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- DEKLARACIJE, POLITIKE, ANALIZE STANJA, PROJEKTI
- DOLOČILA USTANOV O OBVEZNEM SHRANJEVANJU OBJAV V REPOZITORIJE IN PRIPOROČILA ZA OBJAVLJANJE V ODPRTIH REVIJAH
- FINANCIRANJE ODPRTIH OBJAV
- ODPRTE REVIJE
- PROBLEMATIKA NAROČNIŠKIH REVIJ
- ODPRTE MONOGRAFIJE
- ODPRTI PODATKI RAZISKAV
- PROSTO IN ODPRTO DOSTOPNA UČNA TER ŠTUDIJSKA GRADIVA
- ODPRTOKODNA PROGRAMSKA OPREMA ZA REPOZITORIJE
DEKLARACIJE, POLITIKE, ANALIZE STANJA, PROJEKTI
60% of Journals Allow Immediate Archiving of Peer-Reviewed Articles - but it gets much much better...
New charts published on the SHERPA/RoMEO Blog show that 87% of journals allow some form of immediate self-archiving of articles, although in only 60% of cases is this a post-peer-reviewed version. This rises impressively once embargo periods have expired and any other restrictions have been complied with, showing that 94% of journals permit peer-reviewed articles to be archived. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of journals allow the publisher's version/PDF to be archived. Only 5% of journals do not permit any form of archiving. The statistics were compiled from a snapshot of the RoMEO Journals database taken on the 15th Nov.2011, when it contained about 19,000 titles.
How should funding agencies pay open-access fees?
Information handling in collaborative research: an exploration of five case studies
Openness as infrastructure
Abstract: The advent of open access to peer reviewed scholarly literature in the biomedical sciences creates the opening to examine scholarship in general, and chemistry in particular, to see where and how novel forms of network technology can accelerate the scientific method. This paper examines broad trends in information access and openness with an eye towards their applications in chemistry.
Publishing in an open access age: preserving the scribbles, getting heard, and assuring the quality of information
"With the launch of this open access, multidisciplinary journal, we offer a broad scientiﬁc community a forum for rapid publication of original contributions, covering all aspects of neurology, neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry....The open access publishing model gives authors an opportunity to disseminate their results to an extremely wide audience in new ways. Authors can publicize their work knowing that readers can instantly access it without the need for institutional or personal subscriptions....I would like to congratulate Wiley for taking a proactive approach by putting professional resources behind their neurology, neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry family of journals and moving forward with open access publishing. We debated at length (and still do with our Editorial Board and the Publisher) how best to proceed, and your feedback as authors and readers is very important...."
Benefits to the Private Sector of Open Access to Higher Education and Scholarly Research
From the Introduction: With increasing technological possibilities, there is interest in how ‘Open Access’ publication may provide greater potential to stimulate impacts from HE research and scholarly study and in particular for innovation and upstream technology transfer. Wider European research has already shown some utility and impact for Open Access in the private sector and this study now seeks to review the position in the UK. The focus of the current study is not on assessing private sector demand, but on identifying, mapping and reviewing practical illustrations of benefits. In particular, the study was asked to look at: - Identifying and, where possible, quantifying tangible and attributable benefits in Open Access engagement to university research outputs. - Identifying success factors and recurrent enablers to realising these benefits. - Establishing illustrations of what and how benefits were realised, the timescale for realisation and transferability of that experience. The study was also asked to review the quality of available evidence, how this might be addressed and to propose an evidence-based typology of Open Access engagement and benefit realisation over the short, medium and longer-term.
We have won the argument about OA - now we have to bring things together and make it work
Lars Björnshuage’s rallying key-note speech at the recent PKP-conference in Berlin “We have won the argument about OA - now we have to bring things together and make it work” lists major achievements this far, and outlines future routes of action.
OAI7 - CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication
How can universities support economic growth and innovation? Take the open road
WorldWideScience.org – the Global Science Gateway
Global Open Access Portal (UNESCO)
"The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP), funded by the Governments of Colombia, Denmark, Norway, and the United States Department of State, presents a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information around the world. For countries that have been more successful implementing Open Access, the portal highlights critical success factors and aspects of the enabling environment. For countries and regions that are still in the early stages of Open Access development, the portal identifies key players, potential barriers and opportunities...."
Institutions in Ghana, Serbia and Uganda sign the Berlin Declaration
"Three more EIFL partner institutions – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), University of Belgrade (Serbia) and Makerere University (Uganda) – joined over 340 leading international research, scientific, and cultural institutions from around the world that have signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and the Humanities...."
