The OAIG Gold Open Access project has collected and tagged a set of resources to help learned societies and others make decisions about whether, when and how to implement Open Access publishing of research outputs.
The collection can be found at http://groups.diigo.com/group/GoldOA
Each resource is tagged with some of the issues, sources or people to whom it relates. The tag cloud below shows the most commonly used tags (click a tag to see a list of all the resources with that tag).
Finding and using resourcesUse these links to browse the collection
- Most recent resources (this is the default view of the collection)
- Most popular resources
- Tag-based view of the resources (as above, click a tag to see all resources with that tag)
The tag view may be most useful if you have a specific perspective on Open Access. For instance, all resources related to Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences can be found at http://groups.diigo.com/group/GoldOA/content/tag/AHSS; all relating to Article Processing Fees are at http://groups.diigo.com/group/GoldOA/content/tag/APC.
You can also search the collection from any page where you see the "Search in this group" box at the top right of the screen. Note that this will search titles, tags and annotations. (If you want to be able to search the text of the resources themselves, you need to pay for a premium Diigo account — see below.)
To "like" or comment on resources, you need first to register for a (free) Diigo account and be logged in. Then you will see these options next to each item in the collection, and you just need to click them.
If you use RSS feeds to keep up with new material on your favourite websites, the RSS feed for new items added to this collection is http://groups.diigo.com/group/GoldOA/rss. Alternatively, you can register with Diigo, and then click the button. Once you've joined the group, the alert settings page will enable you to configure whether you receive email updates of new items immediately, daily, weekly or not at all.
Adding new resources
Anyone can add new resources to the collection. To do this, you must first have registered with Diigo, and joined the group, as above. You may find this 41 second video on group features helpful to start with.
If you just want to add a resource as a one-off, the easiest way is to go to the group page and click the button. Then enter the URL of the resource, click Next, and you will be prompted to select some of the standard tags for the group and/or add your own. (Note: if you use this method and your resource is removed from the group by an editor, it will be removed from Diigo altogether; if you wish to keep a link to the resource in your own personal Diigo library, use the method below, and it will be preserved there whatever editorial work is done on the group.)
If you expect to be adding new resources regularly (to this group in particular, or to Diigo in general), it is probably worth configuring your web browser with one of the Diigo tools that make this a quick and streamlined process.
- Choose the tool that suits you best and set it up. (You only need to do this the first time.)
- When you use this tool to bookmark a page in Diigo, one of the options available in the bookmarking dialogue will be "Share to a group".
- From the "Share to a group" pull-down menu, select "Resources for Gold Open Access".
- This should then display the group dictionary of standard tags: you can select from these and/or add your own.
- Click "Save bookmark".
[This guidance is much more sketchy as editors will have to be fairly well-versed in Diigo and should therefore require little hand-holding. It will almost certainly not appear in the 'public' page that we provide for general users.]
- Monitor new resources that are added — use RSS or email alerts as described above to keep tabs on links that people add and investigate any that look like spam or propaganda.
- Monitor which resources may have been overtaken by events so that they are no longer useful — see especially those tagged with MayDate.
- Manage resources and tags — this 92 second video covers how to edit/delete tags, the best view to use for editing and managing bookmarks, how to edit batches of bookmarks and how to edit tags.
- Manage the Tag Dictionary. The Tag Dictionary allows the group manager to pre-define a set of tags as "recommended group tags" to encourage tagging consistency. These "recommended group tags" will automatically show up each time when a member is trying to post to the group. Go to the Tag Dictionary via the Group Settings link or directly to http://groups.diigo.com/group/GoldOA/manage/tag_dict. From here you can add tags to the dictionary or delete them [though currently I am unable to delete a tag and have sent a bug report].
This collection is very lightly managed. The initial selection was made as part of the Gold Open Access project, but is now open so that anyone can add further resources (this is the most cost-effective way of keeping it updated with new and relevant resources). This approach will be piloted in 2013 and during this period:
- you may see resources added to the collection that are misinformed or irrelevant to Open Access (i.e. there is a risk of abuse and spam)
- if you add links to resources, these may subsequently be amended or removed as part of the editorial process (if, for example, the resource in question is felt to be misinformed or irrelevant).
Generally, however, links will not be removed solely for being strongly opinionated about Open Access, whether broadly "for" or "against". Inclusion of a link to a resource does not imply that the views in the resources are endorsed by anyone.
The collection has been made using a cloud service called Diigo. This has the advantage that it offers many features for sharing, tagging, and discussing resources in a very cost-effective way (essentially free unless you choose to use Diigo's premium features). The other side of this is that OAIG and its partners have no control over Diigo's service and how they develop it, fund it through advertising on pages, or ultimately withdraw it.