The latest issue of Ariadne (61) had a number of papers related to open access which I’ve decided to spend a few minutes reading through.
How to Publish Data Using Overlay Journals: The OJIMS Project
Sarah Callaghan, Sam Pepler, Fiona Hewer, Paul Hardaker and Alan Gadian describe the implementation details that can be used to create overlay journals for data publishing in the meteorological sciences.
I was drawn to this article on the back of the workshop for academic staff I’ve been working on in the last couple of weeks. Whilst this workshop has now been pushed back to March ’10, it did re-awaken my interest in the reuse of repository and open access publications as overlay journals. A few years back it seemed these were going to be huge, a major growth use of open access materials, but since then very little seems to have emerged. This paper was looking at a slightly different aspect, that of open access data journals. Interestingly one of the early issues that emerged from this study was the need for a dedicated journal staff to support the longer term role of any title. I did like the idea of using the seasons as a guide to the level of peer review items had been subjected to, brining in elements of Web 2.0 collobarative review. That the work established a business case for data journals, which will doubtless find itself referenced once more than a pilot title is established.
Enhancing Scientific Communication through Aggregated Publications
Arjan Hogenaar describes changes in the publication and communication process which will mean that the role of authors will become a more prominent one.
On a similar theme, this paper looks at aggregation of open access publications and data along a shared theme – termed Enhanced Publication by the author. Again the social interaction (semantic web) with the research community is noted, with the ability to comment and extend the peer review process for life rather than simple as a static event that happens once in the publication cycle. I can imagine this idea of ongoing review and comment may feel very alien for some authors, while for others it is a very natural iterative process. The suggestion that the biggest problem with achieving this is not a cultural but rather a technical one is not something that I agree with 100%; looking at my own experiences in the field of open access. However, it is a valid point that the tools to achieve this kind of successful aggregation are still emerging and have yet to be tested for true robust delivery and access.
UK Institutional Repository Search: Innovation and Discovery
Vic Lyte, Sophia Jones, Sophia Ananiadou and Linda Kerr describe an innovative tool to showcase UK research output through advanced discovery and retrieval facilities.
This paper looks at the Intute RS search, a service about which I have mixed feelings. Given that open access discovery is focussed on making research globally accessible, developing a search tool that exclusively looks at UK research seems counter productive. However, that said the next generation features that this search tool offers are of considerable interest – I’ve long wished for a resource that allows me to manipulate and refine my OA search results, and maybe (just maybe) filter out metadata only records. For that reason I approached this paper with two minds. It was an interesting overview, and I found the case example given of the academic searcher well fleshed out – although I’d have been interested in a broader range of alternative end users – members of the public, government, corporate researchers. It was an interesting overview, and useful background reading for anyone working in the repository world, but hardly an essential read.
The RSP Goes “Back To School” Stephanie Taylor reports on the three-day residential school for repository managers run by the Repositories Support Project (RSP), held on 14-16 September 2009 in Northumberland.
I wasn’t able to go to this even due to other commitments, but Steph’s guide to the event at least gave me a flavour of what I missed. Some interesting sessions, and some not so by the sounds of it. Hopefully there’ll be another one in 2010 that I might get the chance to attend.