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Digital Archives for Science & Engineering Resources (DASER) Blog
Saturday, 3 December 2005
Bob Kelly, APS: Expanding Readership in Theoretical and Experimental Physics
Mood:  bright
Notes by Christina Pikas
Anton Chekhov, "there is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table, what is national is no longer science..."

1994 APS workshop: publishing preprints on the web is not pre-publishing for submission purposes
Dropped page charges (for all but PRL)
1995 NRL first institutional repository (TORPEDO)
1998 Physical Review Special Topics Accelerators and Beams -- did not charge, libraries reluctant to catalog since they weren't paying for it.

They (like IOP) are moving away from journals towards articles and collections and integrated collections. (note: this has a lot of implications in a lot of spheres, I believe we discussed this at a PAM session at SLA WRT IOP)

He compared institutional subscriptions (now) with the way it was in the late '90s: individual subs, group/department subs, and library subs. Individual subscriptions have doubled in cost, but in general institutions are paying less because access is available across the institution with the online and with the single print copy in the library. hm.

New Services
- ENTS: essential non-text stuff (ex. holograms)
- wikis
- folksonomies
- blogs
- full text xml, single column pdf

Copyright statement - has been evolving, but according to Stevan Harnad (audience) has been a step ahead and was the first green publisher (meaning allows self-archiving, etc)

They're looking at non-traditional revenue sources such as archives back to 1893.

Updated: 12/5 to add tag and picture, signature

Posted by asistdaser at 10:26 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005 1:06 PM EST
Steve Moss, IOP: Open Access Perspective from an STM publisher
Mood:  bright
Notes by Christina Pikas
He introduced IOP.

IOP's Open Access Initiatives
1) This month's papers (current 30 days' worth of papers available at no charge on the web page)
2) IOP Select (editorial boards select the best and highest impact papers and make them available at no cost)
3) New Titles (are freely available for up to 2 years)
4) Developing Countries
5) Open Access Journals (New Journal of Physics, Conference Series, Journal of High Energy Physics)

These efforts
- have not increased cancellations
- downloads and submissions are up
- upgrades and subscriptions are up
- has helped impact factors (10 titles more than 20%)
- 18% of the downloads are free, not to subscribers

Expect to break even for a year in 2007 (started publishing in 1998) ... sufficient impact, viable only in long term, requires deep pockets to get there.

See presentation online to see extracts from recent studies on why authors choose to publish where they do. For one study, see Mary Waltham's site. For another see APLSP.

Updated: 12/5 to add tag and picture, signature

Posted by asistdaser at 9:54 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005 1:08 PM EST
Mood:  caffeinated
Notes by Christina Pikas
We're now doing introductions. There are people here from IOP, APS, AIP (so physics is well represented), Springer, Biomed Central, and other academic, governmental, and corporate organizations.

High energy physics, medicine, astronomy, chemistry, and engineering environments are all represented.

Updated: 12/5 to add tag and picture, signature

Posted by asistdaser at 9:21 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005 1:10 PM EST
Early morning start for DASER
Mood:  caffeinated
Well we're all here - about 50 of us for the conference. We're in Maryland near the University of Maryland.

We started with a great breakfast in the Chesapeake Room and there are more snacks waiting for our breaks.

I'm here as a student volunteer and will be blogging the conference. I'm a doctoral student at the University of Maryland and a sci/tech librarian.

You can IM me on AOL at Christina Pikas0 or Yahoo IM at cpikas during the conference if you have questions. You may also e-mail me at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

Christina Pikas

Posted by asistdaser at 8:52 AM EST
Monday, 14 November 2005
Karla Hahn's Bio
Karla L. Hahn
Office of Scholarly Communication
Association of Research Libraries

Karla L. Hahn is the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at the Association for Research Libraries (ARL). ARL provides leadership in the development of effective, extensible, sustainable, and economically viable models of scholarly communication that provide barrier-free access to quality information in support of teaching, learning, research, and service to the community.

Prior to joining the ARL staff in May 2005, Hahn was the Collection Management Team Leader for the University of Maryland Libraries. She has worked previously at the Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Michigan Libraries.

