Archive for September, 2008

Congress to hold off on Anti-NIH Bill

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

The bill brought forth during last week’s congressional hearing regarding the NIH Public Access Mandate has been shelved until next year, reports Library Journal, but the copyright debate rages on.

The bill, focusing on publisher’s copyright, stated: “No Federal agency may, in connection with a funding agreement…impose or cause the imposition of any term or condition that requires the transfer or license to or for a Federal agency any right provided under [copyright law].”

Congressional Hearing Highlights Debates on Access to Scholary Content

Friday, September 12th, 2008

The Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property heard testimony Thursday from Nobel Prize winners, open-access advocates, publishers of scholarly content and copyright lawyers regarding the pros and cons of the NIH Publc Access Mandate.  A bill was presented that would curtail the National Institutes of Health’s public-access policy.

The Chronicle of Higher Ed and Library Journal covered the hearing details.

Congressional Hearing to Discuss Fairness of NIH Policy

Monday, September 8th, 2008

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property scheduled a  hearing to address the copyright policy implications of the NIH Public Access Policy.  The hearing will be this Thursday, September 11 at 1pm Eastern and can be viewed online.

Several members of the UCLA community including the Director of Research, the Director of Office of Intellectual Property Administration, and the University Librarian today sent letters to the California delegation in support of the NIH Public Access Policy to make published research funded by NIH openly accessible after 6 months.

Submit comments to your representative or the chair of the Judiciary Committee.

For more background on the issue, see the Library Journal article “NIH Public Access Policy To Face Copyright Challenge in Congress?”

New Model for Textbooks Makes Content Openly Available

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

A recent Wired article “Open Source Textbooks Challenge a Paradigm” focuses on a new way to publish textbooks, study guides and other course materials.  FlatWoldKnowledge offers the content of textbooks openly available on the web at no cost, helping students who worry about high price textbooks.  This new publishing model makes a profit when students buy print copies and study guides.

This model is unique, but other open-access teaching material projects include CourseSmart, Connexions at Rice University, and the Global Text Project at the University of GA.