In late November 2009, Carl Lagoze released a major report on scholarly communication practices in chemistry and how developments in open access, open data, and the re-thinking of the structure of scientific articles are altering the landscape. The report is informed by an small workshop held in October of 2008 that I was lucky to be able to attend, but goes considerably beyond the discussions at that workshop.
I neglected to post this announcement out to the CNI community earlier, but since I’ve seen some evidence that it hasn’t been as widely circulated as I think it should be, I’m posting it out belatedly here.
I’d like to call your attention to a white paper released on November 23 titled The Value of New Scientific Education Models for Chemistry. This document is available at http://hdl.handle.net/1813/14150. An article “Communicating Chemistry”, summarizing this white paper, is published in the December issue of Nature Chemistry at http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/v1/n9/full/nchem.448.html. This white paper examines the value of new models of scientific communication for chemistry scholarship enabled by web based technologies and the necessary future steps to achieve the benefit of those new models. It is intended as a starting point for discussion on the possible future of scientific communication in chemistry. I have attached a press release announcing the availability of these two documents to this e-mail.
I believe that these documents will be of interest to you and communities that you have contact with. I would greatly appreciate your help in distributing this information to appropriate e-mail lists and other communication media. Also, your comments on the content would be most appreciated.
Information Science, Cornell University
Ithaca New York