Matthew Von Hendy has written a post for the Special Libraries Association’s Social Science Division blog on open access (AKA free) science resources. Many of these resources provide full-text or links to full-text if available but a few only provide citation information.
Note that you can also find excellent science information through your local library, which more than likely also provides access to a number of subscription databases as well.
PLOS, SPARC and OASPA have collaborated to create a guide that identifies the core components of OA and how they are implemented across the spectrum between “Open Access” and “Closed Access”. The guide provides an easily understandable, comprehensive, and quantifiable resource to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on publisher policies. In addition, funders and other organizations will have a resource that indicates criteria for what level of OA is required for their policies and mandates.
This OA guide is aimed toward a wide audience of researchers, authors, and policy-makers. The goals of the guide are to:
- Move the conversation from “Is It Open Access?” to “HowOpenIsIt?”
- Clarify the definition of OA
- Standardize terminology
- Illustrate a continuum of “more open” versus “less open”
- Enable people to compare and contrast publications and policies
- Broaden the understanding of OA to a wider audience
- Determine how open a publisher is by using the grid
Read the full post at the SGP blog.
Is sustainability a winning business strategy? 3M thinks so. In this Q&A, 3M shares some insight into its goals and what it plans to achieve next in its sustainability journey.
Read the full story in Sustainable Industries.
Educational institutions, state and local governments, businesses, and other organizations worldwide are striving to achieve the triple bottom line of economical, ecological and social responsibility. These values for measuring organizational success can be secured by embracing a commitment to sustainability.
As citizens of a global community, it is the social responsibility of companies, organizations and institutions to collectively minimize energy consumption, reduce carbon footprints, protect air and water quality, and build a stronger society. In short, they must work together to achieve sustainability worldwide.
Many organizations are finding that they can dramatically accelerate their progress by combining on-site renewable energy generation with energy efficiency measures.
University Expands Sustainability Promotion with Workplace Certificate Program
The University of Michigan’s Office of Campus Sustainability has launched Sustainable Workplace, a certificate program that assist offices in creating greener workplaces across campus through simple adjustments in employee behaviors and equipment settings.
Parkland purchases hybrid car and charging station
Parkland College [Champaign, IL] has been gaining recognition around the community for their decision to go green. Just last February, the college received a grant from the non-profit TKF Foundation to design urban, green spaces around the campus as part of the TKF Foundation’s “Open Spaces Sacred Places” program. This fall, Parkland College is making way for several changes to the campus as part of their green efforts. In addition to celebrating National Sustainability Day Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety got a new hybrid police car last Tuesday. Plans are in place to order more of them.
Appalachian State University installs mulch replacement outside Lovill Hall
Over fall break, a new paving material was installed outside Lovill Residence Hall. The substance, called Flexi-Pave, replaced mulch which has washed away in heavy rains and tracked into lobbies by residents.
University of Michigan, DTE Energy begin solar energy installation on North Campus
Ground was broken this week for a new solar energy installation at the North Campus Research Complex. The partnership between U-M and DTE Energy is part of DTE Energy’s SolarCurrents program and will result in a ground-mounted solar array capable of producing up to 430 kilowatts.
Anaergia Selected by Michigan State University for Largest College Campus-Based Renewable Energy Biogas Plant in the U.S.
Anaergia Inc. today announced that it has been selected and initiated development on the largest college campus-based anaerobic digestion system in the United States. The anaerobic digestion system will be located at the Dairy Cattle Teaching & Research Center on the South Campus Farms at the Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing,Michigan.
University of Michigan Launches $9 Million Effort to Strengthen Great Lakes Restoration While Advancing Research & Education
A new $9 million University of Michigan Great Lakes research and education center will guide efforts to protect and restore the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes by reducing toxic contamination, combating invasive species, protecting wildlife habitat and promoting coastal health. With a $4.5 million, three-year grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the new University of Michigan Water Center will provide a solid scientific framework for more efficient and effective Great Lakes restoration. U-M scientists and their partners across the region will use research and on-the-ground collaboration to inform Great Lakes restoration projects. The initiative was announced today by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, who said the university will add an additional $4.5 million to the project over three years.