26 أبريل 2015

Open Access Jordan

Open Access Collections of the Institut français du Proche-Orient

The Institut français du Proche-Orien ensure the dissemination and valorisation of research in scientific areas invested by the Institute in the Middle Eastern societies (Syria , Lebanon, Jordan , Palestinian Territories, Iraq) in all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences from antiquity to the present day.

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21 أبريل 2015

من مبادرات الدول المتقدمة في مجال الوصول الحر: تصريح Pisa

في أكتوبر 2013، عقد اجتماع في مدينة نانسي بايطاليا بحضور ممثلين من معهد المعلومات التقنية والعلمية في فرنساINIST-CNRS ومن إيطاليا ISTI-CNR ومن Open AIRE و Grey Net بهدف العمل على إنشاء لجنة تعمل على تقصي وتعزيز التعاون بين المستودعات الرقمية التي تستضيف مجموعات الأدبيات الرمادية. نتيجة هذا الاجتماع هو تشكيل لجنة باسم " لجنة سياسة المصدر " برئاسة هربرت جريتمير Herbert Gruttemeier رئيس العلاقات الدولية في معهد المعلومات التقنية والعلمية، وكان أول نشاط للجنة يتمثل في تنظيم سيمنار في ربيع 2014 في بيسا بإيطاليا يركز على الأدبيات الرمادية وتطوير السياسات المرتبطة بحركة الوصول المفتوح، البيانات المفتوحة، والمعايير المفتوحة، والعلم المفتوح....وتم الإعلان عن تصريح بيسا في نهاية السيمنار ومتاح على الرابط التالي

Open Access Publishing at the Max Planck Society

Open Access Publishing at the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society promotes open access in a variety of ways. Firstly, scientists are supported in adopting an open access strategy when they wish to publish the results of their work.
They have the opportunity to take the “green road” when publishing their findings using the Max Planck publication repositoryMPG.PuRe.
The "golden road” of open access is supported by paying the publication fees for open access journals from a central budget. To do this, the Max Planck Digital Library acts as the central service facility to negotiate agreements with various open access publishers (for more information, please see the websites of Max Planck Digital Library).
The Max Planck Society is also linked to the Open Access initiative through numerous projects. It also supports or publishes its own open access publications, such as the eLIFE journal or the Edition Open Access website.

Explore Open Access Publishing at the Max Planck Society by following link

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19 أبريل 2015

Open Access Arabic Manuscript Library Japan

This collection is the corpus of manuscripts mainly focused on Arabic, collected by Dr. Hans Daiber, a professor of Islamic studies in Germany, over many years. Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo purchased the collection, its first part in 1986-1987 and its second part in 1994.

This collection is not massive nor contains manuscripts with extremely high artistic value, but it covers various disciplines of Islam and it is making out the bird’s-eye view of traditional Islamic learning as a whole. As a part of the Digital Library of the Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, here we open to the web all manuscripts of Daiber Collection, 367 of Part I and 153 of Part II. Each part contains approximately 850 and 500 texts, Narratives, Geography, Biography and History, Medical art, Algebra and Geometry, Astrology, Interpretation of dreams, and Alchemy. Each manuscript was collected from different places in the Muslim world. Most of them were transcribed in Turkey and Syria, and some are thought of as they were copied in Yemen, Morocco, Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and India. The age of their transcriptions has not always been known, but manuscripts copied in 18th century are the most abundant while the earliest is in the middle of the 12th century A.D. and the most recent in the beginning of the 20th century A.D.

This Collection contains rich research materials over many fields that bring out the Muslim way of life directly or indirectly. Releasing the Collection in this way may enable more researchers to have access to these materials closer. We hope this Database contribute to the advancement of Islamic studies towards better understanding the richness and diversity of the culture.

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Daiber Collection Database

16 أبريل 2015

Open Access in Nepal: OLE Nepal's E-Pustakalaya


E-Pustakalaya is an education-focused digital library containing full-text documents, books, images, videos, audio files, and interactive educational software that can be accessed through an intranet or on the Internet. OLE Nepal started the development of E-Pustakalaya in 2008 with the aim to improve children's reading skills and develop a reading culture in schools by giving them free and open access to age-appropriate reading materials and to enable students to do research projects and promote habit of independent inquiry. Since E-Pustakalaya went live in 2009, teachers as well as other adults have also benefited widely from various teaching resources, and educational materials in agriculture, health, environment, local technologies, and so on.

