“AFRO PWW’s goal is to provide access to and training for open-source digital publishing tools. In collaboration with scholars at historically black colleges and universities, the project intends to develop initiatives that serve as models for those institutions and academics exploring digital publishing. The project not only reaches out to faculty and staff at HBCUs but to members of the HBCU Library Alliance and Black Studies scholars at other institutions. Bringing the digital world to publications addressing Black life was Inspired by decades of documenting the Black experience, producing exhibits, creating educational materials for teaching Black Studies.

The outreach activities taken by AFRO PWW to bridge the inequities existing in digital publishing takes the form of formal and informal sessions at annual conferences and meetings and by invitation day-long workshops designed to give participants hands-on experiences with the tools the project supports. The workshops are a form of teach the teachers activities who are expected to take what they learn back to their institutions.

The initiative provides Individual consultations for translating your research into digital publication forms. It offers support to help you mount your work through free access to hosting tools and platforms necessary for launching your publications. Additionally, AFRO PWW guides you through the workflows necessary for University Press publications as well as connections to a peer-review journal for publication of short-form versions of your research. The project is here to help scholars navigate the new opportunities presented by collaborative, multi-modal, and interim phase works….”

Free Tamil Ebooks: For Android, iOS, Kindle and PDF readers.

From Google’s English: “All the latest books in Tamil are not available to us as ebooks. ProjectMadurai.com is working on a noble service for publishing ebooks in Tamil. All the Tamil ebooks that the group has provided so far are on PublicDomain. But these are very old books.

No recent books are available here….

Recently, various writers and bloggers have started writing about the latest events in Tamil. They fall under a range of topics such as literature, sports, culture, food, cinema, politics, photography, commerce and information technology.

We are going to put them all together to create Tamil ebooks.

The ebooks created will be released under the Creative Commons license. By publishing this book, the rights of the author who wrote the book are legally protected. At the same time, you can give those ebooks free of charge to whoever wants them.

So readers who read Tamil can get the latest Tamil eBooks for free….”


“Educators around the world are encouraging better reading practice with Rivet. With Rivet’s real-time feedback and word help, kids can practice independently without getting stuck. Encourage your students’ families to download Rivet for free today!…

More books: Rivet has a rapidly growing digital library of over 3,000 free books across 14 categories in a kid-friendly interface.

Appropriate content: Every book in our library is carefully reviewed by content quality experts and placed across 8 reading levels. 

Interactive fun: Game-like features such as points and badges, as well as self-selected avatars and themes keep students  excited and motivated to read….”

Book Dash: The power of open ?

“Book Dash is defined by its philosophy of open source: our books are published under an open license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0), our sources files are open (on the website for anyone to access and use) and our model of content creation is open (the 12-hour Book Dash events have been replicated in Nigeria, Angola, Laos, Cambodia and France). The power of open extends our reach logarithmically: it enables our books to be read by people in places that we would never have reached if we had a more traditional approach to copyright. Anyone can adapt, translate, animate, download, print, distribute and even sell our books, because our license imposes no restrictions. 

In this newsletter we have rounded up a few examples of the interesting, weird and wonderful amplifications, applications and adaptations of the Book Dash books, powered by our open philosophy.

1. Google’s Rivet uses our books

Rivet is a new free reading app from Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental projects. They scoured the internet, and found 250 open licensed books that they felt were of a high enough quality to use, and 100 of these were Book Dash books. These books, created by South African volunteer creatives, continue to be top-performers on the app (which has 1 million downloads). …”

Open Publishing Awards Announced! : Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

“The Open Publishing Awards were held last night at Force 2019 in Edinburgh. It was a great night with short opening speeches by Adam Hyde and Cameron Neylon. The judges, including Neil Chue Hong, Natasha Simons, and John Chodacki then announced the recipients. In the spirit of celebrating open the judges decided not to have ‘winners’ but to announce several outstanding projects in each category. More information from us on this coming soon. All results are available from the Open Publishing Awards website. Congrats to everyone!…”

For This Campus, Choosing Textbooks Has Gotten a Lot More Complicated – The Chronicle of Higher Education

“Meanwhile, the traditional textbook market is shifting under [the] feet [of professors]. Digital-first approaches now include flat rates for unlimited digital access. Open-educational resources, or OER, are gaining traction, offering ever-more alternatives. And newer players, such as Amazon and Chegg, are changing the market through the textbook rental business.

Some of those changes are shifting decision-making authority from individual professors up the chain to administrators, particularly when colleges pursue partnerships with nonprofits disrupting traditional textbook models. In other instances, statewide or campuswide pushes toward zero-cost degrees are pressuring professors to comply.

How this all plays out varies by college. Brown University is buying textbooks for some low-income students. Textbook-exchange programs started by students have helped lower costs on some campuses. Deals between the University of California at Davis and publishers promote “equitable access” — in which all students pay the same book fee every term, no matter the course. California and New York have begun statewide initiatives to encourage colleges to increase the use of OER….”

Tech focus: publishing platforms | Research Information

“The survey was completed by 221 respondents, almost half of which represent smaller presses publishing less than 2,000 articles per year (n= 108) – university and library publishers, non-profits, and academic or professional societies. These organisations typically have a limited publishing portfolio consisting of in-house journals and other small, third-party journals. They are also slightly more likely to use vendor-provided publishing platforms or open source platforms to host and deliver their content, and in most cases their operations are managed by a publishing technology team consisting of just one to five people (56.5 per cent), or no dedicated technology team at all (19.4 per cent)….”

Open Science in Action: Inaugural Symposium | The Neuro – McGill University

“To speed up discovery and impact health, we must transform our approach to science. Innovations in biomedical science and big data technology have brought hope, and are powered by a new way of doing science: Open Science. This is the concept of freely sharing research data and materials, and removing barriers to collaboration.   

We welcome you to engage and exchange around Open Science in action at The Neuro and beyond.

Meet and learn from national and international experts on intellectual property protocols, ethics, patient consent and engagement, pharma, neuroinformatics, and more!     

The symposium will be moderated by Susan Usher, Director of the Health Innovation Forum. Our keynote speakers include John Wilbanks (Sage Bionetworks), Dario Taraborelli (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative), Russ Poldrack (Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience), and Brian Wallach (I am ALS).  We are also pleased to welcome Alain Schuhl (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and Suzana Petanceska (National Institute on Aging). The symposium will close with the Wilder Penfield Lecture, delivered by Susan M. Fitzpatrick, President of the James S. McDonnell Foundation.     …”

OECD Workshop on the Revision of the Recommendation concerning access to research data from public funding | Mercè Crosas

“Two presentations to the OECD workshop on the Revision of the Recommendation concerning access to research data from public funding at part of the two following panels: 1) Use cases of enhanced access to software, algorithms, and workflows; 2) Use cases of access to sensitive data for research puposes….”