Timeline 2007

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  • January 2007. The US Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) announced a program to digitize 40 million pages of microfiche documents for OA.
  • January 8, 2007. UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) was officially launched by a Funders Group of nine institutions. At the same time, eight of the nine members of the Funders Group announced that they do, or will, mandate OA for the research they fund and mandate deposit in UKPMC.
  • January 8, 2007. The UK-based Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) announced an OA mandate for ARC-funded research.
  • January 8, 2007. The UK Department of Health pledged to adopt an OA mandate. I'm not sure when it actually adopted and released its policy, but it was at least by May 2007.
  • January 9, 2007. Open Access Research issued a call for papers and became the first peer-reviewed OA journal devoted to OA itself.
  • January 17, 2007. The UN Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) added a policy mandating OA to data covered by the convention, with some exceptions.
  • January 10, 2007. The European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) recommended an OA mandate for EU-funded research.
  • January 24, 2007. Nature revealed that the Association of American Publishers (AAP) hired Eric Dezenhall ("the pit bull of public relations") to keep OA proponents "on the defensive" with messages like "public access equals government censorship". Dezenhall reportedly asked for $300,000 - 500,000 for six months of work.
  • January 26, 2007. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the British Library agreed to build an OA portal of world science.
  • January 31, 2007. The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) released a position statement on public access to scientific literature, calling for OA to publicly funded research within six months of its publication.
  • February 2007. AlouetteCanada, the digitization and OA project for Canadian cultural heritage, issued a Declaration that includes language supporting OA.
  • February 2007. India's National Centre for Science Information launched CASSIR (Cross Archive Search Services for Indian Repositories). At the time of launch, CASSIR indexed 15 of India's OA, OAI-compliant repositories and was working to index the rest.
  • February 12, 2007. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) released a draft Provosts' Statement On Publishing Agreements. It includes an author addendum enabling scholars to retain the rights they need to authorize postprint archiving.
  • February 15, 2007. OA proponents delivered a petition with over 20,000 signatures to Janez Potocnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research. The petition called for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research in Europe.
  • February 24, 2007. Ronald Plasterk, one of the best-known OA proponents in the Netherlands, was appointed the country's minister of education, culture, and science.
  • February 27, 2007. The ATLAS Experiment at CERN released a Statement on Open Access Publishing encouraging its 1,800 participating scientists to publish their results in OA journals. (CERN scientists were already operating under an OA archiving mandate.) Three other CERN experiments soon adopted the same statement: the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment (March 2, 2007), A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE), and Total Cross Section, Elastic Scattering and Diffraction Dissociation at the LHC (TOTEM) (both the latter c. March 20, 2007).
  • February 27, 2007. The American Association of University Presses (AAUP) released a Statement on Open Access. It expresses some skepticism about fee-based OA journals and a willingness to explore mixed business models and OA monographs.
  • March 2007. ChemXSeer launched, an OA database and search engine for chemical literature, formulae, tables, and data. One of the co-developers was C. Lee Giles, who was also one of the co-developers of CiteSeer.
  • March 8, 2007. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Elsevier agreed that when HHMI-funded authors publish in Elsevier journals, HHMI will pay Elsevier between $1,000 and $1,500 per article to deposit the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscripts in PubMed Central six months after publication. (Also see SOAN for April 2007.)
  • March 9, 2007. CERN released its plan to convert all the subscription journals in particle physics to OA.
  • March 16, 2007. MIT canceled access to the digital library of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) when the SAE refused to lift its onerous DRM.
  • March 20, 2007. Nature Biotech announced a new policy, "recommending that raw data from proteomics and molecular-interaction experiments be deposited in a public [OA] database before manuscript submission."
  • April 2007. The Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR) launched Online Research Collections Australia (ORCA), a registry and support network for OA repositories in Australia.
  • April 1, 2007. Two Research Councils of the UK merged, one requiring OA (PPARC) and one merely encouraging it (CCLRC). The new merged entity, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), will require OA.
  • April 2, 2007. We learned that France's Institut national de recherche en informatique ete en automatique (INRIA) deposited its entire research output in HAL, the centralized French OA repository.
  • April 4, 2007. Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) launched a funding program to support OA journals.
  • April 10, 2007. The European Commission adopted an FP7 Grant Agreement which requires grantees to submit electronic copies of their journal articles to the EC and permits the EC to redistribute them online.
  • April 13, 2007. EDINA, JISC, and SHERPA launched the Depot, a universal OA repository for UK researchers.
  • May 2007. The UK Medical Research Council and British Heart Foundation, which both already had OA mandates, joined with a of (unnamed) pharmaceutical and analytical science companies to set up a 17 million fund for research into biomarkers. The fund will operate under an OA mandate.
  • May 2007. Open-access.net launched, based in Germany.