ZDA – javni dostop do podatkov in objav iz raziskav, financiranih z javnimi sredstvi
- Request for Information: Public Access to Digital Data Resulting From Federally Funded Scientific Research, http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/11/04/2011-28621/request-for-information-public-access-to-digital-data-resulting-from-federally-funded-scientific
- Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting From Federally Funded Research, http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/11/04/2011-28623/request-for-information-public-access-to-peer-reviewed-scholarly-publications-resulting-from
Open access in Eastern Europe: Removing barriers to knowledge sharing
“Open Minds”: Interviews with Lithuanian politicians and famous researchers about Open Access
Emilija Banionyte, Ausra Vaskeviciene, and Gintare Tautkeviciene have asked two influential groups of Lithuanian stakeholders, four politicians and four scientists, about their opinions and experiences of OA.
Open Access to Scholarly Literature in India: A Status Report
Open Access Politik der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
The open agenda at the University of Salford
A case study at the University of Southampton
"At the University of Southampton researchers, academics, service providers and senior management have been working together for ten years in a partnership to underpin an “open” approach to research and learning resources based on the repository model. Innovative research at the School of Electronics and Computer Science set out the technical building blocks for making research available on open access. As a next step, the JISC- funded TARDis project (Targeting Academic Research for Dissemination and Disclosure) successfully brought together internal departments - the Library, the University Computing Service and the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Research Group within Electronics and Computer Science. Together, they committed to support an institutional strategy for making scholarly communication both more visible and more accessible. This partnership approach remains key and has allowed Southampton to extend open access into other areas including the learning repository. At institutional level the value of the research repository has been strongly identified with the University’s strategies for the RAE/REF, and with the institutional response to meeting funder mandates. The University of Southampton became the first university in the UK to adopt a formal requirement that all academic staff make access to their published research available online through the institutional repository. Senior management support has been crucial as has been the promotion of the benefits to the author. Institutional strategy often means less to individual academics and researchers than how the services provide benefits to them. It is therefore important to link open access to the research and learning process, and to the benefits of increasing visibility. A pragmatic approach combined with a strongly visible support service has underpinned the way in which open access has been developed institutionally at Southampton. The University’s main priorities going forward are to increase the amount of open content by encouraging the direct deposit of postprints in the research repository and increasing the range of material across disciplines in the learning repository. In parallel Southampton will experiment with scoping options to link access to research data initially at metadata level...."
The Liège ORBi model: Mandatory policy without rights retention but inked to assessment processes
Presentation, Berlin 9 Pre-conference on Open Access policy development Workshop, Washington, DC. Abstract: The decision to build an institutional repository at the University of Liège was taken in 2005. It took 3 years to prepare for a faultless start in November 2008. A strong communication campaign conveyed the Open Access concept to the ULg research community. A name was coined to personalise the concept : ORBi (Open Repository and Bibliography, http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/), suggesting an improved worldwide audience. A special effort in internal communication was devoted to acceptance of the mandate. It appeared essential to make it plain that ORBi would offer an unprecedented increase in readership, but that it would only be valuable if all ULg members would abide by the new rules. Any mandate needs some coercitive persuasion. Rather than resting on advocacy, we linked internal assessment to the scientific production stored in ORBi. Those applying for promotion have no choice but to file all their production in full text. This created waves of progression. Since then, evidence for a much increased readership (about twice, http://opcit.eprints.org/) has transformed the early participants in strong advocates of the repository. 68,000 items have been filed, 41,000 (60,2%) with full text (only mandatory for documents published later that 2002). According to ROAR (http://roar.eprints.org ), out of 1,568 IRs, ORBi comes 27th for the number of references, 15th for « high activity level » and 1st for « medium activity level » (number of days with 10-99 deposits/day). ORBi is now considered a success by almost all ULg members. Its advantages to individual authors have become a better incentive than the mandate itself.
Oslo University College (OUC) was one of the last Higher Education (HE) institutions to get an institutional repository
Mid-June 2010 their Open Digital Archive, ODA, went public. In "Carrot or stick, incentives or mandates, or both" Tania Strøm looks at the key events resulting in ODA, and describes the incentive scheme. implemented at OUC.
