Public access/open access news in December 2015

— Last month I shared several critiques of That conversation continues in Chronicle of Higher Education, As Grows, Some Scholars Voice Concerns and elsewhere; I thought this page from the Office of Scholarly Communication at the University of California was very useful: A social networking site is not an open access repository. It includes a grid comparing some features of, ResearchGate and open access repositories.  Whether, how and where to share isn’t an easy decision for scholars and most understandably opt for the easiest path; public access requirements, especially the ones using publisher sites/CHORUS, will continue to add to complexity.  
— I suspect there may be similar concerns with the Mendeley Data API?
— PC Magazine has another twist on the discussion: Beyond Taking Control of Your Online Presence

— Nevertheless, wherever you do share, there continues to be evidence of the value of open sharing practices. This working paper, shared on figshare, is full of that evidence: The open research value proposition: How sharing can help researchers succeed

Open Scholarship Highlights: November 2015 highlights several improvements and changes in Open Scholarship,

— Reports about the Berlin 12 Open Access Conference held Dec. 8-9 have begun to come out. This 3-page Report on Berlin 12 Open Access Conference from Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nice summary. Discussions seem to have centered around transition and economics of moving traditional publishing to open access publishing, that is flipping subscription journals and traditionally published books to open access.

Open Access Book Publishing: Washington University in St. Louis is participating in Knowledge Unlatched Round 2 which will unlatch publication of 78 book titles in early 2016. Subject areas include History, Literature, Politics, Media & Communications, and Anthropology. All 78 books will be open access due to support of multiple libraries from around the world.

U.S. Public Access News: NSF public access procedure details continue to come out:

      — NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PARBETA) is now available. NSF Public Access Frequently Asked Questions
      — Commentary from SPARC about Department of Transportation releases comprehensive new public access plan; NSF announces arrangement with CHORUS. I think it’s notable that DOT is the first US federal agency to require researchers to obtain and report an ORCiD.
      — Comments from the Scholarly Kitchen blog, CHORUS Gets a Boost from Federal Agencies – But Will New Approaches Make It Harder to Implement?
      — We continue to compile such public access information at

Open Educational Resources / Open Textbooks: OECD published Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation, Educational Research and Innovation DOI:10.1787/9789264247543-en You may download the whole book (144 pages) or each chapter can be downloaded or read on the screen.

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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