  • May 23, 2007. A bill was introduced in the Brazilian Parliament to mandate that public universities mandate OA to their research output. At the samem time, Brazilian OA advocates began circulating a petition to support the bill.
  • June 2007. Sweden's OpenAccess.se launched a project to improve the infrastructure for the nation's research output and at the same time to increase the OA portion of that output.
  • June 12, 2007. Nature launched Scintilla, an OA news aggregator for RSS and Atom feeds. It supports user ratings, recommendations, and interest groups.
  • June 21, 2007. Springer and the Dutch library consortium UKB (Universiteitsbibliotheken en de Koninklijke Bibliotheek) announced a joint OA initiative. Springer's OA hybrid journals will waive their publication fees for authors from UKB institutions, and these OA articles may appear immediately in the institutional repositories of UKB institutions.
  • June 26, 2007. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced its long-anticipated OA mandate for research publications by HHMI employees.
  • June 27, 2007. Lisbet Rugtvedt, Norway's State Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Research, publicly endorsed OA.
  • June 28, 2007. Lund University launched Journal Info, an online tool to help scholars evaluate journals where they might submit their work. It covers OA and non-OA journals, and for non-OA journals recommends some OA alternatives and indicates the journal's self-archiving policy, subscription price per article, and subscription price per citation.
  • July 3, 2007. Google relaxed a restriction on some of its digitized public-domain books, offering plain-text editions alongside the scanned images. Plain-text editions support cutting and pasting and adaptive technologies for visually impaired users.
  • July 10, 2007. The Nereus consortium of European academic libraries announced the September launch an OA economics research portal called NEEO (Network of European Economists Online).
  • August 2007. The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology (IRCSET) issued a strong draft OA mandate and called for public comments.
  • August 8, 2007. Germany's DINI (Deutsche Initiative fur Netzwerkinformation) launched OA-Netzwerk to share best practices and improve the data quality of the national network of OA repositories.
  • August 12, 2007. The German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG) announced a funding program to launch new science journals, expand existing journals, and help print journals make the transition to electronic publication. To be eligible for funding, journals must meet the DFG guidelines for open access.
  • August 23, 2007. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) division launched PRISM (Partnership for Research Integrity in Science & Medicine) to lobby against government OA policies.
  • September 2007. India's National Knowledge Commission (NKC) released a report recommending an OA mandate for publicly-funded research, public funding for OA digitization projects, and a funding model to support OA journals. (The release date of the report is not clear.)
  • September 4, 2007. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced an OA mandate for CIHR-funded research.
  • September 6, 2007. The UK Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) announced an OA mandate for AHRC-funded research.
  • October 2007. MIT geophysicist Brian Evans drafted a resolution for the MIT Faculty Committee on the Library System calling on MIT faculty to provide OA to their own work, especially when it is based on public funding.
  • October 2007. Elsevier released the license it will use when it deposits articles in PubMed Central (PMC) or UKPMC on behalf of funding agencies who pay it to do so. It's notable for permitting a range of re-use rights as well as free online access.
  • October 2007. The Australian government proposed an Australian National Data Service (ANDS) to promote OA, preservation, and re-use of publicly-funded research data.
  • October 1, 2007. The NIH launched SHARe (SNP Health Association Resource), "one of the most extensive collections of genetic and clinical data ever made freely available to researchers worldwide."
  • October 8, 2007. The UKPMC Publishers Panel, composed of publishers and research funders, agreed that when funders pay publishers to make an article OA, then the publishers should remove key permission barriers as well as price barriers.
  • October 10, 2007. Sweden joined a Nordic project funded by Nordbib to launch new OA journals and convert existing TA journals to OA.
  • October 17, 2007. Six Brazilian university rectors met at the University of Brasilia to launch a campaign across Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries to persuade research institutions to adopt strong, local OA policies.
  • October 20, 2007. The Open Content Alliance announced its plan to digitize and lend orphan works, its first foray beyond public-domain books.
  • November 2007. Italy's Conference of University Rectors (Conferenza dei Rettori delle Universite Italiane) adopted guidelines for the deposit of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) in institutional repositories, which it regards as the first step in a plan to make Italian ETDs OA.
  • November 2007. Norway adopted a policy requiring government agencies to provide OA to any geodata they gather or produce.
  • November 8, 2007. JISC and UKOLN launched SWORD 1.0 (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit).
  • November 10, 2007. The World Health Organization (WHO) Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (IGWG) was considering an OA mandate until November, when it issued a new draft merely encouraging, not requiring, OA.
  • November 14, 2007. France's National Agency for Research (Agence nationale de la recherche, or ANR) adopted an OA mandate for ANR-funded research.
  • November 16, 2007. SPARC Europe and the DOAJ announced a project to develop standards for OA journals and provide help to publishers in meeting those standards.
  • December 2007. A research group from the University of Granada launched SCImago, an OA database of journal data organized by field and country.

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