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September 24, 2015

LANL GOES PUBLIC ACCESS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: In a surprising move, the giant Los Alamos National Laboratory has entered the US Public Access program. The role of CHORUS is unclear.

September 17, 2015

FUNDER DATA PROBLEMS PERSIST
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: CrossRef's new guidance for collecting funder data for journal articles flags some of the problems we pointed out previously. Getting good funder data is not easy.

September 10, 2015

THOSE PESKY FEDERAL RIGHTS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Regarding my concern over the claimed Federal right to journal articles that the Feds have not funded the writing of, several things happened in the last week or so.

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September 3, 2015

PUBLIC ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES?
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: SPARC calls for public access to federally funded education resources, very broadly defined. This could greatly expand the US Public Access program, but as proposed it is probably unworkable.

August 27, 2015

DOE AND CHORUS ARE LOOKING GOOD
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The Energy Department's PAGES system is starting to look real and so is CHORUS. This is good news for the US Public Access program.
August 20, 2015

SMITHSONIAN LEGALESE
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The new Smithsonian Institution's Public Access Plan is actually a policy. It reads like a regulation, making it a model legal document that other agencies might well follow.

August 13, 2015

OUR COMMENTS TO NIST
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Here are our official comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Some are similar to our comments to NSF but we also for the first time officially raise the issue of the government's claim to a right in those articles, the writing of which it did not fund, just because it funded the research the articles are about.

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August 6, 2015

ASCE OFFICIALLY RAISES EMBARGO ISSUE
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: In its NSF comments, ASCE argues that the 12 month embargo period is potentially damaging. NIST has now also called for comments on its Public Access plan.

July 30, 2015

FASTR FAST SHUFFLE
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Reports that FASTR has been passed by its Senate Committee are false, because what passed is not the original FASTR bill. This new bill basically codifies the existing US Public Access program.

July 23, 2015

PRESSING THE COPYRIGHT ISSUE WITH DOE
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: We have asked the US Energy Department's intellectual property attorneys to explain DOE's claim to a federal use license for journal articles that are written after the research contract ends.

July 16, 2015

CHORUS + ORCID LOOKS GOOD
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: We looked into the new CHORUS and ORCID collaboration, to see how it fit into the US Public Access program. Basically it looks good but some publishers may have work to do.

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July 9, 2015

TALKING TO STIP ABOUT COPYRIGHT
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: I have been corresponding with the STIP Program Manager, regarding DOE's claim to a right to journal articles that were not written under the DOE research contract. So far I am not convinced this claim is valid.

July 2, 2015

DOE STIP ISSUES
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: DOE's Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP) has published Public Access FAQ that raise serious issues regarding copyright, text mining and data sharing.

June 25, 2015

OUR NSF COMMENTS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Here are our first official comments to NSF regarding the proposed clearance of their Public Access Policy. We encourage others to comment as well.

June 18, 2015

ESTIMATING DATA SHARING BURDENS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: US Public Access agencies need to take the potentially large burden imposed by their data sharing mandates on researchers seriously. The issue of proper burden estimating is pretty complex.

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June 11, 2015

THE BURDEN OF DATA SHARING
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Many agencies are requiring data management plans in their Public Access programs, wherein funded researcher's commit to sharing their data. Data sharing is a significant burden on researchers, so these requirements need to be cleared through OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

June 4, 2015

STRANGE REQUEST FROM NSF
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: NSF requests comment on the information collection aspects of its new Public Access Policy. The strangeness of the request illustrates the basic problem with the entire US Public Access program.

May 28, 2015

SHARE NOTIFY BETA RELEASED
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The SHARE notification service (Notify) has released its beta software system, featuring a simple search engine and almost a million notifications. So we tried it out.

May 21, 2015

PAGES RESPONDS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: PAGES finally got back to me to explain why they display so little of the content that CHORUS has logged. To begin with, everyone is just gearing up FundRef and as we have written before this is not trivial, in fact it is difficult. But it also looks like two major technical issues are emerging which may be even more difficult. These issues are licensing and indexing.

