Tag Archives: openaccess

Abbreviations, the revenge: Nepal, Shakespeare and online sharing

4 Sep

sherpa_little_girl_bA while ago, posting on Sakai and the UvA in the context of research data management (RDM) gave me the opportunity to discuss my unease with abbreviations.

A topic which is not only just as relevant as RDM in present-day academic life, but seems to be somehow affected by the same ‘abbreviation fever’ as well, is online sharing of scholarly publications, i.e.: what can scholars do online with their papers and articles?

The (excellent, to prevent any misunderstanding :-)) University of Notthingham’s SHERPA/RoMEO project helps answering the above question. Just go to the project website, search the journal title or ISSN where you have published, and get “a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher’s copyright transfer agreement”.
By the way: SHERPA stands for “Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access”, and RoMEO for “Rights MEtadata for Open archiving”.

As for the illustrations: the “very happy little Sherpa girl” belongs to a webpage by Pete Poston at Western Oregon University, while Shakespeare’s title page comes from EEBO Early English Books Online, a database containing “digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700”.


Social capital and intellectual property: UvA-sociology publications and the library

5 Jun

Bram Lancee’s book Immigrant Performance in the Labour Market: Bonding and Bridging Social Capital, published by Amsterdam University Press, is available open access at OAPEN Open Access Publishing in European Networks.

Lancee – whose academic interests include social capital and social participation, inequality, ethnic minorities and the labour market, attitudes towards immigration and ethnic diversity – is researcher both at the UvA (post-doc) and at the WZB Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (Humboldt fellow). The present publication focuses on the concept (& theory) of social capital and its role with regard to immigrants’ integration and achievements in the labour market. The Netherlands and Germany are taken as case studies.

The International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, available online through the UvA-library, contains an entry on social capital.

Olga Sezneva is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the UvA. Her academic interests include migration, urban studies, qualitative methods of research and cultural sociology. It is to the latter that her research activities on intellectual property and global media markets belong.

Sezneva’s article The pirates of Nevskii Prospekt: Intellectual property, piracy and institutional diffusion in Russia, lately published in the interdisciplinary journal Poetics, online available through the UvA-library, focuses on the Russian case study earlier addressed by Sezneva in her contribution to Media Piracy in Emerging Economies, a report published in 2011 by the SSRC Social Science Research Council, an independent, nonprofit international organization promoting innovative research in the social sciences.

When phrase searching the new UvA-library search engine for “intellectual property”, the sheer variety of contexts and issues at stake with this concept is evident even when limiting the results only to the books available at the Bushuis library: from Chinese counterfeit goods to hip-hop artists, and from indigenous people to HIV/AIDS drugs in developing countries, this latter still being a controversial topic more than ten years after Nelson Mandela’s denouncing the price policy of pharmaceutical companies for such drugs.

Photo’s taken from both researchers’ personal websites: http://www.bramlancee.eu/ en http://olgasezneva.net/

Amsterdam Social Science (& the UvA-Library)

24 Apr

Amsterdam Social Science is the open access quarterly published by students of the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and at the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the VU University. The peer-reviewed articles and essays are written by MA and PhD students with «the aim to interest students for each other’s work and to give young researchers a free and independent platform to present and discuss their findings». Published last month, the latest issue addresses such different topics as:
– the representations of women, whether as terrorists, popular figures in present-day Indonesian cinema or character in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”;
migration seen by international students;
war in Africa;

The variety of subjects dealt with in the journal gives an excellent opportunity to have a quick look at what the UvA-Library collections have to offer with regard to:

women and their representations; among the titles to be found by searching the Library catalogue (All fields= wom*n AND All fields= representation OR image), there is the scholarly book
Women, advertising and representation: beyond familiar paradigms, published by the Hampton Press in 2010;

– as for international students and migration, two e-books by Palgrave (2011) – Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness and Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education – are retrieved by the following catalogue search query: (Subject= students OR All fields= “international students”) AND (Subject= migration OR Subject= migrants);

– when searching for ‘war’ AND ‘Africa’ (both terms as Subject), the catalogue will retrieve 21 titles, among which the 2011 Polity book War & conflict in Africa;

Kosovo (catalogue searched for Subject= Kosovo), namely the NATO military intervention of 1999, is dealt with in A Critical Humanitarian Intervention Approach, a Palgrave e-book of 2011.

Should you want to learn more about searching for literature, whether in the UvA-Library catalogue or elsewhere, or about using search operators (brackets, quotation marks, asterisk, AND/OR etc.) take a look at the UvA-Library homepage, both for online demo’s or for asking the librarians (UBAcoach).

Book covers from Google books.

Online multimedia: Internet Archive & EUscreen

26 Mar

Promoting (University) Libraries or providing Library services has been relying more and more on the use of audio-visual aids: just have a look on Youtube at the inspiring materials produced by the Arizona State University (among the Library Minutes, the one on Academic Search Premier is highly reccomended) or by the Harold B. Lee Library Multimedia Unit at the Brigham Young University (the beautiful video on Book Repair).

