipulated. Outcome switching, data dredging and selective publication are some of the problems that undermine the integrity of published research. Here we report a proof-of-concept study using a ‘blockchain’ as a low cost, independently verifiable method that could be widely and readily used to audit and confirm the reliability of scientific studies.

I like this, and not just because Irving and Holden turned a powerful tool toward the solution of a serious problem. I like it because it occurred to them to try. For lack of a better term, they have multidomain intelligence. They understood the problem of distorted and deceptive clinical trial docs and they understood the power and potential of blockchain.

How many opportunities lie unseized because people who know the lock don't know the key or vice versa?

#opendata, #clinical_trials, #blockchain, #trust

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Last week the guide to good practices for university #OA policies passed the milestone of 125,000 page views.
http://bit.ly/goodoa

The guide is based on the experience at Harvard and many other institutions around the world in drafting and implementing rights-retention OA policies. It has led to the adoption of OA policies in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and has been endorsed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Australasian Open Access Support Group (AOASG), Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS), Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet), Oberlin Group, Open Access Directory (OAD), Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research (PASTEUR4OA), Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS), Right to Research Coalition (R2RC), Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and SPARC Europe, and the UK Open Access Implementation Group (OAIG).

If your institution is considering an OA policy, or if you want it to, please have a look at the guide and spread the word.

Disclosure: I maintain the guide with +Stuart Shieber as part of the Harvard Open Access Project.

#oa #openaccess 
Last revised May 18, 2016. Version 1.5. Suggested short URL for this guide = bit.ly/goodoa. Preface. This is a guide to good practices for college and university open-access (OA) policies. It's based on the type of rights-retention OA policy first adopted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, ...
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Good news: US appeals court upholds net neutrality.

"In an important victory for libraries and higher education, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit released today its long-awaited opinion in US Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), upholding the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order by a 2-1 vote....

"The first three Open Internet Order rules ensure that Internet providers cannot create “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” that would allow network operators to give priority to entertainment or other commercial content over education, civic engagement, access to information, or other services...."

Quoting +Association of Research Libraries President Larry Alford: "Today’s decision...ensures that the Internet will continue to operate as an open platform for education, research, learning, freedom of speech and expression, and innovation. The rule banning paid prioritization defends non-commercial expression from being squeezed out by commercial content...."
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Thanks to +L. Kelly Fitzpatrick for updating the +OAD list of OA by the numbers.

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

If you need a quick one-stop shop for key numbers on the current state of OA, consult this list. Help your fellow researchers and advocates by updating numbers already listed and adding new numbers not already there.

Remember that the Open Access Directory (+OAD) is a wiki open to your edits. It 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

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Counting fee-based and no-fee #openaccess journals.

Today the +Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) enhanced its reporting in a useful way. You can look up the number of DOAJ-listed journals that levy article processing charges (APCs), the number that don't, and the number for which it doesn't yet have enough information to say.

Before April 2015 it distinguished the no-fee and no-info categories. But then a web site makeover had the side-effect of combining those categories. Starting today, the DOAJ is distinguishing the two categories again.

At the same time, the DOAJ is in the middle of a period of significant change. In January 2015 <https://goo.gl/OMYed7>, it asked all 10,000+ listed journalls to reapply for inclusion, and in May 2016 <https://goo.gl/qeT36p> dropped more than 3,300 of them. Its staff is now reviewing the reapplications and hasn't yet finished. The info on fees or APCs is in the system, but DOAJ doesn't update its public tallies until it finishes reviewing a journal's reapplication. Hence, the no-info tally is artificially elevated today but will decline steadily as DOAJ continues its work.

With that qualification, here are the numbers as of today (May 24, 2016):

Total number of journals listed in DOAJ = 8,858
Yes (fee-based) = 1,424 = 16%
No (no-fee) = 2,601 = 29%
No info = 4,833 = 55%

Note that there are nearly twice as many no-fee journals as fee-based journals. This ratio will come into better focus as the no-info tally shrinks.

For some idea of where the ratio might settle, see the numbers from April 2015 <https://goo.gl/fEO1h1>, the last time the DOAJ reported separately on no-fee and no-info journals. At that time, 32% of its journals were fee-based, 67% were no-fee, and 9% were no-info.

Here's how to verify that these are the numbers DOAJ is reporting, or to find updated numbers in the future:

Go to the DOAJ <http://doaj.org>. Click on Search (next to Home in the top navigation bar). Then click on the facet + Journals vs. Articles. Then click on Journals. Then click on the facet + Article processing charges (APCs). You'll then see "No information" followed by a number, "No" followed by a number, and "Yes" followed by a number.

