E-lert Archive / Archive du cyberavis


E-Lert # 457 / Cyberavis numéro 457

Friday February 3, 2012 / vendredi 3 février 2012

E-lert / Cyberavis is a weekly alerting service commissioned for CARL Directors. Coverage is principally: research, innovation, scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, scholarly journals, electronic journals, copyright and access to published government information.

E-lert / Cyberavis est un service de signalement hebdomadaire à l’intention des membres de l’ABRC. Il porte principalement sur les domaines suivants : recherche, innovation, édition savante, communication savante, périodiques savants, périodiques électroniques, droit d’auteur et accès aux informations gouvernementales rendues publiques.


DataCite Canada update: First DOIs assigned
February 2, 2012

As part of its pilot project, DataCite Canada has assigned its first digital object identifiers (DOIs) to a small sample of Institute for Ocean Technology (IOT) reports that appear in the National Research Council (NRC) Publications Archive. NRC-CISTI will launch the DataCite Canada service in early 2012, enabling Canadian research organizations to assign DOIs to their research data, including unpublished reports. DOIs help data producers take control of the management of their data, share, get credit for it and build their reputation through data citations. In addition, DOIs make research data easier to access, reuse and verify, thereby making it easier to build on previous work, conduct new research and avoid duplicating already existing work.*
Nouvelles de DataCite Canada : Attribution des tout premiers DOI
2 février 2012

Dans le cadre de son projet pilote, DataCite Canada a attribué ses tout premiers identificateurs d’objets numériques (DOI) à un petit échantillon de rapports de l’Institut des technologies océaniques (ITO) – rapports qui se trouvent dans les Archives des publications du Conseil national de recherches du Canada (CNRC). l’ICIST-CNRC envisage de lancer le service de DataCite Canada au début de 2012, ce qui permettra aux chercheurs d'organismes de recherche du Canada d’attribuer des DOI à leurs données ainsi qu’à leurs rapports non publiés. Pourquoi? Parce que les DOI permettent aux producteurs de données de prendre en main la gestion de leurs données, de les diffuser, d’obtenir la reconnaissance qu’ils méritent et d’asseoir leur réputation grâce à un taux de citation accru. Parce qu'ils facilitent aussi l’accessibilité, la réutilisation et la vérification des données. Et parce qu'ils permettent d’approfondir et d’enrichir les travaux antérieurs, de mener de nouvelles recherches et d’éviter le dédoublement des travaux existants.*


U of T and Western sign agreement with Access Copyright
January 30, 2012

The University of Toronto and Western University announced that they have each reached an agreement with Access Copyright to allow their communities to reproduce copyright-protected materials in both print and digital formats. Western and U of T will each pay Access Copyright a royalty of $27.50 per full-time equivalent student annually. This royalty includes what used to be a separate 10 cents per page royalty for course-pack copying, so there will no longer be a separate royalty for such copying. The new royalty is substantially below the amount initially sought by Access Copyright in its Tariff application before the Copyright Board.*
http://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/u-of-t-and-western-sign-agreement-with-access-copyright/ / Western press release: HTML
[ Of related interest: Letter from Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students, University of Toronto, to Presidents of Student Governments, Presidents of College & Faculty Student Societies, Student Members of the Governing Council PDF ]


Folklorist’s Global Jukebox Goes Digital
Larry Rohter

The New York Times, January 30, 2012

The folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax was a prodigious collector of traditional music from all over the world and a tireless missionary for that cause. Long before the Internet existed, he envisioned a “global jukebox” to disseminate and analyze the material he had gathered during decades of fieldwork. A decade after his death technology has finally caught up to Lomax’s imagination. Just as he dreamed, his vast archive is being digitized so that the collection can be accessed online.*


ARL Joins Nine Organizations in Letter Opposing Research Works Act
January 24, 2012

