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Re: Free e-content - what do you do?

From:

Mike Poulin <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

An informal open list set up by UKSG - Connecting the Information Community <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 15:16:45 -0500

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Yes, that is one of the reasons for the note indicating that we had no
control over what was actually available when you followed the link.

I am not really a perfectionist with these things and have no expectation
that SS will be able to keep 30,000 free links entirely accurate - since we
don't pay for the content - I try to have limited expectations.  I am more
concerned that they spend time working on the paid content links but all
said, I think they do a pretty good job on the free ones.  More times than
not - when I follow the links I get access.  When I report problems - they
follow up and remove links when the content has gone, add links when there
is new content, and change them when I suggest changes.  I cannot ask for
much better.

If I had to check each myself and either activate or deactivate the link -
it would never get done so I accept some levels of imperfection.   I do
however deactivate collections which prove to have too many problematic
links - e.g. at one time I tracked a collection called HAPI - Hispanic
American Periodical Index which had links to full text content some of which
were free.  However many were to subscription titles and there was no
differentiation at the time.  I finally had to remove the collection since
it was not predictable.  SS has subsequently discontinued tracking the
contents.

Mike

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Mike Poulin
Digital Resources Librarian & Coordinator of Digital Initiatives
Colgate University Libraries
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-228-7025
fax: 315-228-7934
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On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 2:38 PM, Chad Everett Hutchens <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Mike et al,
>
> A colleague and myself conducted a fairly detailed analysis of the free
> content available in Serials Solutions last spring as well as free content
> in SFX's knowledgebase.  We found that there were titles in both
> knowledgebases that were basically hybrid open access (that is, some is
> free, some is not)...these are obviously problematic and dealing with them
> is difficult, but I think the first step is to just identify them.
>  Additionally, we found that many of the reported date ranges in the
> knowledgebases were incorrect (not that surprising...this is where KBART
> comes into play).  We were also evaluating how many dead and incorrect links
> were present...it varied quite a bit.  Since there were only two of us
> working on it, we didn't have time to take a large sample, but I think it
> would be worth revisiting.
>
> I have details of our work if anyone is interested.
>
> Last, I'll throw another monkey-wrench into this discussion by pointing out
> that not everything listed in DOAJ for instance, is in fact Open Access.
>  This is an interesting article relevant to this discussion:
> http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.0050285
>
> --
> Chad Hutchens
> Electronic Resources Librarian
> University of Wyoming Libraries
> Dept 3334, 1000 E University Ave.
> Laramie, WY 82071-2000
> Ph: (307) 766-5560
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Charlie Rapple <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: An informal open list set up by UKSG - Connecting the Information
> Community <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 09:53:50 -0700
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [LIS-E-RESOURCES] Free e-content - what do you do?
>
> Hi Mike, Alan, Lesley, and all,
>
> This is a complex but worthwhile area for exploration, and we're
> hoping that phase II of the KBART project (www.uksg.org/kbart) will be
> able to provide some guidance on how to handle open access and hybrid
> titles within link resolver knowledge bases.
>
> (For reference, the phase I recommendations of the KBART project will
> be published in the next few weeks, and phase II will be kicking off
> in the new year).
>
> All the best,
>
> Charlie.
> ___________________
>
> Charlie Rapple
> (Retiring chair of KBART)
>
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> TBI Communications
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>
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>
> On 10 Nov 2009, at 16:01, Mike Poulin wrote:
>
> I try to avoid the hybrid titles if at all possible and will at times
> not
> select collections if they have large numbers of them because it is very
> frustrating to undergrads to get led to materials which they can get
> access
> to only parts.  That said - there are occasionally a few which I will
> make
> as exceptions with a note.
>
> Our link resolver (SS) is based on titles selected and dates.  It does
> not
> deal with hybrids which makes them (the hybrids) to me to have little
> value.  It is one of the great quandaries when considering open access
> - if
> it is provided via hybrids rather than stand alone OA journals - how
> does
> one get to the content?  If I cannot lead users reliably to the
> content - I
> won't provide links.
>
> If anyone was thinking that the available free content was not worth
> pursuing -  I ran a quick analysis of our free content - easy to do
> via SS
> but it was early this morning and I had a meeting to go to so did not
> to it.
>
> Here are the numbers on what I track at present -
>
> Title Unique    16876
> Total    titles tracked 22301
>
> It does overlap more with subscribed titles but there is substantial
> full
> text which is provided - many of which have great value.
>
> Mike
>
> ---------------------------------------
> Mike Poulin
> Digital Resources Librarian & Coordinator of Digital Initiatives
> Colgate University Libraries
> 13 Oak Drive
> Hamilton, NY 13346
> 315-228-7025
> fax: 315-228-7934
> [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM, AlanSingleton <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > I wonder if I could add two related questions? - (and advance
> > apologies for
> > my ignorance on this!):
> >
> > (i) how do libraries get access to 'freely available' journal papers
> > from
> > 'hybrid' OA journals (i.e. ones that are essentially subscription-
> > based,
> > but
> > will carry some OA material)? - I'm assuming cases where they are
> > non-subscribers to the journal.
> >
> > (ii) do link resolvers prevent access to these hybrids in some way
> > (i.e. if
> > not everything is free)? - if so, can they be reconfigured to allow
> > it?
> >
> > Alan
> >
> >
> > Alan Singleton
> > Editor
> > Learned Publishing
> > The Clock Tower
> > Horton Hill
> > HORTON
> > BS37 6QN
> > 44 (0 )1454 323642
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: An informal open list set up by UKSG - Connecting the
> > Information
> > Community [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sarah
> > Halliday
> > Sent: 10 November 2009 09:29
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [LIS-E-RESOURCES] Free e-content - what do you do?
> >
> > Hello
> >
> > At the University of Hertfordshire we're undertaking a project to make
> > available as much 'free' e-content as possible to our users. We're
> > really
> > interested in finding out what other institutions do and would be very
> > grateful if you could reply to any or all of the following questions
> > (and
> > add any other
> > comments):
> >
> > Do you put records for free e-content (such as reports, free to
> > access e-
> > books, websites) in your OPAC?  If not, how do you make this content
> > available to your users?
> >
> > What strategy do you use to determine what free content you will make
> > available to your users? How do you capture the content?
> >
> > If you add records for free content to your OPAC, do you only add
> > items
> > that
> > have Marc records, or do you create records? If you create records,
> > what
> > tools and methodology do you use?
> >
> > Do you use a link checker, and if so, which one and how do you rate
> > it?
> > Does anyone have experience of using an open source link checker?
> >
> > Are you aware of any UK or international forums where free content
> > capture
> > is discussed, any JISC or SCONUL initiatives addressing this, and any
> > relevant conferences/events featuring this?
> >
> > I'll happily summarise responses for the list!
> > Many thanks,
> >
> > Sarah Halliday
> > Assistant Knowledge Consultant (Information Management) Information
> > Hertfordshire, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts. AL10 9AB
> > email:      [log in to unmask] / phone:   01707 285769
> >
> > lis-e-resources is a UKSG list - http://www.uksg.org/serials UKSG
> > groups
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> >
> > lis-e-resources is a UKSG list - http://www.uksg.org/serials
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> lis-e-resources is a UKSG list - http://www.uksg.org/serials
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> lis-e-resources is a UKSG list - http://www.uksg.org/serials
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> lis-e-resources is a UKSG list - http://www.uksg.org/serials
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