Mexico's Largest University to Post Online Nearly All Publications and Course Materials
"The National Autonomous University of Mexico, better known as UNAM, has said it will make virtually all of its publications, databases, and course materials freely available on the Internet over the next few years—a move that some academics speculated could push other universities in the region to follow suit....They also said it was key to UNAM's social mission as a public institution: providing educational resources to populations usually underrepresented in the university system—really, to anyone who desires access to them. "As the national university, we must assume a national mission and give back to society what we are doing with its financial support," said Imanol Ordorika, a professor of social sciences and education at UNAM and a key force behind the effort. "That means providing open access and being accountable and transparent." ...But he said it would include all magazines and periodicals published by UNAM, and, if negotiations with outside publishers went well, all research published by UNAM employees. He also said the university would provide online access to all theses and dissertations as well as materials for its approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate courses...."
Princeton University implementing open-access policy for faculty publications
"University administrators have begun implementing the new "open-access" policy approved this fall by Princeton faculty members to expand the public's access to their research....Administrators in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Office of the Provost and Princeton University Library are providing guidance to faculty members prior to article submission; have provided language for faculty to append to publishing contracts; and are exploring plans to build a repository for these articles. Administrators have also created an online form for faculty requesting waivers to the policy in individual cases in which a journal's copyright contract prevents republishing...."
Humanities researchers and digital technologies: Building infrastructures for a new age
"Europe's leading scientists have pledged to embrace and expand the role of technology in the Humanities. In a Science Policy Briefing released today by the European Science Foundation (ESF), they argue that without Research Infrastructures (RIs) such as archives, libraries, academies, museums and galleries, significant strands of Humanities research would not be possible. By drawing on a number of case studies, the report demonstrates that digital RIs offer Humanities scholars new and productive ways to explore old questions and develop new ones. According to Professor Claudine Moulin, lead scientist and Chair of the ESF Science Policy Briefing editorial group: "Making our cultural heritage accessible in digital form, and interlinking it sensitively with other resources, opens a new frontier for Humanities research for addressing grand challenges in the Humanities themselves, and at the interface with other research domains." The report argues that while there are many sophisticated RIs in other domains of science that can inform and further Humanities research, ultimately, it is also necessary for Humanities scholars to build and have access to 'fit for purpose' Humanities RIs, given the nature of their data sets, research methods and working practices....The report's focus in on developing a common strategy on RIs in the Humanities at a European level; it identifies seven key areas of priorities and future research directions....Strategic directions: facilitating research beyond mono-disciplinary interests and cross-fertilisation between the Humanities and other sciences; integration of isolated project-based data and resources to facilitate interpretation; identification and promotion of good practices for interoperability, usability and collection curation within, and across, national boundaries; focus on open access policy; sustainability...."
IFLA Open Access Taskforce established
"Following the endorsement of IFLA's Statement on Open Access by the Governing Board, April 18th 2011 —and the subsequent approval from the Governing Board during the WLIC in Puerto Rico August 2011 of a number of key initiatives— IFLA's Open Access Taskforce has been established. The taskforce will work on the following issues:  Advocate for the adoption and promotion of open access policies as set out in IFLA's Statement on Open Access within the framework of the United Nations institutions (UN, UNESCO, WHO, FAO);  Build Capacity within the IFLA Membership to advocate for the adoption of open access policies at the national level, through the development of case studies and best practices for open access promotion;  Furthermore the taskforce will connect to the various organizations working for Open Access – as indicated in the statement -such as SPARC (US/Europe/Japan), COAR, OASPA,EIFL, Bioline International & DOAJ, among others...."
Springer denies scientist access to her own research
"From: Dianne O'Leary....On September 9, I wrote to Springer asking for a pdf file of one of my papers [published in Springer's _Numerical Algorithms_]....It took until October 8 for them to answer my request, and they decided that I was not entitled to the pdf file of my own paper....My university does not subscribe to this journal -- too expensive -- so I was wondering if anyone had an idea of how I can obtain this pdf file...."
Open access success stories
DOLOČILA USTANOV O OBVEZNEM SHRANJEVANJU OBJAV V REPOZITORIJE IN PRIPOROČILA ZA OBJAVLJANJE V ODPRTIH REVIJAH
A Review of Open Access Self-Archiving Mandate Policies
Preview version, accepted for publication and copy edited. Abstract: This article reviews the history of open access (OA) policies and examines the current status of mandate policy implementations. It finds that hundreds of policies have been proposed and adopted at various organizational levels and many of them have shown a positive effect on the rate of repository content accumulation. However, it also detects policies showing little or no visible impact on repository development, and attempts to analyze the effects of different types of policies, with varied levels of success. It concludes that an open access mandate policy, by itself, will not change existing practices of scholarly self-archiving.
