“WikiGate” raises questions about Wikipedia’s commitment to open access

Interesting article. There’s more to it than the headline suggests and is worth a read.

Scientific publisher Elsevier has donated 45 free ScienceDirect accounts to “top Wikipedia editors” to aid them in their work. Michael Eisen, one of the founders of the open access movement, which seeks to make research publications freely available online, tweeted that he was “shocked to see @wikipedia working hand-in-hand with Elsevier to populate encylopedia w/links people cannot access,” and dubbed it “WikiGate.” Over the last few days, a row has broken out between Eisen and other academics over whether a free and open service such as Wikipedia should be partnering with a closed, non-free company such as Elsevier.

The full article at http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/09/wikigate-raises-questions-about-wikipedias-commitment-to-open-access/.

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014

I saw this list of great resources.


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COAR-SPARC conference 2015 report

This report on the 2015 conference highlights many sessions of relevance to our projects here at UC.  All presentations and links can now be found on the event programme page.

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Data Management Symposium & Conference

Harvard and Purdue Libraries are hosting a two-day (free) data management symposium at Harvard on June 16 and 17, 2015 The focus will be on new roles for libraries as part of data management strategies during all parts of the research cycle.

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The University of California, Berkeley is hosting an all day conference on May 14, 2015 titled “who Owns the Data? An International Conference on Digital Assets, Data Philanthropy, and Public Benefit” with an excellent slate of speakers and a keynote by Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.

Full details can be found here


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Realizing the Potential of Research Data

In this plenary talk from CNI’s recent spring meeting, University of Washington Information School professor Carole Palmer discusses factors that make data valuable and sharable within and across research cultures, and the changing demands for data curation expertise and responsibility in research libraries, data centers, universities, and the corporate sector.

Realizing the Potential of Research Data is now available online:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/125487614

YouTube: https://youtu.be/aFPyTLokbWQ

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Providing Universal Access to Modern Materials – and Living to Tell the Tale

This is an informative and highly entertaining presentation from the Coalition for Networked Information meeting on April 13, 2015.

Stephen Marine


The Internet Archive (IA), an independent non-profit, provides access to digital materials (including books, websites, music, video, TV and software) on the Internet. In this plenary talk from CNI’s recent spring meeting, digital library pioneer and IA founder Brewster Kahle describes the particular challenge of providing open access to modern materials, particularly in light of repeated admonishments by legal advisors that, in doing so, “bad things would happen.”

Providing Universal Access to Modern Materials – and Living to Tell the Tale is now available online:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/-bW0v2F9Rgc

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/125044497


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Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation

The National Academies Press released just this morning a new report on Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation. It is available for free download at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18590/preparing-the-workforce-for-digital-curation

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NYTimes.com: Digital Neglect at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has long been a beacon for an informed democracy, evolving in Washington into the world’s largest library and a revered institution built on the foundation of Thomas Jefferson’s many books and insatiable curiosity.

This makes it all the more troubling that the current librarian of Congress, James Billington, has been criticized and repeatedly prodded to change his management approach to one of the keys to the library’s future: its complex systems of information technology.

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Make Data Count: Measuring Data Use and Reach – webinar series

From:  Amber E Budden, PhD Director for Community Engagement and Outreach DataONE University of New Mexico 1312 Basehart SE Albuquerque, NM 87106

We are pleased to open registration for the third event in the DataONE Webinar Series (www.dataone.org/webinars) focussed on open science, the role of the data lifecycle, and achieving innovative science through shared data and ground-breaking tools. This webinar will be held on Tuesday April 14th at 12 noon Eastern time.

Our webinar will be a panel presentation by Jennifer Lin, Martin Fenner, Matt Jones & John Kratz from the Public Library of Science, DataONE and the California Digital Library.  The webinar is focussed on the outcome of a recent collaborative NSF grant and is titled:  Make Data Count: Measuring Data Use and Reach”.   The abstract for the talk is detailed below and you may register at: www.dataone.org/upcoming-webinar.  Please circulate widely in your communities; registration is free.

Webinars are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon Eastern Time.  They will be recorded and made available for viewing latter the same day. A Q&A forum will also be available to attendees and later viewers alike.  We welcome you to join us for this and future webinars in the series.  More information on the DataONE WebinarSeries can be found at: www.dataone.org/webinars and we welcome suggestions for speakers and topics.


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Meeting Researchers Where They Start

From: Deanna Marcum Managing Director, Ithaka S+R
Dear Colleague: Scholars of all stripes, from first-year undergraduates to tenured faculty, have access to a much richer suite of tools to discover academic resources than their forebears of even a few years past. Robust search engines and custom alerting services have streamlined the discovery process, wherever that process begins. But discovery alone is not enough. In our latest issue brief, “Meeting Researchers Where They Start: Streamlining Access to Scholarly Resources,” Roger Schonfeld describes how “instead of the rich and seamless digital library for scholarship that they need, researchers today encounter archipelagos of content bridged by infrastructure that is insufficient and often outdated.” Outlining six ways in which libraries and publishers are falling short of user expectations, Schonfeld notes that “failure is not inevitable,” and suggests a series of steps to provide users with the experience they have grown to expect. I invite you to read our Issue Brief and hope you will share your comments with us on our blog.


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