May 14, 2015

CHORUS-PAGES CONNECTION?
by David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: There seems to be a disconnect of some sort between CHORUS and the Energy Department's PAGES system. CHORUS has logged thousands of articles that PAGES does not yet have.

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May 7, 2015

PUBLIC ACCESS PLAN GAPS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: No two agency Public Access plans are alike. Here is a quick look at some of the variables. We find that most plans fail to even address most of these variables.

April 30, 2015

NSF WILL USE CHORUS?
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: AIP's Fred Dylla says that NSF intends to use CHORUS. This will be a big step forward if it happens.

April 23, 2015

DOE-CHORUS AGREEMENT LOOKS GOOD
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The DOE-CHORUS Agreement looks to be a good piece of legal work, but there are still some repository related issues.

April 16, 2015

SHARE NOT FOR PUBLIC ACCESS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: SHARE has launched the beta version of its long awaited notification system. The result is not promising as far as the US Public Access program is concerned. The notifications look to be a great and growing collection of undifferentiated material, whatever the content providers provide. SHARE says there are over 600,000 notification events already. Very few include funder data so Public Access cannot use them.

April 9, 2015

DOE PAGES REVISITED
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The Energy Department's PAGES system has been operational for six months so we have done an update. We last looked at it three months ago and found it had almost no articles. Unfortunately there are still very few articles coming into the system.

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April 2, 2015

DOD DIFFERENCES
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The DOD Public Access plan differs from the other agency plans in several important respects. These include tracking article publication status, the issuing of new regulations and the question of statutory authority.

March 26, 2015

NSF GOES FOR PAGES WITHOUT CHORUS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: NSF's new Public Access plan says it will use the DOE PAGES system, but this will not include using the CHORUS integration already built into PAGES. This looks to be a move on NSF's part to let SHARE catch up with CHORUS.

March 19, 2015

PUBLISHER ISSUES LOOM
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Journal publishers have a lot to think about now that the US Public Access program is finally emerging. And depending on what they think, they may have a lot of work to do. Here we consider the complex issue of whether or not to submit journal articles to the funding agencies, on the author's behalf.

March 12, 2015

LISTING AGENCY ACTIONS AND ISSUES
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Columbia University has published a brief list of agency Public Access program actions. So we have begun to build a comprehensive list of the program issues that we track here at Inside Public Access.

March 5, 2015

NASA'S PROVISIONAL PLAN
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: NASA's Public Access plan is provisional and it raises some very interesting issues that will have to be resolved before it is implemented. These include funding, copyright and embargo periods.

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February 26, 2015

PUBLIC ACCESS EMERGES AMID CONSTRAINTS
By Walter Warnick Ph.D.
(Past Director of DOE OSTI)
Synopsis: Several major funding agencies have now announced their public access plans, some of which are preliminary. New tools have emerged but there are also significant constraints in play. The role of CHORUS and FundRef is still unclear.

February 19, 2015

USDA PLAN IS A PROPOSAL NOT A POLICY
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The DOE and AHRQ Public Access plans are official policies because they require the submission of documents or links. In sharp contrast, the USDA plan is just a proposal for a policy. In fact it is a rather bold proposal, but it remains to be seen what it actually becomes.

February 12, 2015

FEDS TO BUILD PUB DATA REPOSITORY
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The Federal government is going to build the first data repository to collect the data related to every article that flows from an agency's funding. The agency is a small one, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, but the implications are huge. This project will be something to watch.

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February 5, 2015

DO WE NEED A FUNDER DATA SERVICE?
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The deep challenge of getting good funder identification data suggests that a new service might be both desirable and feasible. This Funder Data Service would automatically match journal articles with funding sources in the Federal government.

