25 يونيو 2015

OpenCon 2015 Applications are Open

OpenCon 2015 Applications are Open


Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are now open! The application is available on the OpenCon website at opencon2015.org/attend and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Applications will close on June 22nd at 11:59pm PDT.
OpenCon seeks to bring together the most capable, motivated students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to cover travel costs.  In 2014, more than 80% of attendees received support.  Due to this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only.
Students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.  We want to support those who have ideas for new projects and initiatives in addition to those who are already leading them.  The most important thing is an interest in advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and a commitment to taking action. We also hope to use applications to connect applicants with opportunities for collaboration, local events in your area, and scholarship opportunities to attend other relevant conferences.
OpenCon is equal parts conference and community.  The meeting in Brussels serves as the centerpiece of a much larger network to foster initiatives and collaboration among the next generation across OpenCon’s issue areas.  Become an active part of the community by joining our discussion list, tuning in for our monthly community callsand webcasts, orhosting an OpenCon satellite event in your community.
Apply now, and join the OpenCon community today!

11 يونيو 2015

Open Access Dissertations: PQDT Open

Open Access Dissertations: PQDT Open

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.
You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

Open Access Publishing

The authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access. Open Access Publishing is a new service offered by ProQuest's UMI Dissertation Publishing, and we expect to have many more open access dissertations and theses over time.

Finding More Dissertations and Theses

In addition to open access dissertations and theses, more are available from ProQuest. Using ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses, you can find many other dissertations and theses for your research needs. Check with your library — many libraries subscribe to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and make it available to you free of charge.
If you're looking for a specific dissertation or thesis and don't have access to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, try Dissertation Express to order a copy.

Find Open Access Dissertations and Theses here 

07 يونيو 2015

OpenCon 2015 Applications are Open



OpenCon 2015 Applications are Open





Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are now open! The application is available on the OpenCon website at opencon2015.org/attend and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Applications will close on June 22nd at 11:59pm PDT.
OpenCon seeks to bring together the most capable, motivated students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to cover travel costs.  In 2014, more than 80% of attendees received support.  Due to this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only.
Students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.  We want to support those who have ideas for new projects and initiatives in addition to those who are already leading them.  The most important thing is an interest in advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and a commitment to taking action. We also hope to use applications to connect applicants with opportunities for collaboration, local events in your area, and scholarship opportunities to attend other relevant conferences.
OpenCon is equal parts conference and community.  The meeting in Brussels serves as the centerpiece of a much larger network to foster initiatives and collaboration among the next generation across OpenCon’s issue areas.  Become an active part of the community by joining our discussion list, tuning in for our monthly community callsand webcasts, orhosting an OpenCon satellite event in your community.
Apply now, and join the OpenCon community today!

01 يونيو 2015

Arabic Collections Online ACO المجموعات العربيَّة على الإنترنيت



المجموعات العربيَّة على الإنترنيت
Arabic Collections Online (ACO)

Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a publicly available digital library of public domain Arabic language content. Funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, this mass digitization project aims to expose up to 15,000 volumes from NYU and partner institutions over a period of five years. NYU and the partner institutions are contributing all types of material—literature, business, science, and more—from their Arabic language collections. ACO will provide digital access to printed books drawn from rich Arabic collections of prominent libraries.


المجموعات العربيَّة على الإنترنيت عبارة عن مكتبة عامَّة رقميَّة للكتب المؤلَّفة باللغة العربيَّة والتي أصبحت في المجال العام. إنَّ هذا المشروع الرَّقمي الهائل مُمَّول من قِبل جامعة نيويورك أبو ظبي، ويهدف إلى عرض ما يقارب خمسة عشرة ألف كتاب من قِبل جامعة نيويورك والجامعات الأخرى المشاركة خلال مدة خمس سنوات من العمل. إنَّ جامعة نيويورك والجامعات الأخرى المساهمة ستقدم أنواع مختلفة من الكتب في مجالات الأدب و التجارة والعلوم وغيرها من مقتنياتها من الكتب العربيَّة. إنَّ المجموعات العربيَّة على الإنترنيت، سوف توفر إمكانية الوصول الإلكتروني إلى كتب مطبوعة مستمدَّة من مجموعات قيِّمة من مكتبات هامة.

Browse the Titles or search the Arabic collection, follow the link


28 مايو 2015

Open Access Archives: Gazi University Turkey

Open Access Archives: Gazi University Open Archive Repository


Gazi University’s Open Archive is an initiative based on the decision taken at the senate meeting held on February 16, 2007 aimed at providing free access at national and international level to the information produced by the academic staff of Gazi University. The Open Archive was developed through the cooperation between the Data Processing Department and the Library and Documentation Department. The archive system was developed in compliance with the OAIPMH. It is registered at ROAR and OpenDOAR. The Open Archive includes articles of the university’s academic staff published in scientific magazines, as well as research projects, conference abstracts, reports, lecture notes and theses.

