Re: Excerpts from FOS Newsletter

From: Peter Suber <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 20:56:54 +0000

      Excerpts from the Free Online Scholarship (FOS) Newsletter
      January 16, 2002

Peter Jacso's January "cheers and jeers" column in _Information Today_
had singled out the FOS Newsletter for cheers... "Best digital
newsletter about digital rights and wrongs".

* SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has
launched the SPARC Consulting Group. The new group will offer business and
strategic consulting to the universities, learned societies, their presses,
and other non-profit organizations.
(Not yet on the SPARC site.)

* Eprints 2 Alpha 2 has been released. Eprints is the free software for
making an OAI-compliant institutional archive. The code for the latest
release may be downloaded from the site. The developers welcome bug
reports and praise.

* Starting on January 1, 2002, EUR-Lex is providing free online access to
all the official documents on its site. EUR-Lex is a portal to the legal
texts of the European Union.

* Since 2000, the Gates Foundation has given an annual prize, The Access to
Learning Award, to recognize "a library, library agency or comparable
organization for efforts to expand free public access to information,
computers and the Internet for all people". The award includes a grant up
to $1 million, and is only given to organizations outside the U.S. In
December, the Gates Foundation selected the Council on Library and
Information Resources (CLIR) to administer the award in the future. The
2002 award will be given at the August IFLA meeting in Glasgow.

* On January 9, Sir Harold Kroto gave a public lecture in London in which
he urged "scientists to make more use of the internet to democratize
science". Kroto won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1996.
(Thanks to euroCRIS News.)

* LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) is a self-correcting P2P network
of caches backing up the same content; the nodes in the network update one
another whenever a node is damaged or receives new content (see FOSN for
6/25/01). LOCKSS has now launched two enhancements to the system. The
first is a map of the physical caches in the beta system, showing where on
Earth they are located and how well synchronized they are. (When users set
up their own networks, only they will have access to these maps.) The
second is a demo of the new user interface by which libraries will control
their local cache.

* PubMed provides free online citations and abstracts, but no full-text
articles. But a new service called LinkOut compensates by allowing PubMed
users to link directly from a PubMed citation to full-text, provided the
user's institution has licensed the full-text.
(Thanks to Charles Bailey's Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog.)

* In a thread on the LibLicense discussion list, Michele Newberry asked
Thomas Walker whether the Florida Entomological Society lost members when
it provided free online access to the society journal, _Florida
Entomologist_ (instead of limiting the journal to society
members). Walker's answer: "During this three years FES [Florida
Entomological Society] lost 14% of its full members and ESA [Entomological
Society of America] lost 18% or its full members. If you add in student
memberships for both societies, the figures become 17% and 19%. The
decline in entomology as a discipline is what I attribute the ESA decline
to. FES should not be immune to the effects of this decline. Therefore,
the data support the contention that, thus far, Fla Ent Soc has suffered
little (if at all) from making its journal freely Web accessible."

* In another LibLicense thread, librarians reply to Declan Butler's request
(FOSN 1/8/02) for library and foundation thoughts on BioMed Central's
business model. (For more on BioMed Central's business model, see FOSN for
9/6/01, 1/1/02.)

* The Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion has announced that it will create
a free online archive of the Donovan Collection of documents from the
Nuremberg Trials. It will post new documents roughly every six months, as
they are ready. The first document is the OSS plan for persecuting
Christian churches.
(Thanks to ResearchBuzz.)

* Making course materials draws on most of the same skills and knowledge
that produce scholarly books and articles. So why aren't syllabi and
hand-outs considered scholarship? There are differences (that we needn't
enumerate), but the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has
taken a step toward bridging them by instituting peer review for its online

* The text-e online seminar has moved on to a new paper, "Babel and the
Vintage Selection: Libraries in the Digital Age" by Equipe BPI. The
online discussion will focus on this paper from January 14 to January 31.

* "Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of Congress Action
Plan" was revised on December 19.

