COSIAC Newsletter November 2011 Friday, 25 November 2011

A summary of resources, research, news and events in open scholarship for the preceding month


NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Single Sign-on Authentication

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new Recommended Practice: Establishing Suggested Practices Regarding Single Sign-On (ESPReSSO), that identifies practical solutions for improving the use of single sign-on authentication technologies to ensure a seamless experience for the user.


Six Bibliographies about Open Access from Digital Scholarship

Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011
Institutional Repository Bibliography
Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography
Transforming Scholarly Publishing  through Open Access: A Bibliography
Open Access Journals Bibliography
Open Access Bibliography : Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals

Further information and links to these resources are available at:


Webinar- What's at Stake in the HathiTrust Lawsuit?

On September 12, the Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ), and eight individual authors filed suit against HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University for copyright infringement. At issue are more than 10 million scans contained in HathiTrust's collection, as well as HathiTrust's "Orphan Works Project." The Authors Guild has argued that storing and providing access to the digital scans is illegal, while advocates for HathiTrust and participating universities argue that digitizing and providing access to the sources is critical to the future of research and scholarship. This EDUCAUSE Webinar might be of interest and is available at


Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, version 80

Version 80 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. This selective bibliography includes over 4,000 articles, books, technical reports, and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. The bibliography covers a wide range of topics, such as digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, digital repositories, e-books, e-journals, license agreements, metadata, and open access. All included works are in English. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0United States License


Launch of New COAR Website

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced the launch of its new website. The website includes fresh content, added Web2.0 functionality, and an updated look and feel.  The site includes:  online discussions hosted by working groups such as the Interoperability Forum; published documents by COAR working groups, such as The Case for Interoperability for Open Access Repositories, and a new Open Access briefing paper.



How do we provide authoritative names?

Abstract: The Names Project was funded in 2007 as part of the JISC’s Repositories and Preservation Programme. This article discusses how The Names Project team tested the feasibility of a service that would provide disambiguation and identification of researchers and make the resulting records available to the wider research community. The work of the project has produced a core set of disambiguated researcher identifiers, accessible through a flexible API, which could be used as the basis of a future name authority service.

Alan Danskin, Amanda Hill, and Daniel Needham. The Names Project: A New Approach to Name Authority. Information Standards Quarterly, 2011 Summer 23(3):14-19. doi:10.3789/isqv23n3.2011.04


Long term data management

Abstract: This paper presents an overview of a preservation analysis methodology which was developed in response to that need on the CASPAR and Digital Curation Centre SCARP projects. We intend to place it in relation to other digital preservation practices, discussing how they can interact to provide archives caring for scientific data sets with the full arsenal of tools and techniques necessary to rise to this challenge.

Esther Conway, David Giaretta, Simon Lambert, Brian Matthews "Curating Scientific Research Data for the Long Term: A Preservation Analysis Method in Context" International Journal of Digital Curation 6, no. 2 (2011)


Case study - Data management at Oxford

Abstract: This article outlines the work that the University of Oxford is undertaking to implement a coordinated data management infrastructure. The rationale for the approach being taken by Oxford is presented, with particular attention paid to the role of each service division. This is followed by a consideration of the relative advantages and disadvantages of institutional data repositories, as opposed to national or international data centres

James A. J. Wilson, Luis Martinez-Uribe, Michael A. Fraser, Paul Jeffreys, "An Institutional Approach to Developing Research Data Management Infrastructure" International Journal of Digital Curation 6, no. 2 (2011)


Targeting 'personas' for data curation

Abstract: Increasingly libraries are expected to play a role in scientific data curation initiatives, i.e.,“the management and preservation of digital data over the long-term.” This case study offers a novel approach for identifying researchers who are receptive toward library involvement in data curation. The authors interviewed researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and, after analysis, created eight design “personas.” Each persona represents an aggregation of researcher attributes and can be used to target strategic relationships for nascent or emerging data management initiatives. These personas are applicable to any academic library seeking to provide data curation support.

Kathryn Lage, Barbara Losoff, Jack Maness "Receptivity to Library Involvement in Scientific Data Curation: A Case Study at the University of Colorado Boulder", portal: Libraries and the Academy 11, no. 4 (2011) NOTE not open access.


Are repositories the saviour for grey literature?

From abstract: … The implication of this work is that institutional and subject repositories are needed in order to aggregate these useful resources into globally accessible databases, where the resources will be rediscovered through international catalogues such as online computer library center and major web search engines such as Google. The end result will showcase the value of these resources to the public for greater access and utilization. Francisca N. Okoroma, (2011) "Towards effective management of grey literature for higher education, research and national development", Library Review, Vol. 60 Iss: 9, pp.789 - 802 NOTE not open access.


