30 أكتوبر 2014

7th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries



This is the seventh year of the conference which brings together different disciplines on library and information science; it is a multi–disciplinary conference that covers the Library and Information Science topics in conjunction to other disciplines (e.g. innovation and economics, management and marketing, statistics and data analysis, information technology, human resources, museums, archives, special librarianship, etc). 

The conference invites special and contributed sessions, oral communications, workshops and posters. 

Target Group 

The target group and the audience are library and archives professionals in a more general sense: professors, researchers, students, administrators, stakeholders, librarians, technologists, museum scientists, archivists, decision makers and managers. 

Main topics 

The emphasis is given to the models and the initiatives that run under the budget restrictions, such as the Information Management and the innovation, the crisis management, the long-term access, the synergies and partnership, the open access movement and technological development. 

The conference will consider, but not be limited to, the following indicative themes: 

1. Information and Knowledge Management 

2. Synergies, Organizational Models and Information Systems 

3. Open Data, Open Access, Analysis and Applications 

4. Multimedia Systems and Applications 

5. Computer Networks and Social Networks, 

6. Health Reference and Informatics 

7. Information Technologies in Education 

8. Decision making in service innovation 

9. Data Mining, content analysis, taxonomies, ontologies 

10. STM information development 



Special Sessions – Workshops 

You may send proposals for Special Sessions (4-6 papers) or Workshops (more than 2 sessions) including the title and a brief description at: secretar@isast.org or from the electronic submission at the web page: http://www.isast.org/abstractsubmission.html 

You may also send Abstracts/Papers to be included in the proposed sessions, to new sessions or as contributed papers at the web page: http://www.isast.org/abstractsubmission.html 

Registrations are registration forms are available from: http://www.isast.org/qqml2015registration.html 

Contributions may be realized through one of the following ways 

a. structured abstracts (not exceeding 500 words) and presentation; 

b. full papers (not exceeding 7,000 words); 

c. posters (not exceeding 2,500 words); 

In all the above cases at least one of the authors ought to be registered in the conference. 

Abstracts and full papers should be submitted electronically within the timetable provided in the web page: http://www.isast.org/

The abstracts and full papers should be in compliance to the author guidelines: http://www.isast.org/ 

All abstracts will be published in the Conference Book of Abstracts and in the website of the Conference. The papers of the conference will be published in the website of the conference, after the permission of the author(s). 

Student submissions 

Professors and Supervisors are encouraged to organize conference sessions of Postgraduate theses and dissertations. 

Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2015 Conference and Student Research Presentations to: the secretariat of the conference at: secretar@isast.org 

Important dates

First call of proposals: 29th of September 2014 

Deadline of abstracts submitted: 20 December 2014 

Reviewer’s response: in 3 weeks after submission 

Early registration: 30th of March 2015 

Paper and Presentation Slides: 1st of May 2015 

Conference dates: 26-29 May 2015 

Paper contributors have the opportunity to be published in the QQML e- Journal, which continues to retain the right of first choice, however in addition they have the chance to be published in other scientific journals. 

QQML e- Journal is included in EBSCOhost and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). 

Submissions of abstracts to special or contributed sessions could be sent directly to the conference secretariat at secretar@isast.org. Please refer to the Session Number, as they are referred at the conference website to help the secretariat to classify the submissions. 

For more information and Abstract/Paper submission and Special Session Proposals please visit the conference website at: http://www.isast.org or contact the secretary of the conference at : secretar@isast.org 

29 أكتوبر 2014

Harvard University wants Open Access


Harvard University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls

Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers prices

Harvard University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls. Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls.


A memo from Harvard Library to the university's 2,100 teaching and research staff called for action after warning it could no longer afford the price hikes imposed by many large journal publishers, which bill the library around $3.5m a year.
A graduation ceremony at Harvard University
A memo from Harvard's faculty advisory council said major scientific publishers had made scholarly communication 'fiscally unsustainable'.

For detailed article follow the link

28 أكتوبر 2014

Open access: six myths to put to rest

Open access: six myths to put to rest


Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better, says Peter Suber , the director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, and author of Open Access


A lock on a keyboard

It's time to unlock and put to rest the myths surrounding open access research, says Peter Suber. Photograph: Alamy

We have been celebrating sixth global Open Access Week, but still there are  six most common and harmful misunderstandings about open access which may be understood. To know about these myths please follow the link below

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/oct/21/open-access-myths-peter-suber-harvard


27 أكتوبر 2014

Open Access Archiving

Open access archiving: Should it be universal at universities?

