You’re a Researcher Without a Library: What Do You Do?, by Jake Orlowitz.
A Growing Open Access Toolbox, By Diana Kwon in The Scientist, November 28, 2017. Nice reminders about Open Access Button, Unpaywall, self-archiving, etc. Mentions recent Sci-Hub challenges also. See also: Court demands that search engines and internet service providers block Sci-Hub in Science, Nov. 6, 2017; Is Sci-Hub dead? ‘Pirate Bay for Science’ loses domains – but founder vows to fight on.
I watched lots of webinars during Open Access Week in October. An archive (1 hour) of one of the best, Open Access Monographs – Current Initiatives and Progress, is now available. Also The OA effect: How does open access affect the usage of scholarly books? is a white paper published by Springer Nature this month; if the 36 page document is too much to skim, try the 2 page infographic. OA books are downloaded seven times more, cited 50% more and mentioned online ten times more. Reasons for publishing and funding OA books included increased visibility, wider dissemination, and ethical motivations.
OpenCon 2017 was held Nov. 11-13, 2017 in Berlin. Many of the sessions are now available on this YouTube playlist; this Program may help you select programs to view; attendees have been posting summarizing blog posts; you can find several of those on twitter #opencon.
Digital Preservation: The first International Digital Preservation Day was November 30, 2017. In connection with this, the ‘Bit List’ of Digitally Endangered Species, produced by the Digital Preservation Coalition, seems worth some thought. Unpublished Research Outputs are included (among others) in the Critically Endangered category. “Orphaned Digital Works: digital materials where copyright cannot be traced” are considered Endangered.
Enhancing Your Impact: Your Name is Key Great tips from Becker Medical Library. Are you using the same version of your name consistently for all your research products and activities? Do you have an ORCID ID? Have you checked your name in Scopus?
I blogged about ResearchGate last month; Publishers’ Dispute with ResearchGate: What Researchers Need to Know from The Taper: Copyright and Information Policy at the UVA Library is a nice summary of those issues and more including a mention of ScholarlyHub, a non-profit alternative to ResearchGate & Academia.edu which is in development.
“Net Neutrality” Scholarly Communication, as we have come to know it, depends heavily on an open internet. Current FCC regulations are changing. However you feel about federal regulation of internet service providers, this seems to be a vital story this month. Here are a few links:!
- Net Neutrality at the end of 2017: What libraries need to know ALA Washington Office District Dispatch
- A Lump of Coal in the Internet’s Stocking: FCC Poised to Gut Net Neutrality Rules Electronic Frontier Foundation Deeplinks
- F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms, by Cecilia Kang, in New York Times, NOV. 21, 2017
- PLOS Supports Net Neutrality to Ensure Global Access to the Scientific Literature PLOS Blogs, July 12, 2017
- Network Neutrality Can’t Fix the Internet, by Ian Bogost in The Atlantic, Nov 22, 2017. “The FCC is poised to dismantle common carriage for broadband and wireless providers. That’s bad, but the internet itself is worse.”
- FCC Fact Sheet: Restoring Internet Freedom: Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order – WC Docket No. 17-108, 210 page pdf
- Concerned about Net Neutrality Contact Congress, includes info from MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force