- RT @infopeep: Salo, Dorothea: Escaping Datageddon: comments, please [August 31] http://bit.ly/aCodto
- RT @lescarr: More on the relationship between Mendeley and Repositories [August 28] http://bit.ly/9oNJE0
- Richard Poynder on the first Panton Discussion (about open data) [August 27] http://bit.ly/b2aztr
- RT @DigitalKoans: Share the Data: Making Large-Scale Proteomics Data Widely Available [August 26] http://icio.us/0wyjgg
- UKPMC provides WoS citation counts [August 21] http://bit.ly/aQJbQq
- How Science Is Rediscovering “Open” And What It Means For Government (about open data) [August 19] http://bit.ly/ccQyrJ
- The Open Access movement (emphasis on arXiv as a success story) [August 17] http://bit.ly/9i8zoP
- Innovations for Global Health Equity: Beyond Open Access towards Open Data [August 16] http://bit.ly/8ZnidL
- BMJ Open – launching autumn 2010 (data sharing emphasized) [August 16] http://bit.ly/dg5jPC
- Summary: Hearing on Public Access to Federally Funded Research [August 15] http://bit.ly/cOSqTo
- Open Medicine has been accepted into MEDLINE [August 13] http://blog.openmedicine.ca/node/278
- UPEI’s cancellation of WOS getting attention (CBC & Toronto Star) [August 11] http://ow.ly/2nCqM & http://tinyurl.com/2ej5v7c
- Heather Piwowar‘s reading lists (on Mendeley) about data sharing and re-use [August 5] http://bit.ly/9adW4l
- Why I want everything OA, right now [August 5] http://wp.me/p4g7f-37
- CoLab’s Open Source Science web app now live [August 5] http://bit.ly/9j2Akh
- Which journal should I submit my paper to? An economic analysis of the options [August 5] http://bit.ly/cpCrxw
- Find the future at a 21st-century science library: Charlotte Observer [August 3] http://bit.ly/anK02h
Archive for August, 2010
On July 29, 2010, the Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee of the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled: “Public Access to Federally-Funded Research”. The hearing was chaired by Subcommittee Chairman Representative William Lacy Clay (D-MO).
The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has posted a news item about the hearings, entitled: Summary: Hearing on Public Access to Federally Funded Research, dated August 12, 2010. Excerpt from the last paragraph of this summary: “Next steps: Congress will be in recess until September 9, so any further action on this issue or related legislation will happen after that point.”
Some information about the video (the total duration of the hearing was 2:14:00):
- 3:10 End of Chairman’s Opening Statement.
- 7:30 End of statement from Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
- 7:35 Introduction of Panel I.
- 9:40 Beginning of reading of Prepared Testimony by each of three members of the first panel. Each member was given 5 minutes to present their testimony. (All had concerns about government-mandated public access to the outputs of federally funded research).
- 26:10 End of Panel I presentations and beginning of first question period. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Judy Chu (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Chairman Clay asked questions.
- 1:07:25 End of first panel.
- 1:09:00 Introduction of Panel II.
- 1:13:35 Beginning of reading of Prepared Testimony by each of six members of the second panel. (All were supporters of public access to the outputs of federally funded research).
- 1:43:15 End of Panel II presentations and beginning of second question period. Chairman Clay was the only Representative still present, and he asked several questions.
- 1:59:10 End of second panel.
- 2:00:15 Introduction of Panel III.
- 2:01:30 Beginning of reading of Prepared Testimony by the single member of the third panel, Dr. David Lipman (Director, NCBI, NLM, National Institutes of Health).
- 2:05:50 End of Panel III presentation and beginning of third question period. Again, Chairman Clay was the only Representative still present, and he asked several questions.
- 2:14:00 End of hearing.
Another commentary about the hearings is: House Holds Hearing on Status of Open Access, FASEB Washington Update, August 6, 2010. The emphasis is on the Panel I session.
Comments: How to review this video, as an example of political theater? First impression: it was based on three one-act plays. Each one was nicely staged. Second impression: the model for these plays was one of the “Judge So-and-So” programs that can be seen on television. In such programs, the judge listens while various people present their different versions of a dispute, and tries to decide who is being deceitful and who isn’t. Representative Clay played the role of “Judge Clay” very well. Most of the supporting cast were also excellent (although perhaps Representative Maloney spent more time in the spotlight than was really necessary). There were even some humorous moments.
What was the purpose of this particular example of political theater? It served well as a tutorial about the OA movement. However, Representative Clay was the only member of the House to benefit from the full tutorial. The other three Representatives were present and asked questions only during the first act. Then, they left.
Were these hearings simply a prelude to further legislative action or an executive pronouncement? Stay tuned for the next exciting episode.
Comments: The focus is on unresolved scientific issues that are identified by members. So far, two issues have been contributed: “Locally optimal scientific research environments“, contributed on July 29 by A Garrett Lisi, and “How do you build an effective social sharing site for scientists?“, contributed on July 30 by Cameron Neylon. Both have attracted multiple comments.
- JMIR ALMs now include citations from Scopus and Google Scholar (plus views & tweets) [July 31] http://bit.ly/aNo1OE
- American Physical Society (APS) Online Journals Available Free in U.S. Public Libraries [July 30] http://j.mp/90TXsA
- RT @mgeist: Univ of Ottawa Press launches open access book collection: 36 titles freely available under OA [July 29] http://bit.ly/bThuoN
- (More on JMIR experiment with ALMs) [July 27] Top articles http://bit.ly/9NzqNe & most tweeted articles including Tweets Influence Factor http://bit.ly/9UZs9C
- Perspective from UCSF on the NIH public access policy [July 24] http://bit.ly/b27zwt
- A growing movement to ditch traditional publishing? [July 24] http://bit.ly/boJQJ0
- Unlocking the Door (importance of OA in improving cancer communication) [July 23] via: http://ff.im/o9FGL
- About the Open Notes project: description and commentary [July 21] http://twurl.nl/xlpox1 & http://twurl.nl/k8qw05
- Article-Level Metrics: JMIR experiment [July 21] http://bit.ly/avrAt2 Most-viewed articles: http://bit.ly/dsWLTI
- Open Access in Canada: A Strong Beginning [July 18] http://bit.ly/axCiNa
- More on predatory OA (from Jeffrey Beal and the Charleston Advisor) [July 17] http://bit.ly/bqD5Nj
- CBC notes open access requested via Canada’s digital economy consultation [July 15] http://tiny.cc/sdk0t
- MELIBEA provides a ‘directory and validator’ of open access policies [July 15] http://bit.ly/cbski5
- Southern Illinois University memo re UC protest against NPG [July 15] http://bit.ly/a0pikK
- Open Letter to the Chronicle of Higher Education from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network [July 13] http://bit.ly/aQD10k
- Global open access slowly growing, study finds – SciDev.Net [July 13] http://bit.ly/9KyHRG
- Restricting access to publications from funded research: Ethical issues and solutions [July 10] http://bit.ly/9k8eZq
- Liked: Science 2.0 (change will happen …) [July 9] http://bit.ly/dddtw4
- RT @brembs: Liked “It’s not information overload, nor is it filter failure: It’s a discovery deficit” [July 8] http://ff.im/npKY1
- Are the Creative Commons Licences Valid? [July 7] http://bit.ly/cMtdPX
- Heart and Stroke Foundation Open access to research outputs policy: Guidelines [July 3] http://bit.ly/bfJn7f
- Open access publishing & open peer review (about the Journal of Medical Internet Research) [July 2] http://bit.ly/bhFMt6