Blog archive for May, 2005

Wellcome Trust – Major OA Announcement

May 19th, 2005 by John Wilbanks

The Wellcome Trust has announced that from 1st October 2005, all papers from new research projects must be deposited in PubMed Central or UK PubMed Central – once it has been formed – within 6 months of publication.

Author Self-Archiving…

May 16th, 2005 by John Wilbanks

We’re focused a lot on open access to the scientific literature. And since we’re copyright folks at Creative Commons, a lot of our work looks at standard licensing and approaches dealing with copyright. But we’ve pulled together a series of links on self-archiving, and I strongly encourage everyone to take a look. This is a small subset of available information but it’s a good place to start exploring. In short…if you publish papers and have the right to make an archive copy, you should be using that right! It’s easy and quick to self-archive using these resources. And as the research we link makes extremely clear, getting your work online dramatically increases the impact of your work.

Semantic Web for Life Sciences

May 9th, 2005 by John Wilbanks

The W3C has just posted the “BioDASH” demonstration on its site. BioDASH is a Semantic Web prototype of a Drug Development Dashboard that associates disease, compounds, drug progression stages, molecular biology, and pathway knowledge for a team of users – I was lucky enough to be (a very small) part of the group that put it together, but Eric Neumann of Sanofi-Aventis and Dennis Quan of IBM really drove this forward.

What interests me the most about BioDASH is that it begins to demonstrate the fundamental power of bringing together lots of different knowledge from lots of different places. The sheer scientific power you get from that aggregation of knowledge is amazing. Let’s hope intellectual property policy doesn’t stifle this type of approach to managing the scientific enterprise.

More Open Access Action

May 3rd, 2005 by John Wilbanks

Just wanted to highlight Columbia and University of Kansas policies on Open Access to scholarly publications.

With Berkeley, that’s three big US universities adopting resolutions encouraging faculty to retain copyright to the work they create. Progress, progress…

UC Statement of Principles

May 1st, 2005 by John Wilbanks

The University of California Berkeley Academic Senate has some exciting news.

“The faculty of the University of California, Berkeley will seek to maintain control of their work by retaining intellectual property rights…Retaining control of one’s scholarly output will allow Berkeley faculty greater freedom to disseminate their work, therefore increasing others’ use of it and maximizing the impact of their scholarship.”

You can read the whole document linked from

Here is Creative Commons’ statement on the issue.