Higher Ed Associations Form Joint Steering Group to Build Federated System for Publicly Funded Research

ARL, AAU, and APLU Form Joint Steering Group to Build Federated System (SHARE) for Publicly Funded Research

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced the formation of a joint steering group to advance a proposed network of digital repositories at universities, libraries, and other research institutions across the US that will provide long-term public access to federally funded research articles and data.

The steering group will oversee a feasibility study, guide policy, and explore governance structures necessary for prototyping and implementing the network. This repository network, the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE), is being developed as one response to a White House directive instructing federal funding agencies to make the results of research they fund available to the public.

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Computing Skills for Data Analysis from Johns Hopkins University | Coursera

Computing Skills for Data Analysis from Johns Hopkins University| Coursera

Are you interested in learning the fundamental computing skills necessary for effective data analysis? In this upcoming Coursera course, you will learn to program in R and to use R for reading data, writing functions, making informative graphs, and applying modern statistical methods.

Association of American Publishers Responds to OSTP Directive

AAP Releases Statement on a Directive from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Deadline for Federal Agencies’ Public Access Plans

In response to a directive from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a number of publishing organizations are collaboratively developing the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), with support from the Association of American Publishers.

More than 70 organizations representing all segments of scholarly publishing and service providers have joined as signatories. Its Proof of Concept will be released on August 30 and a pilot will be underway by the end of September.

More information is available here: http://www.stm-publishing.com/aap-releases-statement-on-ostp-deadline-for-federal-agencies-public-access-plans/

New Federal Guidelines Are Coming | University of Virginia Library

What’s Next?

Many of us have been waiting for forthcoming announcements from different government funding agencies in response to the OSTP’s Memo that was released in February 2012. The Data Management Consulting Group at the the University of Virginia Library has created a useful web page about this news. 

Researchers, did you know that there are changes coming that will require the results of your federally funded research (including not only the publications, but also the data) to be made publicly available?

It has been 6 months since the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released their memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research”: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/22/expanding-public-access-results-federally-funded-research. Federal granting agencies with budgets over $100M were required to submit their plans to enable increased public access to the results of publicly funded research by August 22. This directive expands upon steps the NIH and NSF have taken in recent years, requiring open access for publications from funded projects (NIH) and data management plans (NIH/NSF). However, this new directive goes beyond these measures (particularly in the area of access to data), and it will affect at least 20 additional federal funding agencies. We will likely see the effects beginning with program proposals in late 2013 or early 2014.

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Three New Studies from EC: “Open Access to Research Publications Reaching ‘Tipping Point’”

Three New Studies Released from EC, including: Open Data Access Policies and Strategies in the European Research Area and Beyond

According to the European Commission Press Release, 

The study was undertaken by Science-Metrix, a research evaluation consultancy. The study included the 28 EU Member States, as well as Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Turkey, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Israel, Brazil, Canada, Japan and United States of America. Two other reports by the same group were also released today, examining open access policies and the issue of open access to data.

The study looked at the availability of scholarly publications in 22 fields of knowledge in the European Research Area, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States. In several countries and disciplines more than 50% of papers are now available for free. Free availability of the majority of articles has been reached in the fields of general science and technology, biomedical research, biology and mathematics and statistics. The fields where open access availability is most limited are the social sciences and humanities and applied sciences, engineering and technology.

A recent European Commission Communication (IP/12/790) identified open access as a core means to improve knowledge circulation and thus innovation in Europe. Therefore, open access will be mandatory for all scientific publications produced with funding from Horizon 2020, the EU’s Research & Innovation funding programme for 2014-2020. The Communication recommended that Member States take a similar approach to the Commission in their domestic programmes.

You can read more about this study here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-786_en.htm?locale=en

Direct to Three Studies (Full Text)

  1. Proportion of Open Access Peer-Reviewed Papers at the European and World Levels—2004-2011 (31 pages; PDF)
  2. Open Access Strategies in the European Research Area (54 pages; PDF)
  3. Open Data Access Policies and Strategies in the European Research Area and Beyond (22 pages; PDF)

The International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) Calls for Papers

IDCC14 Calls for Papers: 24-27 February 2014 Omni San Francisco Hotel, California Street, San Francisco, USA

The International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), “Commodity, catalyst or change-agent? Data-driven transformations in research, education, business & society”, brings together data and information creators, managers, users, researchers, and teachers. The IDCC14 Programme Committee invites submissions to the 9th International Digital Curation Conference that reflect our conference theme.

This year the IDCC will focus on how data-driven developments are changing the world around us, recognising that the growing volume and complexity of data provides institutions, researchers, businesses and communities with a range of exciting opportunities and challenges. The Conference will explore the expanding portfolio of tools and data
services, as well as the diverse skills that are essential to explore, manage, use and benefit from valuable data assets. The programme will reflect cultural, technical and economic perspectives and will illustrate the progress made in this arena in recent months.

The Call for Papers including a list of topics can be found at: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc14/call-papers

IDCC14 will be organized by the Digital Curation Centre UK in partnership with the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).