Introducing Open Access India Ambassadors

The first two proud Ambassadors of the Open Access India are Ms. Sri Amudha S., a full time PhD candidate in Dept. of Library and Information Science, Pondicherry University.  and Mr. Sandeep Rawal, a PhD Scholar, Department of AgronomyCCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar.

To take forward the Open Access movement in India and to build the momentum by involving all the stakeholders, the Open Access India had followed the foot steps of OKFN‘s Ambassador Scheme and the Max Planck Society‘s Open Access Ambassadors, and had given call for the Open Access India Ambassador Scheme. By this scheme, the Community would have a network of volunteers in India for advocating Open Access, Open Data and Open Education. More on how to apply Ambassador, please see the post and fill out the form here.

Sharing Your Work in Open Access

The scholarly research when read and commented by peers would enable creation of new knowledge. This knowledge when collaboratively sourced, reviewed and applied would develop new technologies for the public good. In this process, the scholars or researchers would get recognition, appreciation and citation by peers and promotions at work place. However, in the life cycle of knowledge creation and development of public good technologies, there is a considerable time lag and has issues about accessibility. Though the scholarly research is available, it is not accessible to everyone. Nevertheless, with the advent of new web 2.0 technologies, and licensing terms, all the researchers can now be able to sharing their scholarly research among peers globally in real-time and pave way for building upon their work for knowledge creation and technology development. Traditionally, the research work is first read at the scholarly conferences and is made available as conference proceedings and then the outcomes are published in the peer-reviewed journals. In this process, the work is evaluated by the peer review process for its credibility and upon publication as an article in a journal; the work gets sanctity and endorsement. This module shall discuss about the ways and means of sharing the scholarly research globally via the World Wide Web and answer a few questions viz., Where to publish? How to choose a suitable journal? What is the journal publication process? In addition, how to share the published work?

Click here to download the resource book.

Apply to Attend OpenCon 2014

OpenConApply to Attend OpenCon 2014

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

Submit the form <http://www.opencon2014.org/apply to apply to attend OpenCon 2014. Applications will remain open until August 25th at 23:59 PDT. Acceptance decisions are made by our Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers, and accepted applicants will be notified by September 12th.

Why is there an application process for OpenCon 2014? Who is eligible to apply to attend OpenCon? Have other questions about OpenCon? View participant FAQ <http://www.opencon2014.org/apply/faq>.

Source: http://www.opencon2014.org/

He put India on the open software map | The Hindu

He put India on the open software map | The Hindu

RIP Atul Chitnis (1962-2013)

The Open Access India and the Friday FOSS community members pay rich homage to the ‘Super Guru’ and FOSS.IN founder Atul Chitnis for his great contributions to the Linux  developer and user community. Atul Chitnis, you always be in our hearts and we would take forward the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) movement which you envisaged.

Credits: Deepa Kurup, The Hindu

Submission to ICAR on its Open Access Policy 2013 Draft

Submission on ICAR’s Open Access Policy 2013 Draft

 We on behalf of the Open Access India community submit the following  Modified Open Access Policy Draft to Dr. D. Rama Rao, National Director, NAIP for formulating an Open Access Policy of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. This modified draft is built upon the Original Policy Draft prepared by the Committee on Open Access in ICAR after taking inputs  from the Global Open Access Community.