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Bottom line: It's still true that most OA journals charge no APCs. When you hear people turn this fact upside down, by saying or implying that most OA journals do charge APCs, please correct their misunderstanding. It's holding us back.

For more background, see my 2006 article, "No-fee open-access journals."
https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/4552050

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For those who want to go further, here's slightly deeper dive.

While most peer-reviewed OA journals are no-fee, it doesn't follow that most articles published in peer-reviewed OA journals are published in the no-fee variety. It's closer to 50/50, depending on the year and measurement method.

See William Walters and Anne Linvill, "Characteristics of Open Access Journals in Six Subject Areas," College and Research Libraries, August 2010. "While just 29 percent of OA journals charge publication fees, those journals represent 50 percent of the articles in our study."
http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2010/09/14/crl-132.abstract

See Mikael Laakso and Bo-Christer Björk, "Anatomy of open access publishing: a study of longitudinal development and internal structure," BMC Medicine, October 22, 2012: "OA journals requiring article-processing charges have become increasingly common, publishing 166,700 articles in 2011 (49% of all OA articles)."
http://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7015-10-124

See +Walt Crawford, "The Gold OA Landscape, 2011-2014," Cites & Insights, October 2015, p. 20: "[T]he 26% of journals that do charge APCs...published 57% of the OA articles (in reputable journals) in 2014, and assuming level APCs, pay journals have published a majority of OA articles since 2013."
http://citesandinsights.info/civ15i9on.pdf

#oa #openaccess #no-fee #doaj

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Thank you! it confirms what we feel in biology (and this is why aggregate numbers and percentages over all subhect areas say very little): "Large and largest journals dominate the subject and are almost never
free. No matter how small the journals, most charge APCs."
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Donald Trump on higher ed.

Trump is developing policy proposals on higher ed with the advice of Sam Clovis, economics prof at Morningside College.

From +Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed: "Proposals currently being prepared would upend the current system of student loans, force all colleges to share the risk of such loans and make it harder for those wanting to major in the liberal arts at nonelite institutions to obtain loans....Clovis made clear that the Trump campaign will fight and not endorse Hillary Clinton's proposal for debt-free public higher education or the Bernie Sanders plan for free public higher education....Many of the ideas on which the Trump campaign is working involve a complete overhaul of the federal student loan system, moving the government out of lending and restoring that role to private banks....[T]hese reforms would make it legitimate for colleges and banks to make [loan] decisions in part on students' prospective majors and their likely earnings after graduation...."

Campaign co-chair describes ideas being prepared for fall campaign. Among them: getting government out of student lending, requiring colleges to share in risk of loans, discouraging borrowing by liberal arts majors and moving OCR to Justice Department.
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Looking at risk involve in loan disbursement the best appropriate policy is to establish STUDENT LOAN BUREAU having Government Rep Banker committee Rep, College Rep, and National Assembly Rep on BOARD, if these are already in place the law guiding the policy should be review after thorough investigation and research is done, I still maintain this changing from public to private will create insurmountable problem as it will affect 95% of American citizens 
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+OATP is sending its feed to Google+ again.
 
In April 2015, I stopped sending the OATP feed to Google+. I didn't want to stop it. But +Hootsuite was the only tool I could find that would forward OATP's native RSS feed to G+, and Hootsuite did a terrible job. By halting the feed at random, without letting me know, it required continual monitoring and gave OATP a bad name.

Today I'm restarting the feed as an experiment. Hootsuite has improved since last year, and so has TagTeam, the open-source tagging platform we developed to support OATP and publish its feeds.

Here's hoping. If you like the G+ version of the feed, please spread the word about it, and take advantage of the power of G+ to reshare, +1, and add comments.

Of course all the other versions of the OATP feed are still available. For details see the page on feeds...
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/hoap/OATP_feeds

...at the OATP web site.
http://bit.ly/o-a-t-p

If I have to turn off the G+ version of the feed again, I'll say so here. Meantime, I still welcome suggestions for tools other than Hootsuite for forwarding RSS feeds to G+.

Thanks,
+Peter Suber

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Suggested short URL for this page = bit.ly/oatp-feeds. Versions of the primary project feed. The primary project feed contains new OA-related developments noticed and tagged by project participants. The recommended version of the primary feed starts with the raw version (below) and filters it to ...
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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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