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Blog Posts and Tweets: The Next Frontier for Grey Literature

Marcus Banks
The place of blogs in the field of Grey Literature and Library and Information Studies

Awareness and empowerment in document production and distribution as a “must” for open access: experiences from the “Nancy style” to guarantee quality

Paola De Castro, Sandra Salinetti & Marcus Banks
Co-authored together with Sandra Salinetti and Marcus Banks. - The debate on Grey Literature (GL) has now a very long tradition going from uncertainty and confusion, in the last century, to new certainties and appraisal in the open access era. This implies the general acquisition of the awareness of the importance of GL as a fundamental primary source of information, hence the necessity to empower authors and issuing organization to guarantee quality in both production...

Enhancing diffusion of scientific contents: Open data in Repositories

Daniela Luzi & roberta ruggieri
The free availability of data gathered during research activities is becoming one of the new challenges facing the Open Access Movement. New scientific instruments and technologies used in highly collaborative fields such as molecular biology, astronomy and environmental sciences, make it possible to collect a great amount of data in different formats. Moreover, data are often associated with tools that can aggregate them as well as with direct references to the publications – conventional or...

TEF: Metadata for French dissertations

Dalila Boudia & Rosa Maria Gómez de Regil
Since 2000, universities and research institutions have been encouraged to promote and preserve scientific and technical productions by disseminating digital theses and dissertations. This national program implies that new practices and new tools impacting thesis identification are going to be established at different levels (administrative circuit, theses production mode, theses submission methods, document processing chain, dissemination platforms, digital preservation systems…).It is important to describe theses and dissertations using metadata in Internet shared formats to gain...

MetaGrey Europe, A Proposal in the Aftermath of EAGLE-SIGLE

Joachim Schopfel
In the aftermath of EAGLE, the objective of the MetaGrey Europe project is to organize a new network of European leading organisations for the collection and dissemination of grey research literature, to facilitate the access to European grey literature through a unique web-interface (metasearch engine), to increase its international visibility and to safeguard the former SIGLE records and integrate them in the new network in an OAI-PMH compliant format. The communication describes the project scope,...

Body and Literature: Study on the Grey Literature of a health service starting from a reflection on health

William Théaux
Existence of Grey Literature can be followed, as primal ego is followed by Psychoanalysis after considering an Unconscious at its source. In case of Literature, Cybernetics is found in place of such source; this has consequences in regard with the human bodies that are living along with this Literature.

50 Years of Experience in Making Grey Literature Available: Matching the Expectations of the Particle Physics Community

Carmen O’Dell & Jens Vigen
Co-authored together with Dallman D., Vesely M., and Vigen J. / The CERN Scientific Information Service has been active in the field of digital library research and in providing scientific information services to the high-energy physics community for almost five decades now. Most recently the research focus has been on interoperability issues in document storage and retrieval systems, metadata added-value services, digital library automation and networked information services. The achievements of this research and the...

Implications of copyright evolution for the future of scholarly communication and grey literature

Marcus Banks & Cees De Blaaij
Traditional practices regarding copyright are undergoing transformation. Although it is still common for scholars to give up their rights to their articles so that they will be published, this happens less frequently than it once did. Our analysis of the RoMEO database [1] shows that 75% of publishers allow authors to post their work in an online repository, whether that repository is hosted by their institution or on a personal web page. Whatever becomes of...

The Impact of Grey Literature in Advancing Global Karst Research: An Information Needs Assessment for a Globally Distributed Interdisciplinary Community

Todd Chavez
Co-authored together with Anna Perrault, Pete Reehling, and Courtney Crummett. - A survey of the global karst community was conducted in 2006. The survey was distributed via the World Wide Web to known karst researchers. The instrument was designed to generate an initial inventory of core grey information types, to assess levels of usage of grey information by the respondents, and to gauge the karst community’s willingness to participate in building and expanding both this...

The Messy World of Grey Literature in Cyber Security

Patricia Erwin
The foundation of my paper is based on four observations: 1) Research is messy; 2) Traditional collection development policies are structured documents aimed at assuring a level of quality in the collection, but also to satisfy the administrative need to justify the expense of providing resources to an academic or research community; 3) Grey literature doesn’t fit the formal model of scholarly communication, therefore the quality is suspect and is not adequately addressed in most...

Metadata-based analysis to improve clinical trial exchange

Daniela Luzi, Fabrizio L. Ricci & Luca Dan Serbanati
Co-authored together with Fabrizio Ricci and Luca Serbanati. - There are various, important information sources devoted to the diffusion of clinical trials, but they fail to achieve a complete coverage of clinical research. The demand for a mandatory public registration of clinical trials is emerging from different institutions, which are making efforts to develop common metadata schemas to both increase information exchange and make this information publicly available. The paper describes a metadata analysis of...

Building a Digital Commons for Cyber Security Resources

Patricia A. Erwin
The Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) is a consortium that includes academic institutions, federally-funded national laboratories, and non-profit organizations in the United States. The I3P brings experts together to identify and help mitigate threats aimed at the U.S. information infrastructure. Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the Consortium functions as a virtual national lab, with the ability to organize teams and workgroups...

Wallops Island Balloon Technology: Can’t see the Repository for the Documents

Andrea Japzon & Nikkia Anderson
Since the Wallop’s Balloon Technology documents repository began approximately 9 years ago, the Goddard Library has become increasingly involved in developing digital archiving capabilities. The Library developed the Digital Archiving System (DAS) which is a prototype infrastructure for creating a combined metadata repository that allows metadata for heterogeneous digital objects to be searched with a single search mechanism and presented in a single results page. With this, the opportunity has been presented to expand the...

