White House Memo on Open Access Research

February 22, 2013

Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a new policy memorandum regarding increasing public access to federally funded scientific research. OSTP Director John Holdren has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research.

New policy memorandum:

Statement from Dr. Holdren regarding issue of memorandum:


New Campus Tools for Web Publishing and Drupal Development

November 15, 2012

A popular platform for developing websites and web applications, Drupal powers hundreds of department, research, and administrative websites at UC Berkeley. While Drupal greatly facilitates the development process, significant effort is still required to build and maintain websites. Furthermore, many campus groups develop sites with insecure practices, poor backups, and site designs that are inconsistent with UC Berkeley branding efforts.

Over the last year, IST has worked closely with the campus Drupal community, University Relations, and Pantheon, our San Francisco-based partner, on a series of initiatives designed to support campus web developers who use Drupal. Following are updates around these initiatives. We will expand upon these updates in a campuswide presentation scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:00–11:30 am in 150 University Hall. Mark your calendars!

Read complete iNews article.

Open Source Web Publishing Platforms Under Development

January 27, 2012

As mentioned in today’s iNews article, IST is leveraging the new IST Drupal Cloud Hosting service to develop solutions that will make it easier for non-technical users to build and maintain websites. We will be launching the Berkeley Scholars service, which will allow faculty to easily construct high-quality academic-centric personal websites. This service is based on the Harvard OpenScholar project. We are also developing a comparable service based on Chapter Three’s Open Academy for campus departments. IST is working closely with Chapter Three and Pantheon to make both services available during the spring 2012 semester. Stay tuned for more information on these and other projects.

Open Access Week Activities at UC Berkeley

October 19, 2009

October 19-23 is Open Access Week. In honor of this week, there will be on-campus events celebrating this growing movement! Below is a list of activities happening on campus this week. Please go here, to see the original announcement.

Take Control of Your Publications with eScholarship

October 19, 2009

An Open Access Week presentation open to all Anthropology faculty and graduate students, ARF affiliates, and other interested students and faculty

Catherine Mitchell

Director, CDL Publishing Group

University of California

Monday, October 19, 2009

4:30 – 6.00 p.m.

Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Building, Room 101

Keep your copyright

Reach more readers

Publish when you want to

Protect your work’s future

…all with no fees

eScholarship offers a robust open access* publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship, including:

Journals Conference Proceedings

Books Working Papers

Postprints Seminar/Paper Series

Initiated in 2002, eScholarship  is an intiative of the California Digital Library. It now houses over 30,000 publications with more than 9 million full-text downloads to date. The rate of usage of these materials has grown dramatically in the past 7 years, now often exceeding 170,000 downloads per month.


Come learn how you can get started publishing with eScholarship today!

“Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions…OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.”

Source:  Peter Suber:  http://www.openaccessweek.org/wp-content/uploads/a-very-brief-intro-a4.pdf

UC Berkeley joins five-member open access pact; BRII extended for another year

October 8, 2009

UC Berkeley, along with Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have formed a five-member pact, in order to “provid[e] ‘barrier-free access to information’ — from DNA-sequencing data to medical research to sociological studies — to academics and the general public alike.” In order to fulfill its promise in the pact, the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII), which was launched as a pilot program in January 2008, will be extended for another year.  BRII “subsidize[s] scholars who choose to make their work available online at no cost to readers.” Click here to see October 2 article from Berkeleyan.

OKAPI Island News

August 5, 2009

Over the past two years, OKAPI Island in Second Life has supported the research, teaching, and learning of dozens of scholars. OKAPI Island has also hosted numerous public programs and outreach activities. This post highlights key accomplishments and updates.

2007 Open Archaeology Prize
2008 NMC Virtual Learning Award

Public Programs
Burning Catalhoyuk Day. December 10, 2008
Presidio Teacher Night. October 1, 2008
iSummit Keynote Webcasts. July 30-31, 2008
Cal Day. April 8, 2008
Remixing Catalhoyuk Day. November 28, 2007

Second Life DeCal Courses
http://www.decal.org/784 (Fall 2008)
http://www.decal.org/930 (Spring 2009)

Anthropology 39B: Serious Games for Archaeology and Imagining the Past (Fall 2009)

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (offered for the fourth consecutive semester)
Sharing a Sense of Place: Constructing a Neolithic Village in Second Life

Interview: “Second Life as an Archaeological Tool”
An Interview with Berkeley Archaeology Professor Ruth Tringham
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. June 18, 2009.

Journal Article
Morgan, Colleen. “(Re)Building Çatalhöyük: Changing Virtual Reality in Archaeology” Archaeologies. July 2009.

More Info

“Basket Weaving at Catalhoyuk” by Colleen Morgan
more:  http://middlesavagery.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/basket-weaving-at-catalhoyuk/