Friday, July 04, 2008

Open access: opportunities and challenges: A Handbook

A collection of excellent Open Access papers (somewhat Germany/EU-oriented, but with some good international and canonical content) has just been published:
Open access: opportunities and challenges: - A handbook (PDF). 2008. The European Commission and the German Commission for UNESCO, translated from the original German edition published by the German Commission for UNESCO.
Its table of contents:

Chapter 1: Definition and Origin of Open Access
  • The Concept of Open Access. Norbert Lossau
  • Open Access – A Historical Survey. Peter Schirmbacher
Chapter 2: An Introduction to Three Publication Models
  • The Edoc-Server at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: An Example of an Open Access Repository. Susanne Dobratz
  • The New Journal of Physics as an Example of Open Access Journals. Eberhard Bodenschatz
  • The Example of a Hybrid Model: Springer Open Choice. Jan Velterop
Chapter 3: Implementing Open Access Models
  • Financing Open Access Models. Stefan Gradmann
  • Open Access and (German) Copyright. Karl-Nikolaus Peifer
  • Open Access and Quality Assurance. Eberhard Bodenschatz & Ulrich Pöschl
  • Open Access and Long-term Archiving. Ute Schwens & Reinhard Altenhöner
  • Open Access and the Structure of Academic Communication. Hans Pfeiffenberger
  • Data-processing, Data-transfer and Search:Further Technical Challenges for Open Access. Wolfram Horstmann
  • The Acceptance and Distribution of Freely Accessible Publications. Johannes Fournier
Chapter 4: Political Perspectives
  • Controversial Issues in the Context of Open Access. Ralf Schimmer
  • Open Access in Higher Education, Science and Scholarship:
    • Open Access in the Natural Sciences. Wolfgang Voges
    • Open Access in the Humanities. Gudrun Gersmann
    • Open Access in the Social Sciences. Ulrich Herb
    • Open Access within the German Research Foundation. Johannes Fournier
  • Open Access and the German Academic System:
    • Common Perspectives of the Alliance of Research Organisations.
      Working Group of the Open Access Commissioners of the Alliance of Research Organisations.
  • Libraries and Open Access. Claudia Lux
  • Publishers and Open Access:
    • Subscription-based Journal Publishing. Robert Campbell & Edward Wates, Wiley-Blackwell
    • Hamburg University Press and Open Access. Gabriele Beger & Isabella Meinecke
    • Brussels Declaration on STM Publishing
  • Open Access and Education:
    • The Legal Protection of Open Access: The Position of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany. Thomas Pflüger
    • Open Access and Education Policy: Perspectives of a Politician. Jörg Tauss
    • Open Access from the Point of View of the Coalition for Action 'Copyright for Education and Research. Rainer Kuhlen
  • Open Access and Consumer Protection:
    • The View of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations. Patrick von Braunmühl
  • German Development Cooperation and Open Access. Peter Rave
  • The Media and Open Access:
    • The Point of View of Public Service Broadcasting. Verena Wiedemann
Chapter 5: International Context
  • National Initiatives in Europe. Katja Mruck & Rubina Vock
  • European Initiatives. Celina Ramjoué
  • Open Access in the United States. Peter Suber
  • National non-European Initiatives:Open Access in India – the Status Quo. Mangala Hirwade
  • International Initiatives. Andreas Hübner

Thanks Donat Agosti and Peter Suber

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