Comments for Office of Scholarly Communication http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu University of California Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:31:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Comment on A social networking site is not an open access repository by Katie Fortney http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2015/12/a-social-networking-site-is-not-an-open-access-repository/#comment-54098 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:31:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2160#comment-54098 Good question, Jesus.
They’ve changed their Terms of Use slightly since we wrote that post. You can see the old version on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20151115163047/http://www.academia.edu/terms

It used to read, in the section “License Granted by Member”
By making Member Content available through the Site or Services, you hereby grant to Academia.edu a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, sublicenseable, perpetual, royalty-free license to reproduce, modify for formatting purposes, prepare derivative works based upon, publicly display, publicly perform, distribute, and otherwise use your Member Content in connection with operating and providing the Services and Content to you and to other Members.

The new version of that sentence says
By making any Member Content available through the Site or Services, you hereby grant to Academia.edu a worldwide, revocable, non-exclusive, transferable license to exercise any and all rights under copyright, in
any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, in connection with operating and providing the Services and Content to you and to other Members, provided that the Member Content is not sold for a profit.

So it doesn’t explicitly call out derivative works. But since “any and all rights under copyright” under US law includes the right to create derivative works (see Section 106 of the copyright code at https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#106), they still have that right. The limitation on not selling Member Content is new, and I’m glad to see that added.

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Comment on A social networking site is not an open access repository by Jesus Alonso-Regalado http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2015/12/a-social-networking-site-is-not-an-open-access-repository/#comment-54097 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:58:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2160#comment-54097 I just read your great post titled “a social networking site is not an open
access repository” At some point in this post, you mention that the terms of use of academia.edu give this company a license to make derivative works based on articles users upload to the site. I just could not find this information here https://www.academia.edu/terms

I’d appreciate if you could let me know where you found it. Thanks!

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Comment on My dissertation is online! Wait – my dissertation is online!? Copyright & your magnum opus by Daniel Himmelstein http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2016/11/wait-my-dissertation-is-online/#comment-54096 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 02:45:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2536#comment-54096 Really awesome guidance for UC students working on their theses — as I was earlier this year at UCSF. I made sure to license my dissertation as CC BY 4.0 on the copyright page of my thesis. This way others can reuse my dissertation however they like as long as they provide attribution. I didn’t have to seek any permissions from others, since while there were other copyright holders for certain chapters of my thesis, we were joint authors. Hence I did not need permission to apply a Creative Commons license, which is a non-exclusive license.

Grievances. It’s too bad UCSF is not one of the six UC schools that make their theses publicly available by default. Nonetheless, I paid the $95 open access fee for ProQuest. To my dismay, ProQuest created two online locations for my thesis. First, the primary location with a nicer user interface. Second, an alternative location at PQDT Open with an inferior interface. Unfortunately, the thesis is only freely accessible at the second location. The primary ProQuest site displays the following (if you’re not on a network with institutional access):

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So ProQuest shows a list of three subscription methods instead of delivering my thesis. Finally, ProQuest doesn’t even assign a DOI to the thesis, making it inconvenient to cite. This detracts from the idea that theses are serious scholarly works that others may want to refer to. I mention these issues here since UC is a large ProQuest customer and hopefully their feedback will penetrate ProQuest’s customer service, which thus far I have been unable to achieve!

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Comment on CC BY and data: Not always a good fit. by Martin Donnelly DCC http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2016/09/cc-by-and-data-not-always-a-good-fit/#comment-54095 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:52:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2458#comment-54095 Great post, with lots of good practical advice too – thanks Katie.

MD

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Comment on University of California Press and California Digital Library partner with Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to build open source monograph publishing platform by Katie Fortney http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2016/04/ucpress-and-cdl-to-partner-with-collaborative-knowledge-foundation-to-build-open-source-monograph-publishing-platform/#comment-54094 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:51:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2316#comment-54094 Editoria now has a website, including a blog for providing updates on development: https://editoria.pub/

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Comment on University of California Press and California Digital Library partner with Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to build open source monograph publishing platform by Katie Fortney http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2016/04/ucpress-and-cdl-to-partner-with-collaborative-knowledge-foundation-to-build-open-source-monograph-publishing-platform/#comment-54093 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:45:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2316#comment-54093 The project now has a website, including a blog chronicling releases and what’s being worked on: https://editoria.pub/blog/

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Comment on UC linguistics faculty pledge support for Glossa, call for cancellation of Lingua by Rudy Troike http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2016/02/uc-lingustics-faculty-support-glossa/#comment-54092 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 03:11:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2250#comment-54092 It used to be that professional scholarly societies either published journals themselves, as the Linguistic Society of America, the American Anthropological Association and the American Dialect Society still do, or secured publication support from academic institutions, as the International Journal of American Linguistics and Anthropological Linguistics still do. Commercial publishers saw an opportunity to make money, and lured academics into creating journals, or taking over faltering ones, and many followed the piper down the slippery slope, losing autonomy in the process. Now the piper is calling the tune, and journals are costing institutions more than their original independent support. Academics may complain, but they have only themselves to blame for giving up their scholarly autonomy.

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Comment on UC linguistics faculty pledge support for Glossa, call for cancellation of Lingua by NJ Prof http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2016/02/uc-lingustics-faculty-support-glossa/#comment-54091 Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:23:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2250#comment-54091 It is definitely censorship as long been defined by the library community. It is being deselected. If they never subscribed in the first place, I might agree with you. The university is a government agency, so it is censorship because it is a government actor.

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Comment on UC linguistics faculty pledge support for Glossa, call for cancellation of Lingua by Lu An http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2016/02/uc-lingustics-faculty-support-glossa/#comment-54090 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:03:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2250#comment-54090 It’s not censorship, it’s a boycott. You are free to buy the issues of Lingua yourself, if you want. But please don’t waste tax payers’ money on it!

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Comment on UC linguistics faculty pledge support for Glossa, call for cancellation of Lingua by NJ Prof http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/2016/02/uc-lingustics-faculty-support-glossa/#comment-54089 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:58:00 +0000 http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/?p=2250#comment-54089 Sad to see the UC Libraries involved in censorship. Although not a book, please add Lingua to your next banned books display.

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