News Archives - 2012

April 11, 2012
Ghana Business News
Two years after opening its vast storehouse of data to the public, the World Bank is consolidating more than 2,000 books, articles, reports and research papers in a search-engine friendly Open Knowledge Repository, and allowing the public to distribute, reuse and build upon much of its work—including commercially.
April 06, 2012
Brittany Anas, Times Call
University of Colorado leaders are advocating for a legislative bill that, if passed by Congress, would make academic journals -- which have been soaring in cost -- more accessible.
April 01, 2012
 1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
March 28, 2012
Meredith Schwartz, Library Journal
On March 20 some 24 new co-sponsors signed on to H.R. 4004, The Federal Research Public Access Act. Joining the bill’s original sponsors, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) are 14 Democrats and ten Republicans from 18 states and the District of Columbia.
March 27, 2012
Glyn Moody, TechDirt
While the global boycott of Elsevier by academics continues to gain momentum and signatures – at the time of writing, the number is approaching 9000 – there's an open access storm in a teacup brewing in the UK.
March 26, 2012
David Brooks, Nashua Telegraph
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A big industry built on gathering information from paid and unpaid contributors, then packaging it and selling it to customers, is struggling with changes caused by the Internet, leading to disputes and even a global boycott.
March 21, 2012
This report presents the finding of a project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built. The research described (consisting of a survey, some case studies, three workshops, and a set of further reading recommendations) was mainly conducted between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011.
March 20, 2012

Open access issues are clearly on the minds of U.S. lawmakers. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight conducted a hearing on the topic “Examining Public Access and Scholarly Publication Interests.” The hearing was designed to generate information regarding open access in general, but quickly turned into a discussion of the recently-reintroduced Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA).

March 20, 2012

Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s well-attended Congressional briefing on the issue of public access to the results of taxpayer funded research, 24 new bipartisan co-sponsors have officially been added to the roster of supporters for H.R. 4004, The Federal Research Public Access Act.

March 20, 2012
Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov
Support from a leading scientific publishing company for a controversial piece of legislation produced a backlash from more than 8,000 academic researchers.