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Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada

E-Lert # 315 / Cyberavis numéro 315

Friday February 27, 2009 / le vendredi 27 février 2009

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E-lert / Cyberavis is a weekly alerting service commissioned for CARL Directors. Coverage is principally: research, innovation, scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, scholarly journals, electronic journals, copyright and access to published government information.

E-lert / Cyberavis est un service de signalement hebdomadaire à l’intention des membres de l’ABRC. Il porte principalement sur les domaines suivants : recherche, innovation, édition savante, communication savante, périodiques savants, périodiques électroniques, droit d’auteur et accès aux informations gouvernementales rendues publiques.


Global high-energy physics community tests waters with open access proposal
RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 23, Number 3, February 27, 2009

Canada's organization in charge of licensing journals for university libraries will consider the global high-energy physics (HEP) community’s bold proposal to establish a new model of open access for journals, even though it is drawing mixed reactions within the library and broader academic communities. The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) agreed at its board meeting in January to proceed with an "expression of interest" to gauge support for becoming the Canadian focal point for SCOAP3.*

SURF: 2009 is Open Access Year
February 26, 2009

The Dutch higher education sector has declared 2009 to be ‘Open Access Year’ aiming to boost Open Access to the results of scientific/scholarly and practice-based research. Throughout the year, SURF and its stakeholders will work towards formulating and implementing an Open Access policy, develop and improve the knowledge infrastructure, establish a clear legal framework, and engage in awareness-raising activities. The parties involved are the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Dutch higher education sector, and research institutions. SURF will take a coordinating role.*

Librarian Opposes Google's Library Fees
National Public Radio, February 26, 2009

Google wants to provide access to its huge database of scanned, out-of-print books, but the company is going to charge for it. Robert Darnton, head librarian at Harvard University, argues the deal violates a basic principle — that knowledge should be free and accessible to all.*

Facebook Reversal Demonstrates that Users and Public Care about Rules in Digital World
February 25, 2009

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) urged the Government of Canada to pay attention to public concern over copyright rules in a digital world. "The recent corporate reversal of rules on copyright ownership on Facebook demonstrates that the public really cares about regulations for the digital world," said CLA President, Ken Roberts. CLA has long advocated for overdue copyright legislation changes to reflect the public interest. "Copyright is no longer a dry academic issue," added Roberts. "Canadians really care about copyright policy and are passionate about making sure that there are rules that promote access to knowledge for society as a whole."*

NRC cuts could affect 300 positions
Mohammed Adam
The Ottawa Citizen, February 23, 2009

The National Research Council is planning to eliminate three research groups, downsize another and affect up to 300 employees, including research scientists, according to a memo from its president. Science advocates say the move is a potentially serious blow to Canadian innovation when the economy is already faltering.

Chinese Leader Gives 200,000 E-Books to University of Cambridge
Aisha Labi
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 23, 2009

Premier Wen Jiabao of China has donated 200,000 electronic books to the University of Cambridge’s library making it home to one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese monographs. Mr. Wen’s “gift is one of the largest single donations received in the University Library’s 650-year history and almost doubles the number of electronic books at its disposal,” the university said in a statement.*

ARL Says OCLC Should Revise WorldCat Policy
Josh Hadro
Library Journal, February 23, 2009

An ad hoc task force of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has recommended going back to the drawing board in the first formal response to OCLC's much-criticized (and suspended) policy regarding use and transfer of WorldCat records. The brief but pointed ARL report (PDF) faults OCLC for its unilateral dissemination of the policy changes, the dense language in the policy, and apparent inconsistencies between the policy’s legal language and the accompanying FAQ, which is better written but non-binding.*

La réalité augmentée du bout des doigts
Hubert Guillaud
Le Monde, 23 février 2009

Pattie Maes, directrice du Groupe des interfaces fluides au Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a fait sensation à la conférence TED (celle qui ne sélectionne que les idées qui valent d'être diffusées ), la semaine dernière. Elle y a présenté Sixième Sens (Sixth Sense), un concept d'interface miniaturisée qui permet d'interagir avec l'Internet sans avoir besoin d'écran, développé notamment par l'un de ses étudiants, Pranav Mistry.*

ETech Preview: Science Commons Wants Data to Be Free
James Turner
O’Reilly Radar, February 19, 2009

An interview with John Wilbanks who has a passion for lowering the barrier between scientists who want to share information. A graduate of Tulane University, Wilbanks started his career working as a legislative aide, before moving on to pursue work in bioinformatics. He now serves as the Vice President of Science at Creative Commons, and runs the Science Commons project.*

Last UK research council mandates open access
Research Information, February 12, 2009

The Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has decided to mandate open-access publication of the research that it funds. It says that academics will be able to choose between the green (i.e., self-archiving in an on-line institutional repository) or the gold option (i.e., an open access journal).


Granting councils hardest hit: Details of strategic review reveal extent of cuts to agency research budgets
RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 23, Number 3, February 27, 2009

The federal government's strategic review will take hundreds of millions of dollars out of Canada's public research enterprise despite official claims to the contrary. Budget documents and disclosure by several agencies reveal that the three granting agencies will lose $147.9 million from their budgets over the next three years and remain $87.2 million below current levels each year thereafter. The indirect costs program will be reduced by $14.7 million over the same three-year period to $314.4 million, maintaining the same relative ratio between direct and indirect costs.*

Leveraging creative destruction: Turning recession to Canada's S&T advantage
Ron Freedman
RE$EARCH MONEY, Volume 23, Number 3, February 27, 2009

