Firstly, a notification for the upcoming Open Access Week: The Right To Research Coalition has announced the Generation Open Grants for the 2014 international Open Access Week in October. Applications are still open and will close in a couple of days on August 18th at midnight Pacific Daylight Time (GMT – 7:00). Details are available here.
Liat Clark has posted an article on WIRED magazine about how ‘Google Science’ could transform academic publishing. According to the article, WIRED UK has received documents revealing plans to release a platform, which brings together existing platforms like Google Docs, Google Plus etc. to create an OA model of scientific publishing. Read the whole story here.
Eldis.org has published a report on open access publishing from a developing country’s perspective. The paper by Jennifer I. Papin–Ramcharan and Richard A. Dawe, both teaching at the University of the West Indies presents experiences with open access publishing in Trinidad and Tobago. View the abstract and download the report here or view it on the web via the peer reviewed journal firstmonday.
The Satifice blog – a blog evolving around librarianship in digital times – has published a thought piece on the Democratization of Information and Authority. Nina de Jesus, author of the blog, discusses the hierarchy of knowledge repositories and criticizes the conditions of what makes a source ‘reliable’. Read the full piece here.
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society has published a blogpost on the path dependancy of academic publishing. In the article, Benedikt Fecher uses the example of the keyboard arrangement to demonstrate that sometimes the ways we are used to using our technologies are no longer necessarily the most efficient ways to arrange them. What does this have to do with the way open access publishing works today? Find out here.
Hijacking of journal websites is a worrying side product of scholarly communication’s move online and a topic that Iran-based journalist and researcher Mehrdad Jalalianis particularly concerned about. Research Information met up with him to discuss the problem and how it can be addressed. Read the full interview here.
Peter Murray Rust has published an article on career moves in open source. In the article he describes his personal experiences with the very beginnings of open source in scientific research. Read about his personal journey, battle with visibility and real-life constraints within the world of conservative education here.
Sian Harris takes a look at some of the approaches that research funders take to open access on researchinformation.info. After looking at some recent stances towards open access, Harris compares them to research funders with OA policies in place for years, namely the DFG in Germany and the Wellcome Trust in the UK. Read the full article here.