Open Access Policy Template Now Available
"If your department or school is considering adopting an open access policy, visit the Open Access Policy Template page. You can now download the policy language that both the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Columbia Libraries/Information Services use for their open access policies. This language can be applied to any unit of Columbia University and can be adopted for use at other institutions....And if your Columbia department or school approves an open access policy, be sure to let us know! The Libraries/Information Services will support implementation of your policy and help make complying with the policy easy for faculty and staff. We will also introduce you to Columbia's digital repository, Academic Commons, and the services it provides to scholars and researchers at Columbia...."
OA policy | EIFL
"Open access policies (mandates) that ensure that research funded by institutions is made freely available have now been adopted by 24 institutions in the EIFL network...."
FINANCIRANJE ODPRTIH OBJAV
Open Access Fees Project: Final Report
From the Introduction: Between 2009 and 2011, JISC Collections has undertaken three separate, yet linked, projects relating to the emergence of gold open access as an alternative business model for scholarly journals. The focus of this third phase was around the so-called hybrid model of OA publishing and the extent to which this can be seen as an optional model offered by publishers or a transitional one as part of the move away from subscription-based to fully Gold OA. It began with a series of in-depth one-to-one interviews with stakeholders within the Research Councils, other funding bodies, publishers and representatives from universities including librarians, institutional repository managers and research management. Interviewees were invited to answer a series of questions about the principles of the hybrid journal model, their attitudes towards it, the management of open-access fees at their organisation and their policy.
Recommendations how to support journals in transition to open access
The Mega-journals are coming!
The topic of Megajournals is hot. What are megajournals? Will they revolutionize our current system of scholarly communication? http://www.sciecom.org/ojs/index.php/sciecominfo/article/view/5278/4650
World’s oldest scientific publisher breaks new ground with Open Biology
The Royal Society today celebrates the official launch of Open Biology, a brand new open access journal covering research in cellular and molecular aspects of biology. It is the Society’s first wholly open access and online-only journal.
Open Biology will be published online on a continuous publication model where articles are immediately citable. Article-level usage data and online archiving will be available. Articles will be published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence, leaving copyright with the authors, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles provided the original authors and source are cited. The funding required to make Open Biology open access will derive from article-processing charges. These will cover the expenses associated with peer review, composition, hosting, and archiving. Please see
http://rsob.royalsocietypublishing.org for more details.
Royal Society journal archive made permanently free to access
"The Royal Society has today announced that its world-famous historical journal archive – which includes the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal – has been made permanently free to access online. Around 60,000 historical scientific papers are accessible via a fully searchable online archive, with papers published more than 70 years ago now becoming freely available....The move is being made as part of the Royal Society’s ongoing commitment to open access in scientific publishing. Opening of the archive is being timed to coincide with Open Access Week, and also comes soon after the Royal Society announced its first ever fully open access journal, Open Biology...."
Kompatibilnost programske opreme Open Journal Systems z OpenAIRE
There is an OJS add-on from the Public Knowledge Project to make the journal OpenAIRE compliant: http://pkp.sfu.ca/support/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=7085
New OpenAIRE Guide for Journals
PROBLEMATIKA NAROČNIŠKIH REVIJ
We shouldn't have to pay twice for UBC's research
"As a society, we are paying for science and then we’re paying to read about it. And make no mistake, access to science is expensive. Here at UBC, students and faculty are lucky enough to have access, through the library, to many of the articles that they need for learning and research. But even though they spend significant portions of their budgets on journal subscriptions (at UBC we pay $9 million per year for access to approximately 65,000 journals), most university libraries can’t keep pace with rising subscription costs. In 2008, the subscription price for Brain Research was $21,744 and the Journal of Applied Polymer Science $16,859—and astronomical subscription prices mean significant profits. Those high costs are passed on to students through high tuition fees, and when libraries can’t keep up with high journal prices, they’re forced to cut subscriptions to many journals. As students, when we don’t have access to the latest science in a particular field, it can negatively impact our education and research...."
Repository66.org Repository Maps
CORE melds UK repositories
DSpace Open Access repository development in Africa: Sudan, South Africa
South Africa is a leading African country in terms of Open Access (OA) policies on the governmental level and grass-roots OA initiatives in universities and research organizations. All 11 traditional universities (or at least their departments), two universities of technology (Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Durban University of Technology), three comprehensive universities (University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa and University of Zululand) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have set up OA repositories. University of Pretoria and University of Johannesburg have adopted OA policies (mandates) to ensure that results of researches funded by institutions are made freely available.
