The Belgian DRIVER workshop on March 26th has ten participants so far!
The programme will tackle publication policies, DRIVER guidelines and validator 2.0 and a usability session to conclude the day...followed by a small reception as a thank you!
For those of you unable to attend, please have a go at the online questionnaire here. We are very grateful for any sort of feedback.
2009 is Open Access year in the Netherlands: the Netherlands lead the way in 2009 by declaring it officially an 'open access year': all universities, institutions for HE and research, as well as the Royal Academy of Sciences will make extra efforts in awareness raising, clearing up the copyright situation, and experiment with OA publishing funds. An energizer!
NIH endangered: with the publishers' continuous lobbying to reverse the NIH Public Access Act, the largest medical OA mandate is now being threatened by a Bill in the US Congress, the so-called Conyers Bill. Peter Suber gives a sharp analysis of how this came about. Vote for this item to go up Obama's priority list.
The PEER project is now online: a collaboration between publishers, repositories and the research community, by which at least 16,000 peer reviewed articles from ISI-ranked journals will be made available for archiving evey year for three years. The aim is to investigate the effects of Green Open Access on user access, author visibility and journal viability.
Richard Poynders wrote a poignant analysis about the different strategies and future scenarios of Green and Gold OA. A must-read for policy makers!
Columbia the first US institution to join NEEO (Network of European Economists Online) after joining the Nereus consortium last fall. Belgian NEEO partners are the KUL and ULB.
By the end of March, the new DRIVER Guidelines Validator, as well as a new version of the DRIVER software, DNET 1.1 will be released. More info at the DRIVER Belgium meeting, where you can test it.
E-books and e-content 2009: Innovations in e-Books and e-Publishing, at University College, London, on May 12th.
0R2009 : Open repositories conference, with a technical focus, on May 18-21 at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, USA. Including user group meetings of Fedora, Dspace and Eprints, on topics such as data, repositories and infrastructure, repositories in the organization, interoperability and data networks, services, interfaces and scholarly communications.
ELPUB 2009: rethinking electronic publishing: Innovation in Communication Paradigms and Technologies. Milan, June 10-12th.
OAI6: June 17-19: the classic Open Access conference in CERN, Geneva. DRIVER will be represented.