Anthropology & Open Access – 13 January 2012
With deadlines approaching for public comment and legislation looming over wider internet freedom and access, please take a look at anthropology on open acess, scholarship, and the internet.
Research Works Act – H.R. 3699, Chad Nilep
A bill known as the “Research Works Act” H.R. 3699 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2011. The Association of American Publishers applauded the bill, but some scholarly publishers have expressed opposition. This post provides a brief summary of the bill and statements in support and opposition from publishers and others.
Does the AAA Support or Oppose the Research Works Act?, Jason Baird Jackson
As an anthropologist, I would love for the American Anthropological Association to follow the lead of these publishers and disavow the Research Works Act. . . . The current moment provides a perfect, high profile opportunity to express this change of stance and to repair some of the damage done to the association’s reputation in the context of the scholarly communication debates of the past five years.
Putting the nix on open access? (more about why HR 3699 sucks), Ryan Anderson
Important round up of links, thoughts, and call for comments. Don’t miss this one from Jason Baird Jackson (and see below for his elaboration): It is crucial that faculty and graduate students are part of the push back (against SOPA and HR 3699) for a number of reasons. One of which is that we need, in doing so, to give the librarians a morale boost. They have been fighting for us on this front for decades with too few of us knowing or caring about it. They have been getting tired, really tired. The way that, on this one, faculty and graduate students have been unusually vocal, has been encouraging to them. We need their help. Keep it up.
Three Cheers for the Librarians–Lets Help Them Help Us, Jason Baird Jackson
Three cheers for the librarians who look after us, whether we know it or not. As a student, teacher, researcher, and citizen I work with a wide range of information resources everyday. Whether I step into a library building or not, a large proportion of those resources are available to me because librarians work to make them available to me. Even when I use resources that come to me without the direct intervention of librarians and library staff, I am benefiting from the worlds of education, research, and democratic governance, including values of access and privacy, that librarians work hard to foster and defend everyday. I cannot say thank you enough for their work.
Open access op/ed in NY Times
Today’s NIH repository and the data access provisions of NSF grants were established by acts of Congress in the late 1990s. In my opinion, the agencies have in many areas gotten away with the bare minimum of compliance with these regulations. Worse, far from strengthening open access to publications and data, some in Congress want to reverse them.
Bill in US Congress to limit Open Access, Michael E. Smith
The Research Works Act, H.R. 3699, is a bill that would make it illegal for researchers to post their own publications on the internet for public access. Guess who is behind this bill? Elsevier and the commercial publishing lobby (the Association of American Publishers).
Why HR 3699 Sucks, Alex Golub
It’s not clear to me that HR3699 will get very far in the legislative process but the sooner we academics start pushing back against craziness like this the better, especially given the conflict about SOPA that is on the horizon.
Behind the Research Works Act: Which U.S. Representatives are Receiving Cash from Reed Elsevier?, Jason Baird Jackson
A bill (H.R. 3699) recently introduced in the U.S. Congress by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) aims to undo open access policies at NIH and to prevent the establishment of open access policies in other federal agencies. The large publishers, as represented by The Association of American Publishers, has expressed its love for this innocuously named “Research Works Act.” Open access advocates understand it as another terrible assault on the public interest and as instrument designed to not only mislead those who do not understand how scholarly research and its communication work but to more intensively transfer public resources into private, corporate hands.
Stop SOPA, help the internet, Joost de Valk
If you’re in the US, it’s time to stop SOPA, so make your voice heard. If you’re outside, call on your US friends to do what ever is needed to stop SOPA. As bloggers united, we can make a difference, let’s make that difference. Now.