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Kudos to Indiana University for adopting a rights-retention open-access policy by a unanimous faculty vote.

The announcement

The policy

It's the 56th institution to adopt an OA policy by a unanimous faculty vote. (Don't let people tell you that faculty are indifferent!)

It's the 68th rights-retention policy on the list maintained by the Harvard Open Access Project guide to good practices for university OA policies.

#oa #openaccess 

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Clear, succinct, and irrefutable.

#emoluments   #corruption   #impeachment  

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Scoring the players in European copyright reform.

At Politico, Chris Spillane and Ryan Heath have estimated who has the most and least power over the direction of European copyright law.

Much the news is bad for readers, users, consumers, and open access. For example:

The quietest and weakest players on the board -- bar none -- are university academics.

Nearly as quiet and weak are the academic libraries represented by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche, or Association of European Research Libraries).

Elsevier is much louder and more effective than academics or libraries.

The loudest and most effective player of all is Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, and a strong supporter of "neighboring rights" or "ancillary copyright" for publishers.

On the other hand:

Quieter but just as effective as Oettinger is Julia Reda, a German MP, Green, and Pirate, who opposes Oettinger on nearly everything.

Google is quieter but more effective than the European Publishers Council, and it's louder and more effective than Elsevier or the Motion Picture Association of America.

#copyright #libraries #oa #openaccess +POLITICO

I'm happy to announce that DASH (the Harvard open-access repository) just passed the milestone of 10 million downloads.

The business-as-usual DASH home page.

The real-time download counter with confetti.

#oa #openaccess 

Happy 15th birthday to the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

Today is the 15th birthday of the BOAI <>, and the 5th birthday of its 10th anniversary update <>. 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!

#oa #openaccess #boai

Gmail lets me open a message in a new window. But I cannot seem to open a Gmail message in a new window which becomes a new tab when I drag it into Chrome.

Is this already possible and I'm just overlooking it? Thanks for any help.

#gmail #chrome 

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Mark Walport to oversee the public funding of research in the UK.

Nature has a good editorial on Mark Walport's qualifications to be the inaugural head of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which will oversee and restructure the public funding of research in the UK.

Unfortunately the editorial is silent on Walport's pioneering and influential role in open access, which is clearly relevant to his new post. He was the Director of the Wellcome Trust at the time it became the first funding agency to adopt a strong OA policy, and when its example and experience helped persuade other funding agencies, public and private, to follow suit.

Here are some words I wrote to honor him when he retired from the Trust in 2013:

The open-access movement is large, and many people are true leaders on one front or another. But under Mark Walport's leadership, the Wellcome Trust has been the very first or among the very first research funders to take action on half a dozen important fronts. It was a leader in requiring open access to peer-reviewed articles arising from its research grants. It was a leader in requiring rights retention to assure the legality of green open access, and to deprive publishers of a veto. It was a leader in paying article processing charges for gold open access. It was a leader in requiring open data, in addition to open research articles. It was a leader in requiring open licensing, or libre open access. It was even a leader in digitizing print collections, and providing retroactive open access to previously published literature, even for orphan works that were not yet in the public domain. Some of these pioneering policies are now years old, and have inspired parallel action from other organizations. But on each of these fronts, Wellcome is still ahead of the pack. Other funding agencies are catching up, but have a lot of catching up to do.

#oa #openaccess #ukri #wellcome_trust

cc. +Nature Research

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More on Trumpist implications for #openaccess

From the Center for Media and Democracy:

"Days before the full Senate votes on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)...alleges in a new lawsuit that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt has violated the Oklahoma Open Records Act for failing to provide public access to official emails and other documents for more than two years. The lawsuit also asks for an injunction to prevent the Oklahoma Attorney General from destroying any documents relevant to the group’s open records requests...."

#oa #openaccess #trumpism #epa 

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Did Bannon put himself on the National Security Council?

From +The New York Times:
"Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he [Trump] was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council...."

One revelation: Trump is angry that he wasn't briefed on Bannon's extraordinary promotion. But he hasn't reversed it. What are we to make of this? Is it a power grab with presidential consent? Or does case-by-case presidential consent become irrelevant when Bannon wants something?

Another revelation: Trump doesn't read all the executive orders he signs. Whom does he trust to write EO's that he can sign without a full read or briefing? And why should Americans trust that person? Granted that winning the electoral college authorizes him to make executive orders. But the majority of voters didn't vote for him, and even the Trump-supporting minority didn't vote for the cabal writing his executive orders.

#coup #trump #trumpism #bannon 

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Making inhumane treatment of animals invisible again.

From +Science Magazine: "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access to the information will need to file a Freedom of Information Act request. The same goes for inspection reports under the Horse Protection Act, which prohibits injuring horses’ hooves or legs for show....Inspection reports contain little, if any, personal information about individuals....The Humane Society of the United States said in a statement: 'This action benefits no one, except facilities who have harmed animals and don’t want anyone to know.' "

It's not clear from Science or the agency whether the Trump administration ordered this info blackout.

But the agency has its own Orwellian explanation: It removed the docs because it's committed to transparency, privacy, and meeting the information needs of its users.

From +USDA: "Based on our commitment to being transparent, remaining responsive to our stakeholders’ informational needs, and maintaining the privacy rights of individuals, APHIS [Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service] is implementing actions to remove documents it posts on APHIS’ website involving the Horse Protection Act (HPA) and the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that contain personal information."

#oa #openaccess #usda #cruelty #orwellian #trumpism

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