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In yesterday’s post, we mentioned that the White House OSTP recently issued a memo mandating public access to federally funded research, including the related data sets.  So what’s so great about open data anyway?

Ensuring open access to the data behind the literature will play a key role in seeing that the scholarly communication system evolves in a way that supports the needs of scholars and the academic enterprise as a whole.”   -SPARC: Open Data

According to Dan Gezelter, of The OpenScience Project, Open Science encompasses four fundamental goals:

  • Transparency in experimental methodology, observation, and collection of data
  • Public availability and reusability of scientific data
  • Public accessibility and transparency of scientific communication
  • Using web-based tools to facilitate scientific collaboration

 -e-Science Portal for New England Librarians: Open Science

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And what about the humanities?

  • As reported in an article from Inside Higher Education, many humanists see tagged, linked open data as the way to provide for cross-disciplinary research
  • Using open data would increase the relevance of cross-disciplinary research to broader communities, including the general public
  • The ability to use open data from various fields would open up new avenues of research and collaboration within the humanities and beyond

We hope you had a great Open Access Week! Visit the Scholarly Communication at Tufts website for the latest news on open access, author’s rights, and copyright.

 

Seal_of_the_Executive_Office_of_the_President_of_the_United_StatesIn February 2013, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a memo directing major federal funding agencies to develop plans to make the published results and digital data sets of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication.  Agencies with R&D budgets of more than $100 million, including NIH, NSF, NEH, USAid, among others are impacted.  This directive dovetails with the recent bipartisan public access bill FASTR introduced into both the House and Senate.  It is also in line with the mandate already in place by NIH, but expands to include data, not just journal articles.  (Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post about open data!)

The exact details of how this will roll out are still forthcoming, but, rest assured, various groups at Tufts are monitoring developments.  We are looking forward to working with our researchers to comply with the federal requirements as they are established.

 
The Hirsh Health Sciences Library fondly remembers Peter Ofner, who died on Friday, May 24, 2013.

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Dr. Ofner was one of 10,000 children rescued from Nazi Germany under the mission known as the Kindertransport, escaping to safety in Sweden. He was later reunited with his parents in England, where his father became headmaster of St. Bee’s School in Northumbria.

Dr. Ofner was an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Urology at Tufts University School of Medicine; an adjunct Lecturer of Toxicology at Harvard School of Public Health; and Director of the Steroid Biochemistry Lab at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. He was also a longtime PBL facilitator and great friend of the Library.

A search of Web of Knowledge yielded 38 articles published while he was at Tufts, mostly on steroids and sex hormones.

Please see his obituary in the Boston Globe http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=peter-ofner&pid=164974832&fhid=8784#fbLoggedOut.

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In celebration of National Poetry month, the Academy of American Poets is celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18th.

poem in your pocket day from poets.org

HHSL is getting into the spirit with a poetry contest on our Facebook page! Here are the details:
  • Post an original, 12 line or less poem (haikus are great options!) about life on the Boston Campus in response to our Facebook post before 5pm on April 18th
  • Please include your email address!
  • A winner will be chosen and contacted via email on Friday the 19th
  • Winner gets to check out 2 overnight books from the library
  • The winner will also have their poem featured on our blog and Facebook pages

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