Monthly Archives: December 2007

New free journal from Springer - but no Open Data

Peter Suber reports: New free journal from Springer Neuroethics is a new peer-reviewed journal from Springer.  Instead of using Springer's Open Choice hybrid model, it will offer free online access to all its articles, at least for 2008 and 2009. … Continue reading

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Is the scientific archive safe with publishers?

"In the pipeline" is an impressive and much-followed part of the chemical blogosphere. I'm a bit late on its post Kids These Days! which deals in depth with a case (Menger / Christl pyridinium incident) of published scientific error. The … Continue reading

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Why authoring HTML is still a mess

When HTML was launched it us was simple. And it worked if you got it nearly right. (that was in 1993). Now there are so many additions, scripts and so forth that it becomes impossible to re-use parts of other … Continue reading

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Chemical information on the web - typical problem

Here's a typical problem with chemical (and other) data on the web and elsewhere. I illustrate it with an entry from Wikipedia, knowing that they'll probably correct it and similar as soon as it's pointed out. You don't have to … Continue reading

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Exploring RDF and CML

I've taken the chance pf a few days without commitments to investigate how we shall be using RDF. We've got several projects where we are starting to use it - CrystalEye - WWMM, eChemistry, SPECTRa : JISC and other ORE-based … Continue reading

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What does USD 29 billion buy? and what's its value?

Like many others I'd like to thank the The Alliance for Taxpayer Access ... ... a coalition of patient, academic, research, and publishing organizations that supports open public access to the results of federally funded research. The Alliance was formed … Continue reading

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Why the NIH bill does not require copyright violation

  Rich Apodaca is a founder member of the BlueObelisk - which advocates ODOSOS - Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards (mainly in chemistry). Rich has made major contributions in this area and adds valuable insights on his Depth-First … Continue reading

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Thank you President Bush

From Peter Suber: OA mandate at NIH now law This morning President Bush signed the omnibus spending bill requiring the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to mandate OA for NIH-funded research.   Here's the language that just became law: The … Continue reading

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Update on Open crystallography

There's now a growing movement to publishing crystallography directly into the Open. Several threads include: The Crystallography Open Database which pioneered the idea of collecting crystallographic data and making them Openly available. Nick Day's CrystalEye - aggregation of published Open … Continue reading

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FoX marches on

  Toby White joined us - Jim Downing, Peter Corbett and me - in the pub yesterday to unwind and explore the challenges of tomorrow's information. Toby has been one of the pillars of supporting CML - there was no … Continue reading

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