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Fall issue of ScieCom info

[Apologies for cross-postings]

Welcome to the autumn 2011 issue of ScieCom info. Nordic-Baltic 
Forum for Scientific Communication.

In our "Open Minds" interview series we can now present 
interviews from Finland, Iceland and Lithuania.

Our editor in Helsinki Turid Hedlund has interviewed three 
members of the Finnish Open Access working group FinnOA, founded 
in 2003 in Helsinki by professionals from academia, libraries, 
learned societies and publishers:  "Open minds towards open 
access: An interview with members of the FinnOA working group".

Solveig Thorsteinsdottir, our Icelandic editor, talked to Ian 
Watson, assistant professor of social science at Bifroest 
University in Iceland, editor of the Bifroest Journal of Social 
Science, and also manages the library at the Reykjavik Academy, 
an association of Icelandic researchers and scholars. He gives 
his views on OA in "Open Minds - An Interview with Ian Watson"

Emilija Banionyte, Ausra Vaskeviciene, and Gintare Tautkeviciene 
have asked two influential groups of Lithuanian stakeholders, 
four politicians and four scientists, about their opinions and 
experiences of OA. "Open Minds" Interviews with Lithuanian 
politicians and famous researchers about Open Access".

The topic of Megajournals is hot. What are megajournals? Will 
they revolutionize our current system of scholarly communication? 
Our Norwegian editor Jan Erik Frantsvag discusses all this in 
"The Mega-journals are coming!"

With new technologies come new and unforeseen problems. Trude 
Eikebrokk, Bettina Grodem Knutsen, and Jimi Thaule, Oslo and 
Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, have encountered 
some of them: "Exploring Handheld Devices and Digital Learning: 
the iPad project at Oslo University College".

Oslo University College (OUC) was one of the last Higher 
Education (HE) institutions to get an institutional repository. 
Mid-June 2010 their Open Digital Archive, ODA, went public. In 
"Carrot or stick, incentives or mandates, or both" Tania Strom 
looks at the key events resulting in ODA, and describes the 
incentive scheme. implemented at OUC.

Lars Bjornshuage's rallying key-note speech at the recent 
PKP-conference in Berlin "We have won the argument about OA - now 
we have to bring things together and make it work" lists major 
achievements this far,  and outlines future routes of action.

We hope that you will have a god read.

Your comments and ideas are very welcome

Ingegerd Rabow