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Peter Suber
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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've created a 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. For now, I'm on what Mike Elgan calls a Google+ diet

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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Proud of this. Thanks to all the Harvard authors who deposit their articles in DASH.

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Yesterday the home page for my book (Open Access, MIT Press, 2012) passed the milestone of 200,000 page views.
http://bit.ly/oa-book

It passed the 100k mark last June, and had more visits in the last 9 months than in its first 24.

I use the book home page for posting updates and supplements, and linking to reviews, translations, and OA editions.

BTW, about 10 translations are in progress, and about 5 of them should appear this spring.

Thanks to all of you who are reading the book, consulting the updates, and spreading the word!

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Glad to see this. Congratulations +Wikimedia Foundation.

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The Wikimedia Foundation's mission is to disseminate open knowledge effectively and globally. In keeping with this mission, the Wikimedia Foundation supports research in areas that benefit the Wikimedia community. We aim to make any work produced with our support openly available to the public ...
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This +Gmail bug is driving me nuts. It started at least five days ago and I'm still seeing it today. What gives? If fixing it is a low priority for Google, this doesn't look good. If fixing it is a high priority for Google, it looks even worse.
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Another story from a DASH user.

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"+Michael Stonebraker​, an MIT professor who did foundational research in database management systems, an industry that is now worth billions, was announced as the winner of the Alan M. Turing award in computer science on Wednesday....He has open-sourced all of his research...."

#turing_award, #floss

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/03/25/mit-data-storage-researcher-wins-alan-turing-award-million-from-google/ip3CUTdFjExAS2JQVzeLTP/story.html
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FASTR re-introduced in the US House and Senate.

"A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives today introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, a bill to improve public access to federally-funded research. The FASTR Act’s introduction coincides with “Sunshine Week,” a movement to highlight the need for transparency and openness from the federal government...." 

FASTR is the best bill ever introduced in Congress on OA. For background, see my reference page on the bill <bit.ly/hoap-fastr>, which I'll soon update with details on its re-introduction in the current session.

#oa #openaccess #fastr
Bipartisan Coalition Introduces FASTR Act To Improve Access To Federally-Funded Research. WASHINGTON – A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives today introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, a bill to improve public ...
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Good practices for university open-access policies.

The guide to good practices for university OA policies <bit.ly/goodoa> that I maintain with +Stuart Shieber just passed the milestone of 75,000 views. Thanks for using it and thanks for spreading the word!

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Last revised January 22, 2015. Version 1.1. Suggested short URL for this guide = bit.ly/goodoa. Preface. This is a guide to good practices for university open-access (OA) policies. It's based on the type of policy first adopted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and the University of Kansas.
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From +Lawrence Lessig​: Opponents of net neutrality "are now frantically filling the tubes with FUD about the FCC's decision. But as you work through this FUD, keep one basic fact clear. Relative to practically every other comparable nation, America's broadband sucks. Seriously, sucks. Even France beats us in cost and quality. And as the genius Yochai Benkler established in the monumental report by the Berkman Center commissioned by the FCC after Obama was elected, the single most important reason our broadband sucks is the sell-out regulatory strategy of the prior decade at least. Nations that imposed neutrality-like rules beat us, in cost and quality. They have more competition, faster growth, and better access. So for anyone remotely connected to reality-based policy making, it has been clear forever that America made a wrong turn in its regulatory strategy, and that we needed an about face."

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The history in Internet innovation is the story of outsiders building a better mouse trap -- kids, dropouts, and non-Americans, given a neutral platform to prove their ideas. It was neutral because it was built that way....
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the worse off part  and this option would be better is debatable..
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Happy birthday to the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

Today is the 13th anniversary of the original BOAI public statement <http://goo.gl/hm869> and the 3d anniversary of its 10th anniversary update <http://goo.gl/7fqDYT>. I'm proud of my association with both. 

As we put it in the 10th anniversary statement, the BOAI "didn't invent the idea of OA. On the contrary, it deliberately drew together existing projects to explore how they might 'work together to achieve broader, deeper, and faster success.' But the BOAI was the first initiative to use the term 'open access' for this purpose, the first to articulate a public definition, the first to propose complementary strategies for realizing OA, the first to generalize the call for OA to all disciplines and countries, and the first to be accompanied by significant funding."

Happy Valentines Day to all who are working for OA worldwide!

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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  
This document is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) plan for establishing a policy for public access to scientific publications and scientific data in digital format resulting from AHRQ funding.
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It makes sense for AHRQ to use PMC because they already use the NIH award tracking system, and they are a tiny agency.
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Users of #openaccess research speak.

These stories volunteered by the users of our open-access repository are the best evidence that OA serves real people with real needs, that OA meets unmet demand, that the demand unmet by conventional journals includes academic and non-academic readers, and that for scholars who publish in conventional journals, deposit in an OA repository is not a superfluous extra step but a social and academic gift, even a responsibility, for which uncounted readers will be deeply grateful. 

For scholars who publish in conventional journals and want to reach everyone who could benefit from their work, or everyone wishing to read, cite, apply, extend, or build on it, these stories are the best incentive to deposit that work in an OA repository.

"The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication is very pleased to launch Your Story Matters, a new site featuring stories and anecdotes from users of DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), Harvard's open-access repository. With nearly 1,000 user stories from 83 countries, "Your Story Matters" offers moving evidence that DASH readers are deeply grateful for barrier-free access to Harvard research. Since DASH launched in 2009, users have downloaded its articles 4.6 million times, from every country on Earth. Even the subset of users who volunteered stories to DASH includes a remarkable variety of people <http://goo.gl/UE1bVl>, from faculty and students at institutions unable to afford the high prices of scholarly journals, to non-academics such as physicians, nurses, clergy, writers, journalists, public officials, social workers, political activists, retirees, and ordinary citizens in countries that try to limit what people may read. The visual interface of "Your Story Matters," and the easy way it supports rapid scrolling through stories from different countries, make vivid who is using DASH, from where, and with what impact...."

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Delighted to see this! I have linked to it from http://whoneedsaccess.org/2015/02/09/your-story-matters-at-harvard/
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