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  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 10:38:22 +0100
  • Organization: IUCr
Subject: OHIOLink and PLOS do a deal

From Peter Suber's blog:

The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) has struck an interesting 
deal with the Public Library of Science.  For every faculty member in the 84 
member institutions, OhioLINK will pay half the article processing fee 
charged by PLoS journals.  Only six of the 84 colleges and universities are 
already institutional members of PLoS.  From the June 2 press release:  
"Helen Doyle, PLoS director of development and strategic alliances, said the 
OhioLINK program would 'help to catalyze a widespread transition to open- 
access publishing in science and medicine.' Doyle told the LJ Academic 
Newswire that OhioLINK and PLoS had discussed extensively the possibility of 
making OhioLINK an institutional member, but settled instead on the current 

Subject: First Interpretations of the EU Database Directive

On June 8  Advocate General Christine Stix-Hackl of the European Court of 
Justice (ECJ) has delivered Opinions concerning the interpretation of the 
database directive in no fewer than four cases that have been referred to the 
Court for preliminary rulings. Three deal with databases of football 
fixtures, while the fourth deals with a database of horse-racing data. All of 
these cases raise issues concerning the true import of Article 7 of the 

At this URL: 

you will find a detailed analysis of the opinion and the following are the 
initial reactions

* One area of controversy is the result of updating an existing database: does 
it become a new database in respect of which a fresh period of 15 years 
protection may be enjoyed? The Advocate General advises that any ‘substantial 
change’ to the contents of a database which qualifies the database for its 
own term of protection means that the resulting database must be considered 
to be a “new, separate database”. This may be impossible to ascertain in 
practice: you can keep amending data on a database and it may change a great 
deal in terms of new content -- but can it ever be said to be “separate”? If 
incremental amendments are not adequately protected, however, the incentivve 
to make databases available may be greatly reduced.

* The Advocate General has also advised that the requirement for a link 
between an investment and the making of the database must be interpreted in 
the sense that it refers, on the facts of the main proceedings, to investment 
which is directed at the determination of the dates of the matches and the 
match pairings themselves. This advice will be greatly welcomed by those who 
spend a lot of time on effort creating or ascertaining data which costs 
little or nothing to draw up in its final form.

It would appear from these two reactions that the issues which most people 
expected would cause problems have done so - namely whether updating creates 
a new db and just how much investment is required to constitute a dab 
eligible for protection.

The Advocate General's opinion is just that, an opinion, the Court is not 
required to follow it, but the general situation is that the Court tends to 
Subject: Site tracks EU Copyright Directive Implementation

In 2001 the EU adopted a Directive which requires the EU Member States to 
protect in their national legislation technological measures which hinder 
acts as regards copyright protected material - for instance, technologies 
which control copying. Currently, the Member States have just implemented the 
protection of technological measures or are in the process of doing so.

This site: http://www.euro-copyrights.org/ which you may want to bookmark, 
provides an overview of how the Directive has been or is being applied in the 
different Member States. For those States who have implemented the Directive 
there is an overview of how it was done and there is also a Forum to discuss 
the implementation.

You can also register to receive email updates on new material added to the 
Subject: June issue of FORUM

The latest issue of ICSTI FORUM is now available via our site. For a direct
link, use the URL below.


This issue is an overview of the recent ICSTI Public Conference that was 
hosted by The IEE at Savoy Place in London on May 17, 2004. Also, via this 
link is access to all the presentations made at the conference.



ICSTI General Assembly and Public Conference
By Martin Smith, Chairman of FORUM Editorial Board, Inspec, UK

Session One – Open Access
(Moderated by Sally Morris, CEO ALPSP)

Open Access: Sustainable Business Models and Ethical Imperatives
Hugh Look, Senior Consultant, Rightscom Limited

Taking a Leaf out of Houdini’s Book
Jan Velterop, Publisher, Bio Med Central

Open Access, One More Challenge, One More Opportunity
Mark Furneaux, Managing Director European Operations, CSA Europe

Is open Access the Solution
Prof Charles Oppenheim, Professor of Information Science, Loughborough 

Session Two – Easily Accessible Content and Linking
(Moderated by Barry Mahon, Executive Director, ICSTI)

Links Add Value to Research Publications
Tim Ingoldsby, Director of Business Development, American Institute of Physics

The Role of Bibliographic Databases in Resource Discovery and Linking Process
Andrea Powell, Product Development Director, CABI Publishing

CrossRef: Virtual Integration for Scholarly Content
Ed Pentz, Executive Director, CrossRef

Digital Identification, the New ISBN
Shane O’Neill, Managing Director, Parliaments, Assemblies and Official 
Publishing E Division, TSO

Full Text Linking at Loughborough University, a User Perspective
Chris Bigger, Academic Services Manager (Engineering), Loughborough University

Session Three – Archiving, Content Preservation and Long Term Access
(Moderated by Bernard Dumouchel, Director General Canadian Institute for 
Scientific and Technical Information)

The Past is a Different Database, They do Things Differently There
Jeff Pache, Inspec Electronic and Service Development Manager, The IEE

An archive of Physics: 130 years of Scientific Research Online
Tony O’Rourke, Assistant Director, Journals, Institute of Physics Publishing 
Limited, UK

Digital Archiving at Elsevier
Joep Verheggen, Managing Director, ScienceDirect



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Peter Strickland
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