The downturn represents a personal tragedy for those affected. It also means a loss of productive capacity and potential for the economy, however, with the right supports in place, our universities, government labs and even many surviving companies can lay the foundation for an accelerated post-recession economic recovery, and help mitigate the misfortune of the unemployed. The opportunity is to provide newly unemployed scientists and engineers research opportunities in universities, federal labs, and surviving S&T companies, alongside some of the nation’s best-established academic researchers and up-and-coming students resulting in a two-way flow of knowledge that would enrich both parties. The resources and delivery channels are mostly in place. The labs and equipment are already up and running.*

The way ahead for polar science
Nature, Volume 457, Number 1057, February 26, 2009

The near completion of the International Polar Year (IPY) is an occasion worth celebrating. Over two full Arctic and Antarctic field seasons, from March 2007 to March 2009, this global meta-project has successfully coordinated the efforts of some 50,000 scientists. A key priority is to ensure that the achievements of the IPY are exploited to their full potential. For example, the IPY programme has still not created a freely accessible archive for all the data and scientific findings harvested under its banner — information that will be in high demand from physical oceanographers, marine biologists, climate scientists and many others.*

Grace Westcott
Globe and Mail, February 21, 2009

Almost three years in the negotiating, and weighing in at 134 pages plus appendices, the Google Settlement would impress by size alone, however, it is far more; its effect, assuming it receives court approval as scheduled in June, will be staggering. The powerful position Google will occupy, as owner of a database comprising the combined holdings of the greatest U.S. research libraries, is simply breathtaking. And worrisome according to Westcott. *

Ils sont 2360 employeurs à bâtir l'économie sociale montréalaise…
Martine Letarte
Le Devoir, 21 février 2009

Longtemps, l'économie sociale a été peu documentée et considérée comme une réalité marginale. Or il est maintenant clair, chiffres à l'appui, que l'économie sociale est un phénomène économique important dans la métropole. C'est du moins ce que révèle le premier Portrait statistique de l'économie sociale de la région de Montréal, réalisé par la Chaire de recherche du Canada en économie sociale de l'UQAM.*

Vive la recherche libre ! - De l'utilitarisme à la « prostitution intellectuelle »
Assia Kettani
Le Devoir, 21 février 2009

Professeure émérite à la faculté de droit de l'Université de Montréal, Andrée Lajoie vient de publier, aux éditions Liber, Vive la recherche libre!, une étude sur les subventions publiques accordées à la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales au Québec. Sans se défendre de mordre la main qui l'a nourrie (elle a toujours obtenu des subventions et a brillamment mené sa carrière de recherche), elle consacre ce travail à dresser un tableau — plutôt sombre — de l'évolution de ces modes de financement: «Cela m'a permis de voir dans quelle mesure ces transformations successives ont aidé certaines formes de recherche et nui à d'autres qui auraient été souvent beaucoup plus utiles à la société.»*


PEER – Publishing and the Ecology of European Research - website live
February 23, 2009

PEER is a pioneering collaboration between publishers, repositories and the research community that is investigating the effects of large-scale scholarly peer-reviewed article manuscript deposit (Green Open Access) on user access, author visibility, journal viability and the broader European research environment. The project will run until 2011, during which time over 50,000 European stage two (accepted) manuscripts from up to 300 journals will become available for archiving.*

The Challenges of Digital Preservation / Les défis de la preservation
Les 3 et 4 décembre 2008

The slides from The Challenges of Digital Preservation, hosted by the Library of Parliament and presented by Tessella Inc., are now available. Mr. Mark Evans, Digital Archives Practice Manager, Tessella Inc, was The principal speaker. He outlined a number of solutions implemented by Tessella at memory institutions throughout the world. *
Les diapositives de la présentation « Les défis de la préservation », offerte par la Bibliothèque du Parlement et présentée par Tessella Inc., sont maintenant disponibles. L’orateur principal, M. Mark Evans, Chef des services professionnels, Archives Numériques, Tessella Inc., a présenté plusieurs solutions implantées par l’entreprise dans de grandes institutions internationales.*

Copyright Certificate Program
Copyright Management: Principles and Issues Program (SLA) in partnership with Information Outlook columnist Lesley Ellen Harris of Copyrightlaw.com

This program is developed for information professionals who deal with copyright administration and management issues. Whether it's obtaining copyright permissions, managing compliance, negotiating and interpreting license agreements, or dealing with digital content, this suite of courses teaches participants how to keep their organizations on track.


The Influence and Impact of Web 2.0 on e-Research Infrastructure, Applications and Users
Edinburgh, Scotland, March 23-27, 2009

An ever-widening audience including academics, industry and enterprise uses web 2.0 services and applications. These technologies and services are based on the open standards that underpin the Internet and Web, and are having a significant impact on distributed infrastructure and applications, and on the ways users and developers interact. Web 2.0 technology needs to be thoroughly investigated and understood to encourage the development of new services and applications to support e-Research.*

École d’été en Management de la création dans la société de l’innovation
Montréal du 3 au 10 juillet 2009 et Barcelone, du 11 au 18 juillet 2009

HEC Montréal, en collaboration avec l’Université de Barcelone, présente un nouveau programme d’été, sous l’égide de MosaiC: Centre de recherche et de transfert sur le management de la création dans la société de l’innovation. Dans une économie fondée sur la connaissance, les activités de création occupent une place croissante dans les stratégies d’innovation des entreprises. Ce programme intensif offert en anglais et d’une durée de deux semaines permettra de comparer les pratiques de créativité de milieux aussi divers que le monde scientifique, industriel ou artistique. Le processus créatif et sa gestion seront analysés par une approche pluridisciplinaire, internationale, interculturelle et intergénérationnelle.*
[English : http://expertise.hec.ca/management_creation/en/]

*Text adapted from source / Texte adapté de la source

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