The Week in Links — August 22

What has been happening in the world of Open Access in the last week?

Paleontology doctoral student and Open Access advocate, Jon Tennant, talked with the Open Access Button team about why open access to research matters to him. Look for more conversations with Open Access Button users on our blog in the coming weeks!

The not-for-profit digital archive Portico and CHORUS have entered into an agreement to support the preservation requirements of the policy released earlier this year by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This policy directs United States federal agencies to develop plans to make articles reporting on the research they fund freely available to the public immediately or after an embargo period, and highlights requirements needed to ensure long-term access to this research through preservation.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from research funded by the Department.

As access to medical information becomes cheaper, more accessible, and therefore, more democratized, patients have new power to investigate the conditions they face. Through persistence and relentless searching through an online search engine for biomedical papers, one woman was able to take her fate into her own hands. Clearly, Open Access to medical information is critical to all of us.

The open access journal eLife has launched a new type of article that will allow authors to report significant additions to their original research.

Digital India, a vision from the country’s prime minister, promises to transform India into a connected knowledge economy by delivering health, education and banking services online.

Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network is calling for case studies that use “innovative and transformative open processes in generating knowledge and actions” aimed at tackling challenges in the Global South. The initiative aims to mobilize and support researchers and practitioners from Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, East and South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa who are working or interested in open research based on networked collaboration. Another important venture for Open Access around the world!

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