January 29, 2015

FLAGGING FUNDREF FLAWS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: ASCE's Angela Cochran has a Scholarly Kitchen post pointing to some important problems they have found in fielding FundRef. The resulting blog discussion features an all-star cast that digs deeper into the challenges involved in acquiring good data on funders from article authors, and what difference it makes.

January 22, 2015

THE STATE OF US PUBLIC ACCESS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: the US Public Program is slowly emerging. We provide a brief overview of the progress to date and several big challenges that lie ahead.

January 15, 2015

FUNDER DATA IS A CHORE FOR PUBLISHERS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: CHORUS has posted the slides from its third implementation workshop and getting good funder data still dominates the issues. The American Chemical Society has a lot of useful data that can help others plan for compliance. Licensing and versioning is also an emerging issue.

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January 8, 2015

PAGES: LOOKS GOOD, LACKS CONTENT
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The DOE PAGES public access system is up and running with live data. The system itself looks good but, as predicted, getting content is the big issue. So far very few articles have come in and all of these seem to have come from just a few sources.

January 1, 2015
NO PUBLICATION THIS WEEK -- Happy New Year!

December 25, 2014
NO PUBLICATION THIS WEEK -- Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2014

OSTI REVIEW, TAKE 2
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: We have been digging into the Byzantine issues surrounding the announcement that DOE's Office of Science (SC) is going to review the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). OSTI runs DOE's fledgling Open Access program, so the outcome of this review could be important, perhaps even putting DOE on a new public access path. Some of the questions we raised last week have been resolved, but new and bigger questions have emerged.

Dec 11, 2014

OSTI TO BE REVIEWED BY DOE
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: In a surprise move that may affect the US Public Access program, DOE's Office of Science has launched an in-depth review of its Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). OSTI runs DOE's Public Access program, including building and operating the PAGES system, which several other Federal funding agencies have expressed interest in using. What is most surprising about the review of OSTI is that it is being conducted by computer scientists, not by specialists in scientific communication. What changes might this portend?

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December 4, 2014

PROGRESS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: As the year end approaches, SHARE and CHORUS are both making progress and each has some upcoming communication events of interest. Meanwhile the US Public Access program itself is approaching two years in limbo (except for DOE's PAGES system). We may be approaching a turning point.

November 27, 2014
NO PUBLICATION THIS WEEK -- Happy Thanksgiving!
November 20, 2014

DOE GUIDANCE SLOWLY EMERGING
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The Energy Department has begun to issue specific guidance to authors for how and what to deposit under its Public Access program. It is not easy to find and not all that clear but it is a big step in the right direction. Some legal issues are emerging, especially regarding contracts and copyrights.

November 13, 2014

SAGE WEBINAR REVEALS CHORUS AND SHARE CONFUSIONS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Last month the publisher SAGE held a webinar titled "SHARE, CHORUS, and Open Access: Your Questions Answered," featuring presentations by CHORUS's Howard Ratner and SHARE's Judy Ruttenberg. That webinar is now posted on the SAGE website, along with the slides and some written Q&A that does not require sitting through the video. The Q&A raises some important confusions that bear discussion.

November 6, 2014

DOE'S ARTICLE INGEST SYSTEM HAS METADATA PROBLEMS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Articles are submitted to the Energy Department's public access system, called PAGES, via the E-Link webpage. Even though DOE is now collecting accepted article manuscripts, the E-Link page does not call for the proper metadata, nor are there any instructions related to the Public Access program. These are serious problems.

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October 30, 2014

FUNDREF TRILEMMA: EASE VERSUS DETAIL VERSUS SCOPE
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: FundRef seems to be "falling between two stools" as the saying goes, or in this case maybe three stools. That is, by trying to do two or three incompatible things it is doing none well. The two conflicting things that most concern the US Public Access program are ease of use versus detailed data. The third is global coverage. Thus FundRef faces not just a dilemma in design, but a trilemma.

