Update on Google Books Case

Judge Denny Chin heard oral arguments yesterday in the long running case regarding the lawsuit over Google’s library book scanning project. Comments from Judge Chin during oral arguments seem to indicate he will be inclined to rule that Google’s digitization project including Google Books search engine fall within fair use.

Reuters article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/us-google-books-idUSBRE98M19S20130923

Publishers Weekly article: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/copyright/article/59222-after-quick-hearing-google-books-case-appears-ready-to-be-decided.html

OA Week 2013 Events

Dates and times have been finalized for UT Libraries’ OA Week 2013 events.

  • Monday, October 21st, 4-6 pm: Wikipedia Editathon in the Perry Castañeda Library (PCL 1.124)
  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 12-1:30 pm: Open Access Panel Discussion in the Student Activity Center Legislative Assembly Room (SAC 2.302)
  • Wednesday, October 23rd, 12:30-1:30 pm: Open Educational Resources – Past, Present & Future? in the Student Activity Center (SAC 1.118)
  • Thursday, October 24th, 6-9 pm: RiP: A Remix Manifesto movie screening in the Fine Arts Library
  • Friday, October 25th, 12-1 pm: Open Access Scholarly Publishing with Texas Digital Library in the Student Activity Center (SAC 1.118)

Stay tuned for more information about each event.


Half of 2011 papers free to read

The European Commission recently released a report that finds that half of all articles published in 2011 are now freely available to read. The rise of open access journals, delayed free access in traditional journals (typically a 12 month embargo), and author-archived copies are all believed to contribute to the increased availability of articles.

Nature news article about this report: http://www.nature.com/news/half-of-2011-papers-now-free-to-read-1.13577

Link to PDF of report: http://www.science-metrix.com/pdf/SM_EC_OA_Availability_2004-2011.pdf

Responses to the White House OSTP Directive on Open Access

I had been waiting for the draft plans in response to the Feb, 2013 White House Directive on Open Access to be released, so we might see what affect the plans would have on our own planning for our institutional repository, the UTDR, as well as to plan educational and support programs. Word is that the draft plans were required to be submitted to the White House by August 22, 2013, but not made public necessarily, until they go through internal review and revision. But there is some indication from those who are close to the process that most of the 23 agencies that are affected are considering most seriously an interagency repository or utilizing the existing NIH repository, PubMed Central. This may be a bit of a surprise for all of us, in that the mandate to accomplish open access without additional funding suggested that reliance on outside facilities, such as those proposed by the publishers (CHORUS) and University libraries (SHARE), would prove useful. Apparently not so much, at least not with respect to journal articles. Maybe with data.

All of this is speculation at this point, however. I guess that’s all we’ve got right now.

Project Open Data

President Obama recently signed an Executive Order to make government data more accessible to the public. The terms of the Executive Order and the new Open Data Policy state that all newly generated government data will be made available in an open, machine-readable format.

In an effort to help federal agencies and researchers comply with the new policy the website, Project Open Data, has been created. The website includes definitions, implementation guidelines, free software tools, and case studies.

Oregon State adopts open access policy

Oregon State University unanimously approved an open access policy at their June 2013 Faculty Senate meeting.

“The policy grants Oregon State University a non-exclusive license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to its faculty’s scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit. The policy further directs faculty to submit an electronic copy of the accepted (post-peer review, pre-typeset) manuscript of their articles to OSU Libraries for dissemination via its institutional repository.”

They join a growing list of universities around the world that have adopted open access policies in order to make the work created at those universities freely available.

For more information about OSU’s policy, see the Center for Digital Scholarship & Services announcement: http://cdss.library.oregonstate.edu/open-access