Archive for March, 2008

Understanding Software, Patents, and Open Source: Faculty Lunch Session April 10

Monday, March 31st, 2008

UCLA faculty members are invited to “‘What Are My Rights?’: Software, Patents, and Open Source” on Thursday, April 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Kat Fibiger, software creator and new member of the UCLA’s Office of Intellectual Property, will lead this lunch session and describe UC policy related to these areas.

Admission is free, and lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required by Monday, April 7.

Call for Additional Comments on NIH Public Access Policy

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Following a public hearing on March 20, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking further public comments on the implementation of its public access policy.  Comments are being accepted until May 31, 2008, on the following:

  • Recommendations for alternative implementation approaches to those already reflected in the policy;
  • Recommendations for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the policy;
  • Additional policy-related information, training, or communications that would be helpful.

The policy requires that final, peer-reviewed articles resulting from NIH-funded research be submitted to that National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central, where they will be made publicly accessible no later than twelve months following publication.  Members of the public, including UCLA University Librarian Gary E. Strong, submitted more than four hundred comments to the March 20 hearing, with sixty percent supporting the policy as is and fifteen percent requesting that the twelve-month delay be shortened.

Author’s Rights Explained in Two Minutes

Monday, March 31st, 2008

A two-minute Author’s Rights Video gives scholars an overview of their rights and which ones are taken away when transferring copyright to publishers.  It offers three steps to effective rights management:

  1. Scrutinize the publication agreement
  2. Negotiate with the publisher
  3. Retain the rights you need

The video has been created by the Association of Research Libraries. If you have questions about author agreements and how to retain rights to your scholarly work, contact the appropriate subject specialist.

Open Education Through Creative Commons

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

In the Ted TalkGoodbye Textbooks; Hello Open-Source Learning, Richard Baraniuk, engineering professor at Rice University, discusses Connexions, an open-source system to share teaching material and learning objects with educators around the world.

Connexions uses Creative Commons licensing, which enables authors, scientists, artists, and educators to manage their intellectual property by marking it to allow others to use, reuse, or modify their works.