Hahn has a Ph.D from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, an M.L.S. from Syracuse University, an M.S. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in Biology and Geology from Wittenberg University. Her writings include the book, Electronic Ecology: A Case Study of Electronic Journals in Context. Hahn has also authored numerous articles, most recently “Tiered pricing: Implications for Library Collections”, published in portal: Libraries and the Academy.

Posted by asistdaser at 1:37 PM EST
Wednesday, 5 October 2005
Wellcome Trust Requiring the deposit of peer-reviewed research papers in PubMed Central
Advertisements/notices have begun to appear in STM research publications (see, for example, Nature, v.437, p.608, 29 Sep. 2005 issue), highlighting the new policy regarding Wellcome Trust funded research. The notices state, "To maximize the impact of the research it funds, the Wellcome Trust now requires all Trust-funded researchers to deposit their peer-reviewed research papers in PubMed Central - the free-to-access life sciences repository, developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)."

Further information can be found at the new grant conditions Wellcome Trust page.

Submitted by,

Michael Leach

Posted by asistdaser at 12:50 PM EDT
Saturday, 1 October 2005
DASER Blog Expands Its Purpose
Information on new IT products, information services, software upgrades, etc. now floods the STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Medicine) library environment. While some STEM-orientated blogs and other web-based services offer general coverage of this flow of information, no single source focuses on the STEM publisher-librarian interface.

While originally conceived to support just the DASER Summits, this blog will now expand to report on news items, issues, and announcements dealing with digital archives, e-libraries, repositories and other STEM-related products and services, with a focus (but not exclusive view) on the librarian-publisher interface, and how we can improve communication between these two professions in support of the authors and readers of scholarly publications.

It is our intention to develop a number of blog authors and editors from both professions to manage this blog, not necessarily just from the ASIST community. If you are interested in participating in this process, please contact me (leach@physics.harvard.edu).

Michael Leach

Posted by asistdaser at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2005 5:52 PM EDT
Wednesday, 13 April 2005
New Summit Dates: 2-4 December 2005

The new dates for the DASER-2 Summit have now been set:

Friday through Sunday
2-4 December 2005.

Th location and conference hotel will remain the same.


Posted by asistdaser at 1:26 PM EDT
Friday, 1 April 2005
DASER-2 Summit POSTPONED till Fall 2005
Dear Colleagues,

After much discussion, we have decided to postpone the DASER-2 Summit till the Fall of 2005, approximately six months from now.

A number of colleagues have expressed interest in attending, but were unable to do so because travel funds for this fiscal year were already spent. In addition, this season has been a crowded one, making it difficult to choose. So, we hope that by changing the date, more of you will be able to partake of this excellent program.

The new dates should be available by 11th April 2005. The location will remain the same.

In addition, the program will remain essentially the same. Our key note speaker, Jan Velterop, and most of the speakers I've contacted today, have agreed to attend in the Fall.

We will keep you posted as the details become available.

Current registrants are being contacted now by staff members from ASIST. Should you have any questions or concerns in the mean time, please do not hesitate to email or even call me.


Michael Leach

Posted by asistdaser at 2:25 PM EST
Monday, 28 March 2005
Speaker Profile: Jerry Cowhig (IOP)
Jerry Cowhig is Managing Director of Institute of Physics Publishing. The company publishes about 40 learned journals, as well as books and magazines. It has an active web site. It is based in the UK and also has offices in Philadelphia, Moscow, St Petersburg, Munich, Beijing and Tokyo. Mr Cowhig qualified many years ago in Nutrition at the University of London, and lectured for a while in the Biochemistry Department of Surrey University, England. He left academic life to become a medical journalist, spending 15 years as editor of a weekly news magazine for doctors. He then became a medical publisher from where he moved to his present post in physics publishing in 1995.

Posted by asistdaser at 11:38 AM EST
Wednesday, 23 March 2005
Online Registration Form Now Available

The online registration form is now available at:


Don't forget: the "early-bird" registration cut-off date is coming up soon: 1 April 2005.

