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[News] Open Access Publications Cover CAD, Need Support

  • Subject: [News] Open Access Publications Cover CAD, Need Support
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2010 23:34:32 +0000
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TinkerCell: modular CAD tool for synthetic biology

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| An application named TinkerCell has been 
| developed in order to serve as a CAD tool 
| for synthetic biology. TinkerCell is a 
| visual modeling tool that supports a 
| hierarchy of biological parts. Each part in 
| this hierarchy consists of a set of 
| attributes that define the part, such as 
| sequence or rate constants. Models that are 
| constructed using these parts can be 
| analyzed using various third-party C and 
| Python programs that are hosted by 
| TinkerCell via an extensive C and Python 
| application programming interface (API). 


Who will pay for the arXiv?

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| Last time I mentioned the INSPIRE system as 
| an exciting development in high energy 
| physics literature databases (no, thatâs not 
| an oxymoron). Thereâs another big change 
| going on in that field next year, but this 
| will be behind-the-scenes. None-the-less, 
| itâs raised a lot of questions about the 
| ownership and financial support of an 
| important resource that is free to anyone in 
| the world: the arXiv.
| The e-print arXiv (pronounced âarchiveâ) is 
| a central repository of research articles in 
| physics, mathematics, computer science, and 
| quantitative biology. Since its inception in 
| 1991 by theoretical physicist Paul Ginsparg, 
| it has had a huge impact on the way science 
| is done by providing free access to âpre-
| printsâ of research papers.



US Gov Requests Feedback on Open Access â ACM Gets it Wrong (Again)

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| In 2008, legislation was passed requiring all
| NIH-funded researchers to submit their papers
| to an openly available repository within a
| year of publication.  Even this modest step
| towards full open access was immediately
| attacked by rent-seeking scientific
| publishers.


U.S. research should be open access

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| The Office of Science and Technology Policy
| (OSTP) has launched a âpublic consultation on
| Public Access Policyâ, to see if research
| funded by U.S. grants should be made
| available as open access results. I think
| this is important â I believe publicly-funded
| unclassified research should actually be made
| available to the public.

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