Leading North American institutions endorse the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge

Thirty-three research institutions, associations, and foundations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have made a commitment to Open Access to research by signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. These top private, public, and non-profit organizations join nearly 300 more from around the world in another clear sign of the growing demand for change in the way scientific and scholarly research results are communicated and maximized. The announcement is made in conjunction with the ninth Berlin conference, at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


NISO Launches New Open Discovery Initiative

NISO Launches New Open Discovery Initiative to Develop Standards and Recommended Practices for Library Discovery Services Based on Indexed Search. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new Open Discovery Initiative work item to develop standards and recommended practices for next generation library discovery services. Using an aggregated index search of a wide range of resources, licensed and free, from multiple providers, these discovery services have the ability to deliver more sophisticated services with instant performance, compared to the federated search techniques previously used. An interest group list for this project ( will be available for those who would like to receive updates on the Working Group's progress and provide feedback to the group on its work. Information on how to subscribe is available at


Patient advocacy groups turn to open-access publishing to advance research quest

Pat Furlong founded Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) in 1995 to link families, like hers, who had been affected by muscular dystrophy with both resources and hope. Now, Furlong has blazed a new trail in the fight to end the disease. She has spearheaded a partnership between PPMD and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) to launch an open-access publication, PLoS Currents: Muscular Dystrophy, this month. The story of the partnership is told in a new article released today by the Alliance for Taxpayer Access. PLoS Currents: Muscular Dystrophy is a new forum that will promote the rapid exchange of information, hypotheses and experimental results related to the rare disease. Compared to a traditional journal, the PLoS Currents publication process is compressed.  The full article is available online from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access at


HighWire Press Partners with TEMIS to Semantically Enrich Publishers' Content

This strategic agreement between two leaders enables HighWire to offer superb discoverability and productization to its customers in the highest quality semantically-enabled open publishing platform. HighWire Press, and TEMIS, announced today they entered into a strategic technology and business partnership. Under the agreement, HighWire will integrate the full suite of Luxid® software within its ePublishing Platform to provide automated content annotation, enrichment and linking to its customers.


Taylor & Francis activities in the OA arena

Taylor & Francis’ current iOpenAccess option will be renamed for 2012 as Taylor & Francis Open Select, and will continue to give authors and their sponsors the option of making their articles available on Open Access to all for a publication fee. In addition, three cutting-edge titles currently available on a subscription basis will be converted to full Open Access for 2012. The digital archives of these titles will also be made Open Access. Taylor & Francis will also be launching Taylor & Francis Open. This initiative will cover all our fully Open Access titles. NOTE NO LINK - it won't resolve properly, sorry


DuraSpace Launches Open-Source Cloud Service

DuraSpace, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the world’s scholarly, scientific and cultural records, has launched its managed cloud service, DuraCloud. As the only managed software service that lets organizations archive content across more than one cloud provider, DuraCloud ensures that irreplaceable documents, imagery and videos are always accessible. Archiving digital libraries and research output for academic institutions, museums, and other knowledge stewards, DuraCloud offers: • Replication and synchronization of content across multiple cloud providers through one unified interface • Access to a suite of applications embedded in the DuraCloud platform to do more with your data • Data distribution and streaming to any internet-linked device • Secure storage of digital archives and periodic content “health checks” assuring information is being preserved as it should be • A simple-to-use yet powerful dashboard to manage all content across the cloud • An open-source community dedicated to on-going technological development, along with support assistance to ease the transition into the cloud.


SHERPA/RoMEo now has a 'country' field

SHERPA Services is pleased to announce that it has added a 'country' field to its database of publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies. The apparent imbalance in the distribution of RoMEO-listed publishers by country reflects two things: 1.The focus of RoMEO on the journals with the highest impact, as indicated by Thomson Reuters' 'Web of Knowledge', which are mostly published in the United States and Europe. 2. The proportionately higher numbers for some countries, notably Portugal and Norway, reflect the effort that our partners in these countries have put into adding their country's publishers to RoMEO. A statistical table of the number of RoMEO-listed publishers by country and continent: 'Country' has also been added to the Advanced Search options for publishers:



Repositories in Science & Technology:  Preserving Access to the Record of Science

November 30, 2011. A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS, Hosted by FLICC at the Library of Congress, The Mumford Room, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20540.

Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will open the day with a thoughtful and high-level perspective of the current repository landscape - the various types that have emerged and the different, yet synergistic missions served by libraries, archives and repositories. He will explore the role of government, academia and industry in the development of repositories and how interoperability among the sectors will be important in the development of the future knowledge infrastructure for science and technology. Following his perspective will be a series of case studies given by established repositories from around the globe, including PubMed Central, the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Dryad, EROS (NASA), and DSpace@MIT.


16th International Conference on Electronic Publishing - Call for Papers

June 14-15, 2012, Guimarães, Portugal.  Social Shaping of Digital Publishing:  Exploring the interplay between Culture and Technology.Papers are invited from members of the communities whose research and experiments are transforming the nature of electronic publishing and scholarly communications. Topics include: Digital Scholarship, open access and open science : interoperability and the intelligent web ; the social and mobile web; the legal, secure and trustful web ; innovative interfaces, interaction and visualization; failures and learnings ; the future of Digital Publishing.


7th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)

To be held at the Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol UK, 5-8 December 2011. The Digital Curation Centre are pleased to invite you to IDCC 2011. IDCC brings together specialists in the field of digital curation, those who create, curate, manage and use information as well as those who research and teach curation processes. Full programme available at:



ALCTS E-Forum : Managing Electronic Theses and Dissertations. November 15-16, 2011.

Topics included: ETD systems selection;  Policy setting and enforcement;  Student training and copyright education and guidance;  Metadata and cataloging decision-making and workflows; Embargoes and open access policies; Possible efficiencies and cost savings (or inefficiencies and expenditures)  See a list of upcoming e-forums at:


Presentations from Repository Fringe - Aug 2011

Repository Fringe provides an annual forum for repository administrators, developers/coders, and information professionals to interact and explore the application of innovative technologies including cultural developments to their ongoing repository work in a relaxed and informal environment. All videos from this year's event are edited and on YouTube (,  images are on Flickr (  and presentations are on SlideShare ( Links to all videos and presentations (including those on Prezi or in PDF form) are now on the programme: The Presentations are also embedded here: