Google Books copyright case

The Google Books copyright case (Authors Guild vs Google) is finally over – more than 10 years after it started. The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal from the authors which means the Second Circuit Court decision stands – that the Google Books digitization project was a fair use.

If you’d like to review the details of this case, here are a couple resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authors_Guild,_Inc._v._Google,_Inc.

https://www.eff.org/cases/authors-guild-v-google-part-ii-fair-use-proceedings

Evaluating publishers

I was asked to give a talk to the Mechanical Engineering department about ethical vs unethical publishing practices. One of the topics of that conversation was how to evaluate a journal you are unfamiliar with. There is a really great checklist that was developed by Nina Collins at Indiana Tech that I updated and shared with the attendees. If you are interested in evaluating a journal, here’s the link to the checklist: https://utexas.box.com/s/42tzzus3dooivzzr0w6fvmwsdoat2lwz

Scholarly communication learning opportunities

Winter/spring semester 2016 is full of learning opportunities on a variety of scholarly communication topics.

Friday, February 12th, 12:30-1:30: Deceptive -vs- ethical publishing practices. PCL 1.124

Wednesday, February 17th, 1:00-2:00: Copyright and academic work. Learning Lab 2 (PCL 2.340).

Wednesday, March 2nd, 12:00-1:00: Statistics in Texas ScholarWorks. PCL 1.124

  • UT Libraries has added a statistics module onto Texas ScholarWorks. The module allows users to see the last six months of usage information and allows library staff and collection managers to run usage reports on collections and authors. This training session will demonstrate step-by-step instructions for using the new statistics module and provide examples of how these stats could be used with faculty, staff, and students.

Thursday, March 10th, 2:00-3:00: Creative Commons Licenses. Learning Lab 2, (PCL 2.340).

  • Did you know almost everything you create is copyrighted and can’t be used without your permission? Join Matt Russell, Learning Sciences, and Colleen Lyon, UT Libraries, as they discuss how you can use Creative Commons (CC) licenses to allow others to use your work while still getting the credit you deserve as the creator. They will also discuss strategies for finding CC licensed work for you to use in your own research and teaching.

Thursday, March 10th, 4:00-5:00: Open Education Week Panel. Learning Lab 1, (PCL 2.370)

  • In celebration of Open Education Week, hear about how UT professors are using open practices in their classes in order to engage students and increase accessibility and affordability of materials. Christian Hilchey and Mark Hopkins will explain the process of creating openly licensed online multimedia materials for their introductory Czech classes. James Henson will discuss his experience with teaching a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about Texas politics and government.

Monday, March 21st, 12:00-1:00pm: Finding and Repurposing Data PCL 1.124

  • Dr. Daniel Taber, Asst. Professor at the UT School of Public Health, will discuss his experiences with finding and repurposing data.

Friday, April 8th, 4:00-5:00: Open Access Panel. PCL Learning Lab 1 (PCL 2.370) This event is canceled.

Friday, April 15th, 12:00-1:00: Publication agreements and author rights. PCL 1.124

  • Many authors are so excited to get published that they don’t read the publication agreement before signing. They may later find out they no longer own any rights to their own work. Other authors want to negotiate to retain some rights but are thwarted by online click-through licenses. Join the Scholarly Communication Group in a discussion about publication agreements, copyright, and author rights.

Friday, April 15th, 4:00-5:00: John Ioannidis and the communication of biomedical research. Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302

  • In 2014, Stanford University established the Meta-Research Innovation Center,METRICS, that aims to transform research practices to improve the reproducibility, efficiency and quality of scientific investigations. John Ioannidis, co-Director of METRICS, will share about the communication of biomedical research.

Tuesday, May 10th, 3:00-4:00: Randy Bass. Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302

  • Dr. Bass will talk about the importance of ‘openness’ in curricular innovation and new designs for learning.

 

Scholarly communication brown bag discussions

The Scholarly Communication Group at UT Libraries organizes periodic brown bag discussions on a variety of schol comm topics. These brown bag sessions are typically for UT Libraries staff and provide an opportunity to talk through either current or emerging issues for the Libraries.

Our next brown bag discussion is Monday, March 21st, 12:00-1:00pm in PCL 1.124. The topic is finding and repurposing data.

Here is the history of our brown bag discussions:

  1. January 31st, 2014: Economics of the scholarly communication ecosystem
  2. April 18th, 2014: Green vs gold OA
  3. June 13th, 2014: Altmetrics
  4. September 12th, 2014: Preview of OA Week 2014
  5. November 21st, 2014: UT Press
  6. February 20th, 2015: Scholarly Communication Strategic Initiative report and Sherpa/Romeo
  7. March 13th, 2015: Open Education Week
  8. April 10th, 2015: ACRL round-up
  9. June 19th, 2015: #icanhazPDF
  10. September 25th, 2015: Texas ScholarWorks
  11. February 12th, 2016: Ethical vs deceptive publishing practices

If you have a suggestion for a brown bag topic, please send it to tsw at utlists.utexas.edu

Dept. of Labor adopts open licensing policy

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted an open licensing policy that requires all intellectual property created under the competitive award process to be licensed with a Creative Commons attribution license.  This will allow the public to use, share and build upon the work funder by DOL.

More information:

http://sparcopen.org/news/2016/dol-open-licensing-policy/

https://blog.creativecommons.org/2016/02/01/u-s-department-labor-adopts-cc-licensing-policy-department-wide/

Publishers requiring ORCIDs

Several publishers have announced that they will require author to use an ORCID identifier during the publication process. Those publishers are: The American Geophysical Union, eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, IEEE, Science journals, ScienceOpen, and PLOS. These publishers join the UK’s Royal Society and several funding agencies in requiring ORCIDs.

This is fantastic news for all those working towards a more consistent and reliable way of citing an author’s body of work.