10 National and regional library, publishing, and advocacy organizations expressed their strong opposition to H.R. 3699, The Research Works Act. This proposed legislation would unfairly and unnecessarily prohibit federal agencies from conditioning research grants to ensure that all members of the public receive timely, equitable, online access to articles that report the results of federally funded research that their tax dollars directly support.*


ALA Midwinter 2012: Head of RLUK Calls Research Works Act ‘Audacious in the Extreme’
Michael Kelley

Library Journal, January 24, 2012

David Prosser, the executive director of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), says the Research Works Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in December is “frankly ridiculous” and an attack on open access. RLUK is a consortium of 32 of the largest research organizations in the UK and Ireland.*


ALA Midwinter 2012: Panel Tells Librarians to Go Forth and Digitize
Andrew Albanese

Publishers Weekly, January 23, 2012

Despite recent lawsuits over e-reserves, digital archives, and orphan works, at a two-hour program at ALA Midwinter, panelists urged librarians to go forth and digitize, that they already have the sturdy legal cover they need to proceed: fair use. So, why then are so many librarians still hesitant to assert fair use and move forward with digitizing collections, especially their archival, special collections? In a word, risk.*



Is Google evil? The jury is out
Ira Winkler

Computer World, February 1, 2012

Winkler writes: “Much outrage has been expressed about Google's new privacy policy. People are acting as if they are shocked that Google would consolidate the personal information it gathers from its customers through all of its varied services. What is shocking to me is that none of these people, including members of Congress, seemed to see it coming.”*


We Need Copyright 2.0
Neal Starkey

American Libraries, February 1, 2012

Regarding the increasingly hostile environment for library e-books, Starkey writes: “There is little incentive for rights holders to negotiate with us in a future in which ownership, fair use, and first-sale doctrines have been replaced with rentals and licensing. In that future, rights holders get to make all the rules, which will benefit them instead of the public interest. Whether they do or don’t realize the marketing advantages of having their products in libraries, any ­decisions they make will be completely up to them. The recent lawsuits against Google Books Project libraries and HathiTrust may be only the start. If we can no longer provide information to the public because of rules and fees dictated to us by the rights holders, what purpose would we serve?”*


A Crowd-funded Approach to Setting E-Books Free
Laura Hazard Owen

paidContent.org, January 30, 2012

What do To Kill A Mockingbird, A Wrinkle in Time and Little House on the Prairie series have in common, besides being beloved? None of them are available legally as e-books. A new site aims to make these and other e-books available to the public (and in libraries), as DRM-free Creative Commons works, via crowdfunding. The newly launched Unglue.it, now in alpha, is a place for individuals and institutions to join together to liberate specific e-books and other types of digital content by paying rights holders to relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses.*


We need a made-in-Canada copyright solution
Karen Adams

The Hill Times, January 23, 2012

The Canadian Library Association applauds significant improvements to Canada’s copyright regime contained in the bill; however, changes are required to ensure the legislation ultimately succeeds in its objectives of being both balanced and technologically neutral.* ( PDF )

Il faut encourager la recherche libre
Entrevue avec Rémi Quirion

Québec Science, 2 février 2012

Rémi Quirion assume depuis septembre dernier le nouveau poste de «scientifique en chef du Québec». Ce neuroscientifique de renommée internationale a pour mandat de conseiller le ministre du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec en matière de développement de la recherche et de la science. Professeur au département de psychiatrie de l’Université McGill, où il a été vice-doyen des sciences de la vie à la faculté de médecine, et ancien directeur scientifique du Centre de recherche de l’Institut Douglas, Rémi Quirion est un spécialiste de la maladie d’Alzheimer et du vieillissement. Il présidera les conseils d’administration des trois Fonds subventionnaires du Québec, qui ont été restructurés cette année: le Fonds Santé, le Fonds Nature et technologies et le Fonds Société et culture.*