* MIT's Open Knowledge Initiative (OKI) has announced that in the spring it
will put its Common Services application and the associated API's
online. The OKI is a suite of open source tools for assembling,
delivering, and accessing educational content.

* Educause is seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for its
board of directors. It will accept nominations until January 30.

* Educause also seeks nominations for its 2002 awards. Of the nine awards,
the two most relevant to FOS are (1) the Educause Leadership Award, with a
February 15 deadline, and (2) the Paul Evan Peters Award, with a deadline TBA.

* In the January 10 _Library Juice_, Rory Litwin has an annotated
bibliography of the open source movement. Many of his items are on the
nature of gift economies and apply as much to FOS as to open source software.

* The January issue of the _Journal of Digital Information_ is devoted to
metadata. It contains eight papers from the Dublin Core 2001 conference

C. Anutariya, V. Wuwongse, K. Akama and E. Nantajeewarawat, RDF Declarative
Description (RDD): A Language for Metadata

A. Apps and R. MacIntyre, zetoc: a Dublin Core Based Current Awareness Service

T. Baker, M. Dekkers, R. Heery, M. Patel and G. Salokhe, What Terms Does
Your Metadata Use? Application Profiles as Machine-Understandable Narratives

C. Dyreson, M. Bohlen and C. Jensen, MetaXPath

J. Greenberg, M. Pattuelli, B. Parsia and W. Robertson, Author-generated
Dublin Core Metadata for Web Resources: A Baseline Study in an Organization

J. Kunze, A Metadata Kernel for Electronic Permanence

C. Lagoze and J. Hunter, The ABC Ontology and Model

D. Wen, T. Sakaguchi, S. Sugimoto and K. Tabata, Multilingual Access to
Dublin Core Metadata of ULIS Library

* In the January issue of _Troubleshooting Professional Magazine_, Steve
Litt gives "the natural resource view" of making money in an open source
world. "You don't make money *selling* Open Source --you make money
*using* it." (PS: How close is the analogy to FOS?)
(Thanks to the C-FIT list.)

* A December 6 talk by Tony Stanco on how open source and free software can
help developing countries "join the world economy" is now online. "Open
Source/Free Software is not just about developing great software. It is
also an international social movement that touches on the fundamental human
rights of freedom and democracy." (PS: Again, how close is the analogy to
(Thanks to Red Rock Eater.)

* In December, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) put online its
compendium of ARL library statistics for 1999-2000.
(Thanks to Charles Bailey's Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog.)

* In a November article posted to the _Electronic Publishing Trust for
Development_, Leslie Chan and Barbara Kirsop describe the effects of the
Open Archives Initiative (OAI) on science in developing countries.

* Project Gutenberg has an Australian branch with over 4,000 free online
books prepared by Australian volunteers. Project Gutenberg only uses books
in the public domain. What makes the Australian edition of the project
interesting is that under Australian law, copyrighted works enter the
public domain after 50 years, a much shorter period than that now
recognized in the U.S. (life + 70 years for individual authors, 95 years
for corporate authors).

* The U.S. Department of Energy maintains a PrePrint Network, which
supports a cross-archive search engine ranging over hundreds of preprint
archives in physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, environmental
sciences, and nuclear medicine. Users may configure the site to send
automatic email alerts when preprints meeting their criteria are posted to
the system. If you maintain a preprint archive in any discipline of
interest to the Department of Energy, it would like to include it in its
(Thanks to Matthew Eberle's Library Techlog.)

* "Re-envisioning the Ph.D." is a research project funded by the Pew
Charitable Trusts. Through interviews and literature surveys, it studies
weakness in current doctoral education, and recommends changes. At its
extensive web site, it has a page on "promising practices". Prominent
among the promising practices are the electronic submission and archiving
of dissertations.

* The second annual report of the Open Citation Project to JISC (October
2001) is now online.


If you plan to attend one of the following conferences, please share your
observations with us through our discussion forum.

