Open Access in Italy :
The report describes the state of the art of Open Access in Italy, offering an overview on institutional and disciplinary based repositories, repository contents, and OA mandates. Moreover, the report describes the major projects provided by two Italian supercomputing consortia (such as PLEIADI and SURPlus). The authors of the report then reflect upon the future of Open Access in Italy, concluding that without a national funded planning strategy voluntary initiatives are somewhat uncertain.
URL : http://eprints.rclis.org/18365/
Open Access in Canada: A Strong Beginning :
Scholarly open access (OA), one of CLA’s information policy advocacy areas, has reached critical momentum in Canada. New initiatives are being announced regularly in all areas of the open access movement, including OA publishing, repositories and mandates. Established projects are becoming regularized and growing. Most of these initiatives are library-based or are connected to libraries in some way. This article presents some examples of these activities, along with progress highlights from the past year.
URL : http://eprints.rclis.org/16870/1/Feliciter_56.2_-_%239_Open_Access_Canada_published.pdf
Libre accès et archives ouvertes. Mise en oeuvre des projets.
Texte déposé par Pfister Theophil le 19.03.2010 au Conseil national de la Suisse.
Le Conseil fédéral est chargé, dans son rôle de bailleur de fonds, de renforcer son soutien à la réalisation des objectifs du libre accès et des archives ouvertes et de viser la mise en oeuvre systématique de ces projets. Il évaluera les réglementations nécessaires à cet effet et soutiendra activement les décisions prises. La sécurité des données, l’accessibilité et la recherche dans Internet seront réglementées selon les principes régissant les projets de libre accès et d’archives ouvertes.
URL : http://www.parlament.ch/f/suche/pages/geschaefte.aspx?gesch_id=20103240
Open Access in France. A State of the Art Report – April 2010 : http://openaccess.inist.fr/openaccess/sites/openaccess/IMG/pdf/Open_Access_in_France_SELLreport_april_2010.pdf
Research Assessment and a Diverse Role for Repositories :
In the decade since the development of the Open Archiving Initiative’s OAI-PMH protocol, repositories have been used to support a growing number of agendas: open access, preservation, open data, open educational resources. As well as these, research assessment has become a major academic preoccupation in a number of countries, leading to enhanced roles for institutional repositories. This presentation focuses on the work of two JISC projects that support different aspects of research assessment, but concludes that the enhanced repository facilities needed for this specific agenda are important for general repositories.
URL : http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/20842/
Call to action: Tell Congress you support the Federal Research Public Access Act
Yesterday (April 15), Representatives Doyle (D-PA), Waxman (D-CA), Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Harper (R-MS), Boucher (D-VA) and Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (HR 5037), a bill that would ensure free, timely, online access to the published results of research funded by eleven U.S. federal agencies.
All supporters of public access – universities and colleges, researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, consumers, individuals, and others – are asked to ACT NOW to support this bill
URL : http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action/action_frpaa/10-0416.shtml
The Institutional Repository in 2010 … and beyond :
This paper aims to provide insights and predictions with respect to the short and long
term future of Institutional Repositories, based on the current appraisal and criticism on
today’s results of more than six years of Institutional Repository reality.
While acknowledging that important challenges still lie ahead, this paper states that the
trend towards organizational commitment to the stewardship of digital materials,
essentially at the core of institutional repositories, is still very actual today and will be in
URL : http://demo.dspace.org/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456789/18/Repositories-in-2010.pdf?sequence=1