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Unlike private sector businesses, which may prefer to keep knowledge a trade secret, academic institutions have as their goal the free dissemination of all original research. This ideal is compromised by publishing houses which would rather keep published papers under their control, restricting access to readers who pay for subscription or charging authors for open access publication. Wouldn’t it be great if every article published were also available somewhere on the internet, stored in a repository that could be accessed by anyone, anytime, free of charge? This idea may become reality as more and more universities and funding agencies are mandating that publishers grant them rights for open access self archiving (OASA) of articles they sponsor.
There are many types of OASA and about two-thirds of all publishers grant some form of it. On its web page, Elsevier refers to many of the variations in its discussion of its own policy. There are three categories of self archiving access Elsevier grants, depending on the status of the manuscript.
Preprints 
These first level manuscripts (before review and revision) may be freely posted and disseminated. There is one exception—papers that are intended for Elsevier’s Cell Press titles. (Does anyone know the reason for this exception?)
Accepted author manuscripts (AAM)
These manuscripts have gone through the review process, have been revised accordingly, and are in the final form that has been accepted for publication. If the authors’ institution or funding agency mandates open access, these manuscripts may be posted for open access after a waiting period following journal publication. This “embargo” lasts 12–48 months, depending on the journal. If the authors’ institution does not mandate open access posting, Elsevier does not allow it and places tight controls on access.
Published journal article 
No open access posting of actual copies of the published article, unless the authors pay a $3000 fee for the privilege.
Open access of AAMs is certainly a step towards the ideal of free dissemination of knowledge. If every journal offered this after a reasonable embargo period of say, six months, the world would be a better place. I think I know how we could get this. First, every university and every funding agency should mandate open access self archiving. Next, an association of universities/funding agencies should lobby for an embargo period of no more than six months. Now, recalcitrant publishing houses would be in a tight spot. If they refused to reduce the embargo time, authors would submit to journals with more liberal policies. Competition between the publishing houses would prevent them from forming a solid bloc opposing the policy.
Does your university have a mandate for OASA? If not, it should.

26 أكتوبر 2014

GRU prepares graduate student run 'open access' journal

By Sean Gruber
Staff Writer


Georgia Regents University’s College of Education is preparing to publish a new open-access online journal geared toward graduate students, offering GRU’s younger researchers the opportunity not only to get their work seen on a national level, but also help them prepare for the competitive academic world.

The journal, titled Transforming Education, examines current trends in both primary and secondary education, with a focus on “promoting positive and progressive growth” in the education world. Article topics range from school counseling to student demographics. The journal accepted six articles for review when their Oct. 1 deadline closed. It will be released in December, and will accept submissions from graduate students across the nation.
Graduate students both submit articles and make up the review board for selecting articles for a faculty-based editorial board to approve, a rarity in university world. While there are other journals that publish research by graduate students, very few have editors or a review board staffed by them.
The journal’s “open access” approach is also unique. Interested parties may read the journal online for free. Many peer-reviewed journals take the opposite approach, charging subscription fees for viewing and disseminating their articles.
Journal coordinator, Dr. Andrew Kemp, said the journal was an “excellent introduction” to the world of peer review journals for graduate students taking the first steps into publishing their research.
“The idea came to me around six or seven years ago to have an outlet for graduate students seeking to publish … and after consolidation here, I thought it would be the perfect time to launch it,” Kemp said. “It helps them develop a critical reading eye, which helps no matter what field they end up going into as far as career goes. It also helps the students learn how to write for different audiences than what they’re used to … they learn to restructure their work for the academic journal world.”
It’s an experience that many of the students involved in the upcoming journal are very happy to have. Quentin Hunter, one of the journal’s graduate student editors, said working for the publication has helped him better understand both the peer review and journal publishing process.
“It’s an exciting start. I think that open journals like this are going to be the future,” Hunter said. “I’m learning by taking part in the process, which is something I’ve never encountered before. It definitely appeals to me.”
Hunter said he hoped the journal would continue to grow over the next few years.
“I’d like to see it become used in classrooms nationwide,” Hunter said. “I think it’s important to have a journal like this so people freely access information from a journal that’s professional and stamped by a university.”
While Kemp also has ambitions for expanding the journal, he remains focused on using it to give much needed experience to graduate students.
“The intention is to give more opportunities for students looking to look more professional in the academic field,” Kemp said. “I want for them to get out into that public sphere.”
ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources,

ROAD, the Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources, is a service offered by the ISSN International Centre with the support of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO. Launched as a beta version on 16th December 2013, ROAD will be developped during 2014 (extension of the coverage, additional features...).