COAR Open Access Repository Interoperability Forum
Open Access Repository Junction
Will over the next three years be exploring open access scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences. It is joint funded by JISC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). OAPEN-UK is a collaborative research project gathering evidence to help stakeholders make informed decisions on the future of open access scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences (HSS).
Living books about life
The pioneering open access humanities publishing initiative, Open Humanities Press (OHP) (http://openhumanitiespress.org), is pleased to announce the release of 21 open access books in its series Living Books About Life (http://www.livingbooksaboutlife.org).
ODPRTI PODATKI RAZISKAV
Riding the Wave to the European Parliament
"The meeting, a workshop on Scientific Data Infrastructures, involved MEPs, led by Teresa Riera Madurell and also Luis Martin-Oar who leads on science policy in the European Parliament, the Scientific Technology Options Assessment secretariat, members of the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) and representatives from a number of projects, including ODE. Zoran Stančič, the deputy Director General of INFSO, and Kostas Glinos, head of the unit which funds e-Infrastructure, were also there to help bind the Commission and Parliament views. Prof John Sulston winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine gave the keynote speech. He spoke with an understated passion about the importance of open access, powerfully illustrating this with the results of the decision to make genomic information open to all. Leading neatly on from this came ODE; I may be biased but my colleague Salvatore Mele’s presentation of the ODE report (Ten Tales of Drivers and Barriers in Data Sharing) was exceptionally good. He bound the tales together into a coherent whole where each of the tales illustrated an important point while leading on to the next, in the manner a master story-teller writes a book which one cannot put down...."
Knowledge Exchange publishes the report “A Surfboard for Riding the Wave - Towards a four country action programme on research data”
The report not only offers an overview of the present activities and challenges in the field of research data in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom but also outlines an action programme for the four countries in realising a collaborative data infrastructure. This report is a response to the Riding the Wave report which was published by the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data. It was commissioned by the Knowledge Exchange Primary Research Data Working group and was written by Leo Waaijers and Maurits van der Graaff.
Federal Funding Agencies: Data Management and Sharing Policies
The California Digital Library compiled a summary of the data-sharing policies of eight US federal agencies.
Drivers and barriers in data sharing
"A booklet called "Ten Tales of Drivers & Barriers in Data Sharing" has been published by the ODE [Opportunities for Data Exchange] project. The ODE project has published a collection of success stories and lessons learned in the area of data sharing, re-use and preservation. Ten stories have been selected from a series of interviewed carried out to establish a baseline for the drivers and barriers in data exchange. From institutions such as the UK Data Archive, CERN and Galaxy Zoo, these stories reveal the opportunities presented by data exchange as well as surrounding issues such as funding, infrastructures, discoverability, culture, and collaboration...."
Addressing legal barriers in sharing of research data
It is difficult for researchers and those supporting them to understand how open access to research data can be legally obtained and re-used. This is due to the fact that European and national laws vary and researchers work across national boundaries. A possible approach to providing clarity would be that researchers assign a licence to their data. This practice could be incorporated in a code of conduct for researchers.
How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications
PROSTO IN ODPRTO DOSTOPNA UČNA TER ŠTUDIJSKA GRADIVA
Advocates say public money for open educational resources is smart investment
"Advocates for open educational resources, or OER, have had mixed success in getting the federal government to invest public money in open course materials. Money that would have gone to creating open materials for community colleges ended up getting axed from the 2009 American Graduation Initiative. While the Labor Department program that took its place could provide as much as $2 billion over several years, federal lawmakers have proposed to eliminate grants to develop OER if commercial publishers already offer -- or have “under development” -- similar materials. But while OER advocates have gotten inconsistent backing in Washington, D.C., they were able to claim a small but potentially significant victory on Monday in Washington State. The community and technical college system there celebrated the first major landmark in a state-funded push for open courses that it expects will save students hundreds per year in textbook costs, and that OER proponents hope could provide an example of how public investment in open materials is not charitable, but strategic...."
Universities must adapt or die in the e-learning world
What can be done to encourage HEIs to embrace open learning resources?
OER in the field: Institutions solving problems openly
Free and Open Educational resources – Treasure chest or irrelevance for adult learners? – national debate
Data Desiccation: Facilitating Long-Term Access, Use, and Reuse of ETDs
From the Abstract: Given the pressure of reading more in less time, today’s users demand access to various formats regardless of temporal and spatial restrictions and the types of devices used. Digital curation is the active management of any type of digital resource through its entire life-cycle, from creation and active use, to preservation and re-use. ETDs are a highly specialized collection that demands a more specialized treatment and characterization to better capture the semantic relations of the underlying concepts. Over the past year, the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries have put forth great effort in making digital collections more accessible and useful in research processes. This paper discusses UNT’s ETDs curatorial activities including how ETDs users can benefit from desiccated versions, traditionally discussed only in a digital preservation context.
