Meet the guy whose life is Open Access and Open Data

Fiona Murphy (Wiley) recently interviewed Mark Thorley (NERC, the Natural Environment Research Council) about his work on Open Access (OA) policy and research data. as Chair of the RCUK Research Outputs Network. In his interview, he talks about his mission to remove as many barriers as possible to the outputs of the funded research – both publications and data – in order to support research as well as other exploitation uses, both commercial and non-commercial.

Continue reading Fiona Murphy’s blog reporting her interview with Mark Thorley…

Accelerating Impact: Real-world Applications of Open Research

Video Featuring Practices of Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science

This 5-minute video features six teams of scientists whose innovative reuse of existing research enabled important advances in medical treatment and detection, ecology and science education. These examples demonstrate how the reuse of Open Access research can accelerate scientific progress and benefit society as a whole. This includes comments from Open Access advocates from publishing, academia and industry and features finalists, winners and sponsors from the Accelerating Science Awards Program (ASAP).

Data, Metrics, and Professional Realities

It’s the Neoliberalism, Stupid: Why instrumentalist arguments for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science are not enough | LSE Blog

For those interested in stepping back and looking at how data issues play a role in the evolving institutional and financial context of research, here’s a blog post by Eric Kansa who directs Open Context a data publishing venue for archaeology. He explores how better metrics (to encourage data publication) are not necessarily a panacea by themselves, but need to be examined along with other issues in the professional context of research.

Opening up Open Data: An Interview with Tim O’Reilly

Today we find ourselves in the midst of an open data revolution

How do you define ‘open data’? Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.” This is how OKFN defines open data.  

In this short video, Tim O’Reilly talks about the value of openness, the definition of open data, as well as the meaning of open data. 

Here is the link to interview transcript and video (6:49).

New Repository for the Chemical Sciences | Royal Society of Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry Announces a New Repository for the Chemical Sciences

The Royal Society of Chemistry announces a new subject-based repository that will make it easier for researchers to find and share relevant journal articles and data from a single point of access. David James, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Executive Director of Strategic Innovation, said:

The Chemical Sciences Repository will offer free-to-access chemistry publications and integrated data in a single place. This repository extends the services the Royal Society of Chemistry already offers researchers. With this new service we are improving our ability to ensure that the outputs from research activity are made as widely available as possible – to meet the needs of the scientific community, funders and others interested in accessing our content in a more comprehensive, streamlined way.

The initial release will provide an article repository as a central point through which users can access the Royal Society of Chemistry’s open access articles, whether they are funded immediate open access articles, or articles that must be made open access after an embargo period, such as those funded by RCUK, the Wellcome Trust or NIH. This article repository will be available at the end of October 2013. The repository will point to the Article of Record as the primary source. It will make open access versions of the article available when any embargo period expires.

The Royal Society of Chemistry will announce additional elements to the data repository in the coming months. Work is already underway with major UK universities around data extraction and upload, Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) integration, and micropublishing. Offering functionality with chemical scientists specifically in mind, the repository will support the building of validation and prediction models to maximise the value and quality of the data collections. 

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Scientific Data Is Now Open for Submissions | Nature Publishing

Scientific Data is now open for submissions

Scientific Data is a new open-access, online-only publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets. It introduces a new type of content called the Data Descriptor designed to make your data more discoverable, interpretable and reusable. Scientific Data is currently calling for submissions, and will launch in May 2014.

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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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