Timeline 2008

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  • January, 10, 2008. The Swiss Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften or SAGW) adopted an OA policy recommending (not requiring) that authors self-archive or submit their work to OA journals, and that journals and publishers use CC licenses or deposit their articles in an OA repository.
  • January 18, 2008. Google announced that it will soon launch a research data repository to provide OA to multi-terabyte sized datasets, integrated with tools for visualization, annotation, and user comments.
  • February 5, 2008. SPARC launched a new mailing list for discussing author rights. The list is moderated by Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer for Duke University Libraries.
  • March, 20, 2008. eIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) called for collaboration on OA projects from like-minded organizations in the 47 developing and transition countries in which it operates.
  • March 25, 2008. Richard Crocker launched Planet eBook, a new portal of OA books in the public domain.
  • July 25, 2008. The NIH has released the author addendum (or "cover sheet") it requires when NIH employees publish articles based on NIH-funded research
  • September 6, 2008. OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks), a project to publish OA monographs in the social sciences and humanities, officially launched.
  • October 17, 2008. ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)- Zürich adopted an OA mandate.
  • November 19, 2008. ENCES (European Network for Copyright in support of Education and Science), an organization dedicated to the adoption of OA-friendly copyright laws in Europe, officially launched.