  1.  All the constituent establishments under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to set up their Open Access Institutional Repositories, Open Access Data Repositories and Open Educational Resources using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) systems which support the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) protocol for public good.
  2. All the ICAR establishments to register their repositories, resources and information products/services with the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD)’s Routemap to Information Nodes and Gateways (RING) for the availability and accessibility of agricultural knowledge produced to the world through CIARD RING India.
  3. The ICAR shall set up a central harvester using the free metadata indexing system to harvest the metadata from the repositories of the ICAR establishments and other repositories of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) for establishing ‘One Stop Access Portal’ for all the agricultural knowledge generated in the NARS and CIARD RING India.
  4. All the research outputs produced from the research funded by the ICAR or by other Public Funds at either ICAR establishments or elsewhere in the NARS are required to deposit in the ICAR institute’s Open Access Institutional Repositories or in any other appropriate Open Access repositories of the NARS viz., Agropedia (OpenAgri), Rice Knowledge Management Portal etc.
  5. The authors of the scholarly literature produced from the research funded  in whole or part by the ICAR or by other Public Funds at either ICAR establishments or elsewhere in the NARS are required to deposit the final version of the author’s peer-reviewed manuscript at the time of acceptance and no later than the time of publication in the ICAR institute’s Open Access Institutional Repositories or in any other appropriate Open Access repositories of NARS viz., Agropedia (OpenAgri), Rice Knowledge Management Portal etc.
  6. All the archives, current and future scholarly and grey literature viz., research articles, popular articles, book chapters, books, monographs, catalogues, conference proceedings, success stories, case studies, annual reports, newsletters, booklets, bulletins, project reports, class/lecture notes, presentation slides, photos, videos, speeches, keynote addresses, patent grant publications, data sets etc., produced by the ICAR establishments to be made available under Open Access via repositories.
  7. All the ICAR research staff, students and visitors at ICAR institutes are encouraged to confer with the SHERPA/RoMEO database of publishers’ policies on copyright and self-archiving and are advised to publish their research outputs in those journals which allows self-archiving in the Open Access Repositories. They are also advised to use ‘Authors Addendum’ mentioning the ICAR’s Open Access Policy of mandatory deposit of the final version of the author’s peer-reviewed manuscript at the time of acceptance and no later than the time of publication in the ICAR institute’s Open Access Institutional Repositories while signing the while signing the publishers’ copyright agreements. The embargo if any should not be later than 6 months from publication date for making the deposits open to public.
  8. Final reports of the completed research projects, Masters, Doctoral and Post Doctoral thesis dissertations produced in the ICAR establishments are to be deposited immediately in the institutes open access repository upon submission. The metadata is freely available from the time of deposition of the content and full-texts be made Open Access after an embargo period not later than 12 months. The ‘Krishi Prabha’, an electronic thesis and dissertations database of NARS be made Open Access and OAI-PMH compatible.
  9. All the journals published by ICAR have been made Open Access and all the books published by ICAR, journals, books, conference/seminar proceedings and any other scholarly/grey literature published by the ICAR/NARS institutes and scholarly/professional societies with substantial financial support from ICAR are to be made available as Open Access publications.
  10. The commercial books authored by the ICAR staff on personal contract may negotiate with the publishers to share them via ICAR OAIRs after a suitable embargo period.
  11. The documents having material to be patented or commercialized, or where the promulgations would infringe a legal commitment by the institution and/or the author, may be exempted from this policy. However, once they are available, the work is to be made accessible to the public via repositories.

Rights and Permissions

  1. All the ICAR institute’s website content, print/digital publications, meta-data and full-texts in repositories are recommended to be licensed for public use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC-BY 3.0) Unported License and unless otherwise noted, the users are free to copy, duplicate or reproduce, and distribute, display, or transmit without permission, and to make translations, adaptations or other derivative works, and to make commercial use of work under the following condition: Attribution — Users must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Implementation

  1. The Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA) to serve as the nodal agency for implementation of ICAR Open Access policy. The DKMA along with Agricultural Knowledge Management Units (AKMUs) in ICAR establishments and other agencies/communities viz., GFAR, CIARD, AIMS and Open Access India  would organize advocacy workshops and capacity building for researchers, repository administrators, editors and publishers on Open Access Repositories, Open Access Journals and application and usage of Free and Open Source Software systems related to scholarly communications.

Complied by: Sridhar Gutam, Convenor, Open Access India, with kind inputs and consultation with Ajit Maru, Sanjaya Mishra, Kamal Saxena, Shyamal Lakshminarayanan, Peter Murray-Rust, Mike Taylor, Jenny Molly, Christian Heise, Peter Suber, Stevan Harnard, Heather Morrison (who argued against CC-BY), Reme Melero and many others from Open Access Community.

 PS. The original draft may be accessed here or at http://www.icar.org.in/en/node/6056

Comments to ICAR Open Access Policy Draft 2013

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Following are the comments to ICAR Open Access Policy Draft 2013 from the Open Access India Community. As 23rd May 2013 is the last date for sending the comments/suggestions. You are requested to share your suggestions below the post and same would be incorporated in the final submission to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

