Open access / public access news from December 2016 – January 2017

Presentations from OpenCon 2016 are now available on YouTube. OpenCon is a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system of research and education. OpenCon 2016 was held in Washington DC on November 12-14.

Humanities Commons: A beta version of Humanities Commons was launched in December. The size is growing very impressively, both amount of content posted and numbers of member profiles created. Humanities Commons is an open access repository but it also seeks to be a networking site for scholars in various humanities disciplines. More info:
Humanities Commons: Networking the Humanities through Open Access, Open Source and Not-for-Profit, by Alison Mudditt, Dec 21, 2016, on The Scholarly Kitchen

SocArXiv: I’ve mentioned SocArXiv before but it officially launched in December; SocArXiv launches, brings sociology and social science into the open, with new grant support

Putting down roots: Securing the future of open-access policies, January 2016 report on funder policies in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and European Union. I think the 4 priorities for action are especially worth review, pp. 19-22.

The Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) launched in mid-December. Inaugural members of the ORFG include the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More info.

Although the future is uncertain, these reports about US public access from are worth including:

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Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819