Impact of the Inclusion of Grey Literature on the Scholarly Communication Patterns of an Interdisciplinary Specialty

Kathel Dunn
Researchers who more routinely use traditional scholarly literature published in peer-reviewed journals are especially disadvantaged in understanding, accessing and obtaining grey literature in their fields of research.(Lasker, 1998) For example, researchers in health policy find that their research depends on both the well-organized and relatively easily accessible journal literature used by scientists and clinicians; the researchers also need to find reports literature published by think tanks and independent research organizations. The purpose of this research...

Relating Intellectual Property Products to the Corporate Context

Keith Jeffery & Anne Asserson
The knowledge society demands that organizations utilise to the full the IP (intellectual property) they generate and acquire. In a context of research, development and innovation, the IP consists of products, patents and publications (in the widest sense – any stored representation of human intellect). While conventional research publications (white literature) provide much of the visible IP, the ‘submerged part of the iceberg’ is the grey literature. With OA (Open Access) technologies the line between...

Uniform requirements for Grey literature? Proposal for the adoption of a “Nancy style”

Paola De Castro & Sandra Salinetti
In the last international conferences on Grey Literature (GL), the Internet “sea change” suffered by GL was deeply analysed under its different nuances, coming to the conclusion that the characteristics initially associated to this production have been completely upset. The main advantages of the Net regard information retrieval, document usability and availability against an increased level of responsibility for its authors and issuing organizations.1 This 7th International Conference on GL is devoted to open access,...

Public funded research and Open Access: Perspectives and Policies

Cees de Blaaij
There are several arguments for promoting the necessity of Open Access (OA). Public funded research can be considered as a common good. From that point of view the accessibility of scientific information is crucial as a political instrument in strengthening a democratic society and to improve the knowledge driven society by efficient and effective distribution of scientific information An important question is what are governments doing to promote OA? Do they consider OA as a...

Survey and Collection of Technical Reports Published by Japanese Private Companies

Tetsu Ono
Technical reports provided by Japanese private companies are one of publication types of GL which are usually not-for-sale or hardly available through conventional and commercial distribution routes. Due to in sufficient information publication by the private sector, it has been very difficult to locate and obtain them. Therefore, JST conducted a survey on 1,582 Japanese companies listed in stock exchanges during January through March of 1996 to investigate the publishing situation and collect additional literature...

Grey documents in AGRIS and the non-conventional document supply by AGRIS and AGLINET

Apolena Roubinkova
The International Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentarists (IAALD) has understood since its creation (in 1955) that the access to the primary documents and namely for the non-conventional ones is essential in agriculture for everyone in all countries all over the world, and that the 2500 agricultural libraries (in 1980) need an internationally supported structure in order to promote their cooperation. AGLINET (AGricultural LIbrary NETwork) was created in November 1971, under the coordination of David...

Grey literature in information science: production, circulation, and use

Vilma Alberani & Paola De Castro
After a brief consideration of the scope of the discipline and the subjects covered, also in accordance with SIGLE subject categories, a general outlook is given of the main producers of GL in this field, particularly professional organizations and international bodies. Attention is given both to the formal aspect of GL documents and to the objectives they are produced for. The main circulation channels are discussed as well as the databases where they are generally...

Value and use of grey literature: the implications of networked publishing

John Mackenzie Owen
The value of grey literature (GL) has often been regarded as secondary to that of officially published documents. But digital information networks provide an opportunity for GL to become the most important type of electronic publication. The concept of `GL' itself will disappear as it evolves into a new concept of networked organizational publishing. This development will greatly increase the value of GL and lead to qualitative and quantitative changes in its use. This paper...

The author/respondent relationship with grey literature : a study in unperformed informal communication

Helmut M. Artus
The author/respondant relationship with grey literature: a study in unperformed informal communication Grey literature is generally supposed to be a medium for informal scientific communication. I shall present the results of an empirical survey of the Information Centre for the Social Sciences (Bonn, F.R.G.) with 1,600 Social Scienctists showing a rather strange and contradictory situation: Although there are strong efforts towards the dissemination of grey literature, there is only very little feed back by the...

The Italian grey literature in SIGLE in the scientific-technical fields

A. Pagamonci
The central role of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) within the national scientific and technological research policy is pointed out. Particular reference is given to the increasing size of its activities at the European and international levels. In this framework, the role of the central library acquires a new complimentary value in the relationship between research activities and scientific information. This explains why CNR was selected, at the national level, as the most qualified...

Local government and consultants: a Grey Literature database on local reports in the Senatsbibliothek Berlin

Claudia Lux
Changing local government's organization and services is a goal of the newly proposed lean administration politics in Germany. Private consultants take part in organizing and downsizing local administration in hundreds of cities and towns. They prepare expertise valuation and reports on all local problems: traffic and parking, housing and environment, youth problems and local welfare, development strategies and privatization. These reports are financed by local government and are published only in very few copies (5-20)....

Grey Literature: The State of the Marketplace

Marjorie M.K. Hlava
Access to the grey literature of the Soviet Union and its satellites is becoming even more difficult as the information infrastructure continues to dissolve and reorganize on a considerably lesser scale. Libraries continue to acquire, track, and house books and periodical, but the proceedings, technical reports, theses, dissertations, reviews, and other materials including newspapers, pamphlets, and so forth, do not follow the classic distribution channels and those which were in place are being replaced. This...

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