Open Access Initiative – Two Big Thumbs Up

british libraryIn re-imagining of the society, the library, and the science of the future, there is a growing presence of huge institutions adding up to ideas. Recently, a library, 14-million-books strong, and a nuclear institute, 18-member-states strong, have shown support to Open Access initiative. This must count to at least 14,000,018 of open access credits.

Growing Knowledge Exhibition

From October, 12, 2010 to July, 16, 2011, an exhibition at the British Library will be showcasing innovative research tools which should enhance the future research. Huge multimedia research stations are set up in the library, and a collaborative zone where visitors can try out innovative and cutting edge tools. They are encouraged to:

  • Search large audio files and uncover clips that are relevant to their research
  • Explore maps using advance geospatial technologies
  • Manipulate content across multiple media and save their work to return to later
  • Find out about new online resources and collections specific to their research

Dr Krotoski said “the technical data gathered would give the British Library and the academy the best evidence available about the value of new research tools”. She predicted that “the findings would present a strong case for open access,” as reported at Times Higher Education.

In a video which introduces the exhibition, themes of liberating properties of digital research and the ability to discuss, share, and communicate information, are tackled. New research would prove cross-disciplinary rather than focused, and new libraries would prove virtual rather than physical. Tools and methods presented on the exhibition are essential to large-scale, collaborative and multinational research of the future.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, JINR

Another event which will add to the development of data-centric science is the joining of JINR to SCOAP3. JINR became the first organization in Russia to pledge financial support to the SCOAP3, Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics.

The main fields of JINR’s activity are theoretical and experimental studies in elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, and condensed matter physics. The research policy of JINR is determined by the Scientific Council, which consists of eminent scientists from the Member States (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, the Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Agreements are signed on the governmental level with Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Serbia and the Republic of South Africa). There are 7 Laboratories at JINR, by the scope of scientific activities each being compatible with a large research institution. JINR’s staff totals about 5000 people, including more than 1200 scientists, 2000 engineers and technicians.

Each partner of SCOAP3 finances its contribution by canceling journal subscriptions with the aim to facilitate Open Access publishing in High Energy Physics.

Open Access begins to stand on shoulders of giants and its insight into data is growing rapidly.


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1 Response to Open Access Initiative – Two Big Thumbs Up

  1. Eme En says:

    open access… open education… open research… open design…

    all good stuff, it seems. 🙂

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