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Presentation at COAR-SPARC Conference “Connecting research, bridging communities, opening scholarship". University of Porto, Portugal, April 15-16, 2015 sparc.arl.org/events/joint-coar-sparc-conference
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My comments on Canada's awesome new open access policy posted here: http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.ca/2015/02/canadas-tri-agency-open-access-policy.html

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Researchers are required to make their work freely accessible with 12 months of publication, in an open access repository or through publishing open access. "Freely accessible" is simple to understand, gets right to the point and avoids potential problems with overly technical definitions.  It is up to the researcher to ensure that they do not publish in journals that will not allow compliance - this appropriately places the primary consideration for results of research funded by the public with the public and the researcher not the publishers. APCs are an allowable expense. This is wise, as it provides a market incentive to spur competition, as it gives researchers a reason to think about whether they need to pay to publish in pricey journals, or at all.
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May 2014 survey of DOAJ journals using open access articles processing fees now available in MDPI's Publications http://www.mdpi.com/2304-6775/3/1/1

For background on this portion of the Sustaining the Knowledge Commons research program, see the research blogpage http://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/open-access-article-processing-charges-apcs/
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Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2014 - 30 indicators of growth beyond the ordinary http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.ca/2014/12/2014-dramatic-growth-of-open-access-30.html
There has been a remarkably constant growth rate of scholarly journals since the 1600’s (De Solla Price, 1963, p. 17). Mabe (2003) calculates the average annual scholarly journal growth rate at 3.46% per year from the 1600’s ...
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Thank you for this assessment of OA growth, it's very helpful for those who like numbers :)
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Would strong global fair use / fair dealing for academic research and critique combined with more restrictive licenses be better for open access and scholarship than ubiquitous CC-BY?

http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.ca/2015/04/a-case-for-strong-fair-use-fair-dealing.html
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It is an honour to be among the authors of the chapters of Free Knowledge: confronting the commodification of human discovery (eds. Patricia W. Elliott & Daryl H. Hepting, University of Regina Press 2015). Available for purchase or free download from: http://uofrpress.ca/publications/Free-Knowledge
The University of Regina Press (U of R Press) publishes trade non-fiction and scholarly books on Indigenous studies and Aboriginal languages, Canadian history, regional studies, the environment, public policy, and other topics. With a goal of publishing quality writing and scholarship on issues that matter to readers inside and outside the academy, the U of R Press is looking produce and promote the work of passionate public intellectuals and ski...
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Bravo, Heather, and bravo to the other authors, the editors, and the U. of Regina Press.
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The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments yesterday in the copyright case of CBC v. SODRAC. While the case was ultimately about whether CBC should be required to pay royalties for incidental copies necessary to use new broadcast technologies, at stake…
The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments yesterday in the copyright case of CBC v. SODRAC. While the case was ultimately about whether CBC should be required to pay royalties for incidental copies necessary to use new broadcast technologies, at stake was something far bigger: the future of technological neutrality under Canadian copyright law. CBC argued that technological neutrality means that it should not pay for incidental copies since ...
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Canada's tri-agency open access policy just announced: http://www.science.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=F6765465-1
Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. 1. Preamble. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (“the Agencies”) are federal granting ...
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Canada's new copyright notice-and-notice system has been in place for less than a week, but rights holders are already exploiting a loophole to send demands for payment citing false legal information. Earlier this week, a Canadian ISP forwarded to me a…
Canada's new copyright notice-and-notice system has been in place for less than a week, but rights holders are already exploiting a loophole to send demands for payment citing false legal information. Earlier this week, a Canadian ISP forwarded to me a sample notice it received from Rightscorp on behalf of BMG Rights Management. The notice, which is posted below with identifying information removed, must be forwarded to the subscriber or the ISP ...
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Great model for funder OA policy!
 
Two #openaccess  mandates from India.

"Two departments within India’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have released a new Open Access Policy. Under the new policy, researchers who receive funding or use resources from from these departments can still publish in any journals they wish, but they will need to deposit copies of the final papers and supporting data in institutional repositories where the information can be accessed by the public...."

Here's the policy itself.
http://infojustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/APPROVED-OPEN-ACCESS-POLICY.pdf

#oa #openaccess #india #south
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