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Open Access Week 2013

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-09-10
Open Access Week 2013

OLH Directors Martin Eve and Caroline Edwards will be speaking at a variety of events focussed around Open Access Week 2013. Caroline will be appearing at the following events: "Non-traditional research outputs" (invited lecture as part of a workshop on intellectual property), 12th October 2013, CREATe, University of Glasgow "What does open access mean for the humanities?" invited [...]

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Funded MSc Working on OLH Tech

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-09-10
Funded MSc Working on OLH Tech

We're very pleased to be able to announce, in affiliation with the Public Knowledge Project, that there is a funded MSc Computer Science place to work on the typesetting mechanism proposed in the Open Library of Humanities technical roadmap. From the official advert: The University of Lincoln, in association with the Public Knowledge Project, is pleased to offer a funded place for the [...]

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SPARC Japan

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-09-05
SPARC Japan

OLH Founder and Co-Director Dr Martin Eve recently travelled to Japan after being invited to speak at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Collection (SPARC) Japan event, "The Front Line of OA in Humanities and Social Sciences” on the 23rd August, 2013 at the Tokyo National Institute of Informatics. Martin was part of a lively programme, which included the following [...]

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Harvard Guest Lecture

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-06-30
Harvard Guest Lecture

On Thursday 27th June, OLH Directors Dr Martin Eve and Dr Caroline Edwards were invited to deliver a guest lecture at Harvard University. The lecture was co-sponsored by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Mahindra Humanities Center and was co-organised by David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, and Marguerite Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor at MIT [...]

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Open Access Monographs

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-06-30
Open Access Monographs

On 1st and 2nd July, OLH Directors Dr Martin Eve and Dr Caroline Edwards were invited to give a talk as part of a panel on "Promising Business Models" at the Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences conference. Martin and Caroline spoke on a panel with Frances Pinter, Founder & Executive Director of Knowledge Unlatched, and Carrie Calder from Palgrave Macmillan. The [...]

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Roadmap for Technical Pilot

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-05-15
Roadmap for Technical Pilot

We're pleased to announce that the roadmap for the technical pilot platform for the OLH megajournal is nearing completion. In order to implement an efficient XML-first publication environment, the platform will consist of (among many other aspects): A document management and submission system derived from Open Journal Systems A typesetting mechanism that transforms from [...]

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Editorial Recruitment

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-05-15
Editorial Recruitment

The OLH is now recruiting editors for each of our disciplinary fields. If you have academic editorial expertise and would like to get involved in open access publishing, please get in touch. We're looking for skilled academics in the following areas: History Theology & Religious Studies Literature & Languages Modern & Ancient Languages Philosophy Cultural [...]

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Forms of Innovation

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-05-15
Forms of Innovation

OLH Project Directors Dr Martin Eve and Dr Caroline Edwards were recently invited to speak at the AHRC-funded Forms of Innovation event series for the workshop "Humanities, Copyright and New Technology." The workshop was held in the Department of English Studies at the University of Durham on Saturday 27th April 2013, and addressed the way in which new technologies are extending our [...]

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BIS Select Committee on Open Access

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-17
BIS Select Committee on Open Access

On 16th April, OLH Project Director Dr Martin Eve was invited to give evidence at the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, which is appointed by the UK House of Commons to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and its associated public bodies, including Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Martin spoke at [...]

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Megajournals and Scholarship in the South

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-12
Megajournals and Scholarship in the South

Francisco Osorio, a social anthropologist at the University of Chile and editor of the Latin American social science journal Cinta de Moebio (Moebius Strip), has published an article discussing what the Open Library of Humanities might mean for journal editors working in the Global South. Osorio poses a series of questions of direct relevance to academic researchers, publishers and editors [...]

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The OLH’s Reception in New Zealand

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-12
The OLH’s Reception in New Zealand

Independent journalist and academic researcher Mark P. Williams has recently written an article examining the Open Library of Humanities for the New Zealand independent news website Scoop Independent News. Outlining the recent history of open access in scholarly journals publishing, and the current "serials crisis" that faces academic research, Williams discusses what George Monbiot has [...]

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Latest Download Figures for the Social Sciences Directory

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-03
Latest Download Figures for the Social Sciences Directory

Just 9 months after it was originally conceived, the UK gold open access publisher Social Sciences Directory launched in September 2012. Publishing articles in a range of disciplines in online-only form, the Directory has rapidly established itself as a landmark open access publisher in the UK. Publishing both peer-reviewed research as well as "value-added content" (including presentations, [...]

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American Historical Society Article on OLH

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-02
American Historical Society Article on OLH

Jennifer Reut has published a short article about the launch of the OLH on the American Historical Association's website, under the "Perspectives on History" series. Outlining the OLH's development as an initiative designed to explore the suitability of a Public Library of Science model of publishing within the humanities and social sciences, Reut discusses the OLH's ambition to waive [...]

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OA Publishing in Religion and Theology

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-04-02
OA Publishing in Religion and Theology

Gary F. Daught who runs the Omega Alpha website on open access publishing in religion and theology has published an extensive interview with two of the OLH's committee members – Peter Webster (British Library) from the Academic Steering and Advocacy Committee and Justin Meggitt (Cambridge) from the Advocacy Forum. As Daught writes, academics within theology and religious studies are [...]

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Martin Eve on Open Access in The Guardian

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 2013-03-26
Martin Eve on Open Access in The Guardian

OLH Project Director Dr Martin Paul Eve published a comment piece on the Guardian Higher Education Network on 25th March 2013, which argues that academics in the humanities need to adopt "an activist approach" to the changing technological parameters of scholarly publishing. He writes: these projects represent utopian spaces in which academics can re-seize some limited agency, to [...]

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