ODPRTOKODNA PROGRAMSKA OPREMA ZA REPOZITORIJE
Introduction to DuraCloud
Fedora Repositories in DuraCloud with CloudSync
With CloudSync Fedora repositories can take advantage of DuraCloud--the only managed software service that lets organizations archive content across more than one cloud provider. Ithaca, NY Fedora CloudSync is a new open source web-based utility for backing up and restoring Fedora content in DuraCloud that also syncs content between multiple Fedora repositories. It supports on-demand backups of any content in a Fedora repository.
Download Fedora CloudSync here: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/CLOUDSYNC10/Fedora+CloudSync+1.0
OpenAIRE Guide for Repository Managers
On Behalf Of Kuil, van der Annemiek
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Subject: [OpenAIRE] Enhanced publication: from experiment to practice
Enhanced publication: from experiment to practice
Utrecht, 20 October 2011 – Researchers at a number of universities and research institutions gained experience in 2011 with enhancing publications during six projects financed by SURFfoundation. The emphasis in previous projects was mainly on developing the technical facilities for creating enhanced publications. This year, it was the turn of the researchers themselves to enhance their publications and to present them in context. Enhanced publication is a new type of scientific/scholarly publication whereby researchers make publications available on the Internet in combination with related research data.
Vision for the future
In the future, it will become increasingly rare for research results to be presented merely one-dimensionally. It is precisely the significant relationship between the publication itself, the underlying research data, references, illustrations, etc. that creates cross-fertilisation between research, researchers, and research fields. This increases the likelihood of research breakthroughs and perhaps also of new ways for researchers to collaborate.
Removing the barrier
The many technical possibilities offered by the semantic web, xml and rdf (rich data format) mean that it is often no easy matter for researchers to publish their research as an enhanced version. That barrier can be removed if they receive proper support and cooperation from ICT departments and support staff. Researchers who have overcome that barrier are enthusiastic about the potential of enhanced publication.
Researchers with little ICT know-how also see the advantages even if they do not understand the ‘inner workings’of an enhanced publication. A pdf that has been enhanced with relevant supplementary or supporting information is a more attractive way of presenting research results. Enhanced publication also makes it easier for interested colleagues to discover the research work concerned.
What researchers say
Prof. Nick Jankowski of the eHumanities Group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is enthusiastic about the possibilities opened up by enhanced publications: “They provide the opportunity for new insights, new knowledge, and for sharing the knowledge with other scholars and a wider public.” In a short video – Enhanced Publications: from experiment to practice – Prof. Jankowski and five colleagues talk about the value of enhancement and their experience during the project.
Enhanced publication has proved valuable in a number of disciplines and can be applied in various different ways, making it very versatile.
· Economics: Open Data and Publications
· Linguistics: Lenguas de Bolivia and Enhanced NIAS Publications
· Musicology: The Other Josquin
· Communication sciences: Enhancing Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
· Geosciences: VPcross.
Enhanced publication has enormous potential. However, the experience gained during the project shows that there is still a lot to be learned about how to enhance publications and how to make use of the semantic web. The various tools that have been developed for this new way of publishing research results are not yet “ready for immediate use” by researchers. Enhancement still involves collaboration between researchers and ICT staff. The lessons learned will be used for further development.
About the SURFshare programme
The aim of SURFshare is to provide better access to high-quality scientific and scholarly knowledge using the very latest ICT technology. This is possible because ICT not only speeds up standard communication processes but changes the nature of the knowledge chain itself. The growing number of facilities for knowledge sharing and dissemination mean that traditional publications, tools (models, algorithms, visualisations) and research data are increasingly interwoven.
SURFfoundation’s intention in the SURFshare programme is to create a common infrastructure that will facilitate access to research information and make it possible for researchers to share scientific and scholarly information.
Annemiek van der Kuil
Annemiek van der Kuil | community manager SURFshare | ICT & Research | SURFfoundation | Graadt van Roggenweg 340 | P.O.Box 2290 | 3500 GG Utrecht | T + 31 30 234 66 42 | E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.surffoundation.nl/SURFshare
Open 2011: twee weken vol activiteiten rondom open toegang tot onderwijs en onderzoek.