  • Policy: All ICAR institutes to setup their Open Access Institutional Repository using Free and Open Source Software which is of Open Archive Initiative (OAI-MHP) complaint.
  • Suggestion: All the constituent establishment institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes to set up their Open Access Institutional Repositories (OAIRs), Open Access Data Repository[1] for the datasets produced by ICAR and Open Educational Resources[2] for educational material relevant to agriculture and related sciences using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) systems[3] which support the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting[4] (OAI-PMH) protocol for public good.
  • Policy: The ICAR shall set up a central harvester using the free metadata indexing system[5] to harvest the metadata from the OAIRs of the ICAR institutes and other repositories[6] in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) for the ‘one stop access portal’ of all the agricultural knowledge generated in the NARS.
  • Suggestion: ICAR shall set up a central harvester to harvest the metadata and full-text of all the records from the OA repositories of the ICAR institutes for one stop access to all the agricultural knowledge generated in ICAR. All the ICAR institutes register their information products and services with the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development[7] (CIARD)’s Routemap to Information Nodes and Gateways[8] (RING) for their discovery across the world.
  • Policy: All research and technical publications viz., research articles, popular articles, book chapters, books, monograms, catalogues, conference proceedings, success stories, case studies, annual reports, newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, bulletins, summary of the completed projects, class/lecture notes, presentations, photos, videos, speeches, keynote addresses, other digital objects and all the gray literature  available with the institutes to be placed under Open Access.
  • Suggestion: All the archives, current and future scholarly and grey literature viz., research articles, popular articles, book chapters, books, monographs, catalogues, conference proceedings, success stories, case studies, annual reports, newsletters, booklets, bulletins, summary of the completed projects, class/lecture notes, presentation slides, photos, videos, speeches, keynote addresses, patent grant publications, data sets etc., produced by the ICAR institutes/establishments to be made under Open Access.
  • Policy: The authors of the scholarly articles produced from the research conducted at ICAR institutes have to deposit immediately the final authors’ version manuscripts of papers upon accepted for publication (pre-prints) in the institute’s Open Access repository.
  • Suggestion: The authors of the scholarly literature/research outputs produced from the research funded by the ICAR at either ICAR institutes or elsewhere in the NARS have to deposit immediately the final peer-reviewed authors’ version manuscripts (post-prints)[9] in the OAIRs or in any other appropriate Open Access repositories of NARS upon acceptance for publication.
  • Policy: Scientists and other research personnel of ICAR working in ICAR institutes or elsewhere are encouraged to publish their research work with publishers which allow self-archiving in Open Access Institutional Repositories and required to submit the final manuscript of paper accepted for publication (pre-print) in the ICAR institute’s Open Access repository.
  • Policy: Scientists are advised to mention the ICAR’s Open Access policy while signing the copyright agreements with the publishers. And the embargo if any should not be later than 6 months.
  • Suggestion: Above points may be merged as: All the ICAR research staff, students and visitors at ICAR institutes are encouraged to consult the SHERPA/RoMEO[10] database of publishers’ policies on copyright and self-archiving for publishing their research outputs in those journals which allows self-archiving in Open Access Repositories and are advised to use ‘Authors Addendum’[11] to the copyright agreements mentioning the ICAR’s Open Access Policy of mandatory deposit of post-prints while signing the agreements with the publishers. And the embargo[12] if any should not be later than 6 months.
  • Policy: Final reports of completed research projects and M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis/dissertations to be deposited immediately in the institutes open access repository after completion of the work. The metadata (e.g., title, authors, publisher, etc.) be freely accessible from the time of deposition of the content and their free unrestricted use through Open Access can be made after an embargo period not more than 12 months.
  • Suggestion: Final reports of the completed research projects and M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis dissertations to be deposited immediately in the institutes open access repository upon submission and the metadata (e.g., title, authors, publisher, etc.) be freely available from the time of deposition of the content and made Open Access after an embargo period not later than 12 months. The Krishi Prabha[13], an electronic thesis and dissertations database of NARS be made Open Access and OAI-PMH compatible.
  • Policy: All the journals published by ICAR have been made Open Access. All the books published by ICAR and journals and books published by ICAR institutes are to be made Open Access.
  • Policy: Journals, books, conference proceedings and other scholarly literature published with substantial support from ICAR (by professional societies and others) to be made Open Access by the end of 2013.
  • Suggestion: Above points may be merged as: All the journals published by ICAR have been made Open Access[14] and all the books published by ICAR, journals, books, conference/seminar proceedings and any other scholarly/grey literature published by the ICAR/NARS institutes and scholarly/professional societies with substantial funding from ICAR are to be made Open Access.
  • Policy: DKMA to function as nodal agency for implementation of ICAR Open Access policy. DKMA will organise advocacy workshops and capacity building of scientific &technical personnel, repository administrators, editors and publishers on Institutional Repositories, application and usage of Free and Open Source Software. All the meta-data, full-texts and other records/data/information of the institutional repositories are copyrighted with the ICAR and are licensed under Creative Commons Non Commercial Share Alike (CC-NC-SA) for use, re-use and sharing without any warranty.
  • Suggestion: Moved to Rights and Permissions
  • Policy: The documents having material to be patented or commercialized, or where the promulgations would infringe a legal commitment by the institution and/or the author, may not be included in the institute’s Open Access repository. However, the commercial books authored on contract by the ICAR staff may negotiate with the publishers to share the same via institutional repositories after a suitable embargo period.
  • Suggestion: The documents having material to be patented or commercialized, or where the promulgations would infringe a legal commitment by the institution and/or the author, may be exempted for mandatory deposit in the institute’s Open Access repository. However, the commercial books authored on personal contract by the ICAR staff may negotiate with the publishers to share them via ICAR OAIRs after a suitable embargo period.