Being copyright issues a major concern for Libraries – both as part of general copyright policy at universities and as part of information literacy activities – it is of the greatest value for our work as academic librarians that a number of open access sources are available for audio-visual aids.

The Internet Archive is an American non-profit initiative whose «purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format». Access to a wide range of resources, amongst them audio and video, is «granted for scholarship and research purposes only»: take a look at the Terms of Use and any further information provided about the authors and their agreeing to share openly their material.

EUscreen «aims to promote the use of television content to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural history. It will create access to over 30,000 items of programme content and information» from 20 different countries. From Arts and culture to Work and production a number of different topics can be searched through the open access portal.

Next to providing their own share of television programmes, The Netherlands are also supplying both the EUscreen project co-ordinator, Sonia de Leeuw (Utrecht University), and technical director, Johan Oomen (Beeld en Geluid, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision). Reason enough, together with my own affiliation with the University of Amsterdam, for choosing a Dutch tv-programme to accompany this post: Open het dorp from 1962, «the first 24-hour non-stop charity […] for the benefit of the “Stichting Open het Dorp (Open the village) who wanted to open a village especially designed for physically disabled persons»).

Open access

6 Dec

Begin vorige maand vond het jaarlijkse Open Access Week plaats. Tussen 24 oktober en 4 november jl. organiseerden hoger onderwijsinstellingen over de hele wereld activiteiten om Open Access tot wetenschappelijke informatie te promoten. Hierbij twee voorbeelden van Open Access uit mijn directe werkomgeving:

1) het literatuuronderzoek van collega Géke Zijlstra, medewerker bij de Bushuis Bibliotheek, Peer review en open access: Nieuwe vormen van peer review voor online publicaties. Haar onderzoeksrapportage is een van de opdrachten van het vak Academische vaardigheden bij de opleiding Culturele informatiewetenschap aan de UvA. «Ook bibliotheekmedewerkers blijven hun leven lang leren», aldus Zijlstra, en als motivatie om de opleiding te volgen noemt zij o.a. de belangstelling voor «wat de studenten van tegenwoordig moeten weten en kunnen», als het om informatievaardigheden gaat.

2) the MA-scriptie Sociologie van Elgin Blankwater, «Hacking the field. An ethnographic and historical study of the Dutch hacker field». Sinds afgelopen oktober combineert Elgin zijn taken bij het ICTO ICT in het Onderwijs met die van coordinator van het ComLab, het onderzoekslaboratorium van de ASCoR Amsterdam School of Communication Research. Naast een korte geschiedenis van hacking, presenteert de scriptie van collega Blankwater de resultaten van tien maanden etnografisch veldwerk over «a group of people who refer to themselves as hackers […] their particular lifestyle and beliefs» (p. 137).

Oscar Wilde, open access journals en de UBA

6 Oct

“I can resist anything but temptation” schreef Oscar Wilde ooit en toch…

Toch is het mij gelukt, de verleiding te weerstaan en géén Italiaanse titel voor deze blogpost te gebruiken. Het was trouwens ook nog een mooie gelegenheid geweest om de lof van Google translator te zingen, wat vrij uitzonderlijk is (meestal krijg ik tamelijk onwaarschijnlijke, wel soms grappige, vertalingen). “Forse non tutti sanno che…” vertaalt Google met “Misschien niet iedereen weet dat…”: klinkt overtuigend.

Misschien niet iedereen weet dat de Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ, 75 tijdschriften meldt voor “Media and communication”. Daarbij horen o.a. Cyberpsychology, het International journal of communication en het
Journal of interactive advertising, alle drie als belangrijke informatiebronnen genoemd door leden van de afdeling CW tijdens de tijdschriften evaluatie die afgelopen juni werd georganiseerd door de bibliotheek.

Wetenschappelijke publicaties gratis toegankelijk maken op het internet! Daar gaat het om, bij open access: zie onder andere een eerder bericht op deze blog en de infopagina van de bibliotheek over het onderwerp.

P.S.: lang niet alles is open access (sterker nog…). Voor talloze bronnen van wetenschappelijke informatie – zoals bijvoorbeeld de “Oxford dictionary of national biography” (zie hierboven bij Oscar Wilde) – betaalt de bibliotheek wel abonnementen, zodat digitale teksten beschikbaar zijn voor UvA-studenten en -medewerkers: op de universiteit, thuis, op reis… Kijk in de digitale bibliotheek voor het complete aanbod, en op de bibliotheeksite voor informatie over thuis toegang.

OAPEN Open Access Publishing in European Network

1 Oct

Meer dan 650 ‘peer reviewed’ boeken van 17 (universiteits)uitgevers uit heel Europa worden per 6 oktober online beschikbaar op de OAPEN LIbrary. Dit meldt het vakblad IP. Het gaat om een initiatief van de Amsterdam University Press in het kader van de Frankfurter Buchmesse.