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21 مايو 2015

Cybrarians Journal

لجنة ترقيات اعضاء هيئة التدريس بالجامعات المصرية تعتمد الدورية الإلكترونية Cybrarians Journal


بعد سنوات من الرفض المتتالي للجان الترقيات باختلاف تشكيلاتها، قررت اللجنة العلمية الدائمة لترقية أعضاء هيئة التدريس في تخصص المكتبات والمعلومات اعتماد الدورية الإلكترونية ضمن قائمة الدوريات التي يعتد بها لنشر بحوث الترقيات. وكانت الدورية قد تقدمت بطلب اعتمادها من قبل اللجنة منذ عام 2009 الا انه قوبل بالرفض من اللجنة انذاك، وكانت تتقدم إدارة الدورية كل عام تقريبا بنفس الطلب وكان يأتي الجواب بالرفض، إلى أن قبلت اللجنة في مايو 2015 اضافة الدورية، بعد أن كانت ترفض الاعتراف بالدوريات الإلكترونية بشكل عام.
ويأتي هذا القرار انصافا للحق واعلاء لقيمة العدل، واعطاء الدورية الإلكترونية Cybrarians Journal المكانة التي تستحقها بعدما حققت من نجاحات على مدار 11 عاما من الصدور المتتابع، حيث حققت الدورية ما لم تحققه اعتى الدوريات المصرية والعربية في التخصص، ففي عام 2009 تم اختيار الدورية من قبل قواعد البيانات العالمية EBSCO لتكشيف الدورية ضمن محتوياتها، وسبق ذلك تكشيف الدورية ضمن دليل دوريات الوصول الحر DOAJ، كما اضافها الناشر العالمي الشهير Ulrich ضمن أدلته للدوريات العلمية، وأدى ذلك إلى اقتناء الدورية كمصدر إلكتروني وبالتالي تم فهرستها في فهارس المكتبات فظهرت في الفهرس العالمي WorldCat في عام 2014 أضيف الدورية إلى قواعد البيانات العربية الشهيرة المنظومة، وفي مطلع 2015 واصت الدورية نجاحها على الصعيد الدولي حيث تم اختيارها من قبل الناشر العالمي الشهير Cengage كي تكشف ضمن قواعد بياناتها الأكاديمية الشهيرة Gale/Cengage. وبذلك تكون الدورية هى الوحيدة على المستوى العربي بين الدوريات المطبوعة والإلكترونية التي حققت تلك الانجازات.
وتتقدم اسرة تحرير الدورية وإدارة البوابة العربية للمكتبات والمعلومات للسادة أعضاء اللجنة العلمية بخالص الشكر على هذا الاختيار وعلى اعتماد الدورية، و ان شاء الله ستكون الدورية على قدر هذا الاختيار.

Publisher pushback puts open access in peril



Delegates at the The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) conference on the Gold Coast last week heard from futurist Bryan Alexander about four possible scenarios for the future of knowledge.
Three of them sounded engaging: there was one where “open information architecture has triumphed”; another where automation is the primary driving force; and a third which is a renaissance of “digitally enabled creativity”.
However, one was chilling. This was where the drive for “open” has failed, and content is locked up in walled gardens.
This future is closer than many of us might care to think. Today the Confederation of Open Access Repositories – an international association of open access (OA) repositories – sounded an alarm that policies are being enacted which, if unchallenged, will ensure that that the foundations for these walls are cemented into place.

Green and gold

There are currently two main approaches to open access publishing: Green and Gold.
Green OA is where the final published version of an article is only available from a journal publisher’s site, after paying a subscription or after an embargo period. However, the authors’ accepted version (after peer-review but before copyediting), or an earlier version, can be made immediately available via a repository – usually at an author’s institution or via a subject repository such as arXiv.
Green OA is the primary way that OA is supported in Australia. This is unlike the UK, for example, which has chosen to support OA via Gold Open Access.
Gold OA is where the journal publisher typically charges the author (or their institution) an “article processing charge” (APC), and it then makes the article freely available to read and reuse via the journal’s website. This is the model used by all journals published by the Public Library of Science.
Gold OA content is both free to read and, because of the license, usually available for wide reuse. Although sometimes there is a compromise, known as Hybrid OA, where some articles in a journal are Gold OA, but publishers also charge a subscription for the non-OA content.

