Open Access Week Dates Announced

The dates for Open Access Week from 2011 onwards have been announced. From next year OA week will be the last full week of October, so the dates for the next 5 years are:

  • 2011: October 24 – 30
  • 2012: October 22 – 28
  • 2013: October 21 – 27
  • 2014: October 20 – 26
  • 2015: October 19 – 25

With this advance notice there is no excuse for not planning a full programme of events for future OA weeks. 🙂

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New preservation guide

A new preservation guide has been released from the KRDS projects.

http://www.beagrie.com/krds.php

From the release: ” KRDS is a cost framework that can be used to develop and apply local cost models for research data management and long-term preservation . . .  establishing many key “rules of thumb” for digital preservation costs and approaches to sustaining digital research data. Even those who do not wish to or cannot allocate the resources to develop local models based on KRDS are likely to benefit from its key findings and exemplars . . . ”

This provides a useful four-page summary for management discussion, as well as the larger user guide, which includes the useful case studies from Southampton, Cambridge, Kings, Oxford, UK Data Archive and elsewhere – and the model itself.

Bill

New RSP Web Site Launched

Screenshot of the brand new RSP web site

The RSP is proud to announce the launch of its new web site featuring a cleaner design and navigation structure. The aim is to make it easier than ever to find the information you need from RSP and to get in touch with us if you would like more direct help with any repository related issues.

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Social and mobile: a threat to open access?

Online Information 2010

http://www.flickr.com/photos/osde-info/5224484862/

This week, I’ve been at Online Information 2010 so managed to avoid the heavy snow at home. As a presenter, I had a free place so fortunately was able to stay for the whole three days. However, for a blogger this creates a problem – what do I include and exclude! So instead of trying to do that, I just want to focus on the theme highlighted by the keynote speaker, Dion Hinchcliffe, in his talk entitled “Network Shock: How the dominance of social and mobile are remaking life and business”.

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Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing

Wax seal of Nathaniel Wells, a Monmouthshire Justice of the Peace

On 24th November I attended a training course organised by UKeIG on the legal issues related to Web 2.0 and cloud computing and presented by Charles Oppenheim. This was a useful reminder that while these technologies present the same legal challenges as other forms of on-line publication, such as including articles in institutional repositories, they also add their own specific complications.

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