October 23, 2014

DOE HIT WITH PUBLIC ACCESS FOIA REQUEST
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The US Energy Dept. is responding to a Freedom of Information Act request targeting correspondence between DOE and the "publishing industry" regarding the Department's Public Access program. The FOIA request comes from the American Medical Student Association and appears to be related to their "Access to Medicine" campaign. The purpose of the request is unclear at this time.

October 16, 2014

SHARE AND FUNDREF RAISE NEW QUESTIONS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The discussions at the 2-day SHARE meeting suggest that how SHARE relates to the needs of the US Public Access program is still far from certain. Getting good metadata is the big challenge. The good news is that SHARE now has a Director. Meanwhile we have a new report of the difficulty in getting good metadata via FundRef.

October 9, 2014

DOE BEGINS COLLECTING MANUSCRIPTS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The US Energy Department has officially kicked off the US Public Access program, announcing that certain accepted manuscript submissions are due beginning on October 1, 2014. However, according to the OSTIblog article announcing the new requirements, there are actually two submission tracks, with different rules for different authors. OSTI is the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information and they administer the Department's Public Access program.

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October 2, 2014

WHERE IS SHARE GOING?
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: SHARE's first major meeting is coming up and as far as the US Public Access program is concerned the question is where is SHARE going? The SHARE 2014 Fall Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, just outside Washington, DC, on October 13-14, 2014. Our central question is will SHARE provide the metadata that the US Public Access agencies need in order to use SHARE? This is far from clear and hopefully the Fall Meeting will shed some light on the issue.

September 25, 2014

VIRTUALLY INTEGRATING THE US PUBLIC ACCESS TOOLS
By Walter L. Warnick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The US Government has begun to integrate the various agency Public Access tools using the virtual integration facilities of Science.gov. NIH's PubMed Central and DOE's PAGES are now jointly searchable via the integrated Science.gov interagency portal. Other agencies can become integrated as their Public Access tools come online, combining the journal literature with a vast array of related federal research information. This is a big step forward for the US Public Access program.

September 18, 2014

EXTENDING PUBLIC ACCESS BEYOND DOE AND NIH
By Walter L. Warnick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Former DOE OSTI director Walt Warnick says that emulating PAGES and collaborating with CHORUS are the best ways for federal agencies to achieve Public Access in the near term. The alternative--having an agency take on the arduous task of creating infrastructure for acquiring and processing accepted manuscripts--cannot be completed in the near term.

September 11, 2014

NEW CHORUS WEBSITE STILL NOT INFORMATIVE
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: CHORUS has launched its new website and there is still a lot less information than there needs to be. The focus seems to be on branding, not on informing. SHARE too is gearing up its branding efforts.

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September 2, 2014

DOE SAYS OA PUBLISHERS MUST JOIN CHORUS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The US Energy Department says that if publishers want PAGES based public access for their OA articles they must join CHORUS to get it. This is ironic, as the OA community has been generally negative about CHORUS. Non-CHORUS publishers may want to ask DOE to reconsider this policy. However a limited form of immediate public access may be available for those publishers who do not join CHORUS.

August 28, 2014

HALF LIVES AND VARIABLE EMBARGO PERIODS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: A recent article by CSSP president Gordon Nelson kicked off a lengthy discussion on the Scholarly Kitchen of having mandated embargo periods that vary from discipline to discipline. This will not be easy to do, although there is strong evidence that it ought to be done, in the form of so-called "half life" data for journal articles from different disciplines. We review some aspects of this emerging issue.

August 20, 2014

MEET THE "DARK ARCHIVE"
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: CHORUS has announced an agreement with Portico (a leading archive provider) to provide backup archive services for the federal funding related articles that CHORUS links to on publisher's websites. According to CHORUS this arrangement will "support the preservation requirements" of the US Public Access program. However this may or may not be true because the so-called "dark archive" issue is presently unresolved as far as Public Access policy is concerned. The basic issue is that of Federal control. Some Feds have privately said the Portico cannot serve as the dark archive because it is controlled by the publishers. But no agency has made a policy decision on this issue.