Rights and Permissions

  • All the ICAR institute’s website content, print/digital publications, meta-data and full-texts in OAIRs be licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)[15] Unported License and unless otherwise noted, the users are free to copy, duplicate or reproduce, and distribute, display, or transmit without permission, and to make commercial use of the work under the condition – Attribution — Users must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Implementation:

  • Policy: DKMA to function as nodal agency for implementation of ICAR Open Access policy. DKMA will organise advocacy workshops and capacity building of scientific &technical personnel, repository administrators, editors and publishers on Institutional Repositories, application and usage of Free and Open Source Software. All the meta-data, full-texts and other records/data/information of the institutional repositories are copyrighted with the ICAR and are licensed under Creative Commons Non Commercial Share Alike (CC-NC-SA) for use, re-use and sharing without any warranty.
  • Suggestion: The Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA) to function as nodal agency for implementation of ICAR Open Access policy. The DKMA along with Agricultural Knowledge Management Units (AKMUs) in ICAR institutes and other agencies[16] and communities[17] would organise advocacy workshops and capacity building of scientific &technical personnel, repository administrators, editors and publishers on OAIRs, Open Access Journals and application and usage of Free and Open Source Software systems related to scholarly communications.

[1]http://dataverse.icrisat.org/dvn/
[2] http://www.oerafrica.org/agricultureoer/AgricultureOER/tabid/1466/Default.aspx
[3] GNU EPrints, Fedora Commons, DSpace etc.
[4] http://www.openarchives.org/pmh/
[5] Open Harvester Systems http://pkp.sfu.ca/harvester
[6] Agropedia, Rice Knowledge Management Portal, ETD@UAS, Dharwad, Krishi Kosh etc.
[7] http://www.ciard.net/
[8] http://www.ciard.net/ciard-ring-0
[9] Draft of a manuscript after it has been peer reviewed with revisions having been made.
[10] http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/
[11] http://scholars.sciencecommons.org/
[12] Period during which access is not allowed to the public.
[13] http://14.139.232.167:8080/equestthesis/
[14] http://epubs.icar.org.in/ejournal/index.php/
[15] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ NISCAIR (CSIR) Online Periodicals Repository is using CC-BY-NC-ND
[16] Agricultural Information Standards http://aims.fao.org/
[17] Open Access India http://oaindia2013.wordpress.com/

ICAR’s Open Access Policy Draft (2013)

ICAR’s Open Access Policy Draft (2013)

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had placed its Open Access Policy Draft on its website and is open for comments till 23 May 2013. It is requested that all the stakeholders to see the draft and send their comments to pddkma@icar.org.in or ndnaip@icar.org.in

Towards a Policy on Opening Access to Agriculture Knowledge for Development

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A lot of valuable data and information is generated by the constituents of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) in India which would guide us in taking the right decisions at the right time for addressing the issues related to agriculture. However, this data and information though ‘available’ is not in an ‘accessible’ and ‘interoperable’ formats! Many a times, the researchers in NARS do not know what is happening to the data and information after the publication. And much of the data and information would never get published! By this, we are not able to make the use of the data and information generated for meaningful analysis and development of new knowledge.

In a case study about the availability and accessibility of publications from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) reveals that the public availability of IARI publications is very meager. Only 9% articles published during 2008-10 were in open access journals and 14% of the total published articles are found deposited in  Eprints@IARI, an institutional repository of the IARI for the public access. Thus, only up to 23% of the IARI’s published literature is available and accessible to the public. This shows that there are barriers for the  publicly funded research outputs.