As Journal Boycott Grows, Elsevier Defends Its Practices
Josh Fischman

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 31, 2012

A protest against Elsevier, the world's largest scientific journal publisher, is rapidly gaining momentum since it began as an irate blog post at the end of January. By January 31, about 2,400 scholars had put their names to an online pledge not to publish or do any editorial work for the company's journals, including refereeing papers. The boycott is growing so quickly—it had about 1,800 signers on Monday—that Elsevier officials broke their official silence to respond to protesters' accusations that they charge too much and support laws that will keep research findings bottled up behind a company pay wall.*


Elsevier's Publishing Model Might be About to Go Up in Smoke
Tom Worstall

Forbes, January 28, 2012

Academic publishing is a very good game indeed if you can manage to get into it. As the publisher the work is created at the expense of others, for free to you. There are no advances, no royalties, to pay. The editing, the checking, the decisions about whether to publish, these are all also done for free to you. And the market, that’s every college library in the world and they’re very price insensitive indeed.*


Nordic Public Sector Cloud Computing - A discussion paper
Nordic Council of Ministers' informal forum for IT directors, January 19, 2012

Cloud computing is widely recognised as a mean for bringing cost savings and better utilization of resources to the IT departments and their limited budgets. Cloud computing, where IT is delivered as an on-demand pay-per-use service, is rapidly evolving from a hype to a serious alternative to traditional IT procurement. This development is vastly driven by big international players. This report sets the scene for a common understanding of the notion of cloud computing across the Nordic region, and offers a list of recommendations for key action points where cooperation across the Nordic region will be beneficial in order to establish the Nordic region as a driving force for cloud computing in the public sector.*



A roadmap for the development and use of advanced computing, data and networks
Dominic Tildesley

Unilever Research and Development, November 2011

The objective of this report is to present a ten-year strategy for the development and management of the UK’s e-infrastructure. Such an infrastructure, comprising networks, data repositories, computers, software and skills is an essential tool for research and development both in industry and across a wide range of fundamental science. There is a clear correlation between investment in such infrastructure and long-term growth.*


OERu Meeting summary
November 9-10, 2011

The OER Foundation hosted an open international planning meeting for the founding anchor partners of the OER Tertiary Education Network (OERTen) on 9 - 10 November 2011 at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. The OERTen partners with support fromUNESCO, the Commonwealth of Learning and the virtual participants around the world decided on the inaugural credential for the OER university (OERu) and commenced planning for the prototype course(s) to be trialled in 2012. The partners are targeting the official international launch of the OERu during 2013. As an open project, all accredited post-secondary institutions may join the OERTen.*



Open Government Data for Open Accountability
Felipe Heusser, Berkman Center Fellow

February 7, 12:30 pm Eastern Time
[This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived shortly after.]

Over the past decade 'transparency' has become one of those key words in the debates on modern governance. A pervasive cliché captured by the rhetoric of politics, which has raised 'transparency' as a perfect paracetamol to potentially remedy problems as diverse as accountability, growth, public service delivery and participation. For years, the cornerstone of transparency policies has been the 'Freedom of Information Act', a regulation that since the mid 1960's has spread from 3 to nearly 80 countries around the globe, but which maybe increasingly gaining obsolesce in the context of the digital age. Open Government Data policy, is the latest chapter of the transparency story. It is moving the paradigm from 'access to public documentation' (FOIA) towards 'access to public data', avoiding obsolesce, and keeping up to date our right to access public information that increasingly flows through a digital ecosystem.*


Putting the library at the centre of the University - Interview with Megan Oakleaf
Webcast – Live & On-demand
February 14th, 2012, 14:00 EST Syracuse, New York

Associate Professor of Information Sciences Syracuse University, Megan Oakleaf will discuss how a library leader and team can develop a mapping approach to better articulate their value to their leaders and key stakeholders. Ms. Oakleaf is the author of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Report.*


*Excerpted or adapted from the original source. / *Extrait tirée ou adaptée de la source originale.