Starting an Open Access Journal: a step-by-step guide part 1

Scholarly publishing is totally broken. Not only, at present, can most of the people (taxpayers) who fund research not get access to it, but plans to fix this look set to screw over Early Career Researchers and anybody else who can’t persuade their funders to give them the up-front fees required by publishers for Open Access journals.


The OA Interviews: Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado Denver

In 2004 the scholarly publisher Elsevier made a written submission to the UK House of Commons Science & Technology Committee. Elsevier asserted that the traditional model used to publish research papers — where readers, and institutions like libraries, pay the costs of producing scholarly journals through subscriptions — “ensures high quality, independent peer review and prevents commercial interests from influencing decisions to publish.”


HyperDB « WordPress Codex

HyperDB is a replacement for the standard wpdb class which adds the ability to use multiple databases. HyperDB supports partition of data as well as replication.

Partitioning of Data

This involves moving different tables or different parts of the database into different databases, and normally on different servers. This allows you to scale an application by adding more database servers, so your data could be spread across several servers.

HyperDB allows you to specify which data resides on which servers.

Replication involves having one database server act as the master (the central copy of all data) and other servers act as slaves (each with a copy of the data). All the database writes must go to the master server, but database reads can be sent to slave servers, thus spreading the load amongst multiple servers.

HyperDB allows you to split database writes and reads and assign each to an array of servers.

HyperDB allows multiple servers to be configured and multiple routes to servers. If the first server can’t be accessed the second server is tried, if that’s down the third server, and so on. This allows for failover from internal nics to public nics to remote datacentres, etc.


ENS Cachan – Journée de présentation de la Bibliothèque Scientifique Numérique

Le réseau national RENATIS des professionnels de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (IST) du CNRS, avec le soutien du département de la coordination et des politiques transversales du MESR, a organisé une journée de communication sur le projet français de Bibliothèque Scientifique Numérique (BSN) après 3 ans de travaux des différents acteurs impliqués.


Les DRM empêchent le cours normal du dépôt légal électronique (BNF)

En effet, les titulaires de droits de propriété intellectuelle sur ces documents y ont intégré des systèmes anti-copie pour empêcher toute reproduction illicite de ceux-ci. Ces systèmes, appelés « Mesures Techniques de Protection » (MTP) ou « Digital Rights Management » (DRM), font obstacle à l’accomplissement par la BnF des missions dont elle a la charge dans le cadre du dépôt légal.  


Solarium – PHP Solr client | opensource Solr client library for PHP applications

By offering an API for common Solr functionality you no longer need to compose complex querystrings and parameters manually, greatly reducing development time and complexity. Take a look at the examples shown above for a first impression. To get a good view of the difference compared to other Solr clients or manual requests see Why Solarium?


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