Category Archives: open issues

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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the end of the beginning

I got a series of euphoric messages from fellow OA activists rejoicing at the news that Preseident Bush was "certain" to sign the House appropriations bill. I searched for the message in Peter Suber's blog and found ... Congress sends … Continue reading

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Open Data: publishers are the problem

The Chemspider site and blog have been making rapid and valuable progress towards Open Data. This is particularly laudable for a commercial site where Openness in chemistry is a long way from being a proven business model and is actively … Continue reading

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Open Access Data, Open Data Commons PDDL and CCZero

This is great news. We now have a widely agreed protocol for Open Data, channeled through Science Commons but with great input for several sources including Talis, and the Open Knowledge Foundation. Here is the OKFN report (I also got … Continue reading

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Deepak Singh: Educating people about data ownership

Deepak Singh: Educating people about data ownership I never got to watch the Bubble 2.0 video (I only heard it on net@nite). Before I could get to see it, it got taken down. Wired talks about the reasons behind the … Continue reading

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SPECTRa @ UIUC

Last spring I visited Illinois (UIUC) and presented the SPECTRa tools. Scott Wilson who runs the crystallographic facility and many of the LIS community were keen to see how it could be used for capturing their crystallography. Yesterday I met … Continue reading

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Microsoft eChemistry Project and molecular repositories

Some of you may have picked up from - e.g. the Open Grid Forum - that Microsoft (Tony Hey, Lee Dirks, Savas Parastatidis) have been collaborating with Carl Lagoze (Cornell) and Herbert van de Sompel (LANL) on bringing together Chemistry … Continue reading

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Scope for SCOAP

From Peter Suber: SCOAP3 FAQ for US libraries : CERN's SCOAP3 project has created an FAQ for U.S. Libraries. Excerpt:   What is SCOAP3 and what does it have to do with me? SCOAP3 is the Sponsoring Consortium for Open … Continue reading

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