If we look at the other than research publication, as mentioned earlier, there is a lot of data and grey literature published/generated in NARS which is so important but does not go through traditional publication process. The data which is not published in articles and the data published in articles are not archived, not interoperable and not available properly!  The institutes in NARS are lacking a mandate which asks the researchers to make their data and information publicly available. Though there are evidences that when an institute/organisation has the suitable policy and resources, the data and information of that institute/organisation would be publicly available and accessible and the new knowledge generated by making meaningful analysis of the opened up data and information would improve the socio-economic impact of research and the researchers would have greater access to the published literature.

The Open Access repositories which are online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating, in digital form, the intellectual output of an institution (INASP) would not only publicize the institutes’ research but provides better management and invites new contacts and research partnerships. Above all, the interoperability of repositories would help in building global research commons. During the GCARD2, the CIARD movement which is working to make agricultural research information and knowledge publicly accessible to all was endorsed and it was recommended that the agricultural research institutes/organizations should continue to engage with the CIARD movement to enhance the coherence and effectiveness of access and use of agricultural information and data. Similarly, the BOAI 10 Recommendations also state that every institution of higher education should have a policy ensuring that peer-reviewed versions of all future scholarly articles by faculty members are deposited in the institution’s designated repository. And the universities with institutional repositories should consider recognition of the deposition of articles for promotion, tenure, or other forms of internal assessment and review.

Here is a policy brief on opening access to agricultural knowledge and survey report on the ‘Researcher Attitudes and Behaviour Towards the ‘Openness’ of Research Outputs in Agriculture and Related Fields’ from CIARD. Looking at the importance and need for opening up of access to the data, information and knowledge, we soon expect that the NARS would have a suitable policy on the availability, accessibility, interoperatbility and applicability of publicly-funded research outputs (data and information) for the benefit of all the stakeholders in agriculture.

Iryna Kuchma wins EPT 2nd Annual OA Award

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The second annual Open Access award for the year 2012 instituted by the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT) went to Iryna Kuchma for her great contributions towards Open Access in the World.

Iryna is programme at EIFL-OA which is working for removing barriers to knowledge sharing.  The blog post on OA award by EPT says that, “Since the establishment in 2003 of the EIFL-OA progamme, Iryna has been the first full-time programme manager, thus she is largely responsible for EIFL’s accomplishments in the field of Open Access”. Ms. Iryna’s achievements includes, establishment of more than 490 Open Repositories in the 45 developing and transition countries, development of more than 3,400 Open Access Journals and development of 34 OA policies in the EIFL regions. Please see here for all the achievements of EIFL-OA and the contributions of Iryna for the Open Access polices around the world.

The very first kind of this type of award for the developing countries was launched in year 2011 and the first award went to Dr. Francis Jayakanth of IISc, Bangalore, who was responsible for the ePrints@IISc, an institutional repository of Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.

The EPT had also recognized the work of Susan Veldsman from South Africa with the award of a certificate of commendation for her advocacy and training work on Open Access in her region.

Source: :  http://epublishingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-award/

About MyOpenArchive – An Individual’s Repository

MyOpenArchive

Most of you might be wondering how you can share your scholarly works. For you here is the answer. It is MyOpenArchive, an individual Open Access Repository a.k.a iR.

The scholars can now share their scholarly materials like journal article, thesis, bulletins, books, book chapter and all the grey literature which is difficult to trace via conventional channels but is very important.

On MyOpenArchive,  using either twitter or facebook login one can easily upload his/her material. Once submitted, the materials are disseminated in the world-wide-web using other social and scholarly networks! The popular reference manager and academic social network Mendeley has now web importer for MyOpenArchive.

The MyOpenArchive was founded in September 2007 by Keita Bando, as an international not for profit organization for advocating Open Access and promoting self-archiving (Green OA) platform to enable better knowledge sharing in a way to make world better for everyone. As one of the goals of MyOpenArchive is also to advocate Open Access, the Open Access India had become partner with it and advocating about same. Now the members of the Open Access India community who have no access to institutional repositories can use this individual repository platform for sharing the scholarly outputs to the to the world socially. The MyOpenArchive now has become very popular on social networking that in Nature Jobs blog post on A to Z of social media for academics at the letter ‘M‘, MyOpenArchive is listed!!