[open-science] IsItOpen letter for feedback

Heather Piwowar hpiwowar at gmail.com
Fri Nov 26 22:34:21 UTC 2010

Hi Open Science,

Wanted to let you know that Nature has responded to our IsItOpenData?
enquiry.  Their response is at the IsItOpenData site, and I've also blogged
it <http://science.okfn.org/2010/11/26/natures-response-to-isitopendata/> on
the open science blog (psst anyone else want to blog there too?  It is

Note that Nature's response requires some careful reading.  Nonetheless,
kudos to them for responding.

That wraps up my IsItOpenData enquiries for a while.  Thanks to everyone who
helped make it happen.  To make future enquiries easier, I pulled together a
quick blog post with
tips<http://science.okfn.org/2010/11/26/isitopendata-tips/>and lessons
learned.  Please add more info in the comments!


Heather Piwowar

DataONE postdoc with NESCent and Dryad
  remote from Dept of Zoology, UBC, Vancouver Canada
hpiwowar at nescent.org

On Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 6:30 AM, Heather Piwowar <hpiwowar at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Egon,
> We did indeed get a response from PLoS and BMC.  Haven't heard from Nature.
>  Also, in response to a slightly different email about open API data,
> Mendeley clarified their open data policies.
> The summary of the PLoS and BMC response is on the new OKFN science blog:
> http://science.okfn.org/2010/09/13/bmc-and-plos-all-the-data-is-cc-by-enjoy/
> I have plans to do a quick writeup of the Mendeley response and also a
> "tips for IsItOpenData enquiries" post to summarize what I learned about
> avoiding spam filters etc.  I'll finish those Real Soon Now.
> Alas I don't have time at this point to send the letter out to other
> publishers, though others are certainly welcome to!  Let me know if I can be
> of help.  Anita de Waard had useful suggestions about making the definition
> of metadata looser before we send it out to commercial publishers.  The most
> recent version of the letter on etherpad incorporates this feedback:
> http://okfnpad.org/isitopenLetters
> Cheers,
> Heather
> On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:30 AM, Egon Willighagen <
> egon.willighagen at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Heather,
>> On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 12:04 AM, Heather Piwowar <hpiwowar at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > We've drafted a letter to send to publishers on behalf of the OKF
>> through
>> > IsItOpen, requesting clarification on journal policies with respect to
>> Open
>> > Data.  We've received feedback on the draft from several sources and the
>> > letter has improved greatly as a result.  Your turn!
>> I just ran into this email while cleaning up my inbox... I was
>> wondering about the status of this effort... was there much response?
>> did you write up a summary?
>> Egon
>> --
>> Dr E.L. Willighagen
>> Postdoctoral Research Associate
>> University of Cambridge
>> Homepage: http://egonw.github.com/
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