White Papers

Big Data and the Needs of the Pharma Industry

This whitepaper offers new strategies for managing Big Data, most specifically by using an array of technologies to convert it into more meaningful, accessible Little Data. The paper highlights how the inherently data-driven pharmaceutical industry requires deep, broad information to feed drug R&D, but the way it processes Big Data… Read More

University-based Open Access Publishing

This report sketches the landscape of university-based not-for-profit publishing in Europe with a primary focus on open access publishing of journals. It aims to provide an understanding of the different types of initiatives in terms of size, operational and business models, technologies used, stakeholder involvement, concentration of scientific fields, growth,… Read More

Expecting the Unexpected: Serendipity, Discovery, and the Scholarly Research Process

The authors found that there is a spectrum of discussion in the information studies literature: at one end, accidental discovery of unknown information is seen as a fundamental method of scholarly information seeking (Cooksey, 2004); at the other end, chance information encounters are rejected as having a useful role to… Read More

Monitoring the transition to open access: December 2017

Following the Finch Report in 2012, Universities UK established an Open Access Coordination Group to support the transition to open access (OA) for articles in scholarly journals. The Group commissioned an initial report published in 2015 to gather evidence on key features of that transition. This second report aims to… Read More

Pragmatic scenario for transitioning the publication system towards open access

A study has developed scenarios for transitioning Switzerland's scientific publication system towards Open Access (OA). It recommends a model that proposes a pragmatic and flexible way of making publicly funded research freely available at no charge and with no delay. The study was initiated by the Swiss National Science Foundation… Read More

Making Good on the Promise of ERM: A Standards and Best Practices Discussion Paper

(niso.org): This publication is the outcome of the NISO Electronic Resource Management (ERM) Data Standards and Best Practices Project, a successor to the Digital Library Federation’s Electronic Resources Management Initiative (ERMI). The project’s primary goals were to perform a “gap analysis” of standards and best practices and make recommendations on… Read More

Open Access: Awareness and Attitudes amongst the Author Community

(intechweb.org): This InTech white paper is based on a review of current research and a survey sent to 20,000 STM researchers worldwide. The survey attracted an overall response rate of 1.3 percent, with 275 participants taking part and 253 (92 percent) completing it. The majority of respondents were researchers (75… Read More

University Faculty Awareness and Attitudes towards Open Access Publishing and the Institutional Repository: A Case Study

The purpose of this study was to understand TAMU faculty awareness of open access (OA) publishing; assess their attitudes towards, and willingness to, contribute to an institutional repository (IR); and investigate their perceptions of newer OA trends and resources, including Open Educational Resources (OER) and DMPTool. The survey also served… Read More


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