Reversal of rights

This issue raised by COAR has been brought to the fore by a new policy announced by the giant publisher Elsevier relating to embargo periods for articles that can be shared via a “Green OA” policy.
Elsevier’s new policy is a substantial tightening of its rules around Green OA. It states that, if no APC is paid, the author’s accepted version of the article cannot be made publicly available via their institution’s repository until after an embargo period, which ranges from six months to four years.
In addition, the license required is the most restrictive possible, in that it prohibits commercial reuse, or use of excerpts of the work. For example, an author’s colleague would not be able to use a figure from a manuscript in teaching without specific permission. The fully typeset version of the article is available only from the publisher’s site after paying a subscription.
Despite Elsevier heralding the policy as “unleashing the power of academic sharing”, it is really a reversal of the rights of authors with their own manuscripts.
Previously, Elsevier and other publishers had allowed authors to place these accepted versions into repositories with no restrictions on sharing. It’s also worth noting that Elsevier derives immediate income from subscriptions to the final published articles, although there is no evidence that deposition of the accepted version into repositories decreases that income.
Then, in 2012, Elsevier announced that if an institution had a policy on open access, then authors could not share their articles unless the institution had entered into a specific arrangement with Elsevier. This was a policy that was considered so manifestly absurd, not to mention confusing, that it was widely ignored.

Undermining the walls

This is, at its heart, another skirmish in the long running saga of who owns what, and who has rights in scholarly publishing. And, for the publishers, how they derive income from it.
The issue of income has been brought into sharp focus recently by information released by the two biggest funders of OA in the UK, the Wellcome Trust and the UK Research Councils.
In addition, analysis of what organisations in the UK are paying for OA found that in 2013, 20 UK institutions spent £3,312,679 on APCs for hybrid articles, which was on top of the £29,392,142 they had to pay for subscription access to the same journals.
In addition, the vast bulk of APCs – £1,861,757 in the case of Wellcome – are not going to newer publishers who are trying to make a sustainable business out of OA publishing, but to traditional publishers such as Elsevier and Wiley. The majority of money paid to them, including the highest APCs, was going to support hybrid OA.
This debate affects everyone, not just publishers, funders and librarians. Academic research is one of the most valuable global public goods that exists, and its value only multiplies with access and reuse, most of which can’t be predicted or planned.
Building walled gardens or segmented siloes of content only restricts that public good. Nowhere is this shown more starkly than the announcement that, following the Nepal Earthquake, the US National Library of Medicine was activating its Emergency Access Initiative, to provide “temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles” but there are restrictions on use of content, and it only runs until June 13, 2015.
Is that the future we really want? Where access to information, based largely on research that was publicly funded, has to be doled out as charity? If not, then we should take heed of COAR’s statement.

Open Access Theses and Dissertations



Open Access
Theses and Dissertations: OATD


OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1000 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 2,635,633 theses and dissertations.


Advanced research and scholarship. Theses and dissertations, free to find, free to use.
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19 مايو 2015

Annual Open Access Symposia 2015


University of North Texas (UNT) Annual Open Access Symposia: 2015 Symposium “Open Access and the Law”
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The 2015 symposium’s theme is “Open Access and the Law.”
The scheduled dates of the 2015 symposium — at the UNT Dallas College of Law — are Monday-Tuesday, May 18-19, 2015.
Speakers will include individuals working on the authentication of electronic legal materials as well as on institutional repositories.
The University of North Texas (UNT), in furtherance of its commitment to the global open access movement, sponsors an annual symposium on Open Access.

17 مايو 2015

Open Access Manuscripts Collection Germany

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: SLUB Dresden

The SLUB Dresden’s manuscript collection contains over 448 Islamic manuscripts (196 Ottoman, 184 Arabic, 68 Persian). Following clashes with the Ottomans in the Balkan region, these manuscripts arrived in Europe and were acquired in the 18th and 19th centuries from collections of nobility and scholarly estates. In the 19th century, a large number of Tibetan (438) and Mongolian (58) manuscripts were purchased. Other Oriental manuscripts, i.e. Chinese (18), Japanese (3), Indonesian (9), Sanskrit (1), Hebraic (10) and Ethiopian (4), were bestowed upon the library by private persons.

Extraordinary Volumes


The SLUB Dresden’s manuscript collection includes medieval codices and manuscripts from the time before the invention of printing as well as German and foreign manuscripts of the early modern and modern ages.
16th to the 19th century manuscripts are the main focus of the collection. So-called Saxonica are strongly represented, i.e., chronicles, regional history collectanea, literary manuscripts, biographical and genealogical records, literature of the Saxon court and nobility, as well as collections of letters.
In addition, the collection is enhanced by 305 written literary estates of artists, scientists, writers and musicians of the 18th, 19th, and 20th century who had some relation to Saxony.