ROAD provides a free access to a subset of the ISSN Register (1,7 millions of bibliographic records, available on subscription, see http://www.issn.org/en/understanding-the-issn/the-issn-international-register/). This subset comprises bibliographic records which describe scholarly resources in Open Access which have been assigned an ISSN by the ISSN Network : journals, conference proceedings and academic repositories. ROAD records are also downloadable as a MARC XML dump and will be available as RDF triples in 2014.

The bibliographic records are enriched, when appropriate, by metadata about the coverage of the resources by indexing, abstracting, citation databases, registries and journal indicators.

ROAD serves four major purposes :

to provide a single access point to different types of online scholarly resources published worldwide and freely available.

to provide information about the quality and prominence of OA resources, or at least the criteria they meet, by indicating by what services or journal indicators they are covered

as such, and once the coverage of ROAD is developed, to give an overview of the Open Access scholarly production worldwide (for statistics purposes for instance)

to demonstrate new ways of using the ISSN for compiling information from various sources.


http://road.issn.org/en

Webinar on Launching an Open Access Journal

Inside the Editor's office Webinar: Launching a Sustainable Open Access Journal

Community Development at Scholastica
As part of Open Access Week 2014, the Scholastica team hosted a recorded panel discussion entitled- Inside the Editors’ Office: Launching a Sustainable Open Access Journal. We were lucky to have three editors at different stages of open access journal development join the discussion: Yale University professor Olav Sorenson, editor of Sociological Science, which launched in September 2013; and University at Buffalo Librarians Amy Vilz and Molly Poremski, editors of The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections, which launched in early October.
  
                      

Open Access Scholarly Journals

OMICS Group: Open Access Scholarly Journals

OMICS Group International is an amalgamation of Open Access publications and worldwide international science conferences and events. Established in the year 2007 with the sole aim of making the information on Sciences and technology ‘Open Access’, OMICS Group publishes 400 online open access scholarly journals in all aspects of Science, Engineering, Management and Technology journals. OMICS Group has been instrumental in taking the knowledge on Science & technology to the doorsteps of ordinary men and women. Research Scholars, Students, Libraries, Educational Institutions, Research centers and the industry are main stakeholders that benefitted greatly from this knowledge dissemination. OMICS Group also organizes 300 International conferences annually across the globe, where knowledge transfer takes place through debates, round table discussions, poster presentations, workshops, symposia and exhibitions.

OMICS Group International through its Open Access Initiative is committed to make genuine and reliable contributions to the scientific community. OMICS Group hosts over 400leading-edge peer reviewed Open Access Journals and organizes over 300 International Conferences annually all over the world. OMICS Publishing Group journals have over 3 million readers and the fame and success of the same can be attributed to the strong editorial board which contains over 30000 eminent personalities that ensure a rapid, quality and quick review process. OMICS Group signed an agreement with more than 1000 International Societies to make healthcare information Open Access. OMICS Group Conferences make the perfect platform for global networking as it brings together renowned speakers and scientists across the globe to a most exciting and memorable scientific event filled with much enlightening interactive sessions, world class exhibitions and poster presentations.

