OpenKnowledge at Stanford for Progress and Events on Open Access (OA), Open Publishing and Open Science & Data

Take a look at OpenKnowledge at Stanford University for progress and events on Open Access (OA), Open Publishing and Open Science and Open Data.

New Article of Interest: “The Inevitability of Open Access”

David W. Lewis, Dean of the IUPUI [Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis] University Library, has written an article offering up a valuable overview of open access (OA), including its history and arguments pro and con –

“The Inevitability of Open Access”  73(5) College & Research Libraries 493-506  (September 2012)

– asserting that the movement toward OA, particularly the model of OA in which all articles from a journal  are freely available immediately upon publication, is a “disruptive innovation” (see the recent work of Harvard Business School (HBS) Prof. Clayton M. Christensen, especially Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008 ~ with Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson) and The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009 ~ with Jerome H. Grossman and Jason Hwang)) that may well account for as much as 90 percent of all scholarly journal articles by as early as the year 2020.

Hat tip to Current Cites (August 2012).

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Milestone for Open Bibliographic Data: British Library Releases 3 Million Records

Following up on some earlier United Kingdom (UK)-related posts here  — Digital Britain — UK Government’s Strategic Vision (June 18, 2009) and British Library Warning as to Potential for Loss of United Kingdom’s Online/Web Heritage (February 25, 2010) — according to the Open Knowledge Foundation — the British Library is at a watershed in terms of open access (OA) bibliographic data:

Milestone for Open Bibliographic Data: British Library Release 3 Million Records

This is apparently the first substantial corpus of bibliographic data to be released in an open form by a national library.

The data — i.e., the entire British National Bibliography — is reportedly also available in searchable form at Bibliographica.

Hat tip to ResourceShelf.com.