* Mathematical Challenges in Scientific Data Mining
Los Angeles, January 14-18

* Stanford Networking Seminar on Open Conditional Content Access Management
Palo Alto, January 17

* Academic Institutions Transforming Scholarly Communications (SPARC/ARL
Forum at the ALA Midwinter Meeting)
New Orleans, January 18-23

* Electronic Texts in the 21st Century (another forum at the ALA Midwinter
New Orleans, January 18-23

* Evolving Access to E-Journals (another forum at the ALA Midwinter Meeting)
New Orleans, January 19

* Changing Business Models for Journal Publishing
London, January 24

* Intellectual Property and New Business Creation from Science and Technology
Oxford, January 27 - February 1

* High Quality Information For Everyone And What It Costs
Bielefeld, February 5-7

* International Conference on Bioinformatics 2002: North-South Network
Bangkok, February 6-8

* E-volving Information futures
Melbourne, February 6-8

* Kongress für digitale Inhalte
Wiesbaden, February 7-8

* Book Tech 2002
New York, February 11-13

* ICSTI Seminar on Digital Preservation of the Record of Science
Paris, February 14-15

* Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics
Mexico City, February 17-23

* Wissensmanagement im universitären Bereich
February 19-20

* Symposium on Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems
Schloß Salzau, February 19-23

* Fifth International Publishers Association Copyright Conference
Accra, Ghana, February 20-22

* Integrating _at_ Internet Speed: Strategies for the Content Community
[conference on reference linking]
Philadelphia, February 24-27

* Getting your message across: How learned societies and other
organizations can influence public and government opinion
London, February 25

* Electronic Journals --Solutions in Sight?
London, February 25-26

* [Public lecture], Will Thomas and Ed Ayers, "The Next Generation of
Digital Scholarship: An Experiment in Form
Washington, D.C., February 27

* A Symposium on the Research Value of Printed Materials in the Digital Age
College Park, Maryland, March 1

* International Spring School on the Digital Library and E-publishing for
Science and Technology
Geneva, March 3-8

* 17th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing. Special tracks on Database and
Digital Library Technologies; Electronic Books for Teaching and Learning;
and Information Access and Retrieval
Madrid, March 10-14

* Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals: An Intensive Program
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, March 10-15

* EUSDIC Spring Meeting. E-Content: Divide or Rule
Paris, March 11-12

* Knowledge Technologies Conference 2002
Seattle, March 11-13

* Computers in Libraries 2002
Washington D.C., March 13-15

* International Conference on the Statistical Analysis of Textual Data
St. Malo, March 13-15

* The Electronic Publishers Coalition (EPC) conference on ebooks and
epublishing (obscurely titled, Electronically Published Internet
Connection, or EPIC)
Seattle, March 14-16

* Digital Resources and International Information Exchange: East-West
March 15 (Washington DC), 18 (Flushing NY), 20 (Stamford CT)

* Internet Librarian International 2002
London, March 18-20

* The New Information Order and the Future of the Archive
Edinburgh, March 20-23

* Electronic Publishing Strategy
London, March 22

* European Colloquium on Information Retrieval Research
Glasgow, March 25-27

* New Developments in Digital Libraries
Ciudad Real, Spain, April 2-3

* The New Information Order and the Future of the Archive
Edinburgh, March 20-23

* Copyright Management in Higher Education: Ownership, Access and Control
Adelphi, Maryland, April 4-5

* International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing
Las Vegas, April 8-10

* NetLat and Friends: 10 Years of Digital Library Development
Lund, April 10-12

* International Learned Journals Seminar: We Can't Go On Like This: The
Future of Journals
London, April 12

* SIAM International Conference on Data Mining
Arlington, Virginia, April 11-13

* Creating access to information: EBLIDA workshop on getting a better deal
from your information licences
The Hague, April 12

* United Kingdom Serials Group Annual Conference and Exhibition
University of Warwick, April 15- 17

* Museums and the Web 2002
Boston, April 17-20

* Information, Knowledges and Society: Challenges of A New Era
Havana, April 22-26


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