24 أكتوبر 2014



العقول المفتوحة و الوصول المفتوح


Open Minds, Open Access

Barbara Fister




The recent reversal of a lengthy and long-awaited court decision about how fair use might apply in electronic reserve readings was disappointing in some ways and reassuring in others. We still will need to make complex decisions about whether making a digital portion of a book available to students enrolled in a course requires permission from and payment to a rights holder or whether it is a fair use. Every single time.
There are lots of good things out there to read about this court case. Nancy Sims (who will be participating in an IHE podcast later this week), Kevin Smith , and Iris Jastram all have written informative explanations of what the decision means and what is still left up in the air. So I won't do anything other than say "go read these posts! I have really smart colleagues!"
What I will say is that it seems wonderfully appropriate that we are thinking through the legal implications of this practice during Open Access Week . This annual event is in its eighth year and we have seen progress made. If you're not quite sure what open access means, the best two-minute explanation was written by Peter Suber and he explains it well, if not in as much depth as in his book about it . A lot of scholars now buy into the idea that it makes sense for their research to be available to all who have an internet connection, not just to those who are lucky enough to work at a research institution or have the resources to purchase all the books and articles they might want to look at.
There's a persistent misperception among many scholars that all open access publishing operations charge authors (most don't), that they are not peer reviewed (most are), and that they're run by scammers (yes, some scammers have set up faux publishing sites, but they're pretty obviously bogus. Rejecting all open access publications as a result is kind of like saying you will only accept messages that come on paper in an envelope with a stamp because email is a scam run by Spanish Prisoner crooks .)
One argument against open access that has never made sense to me is that the system we have works perfectly well and anyone who needs access to research already has it. Publishers have said this to members of the US Congress with a straight face. To me, this is a startlingly anti-intellectual stance. It suggests one of the following:
Only really smart people can understand what I have to say. Most people are ignorant. They should, however, pay my salary because what I have to say is important to smart people. And if ignorant people really, truly want to read my stuff they can buy it. Yes, my book is priced at $120. What's your problem? If you can't afford it, just ask your library to buy it.
What I have to say is highly specialized and important only to fifteen other people, so there's no reason to make it open access. But somebody has to cough up the $20,000 first copy cost for my book or get enough libraries to subscribe to the $17,000 journal I publish in or those 15 people might not take me seriously. That's how it works.
I have to churn this stuff out. I don't care if anyone reads it. I hope they cite it, though.
What's the issue? I don't have problem getting what I need. Wait, why has Elsevier sent me a take down notice? There must be some mistake. I wrote that article. I'll explain it to them after I finish uploading the readings I'm assigning this week.
Okay, that last bullet point isn't anti-intellectual, exactly. It's just the typical disconnect between the systems that have evolved to make research public and the scholar's impulse to share scholarship - their own and others - without jumping through a lot of legal and financial hoops. It seems so natural, somehow, to post a PDF of your latest article online. Scanning a book chapter and uploading it to your course management system is simple - unless you pause to think through the copyright issues, and if it seems to fail the four-factor test fair use, figure out to whom and how to pay for that permission. Scholars see their well-established publishing practices as separate from the sharing they do. Sharing seems both natural and pretty frictionless. But the only way it will truly be frictionless is if we reorganize our financial and labor practices to make it easier to share legally. This is doable without losing rigor or quality.
This won't solve the problem of evaluating fair use on a case-by-case basis and paying permissions when necessary for the decades of research for which all rights are reserved. But if future publications are open access it could save us all a lot of anguish and (even better) knowledge could spread much more easily and widely. The money, and the future, is already here. It's just distributed badly. We can do better, and we will, slowly but surely
Students Re-Launch Open Access Button App to Find Free Access to Scientific and Scholarly Research Millions of people use research everyday. From students, medical professionals, to curious hobbyists, we all benefit from being able to access, read, and cite reliable, tested information. But getting the research we need can be hard and costly when it's locked up behind expensive paywalls. Two university students, David Carroll and Joseph McArthur, were finally fed up with being denied access to online journals and articles that were necessary to continue their studies—so they decided to take matters into their own hands. The result was Open Access Button , a browser-based tool that records users’ collisions with paywalls and aids them in finding freely accessible copies of those research articles. The previous version had over 5,000 users and mapped nearly 10,000 encounters with paywalled research.
This week they have re-launched the tool as an updated, more powerful app suite. If a user hits a paywall to an article or paper, the tool will automatically notify its author on the user's behalf to let them know that someone has been blocked from accessing their work, and ask them to submit a link to a freely accessible version. If the author responds with a link, the app will not only provide that link to the original user but will also display the alternative link to anyone who tried to views the research in the future. In practice, this could incentivize authors to deposit their work into open research repositories. Users also have the option to share why they are seeking a particular article, which creates an interactive map of stories by people who need research around the world. The hope is that this new Open Access Button will not only help users get better, quicker access to inaccessible research, but will further transform the experience of hitting a paywall to research from being a disempowering denial of access to an explicit call to action. *** Please note that the Open Access Button will NOT keep your use of the app private. It will publish information collected from its users on a dedicated data platform under a Creative Commons 0 license—including the metadata of the research papers, usernames, professions, and your approximate location. Their stated purpose for making this data public is to enable open access advocates to map and point to the prevalence of academics, students, and Internet users who face paywalls when accessing research. This is their privacy policy . *** The new apps are available both for mobile phones and web browsers, and can be downloaded at openaccessbutton.org . ~ Between October 20 and 26, EFF is celebrating Open Access Week alongside dozens of organizations from around the world. This is a week to acknowledge the wide-ranging benefits of enabling open access to information and research—as well as exploring the dangerous costs of keeping knowledge locked behind publisher paywalls. We'll be posting on our blog every day about various aspects of the open access movement. Go here to find out how you can take part and to read the other Deeplinks published this week.