August 13, 2014

DOE PUBLIC ACCESS CONFUSIONS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: One of the biggest problems with the DOE Public Access plan is that there are multiple ingest streams for the same journal articles. This is likely to lead to multiple locations and multiple versions being made public at the same time, which is potentially a major source of confusion. Other confusions are emerging as well, including in the news reports covering the DOE plan. Confusion is the price of progress.

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August 7, 2014

TANGIBLE PROGRESS IN PUBLIC ACCESS
By Walter L. Warnick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: We welcome Walt Warnick to the Inside Public Access team. Until his recent retirement, Walt was Director of the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, which operates DOE's Public Access system. Here he describes the historic genesis of that system, explaining many of its features along the way.

July 31, 2014 Issue

SHARE MAY NOT BE USEFUL TO PUBLIC ACCESS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: As presently designed the SHARE system will not provide the data that agencies need for the US Public Access program. This is because the SHARE notification system is not designed to collect the needed data. Thus SHARE may not have a role to play in the US program, even though it was the US program that prompted SHARE to be created in the first place.

July 24, 2014 Issue

MANAGING COMMUNICATION CONFUSION
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: SHARE and CHORUS are both developing new public communication systems. Uncertainty as to just where SHARE and CHORUS are each going makes communication a difficult challenge. Considerable confusion is inevitable but it can be managed.

July 17, 2014 Issue

PUBLIC ACCESS CRANKING ALONG
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: After sixteen months of fiddling the US Public Access program may be taking its last secret steps. Meanwhile CHORUS and SHARE are also gearing up, but the scholarly community seems to have lost interest in the whole process. Also Britain may rethink its OA policy.
July 10, 2014 Issue

VOR VERSUS AM, WHO CALLS THE SHOTS?
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: ASCE's Angela Cochran has posted a very useful analysis of some major CHORUS implementation issues, especially the complex decision each publisher must make as to whether to expose the VoR or the AM for every article that flows from federal funding. However, the choice of AM versus VoR may not be up to the publisher after all.

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July 3, 2014 Issue

CHORUS GOES GLOBAL
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: CHORUS has announced with pride that the number of funders listed in the FundRef taxonomy now exceeds 7300. Presumably the US funding agencies have no interest in non-federal funders, so CHORUS's pride indicates a new direction. CHORUS is going global, which means it is pursuing a two pronged business model. Will it become a part of the US Public Access program, or a global linking utility, or both?

June 26, 2014 Issue

PUBLISHERS WAIT FOR CHORUS AND THE FEDS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Early returns on our informal survey of publishers who have endorsed CHORUS indicate that few have started actually working to implement CHORUS. Also none of the publishers we contacted has adopted an official position on the proper length of US mandated embargo periods. The ongoing secrecy surrounding what the US funding agencies plan to do is probably contributing to this inaction.June 19, 2014 Issue

June 19, 2014 Issue

CONGRESS ASSERTS PUBLIC ACCESS OVERSIGHT
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Tension seems to be building between Congress and OSTP over the US Public Access program. Both the House and Senate have issued reports asserting a new degree of oversight by requiring frequent progress reports on the program. This is a rare move which may signal problems ahead. Unfortunately, Congress has not explained its actions so its actions just make this mysterious Federal program that much more mysterious.

June 12, 2014 Issue

PUBLIC ACCESS PROGRESS IS NOT PROMISING
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: An OSTP report on the progress of the US Public Access program suggests that the problems I warned about over a year ago are likely to happen. Each federal Department and Agency is going its own way and OSTP is doing nothing to stop them. Moreover the OSTP data access rules may be holding the journal access program hostage, delaying the whole program. And there is still no transparency or public participation; rather everything is being done in secret. We discuss this is some detail.

