What has been happening in the world of Open Access in the last week?
As you know if you’ve been reading this blog, the Open Access Button team is hard at work on Button 2.0! We’re participating in the Jisc Summer of Student Innovation to fund development for a Button 2.0 mobile app. Ideas with enough votes will be considered for funding of £5,000. Vote here and tell your friends to vote too! You can also support Button 2.0 by donating to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
The National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced that researchers they support should deposit their papers into repositories and make them publicly accessible within 12 months of publication. Learn more from Nature.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced their new Open Access for Scholarly Content Initiative. More than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works (labeled with the acronym OASC) in the museum’s collection can now be downloaded directly from the museum’s website.
The Royal Society of London’s new open access journal, Royal Society Open Science, is now seeking submissions. The journal is set to launch in September 2014.
The Graduate Center at the City University of New York debuted their new institutional repository, Academic Works site this week.
This week many Wikipedians paid tribute to the life and work of Adrianne Wadewitz, a prominent and beloved figure in the Wikipedia community who died in April 2014. To commemorate her, Wadewitz Tribute Edit-a-Thons were held across the globe.
SPARC released a statement on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology markup of H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act. Specifically, the statement commended the authorship of an amendment by U.S. House Representatives Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Lofgren (D-CA) that reduces embargo periods on federally funded research to 12 months, “which puts the U.S. more in line with policies in use around the world.” Read the full statement here.