New open access chemogenomic database

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) recently launched ChEMBLdb. ChEMBLdb is an open access online database of genomic-based drug and small molecule information. It is intended as a resource for researchers aiming to develop potential new therapeutics based on genomic data.

Team leader Dr John Overington commented: “We hope ChEMBLdb will assist the translation of genomic-based insights into innovative drug therapies.”

ChEMBLdb was originally a commercial database but was purchased with a £4.7 million Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust; their director of science funding Alan Schafer said that the move “should have the greatest impact on researchers in academia and in small companies on limited budgets”.

What can open access do for academic authors and society?

On Oct. 20, 2009, during OPEN ACCESS WEEK at the University of Western Ontario, two panelists (Professor Joaquin Madrenas, Head of Immunology, Robarts Research Institute and Professor Ajit Pyati,,Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies) discussed the benefits of open access from the perspectives of scholar/researcher and international development. The third panelist (Professor Mark Perry, Associate Professor of Law) spoke on what academic authors need to do in order to reap those benefits. The moderator (Joyce Garnett, University Librarian at the University of Western Ontario) facilitated a discussion between the panelists and the audience after the three presentations. The presentation is available on Youtube.

Adrien Ho, former McGill GSLIS classmate and study buddy, was an organizer of this event. He currently works as the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the Western Libraries of the University of Western Ontario.

The Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing

Written mainly for Chief Editors who are going to, or who have, launched a journal, the Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing provides practical information and tools to support the efforts of scholars and other small teams producing independent Open Access journals.

The guide was developed by Co-Action Publishing and Lund University Libraries Head Office with support from the National Library of Sweden and Nordbib.

Over time, the publishers hope that users of this guide will contribute with their own best practices.

With sections on planning, setting up, launching, publishing, and managing an Open Access Journal, this guide is useful beyond Chief Editors and is worth a read by anyone interest in Open Access publishing.

Unlocking Innovation in the UK

The UK government has in recent years made significant amounts of government data openly available for reuse.

The latest development in UK government open data sharing is the launch of, launched in beta test form last month, which “provides a single access point to over 2,500 central government datasets that have been made available for free re-use”. This includes the adoption of Creative Commons-compatible licensing for UK government open content.

For more info on the implications for open-access publishing in the UK go to the Biomed Central Blog.

OA week 2010 announced

October 19-23 2010 will mark the first international Open Access Week.

Open Access Week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. The now-annual event has been expanded from a single day to accommodate widespread global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research results.

Read more on the Open Access Week.