The material is categorized as
  • Literature
  • Art
  • Course Material
  • Teaching Material
  • Reference Material
  • Newspaper & Magazines
  • Other Material
E-Pustakalaya can be accessed here

15 أبريل 2015

Don't Think Open Access Is Important

Don't Think Open Access Is Important? It Might Have Prevented Much Of The Ebola Outbreak

For years now, we've been talking up the importance of open access to scientific research. Big journals like Elsevier have generally fought against this at every point, arguing that its profits are more important that some hippy dippy idea around sharing knowledge. Except, as we've been trying to explain, it's that sharing of knowledge that leads to innovation and big health breakthroughs. Unfortunately, it's often pretty difficult to come up with a concrete example of what didn't happen because of locked up knowledge. And yet, it appears we have one new example that's rather stunning: it looks like the worst of the Ebola outbreak from the past few months might have been avoided if key research had been open access, rather than locked up. 

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12 أبريل 2015

Open Access Qatar Digital Library

Open Access Qatar Digital Library
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The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is making a vast archive featuring the cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf and wider region freely available online for the first time. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much more, complete with contextualized explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic.


Content currently available on the QDL was developed during the first phase of the partnership, reaching a total of 500,000 images by the end of 2014. More content is being added all the time, but current highlights the QDL is proud to showcase include:
  • India Office Records that span the period 1763–1951, comprising files from the Bushire Political Residency Records and the Bahrain Agency Records
  • J. G. Lorimer’s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf , Oman and Central Arabia (1908, 1915), a classic introduction to the history of the Gulf
  • 500 maps, charts and plans of the Persian Gulf and the wider region
  • The Private papers of Sir Lewis Pelly, Political Resident in the Persian Gulf between 1862 and 1872
  • Arabic Scientific Manuscripts from the British Library’s Manuscripts Collections, covering topics such as medicine, mathematics, astronomy and engineering
  • A selection of photographs, postcards and other printed objects as well as sketches, drawings and watercolors; etchings, engravings and illustrations
  • A selection of audio collection materials including 200 shellac discs recorded in Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq between 1920 and 1940

09 أبريل 2015

SAGE Selects Copyright Clearance Center to Manage Open Access

SAGE Selects Copyright Clearance Center to Manage Article Processing Charges for Its Open Access Publications

SAGE Adopts CCC's RightsLink for Open Access

SAGE Publications will use Copyright Clearance Center’s (CCC) RightsLink for Open Access platform to manage its open access (OA) publications’ article processing charges (APCs). With RightsLink for Open Access, the transactions for various OA charges are streamlined, and SAGE authors will be prompted to pay APCs from within the editorial workflow.
“SAGE made it clear that speed-to-market was a critical factor in its choice to go with CCC,” says Darren Gillgrass, CCC’s director of product management for rightsholder products and services. “As a highly configurable platform, RightsLink for Open Access was able to meet SAGE’s timeline requirement for its initial rollout while still providing a branded solution that reflects SAGE’s unique Open Access pricing and discount rules.”

For more information, read the press release.


08 أبريل 2015

Microsoft promises Office 365 update for open document format

Microsoft promises Office 365 update for open document format

Government believes the open data format will boost software use in the public sector

Microsoft will issue an update to Office 365 to enhance support for the Open Document Format (ODF) championed by the government, allowing users to export files as ODF regardless of the format they were created in.

For more details click here

06 أبريل 2015

Briefing paper on Open Access

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Briefing Paper on Open Access Business Models for Research Funders and Universities

This briefing paper offers insight into various open access business models, from institutional to subject repositories, from open access journals to research data and monographs. This overview shows that there is a considerable variety in business models within a common framework of public funding. Open access through institutional repositories requires funding from particular institutions to set up and maintain a repository, while subject repositories often require contributions from a number of institutions or funding agencies to maintain a subject repository hosted at one institution. Open access through publication in open access journals generally requires a mix of funding sources to meet the cost of publishing. Public or charitable research funding bodies may contribute part of the cost of publishing in an open access journal but institutions also meet part of the cost, particularly when the author does not have a research grant from a research funding body.

The briefing paper is available for download here.