The White House throws support behind open access; DOJ will not file amicus brief in GSU E-Reserve case; Oxfam donates archive to the Bodleian; B&N chairman mulls bookstore Buyout; Elsevier launches new journal; and EdX expands internationally.
NBC News reports that “…the White House has directed a wide range of federal agencies to come up with plans to make the studies they fund freely available within 12 months of publication.
In a memo issued Friday, White House science adviser John Holdren also called on agencies to develop better digital systems for managing research data. The memo comes in response to a “We the People” online petition that was created last May and has since garnered more than 65,000 signatures.
(See also Jennifer Howard’s report in the Chronicle of Higher Education: White House Delivers New Open-Access Policy That Has Activists Cheering and this article by Ry Rivard Big Push for Open Access in Inside Higher ED.)
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that “the U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to file an amicus curiae brief in a high-profile copyright case involving Georgia State University and several publishers.
The case in question, Cambridge U. Press et al. v. Mark P. Becker et al., was brought against the university by Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publishers. It accuses Georgia State of committing widespread copyright violations by making some of the publishers’ content available on electronic reserve without licensing it…
The publishers are appealing the verdict. Earlier this year the Justice Department requested more time to consider filing an amicus brief, a move that worried some academic librarians fearful that the government would throw its weight behind the publishers.”
“Oxford-based international development charity Oxfam has announced it has donated the organisation’s archive, spanning the past 70 years, to the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries. Now, with a substantial grant from the Wellcome Trust, a four-and-a-half-year project is underway at the Bodleian to catalogue Oxfam’s extensive records…”
According to the Wall Street Journal”Barnes & Noble Inc.’s chairman and biggest shareholder, Leonard Riggio, has expressed interest in buying out the retailer’s consumer-bookstore chain, raising the prospect that the company could be split in two…
In an regulatory filing Monday, Mr. Riggio said he plans to propose to purchase the company’s stores and website, but not Nook Media LLC—the company’s college-store chain and its Nook e-reader and tablet business. Mr. Riggio plans to negotiate a price with Barnes & Noble’s board and pay for the deal with cash and debt…”
Elsevier has announced the launch of Case Studies on Transport Policy (CSTP) which will be published in collaboration with the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), beginning 2013.
Information Today reports that “EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced the international expansion of its X University Consortium with the addition of six new global higher education institutions. The Australian National University (ANU), Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, McGill University and the University of Toronto in Canada, and Rice University in the U.S. are joining the consortium and will use the edX platform to deliver the next generation of online and blended courses…”