Michael Leach

Posted by asistdaser at 4:04 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 28 March 2005 11:33 AM EST
Monday, 14 March 2005
Speaker Profile: Dr. Karla Hahn, Collection Management Team Leader, University of Maryland
Karla Hahn is currently the Collection Management Team Leader at the University of Maryland Libraries. In this position she is responsible for collection development and management of purchased or licensed materials in all formats: analog and digital. Since winter 2004 she has coordinated the team developing the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM). DRUM was launched on the University of Maryland campus in August 2004. Later this spring she will be taking a new position as Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at the Association for Research Libraries. Previously Dr. Hahn worked at the Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins and at the Health Science Libraries at the University of Michigan.

Advanced Degrees:
Doctorate in Information Studies from the U of Maryland. Her dissertation was a study of electronic journal publishing.

MLS from Syracuse University

MS in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago.

Posted by asistdaser at 3:26 PM EST
Stevan Harnad added to program
Prof. Stevan Harnad has been added to the DASER-2 Summit program. The title of his presentation is:

"Institutional repository models: what works and what doesn't"

He will be speaking with Dr. Hays on Sunday morning, during Panel 5.

Here is a short biography:

Stevan Harnad (http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad) was born in Hungary,did his undergraduate work at McGill University and his graduate work at Princeton university and is currently Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at University of Quebec/Montreal and adjunct Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University, UK. His research is on categorisation, communication and cognition. Founder and Editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences http://www.bbsonline.org/ (a paper journal published by Cambridge University Press), Psycoloquy http://psycprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ (an electronic journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association) and the CogPrints Electronic Preprint Archive in the Cognitive Sciences tp://cogprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ he is Past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, and author and contributor to over 150 publications, including Origins and Evolution of Language and Speech (NY Acad Sci 1976), Lateralization in the Nervous System (Acad Pr 1977), Peer Commentary on Peer Review: A Case Study in Scientific Quality Control (CUP 1982), Categorical Perception: The Groundwork of Cognition (CUP 1987), The Selection of Behavior: The Operant Behaviorism of BF Skinner: Comments and Consequences (CUP 1988) and Icon, Category, Symbol: Essays on the Foundations and Fringes of Cognition (in prep).

Posted by asistdaser at 3:01 PM EST
Speaker Profile: Peiling Wang, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Dr. Peiling Wang is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1994. She also holds a B.Eng. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Information Sciences.

Her research areas include Information Seeking Behaviors, Knowledge Structures, Research Methodologies and Methods, Data Mining, and Citation Analysis. She has authored/co-authored more than 34 publications. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Currently, she is working on several research topics and funded projects:

• Digital Information Seeking and Use by Academic Users

o The use of e-scholarly publications in teaching and learning by faculty and students in Natural Sciences (Research Associate of an NSF NSDL grant)

o The use of e-resources in research by faculty and graduate students in Social Sciences

• Searching Behaviors on the Web

o Web searching behaviors of IS students and CS students (PI of a Research Grant form University of Tennessee)

o A dual approach to Web queries mining and redesign of user-Web interactions (PI of a OCLC Research Grant)

o Web users’ mental models

Her honors include the 1994 ASIST Doctoral Forum Award, the 1999 Best JASIST Paper Award, and the 2005 OCLC/ALISE Research Award.

Being an active member of ASIST, she has served and chaired several Awards Juries. She is on the Editorial Board of the Library & Information Science Research and reviews for several journals and conferences.

Posted by asistdaser at 2:47 PM EST
Dr. Timothy C. Hays of NIH added to program
Dear Colleagues,

Dr. Timothy C. Hays of the National Institutes of Health has been added to the DASER-2 program. He will be addressing the new NIH Public Access policy at Panel 5, Sunday morning.

Timothy Hays, Ph.D. is the electronic Research Administration Policy Liaison and Scientific Advisor within the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration within the Office of Extramural Research (OER) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Hays is also the Project Manager for the implementation of the NIH Public Access Policy. Dr. Hays joined the OER after working for five years at the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH as first the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, NIMH and then as the Director of the Outreach Partnership Program, NIMH. Dr. Hays received his B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hays is a member of the Society for Neuroscience Public Education Working Group, and in 2001, he participated in the development of the Surgeon General’s supplemental report, Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.

We look forward to Dr. Hays presentation.

Michael Leach

Posted by asistdaser at 2:32 PM EST

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