Open Access report
In February, the 10th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, a meeting was held to look back upon that decade of open access and to discuss scenarios on how to move things forward over the next decade. The recommendations from the meeting have been released on September 12. Important from a Wikimedia perspective is that they cover licensing and designate the Creative Commons Attribution License (which is compatible with reuse on Wikimedia projects) as the default model for Open Access publishing. This will hopefully discourage publishers and authors from using licensing terms like the non-commercial condition that prevent reuse in most educational contexts, including on Wikimedia projects.
How open is it?
While the term "Open Access" has been clearly defined in the Budapest Open Access Initiative, it is often used in the context of open access publishing or open access archiving models incompatible with that definition. In order to provide a basis for more granular assessment of the extent to which a particular resource is open, PLOS, SPARC, and OASPA have collaborated on a draft for How Open Is it?, for which public feedback is invited until Monday, October 8, 5pm EST, so that a final version can be released in time for Open Access Week (see also next section).
Open Access Week
Open Access Week is a global event aimed at highlighting the ways in which Open Access can and does impact society, and research and education in particular. Around the world, researchers, students, librarians and many others get together to share their own experiences and to raise awareness amongst others. One way to contribute to the event is to have a look at the Wikipedia articles related to Open Access in your preferred languages and to see whether they can improved by adding or modifying a few lines, by inserting a reference or illustration, or by simply improving the narrative flow or checking the spelling. Another way is to check Wikimedia Commons for files from Open Access sources and providing them with a new home in a Wikipedia article, Wiktionary entry or Wikibooks chapter. For further information, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Open Access/Open Access Week.
Open Access Media Importer presentation given to Wikimedia Germany on September 28, 2012.
Open Access Media Importer
Test phase finished
Over the course of the month, tests and bug fixes for the Open Access Media Importer continued, with the result that almost all known bugs concerning materials uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer Bot have been fixed. Their remnants in earlier uploads are currently being corrected manually, while a number of problems leading to suitable materials not being uploaded remain to be addressed. These are mostly due to non-standard markup of the XML provided by the publishers, or to non-standard file formats used by the original authors.
An interesting problem that occurred on the way was that the MIME type of image and media files was stated incorrectly in about 5-10% of cases. This could be fixed by implementing a routine that tests, based on the first 4kB of a file, whether the MIME type is indeed the one that is indicated in the XML. Once the Open Access Media Importer is operational, it is intended to be handed over to Wikimedia Germany, but it remains uncertain as to whether that would be via the Toolserver, Wikimedia Labs or some other way. A more detailed report is available from a blog post.
The following files represent a selection of what has been uploaded by the Open Access Media Importer this month. If you can think of wiki pages where these files could be useful, please put them in there or let us know.
Before you watch a video, consider guessing at the research question addressed in the corresponding scholarly article.
Can you guess what these sounds represent?
WikiProject Open Access
The following notes from WikiProject Open Access have been posted this month:
Open Access File of the Day
The following files have been featured as Open Access File of the Day this month:
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