31 May 2016

Open Access Week 2016: "Open in Action"

http://www.openaccessweek.org CC BY 4.0

The theme of Open Access Week 2016 will be "Open in Action". Open Access Week is an international initiative designed to raise the profile of Open Access and push towards publishing 'open by default'.

Open Access Weeks have always encouraged action as well as words. But this year's OAW takes this a step further, encouraging all stakeholders to take positive concrete steps to make their research openly available and to encourage others to follow suit. "Open in action" is about highlighting the actual concrete examples of how Open Access is being promoted by researchers, librarians, and students alike, whether through depositing accepted manuscripts, running open access journals, providing training and guidance, etc...

“As Open Access becomes a more and more familiar concept, we must focus on the small steps everyone can take to make openness in research a reality,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. “This year’s theme will help showcase these actions, the individuals who are leading by example, and the ways this openness advances science and scholarship.” (www.sparcopen.org CC BY 4.0)

Open Access Week is celebrated by individuals, publishers, and institutions all over the world. If you want to find out more or get involved visit the website: www.openaccessweek.org. If you have any ideas about events in St Andrews please get in touch with us, email us at openaccess@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Open Access Week 2016 will be held between 24-30 October. 

16 May 2016

Getty Publications publishes two open access catalogues

Mosaic of a Lion Attacking an Onage. http://www.getty.edu/publications/romanmosaics/. CC BY. © 2016 J. Paul Getty Trust
In 2014, Getty Publications launched its Virtual Library, initially offering access to 250 books, many of which were out of print. The collection features books which relate to the Getty Museum or Institutes, and span a wide variety of subjects, including photography, religion, literature, and archaeology. This month saw the introduction of two further items to the collection, and what the Getty President and CEO James Cuno described as “a next step in our ongoing commitment to open content"(James Cuno, press release). These latest additions are online catalogues, which highlight antiquities in the Getty Museum. Both were released with Creative Commons CC BY licences allowing almost unfettered use and reuse. Because these books were 'born digital' they offer more ways to view and even interact with the Getty collections, "from zoomable images to interactive maps, from linked footnotes and glossaries to 360-degree-views of objects." (The Getty)

Ferruzza, Maria Lucia. Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016. http://www.getty.edu/publications/terracottas CC BY. © 2016 J. Paul Getty Trust

Belis, Alexis. Roman Mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016. http://www.getty.edu/publications/romanmosaics. © 2016 J. Paul Getty Trust