On FriendFeed, items move back up the temporal sequence when they get “likes” and comments, giving them extra chances to be noticed. In addition, a “like” or comment from one of your friends will bring an item into view even if posted by someone whose stream you don’t follow. The emerging mores of the system include leaving a one-word comment, bump, to indicate that one feels a particular item is worthy of wider attention — “bumping” the item up the queue, as it were.
That’s what I’m doing with this post. Richard Poynder is trying to put together a list of institutions and funding bodies which have established funds to pay for Gold Open Access:
I am trying to establish how many research institutions and funders have created Gold Open Access (Gold OA) authors funds, and would be grateful for input from others.
I am aware that the Wellcome Trust announced a scheme for paying OA publication fees for its grantees in 2006. But what other funders have introduced such schemes?
So far as research institutions are concerned, Peter Suber kindly provided me with the following list of those he knows have created Gold OA funds:
University of Amsterdam
University of Calgary
University of California, Berkeley
Delft University of Technology
University of Helsinki
Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Nottingham
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Texas A&M University
Wageningen University and Research Center
University of Wisconsin
However, I do not think this list is complete.
Richard also points out that it is probably useful to keep track of which Gold funds are complemented by a Green mandate, and makes the (imo excellent) suggestion of establishing a Gold Fund equivalent to ROARMAP, which tracks Green Mandates.
So — *bump* — please go read Richard’s post, and help him out if you can.
Update: Peter Suber has created and pre-populated the Open Access Directory list of journal OA funds, so if you have information please add it there.