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June 5, 2014 Issue

FIRST MOVES, FIGHT TO FOLLOW
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The so-called FIRST bill is slowly making its way through Congress. FIRST is unlikely to become law but anything can happen and it has the potential to redefine the US Public Access program if it does become law. This makes FIRST a wild card in the game, so it is worth discussing in some detail.

May 29, 2014 Issue

IMPLEMENTING CHORUS?
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: CHORUS has issued what it calls a Publisher Implementation Guide which describes and discusses what a publisher needs to consider when joining CHORUS, especially with regard to the US Public Access program. The document is well written, but it is more of a white paper than a guide, because it mentions a host of unresolved issues and business decisions that a publisher will have to make, without offering much guidance. We examine some of the biggest issues.

May 22, 2014 Issue

PUBLIC ACCESS RAISES COPYRIGHT QUESTIONS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Presently, US regulations say that the Government has a license to make public any journal article written under a federal research contract. The Public Access program is interpreting this right to include any article which reports on funded research, even if the article was not written under the research contract. This is a huge expansion of Federal rights which raises serious copyright issues.

May 15, 2014 Issue

US PUBLIC ACCESS BRIEFLY EXPLAINED
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The US Public Access initiative is a response to the so-called Open Access (OA) political movement. The basic OA idea is that the subscription based scientific journals are a bad idea, even though this is the standard form of scientific communication. The OA goal is that people who do not have a subscription should still have access to the scientific literature. The OA movement seeks government intervention to achieve its goals and the US Government has responded, initiating what it calls the US Public Access program. We discuss the basic directions this massive new program may take.

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May 8, 2014 Issue

MANAGING CHORUS CONFUSIONS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: CHORUS recently held its first implementation workshop and the emerging issues are complex indeed. What seems simple on the surface is procedurally quite complicated, so considerable confusion can be expected going forward. New rules always create confusion and Public Access is no exception. Taken together Public Access and CHORUS are massive new programs affecting millions of researchers. The grand challenge is to anticipate and manage the confusion, something I call chaos management.

April 30, 2014 Issue

PUBLIC ACCESS VERSUS OPEN GOVERNMENT
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Perhaps the strangest thing about the US Public Access program is its direct opposition to the Obama Administration’s Open Government initiative. The US Public Access program has been developed with a complete lack of transparency and public participation in the agency planning process, yet that is precisely what the Open Government initiative calls for. This contradiction is worth exploring in some detail.

April 24, 2014 Issue

HYBRID MODELS Of US PUBLIC ACCESS
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Recently I had a revealing exchange of views with David Crotty, who is on the CHORUS board of directors, regarding what I call the CHORUS conundrum. He predicted that US Government funding agencies would deploy what he called "multi-pronged" approaches to public access. This means making use of a combination of the various available means of access, such as CHORUS, SHARE, internal repositories, etc., rather than just one. This hybrid model sounds simple but it is actually quite complex, so it is worth analyzing. There are various possible approaches, each with significant disadvantages.

April 17, 2014 Issue

MINIMALIST ACCESS AT NSF?
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The National Science Foundation is rumored to be considering a minimalist approach to public access. Researchers would merely be required to deposit their articles in a repository of their choosing, as long as access was given at the appropriate time. While just a rumor, this approach makes a lot of sense given NSF's nature and history, so it is worth exploring in detail. If it comes to pass it could change the form of the US Public Access program in fundamental ways.

April 10, 2014 Issue

DOE FACES CHORUS CONUNDRUM
By David Wojick, Ph.D.
Synopsis: The US Department of Energy is gearing up for a major effort in the Public Access program. A big issue is whether or not to use CHORUS, given that CHORUS does not provide complete coverage of all the journal articles that flow from DOE funding. This means that if completeness is required then additional, possibly redundant, collection efforts may be necessary, but CHORUS still offers benefits. The result is a complex decision issue. We call this the CHORUS conundrum and discuss it in some detail.

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