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….”

Explore open access books – Springer Nature & Digital Science event i…

“In September 2019, Digital Science and Springer Nature held a researcher event exploring the topic of open access books. This slide deck includes presentation slides from each session:

1. Why publish your book open access? (Rosalind Pyne, Director OA Books, Springer Nature) – slides 3-20
2. Live author Q&A with Eric Haines (lead editor ‘Ray Tracing Gems and distinguished engineer at Nvidia) about his experience of publishing an open access book – slide 22
3. Understanding the value and impact of open books (Mike Taylor, Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science)
Manager, Springer Nature) – slides 23-58
4. How MIT is Reimagining OA Books and Open Knowledge Infrastructure (Catherine Ahearn, Content Lead, PubPub MIT Knowledge Futures Group) – slides 58-75….”

After the Sage 10th Anniversary Assembly – Broadening Our Perspectives – Sage Bionetworks

“Though scientists take pride in operating in a data-driven and objective manner, we are humans and we can’t help operating in human ways. We unintentionally collect data in a manner that is biased toward an answer we believe to be true. We fail to consider conclusions that do not conform to conventional wisdom. We de-prioritize risky projects.

For the study of human health, this conservative, short-term perspective limits innovation. Open science was designed to help – to more broadly spread knowledge, to expand the diversity of viewpoints and perspectives in science, to support an honest assessment of the reliability and reproducibility of our observations, to help us to take more risks.

Built from the bottom up, open science is now acknowledged and embraced by a growing group of scientists, funders, and publishers. In this position, we have a responsibility to objectively evaluate the benefits and flaws in open science in order to guide continued development of the scientific infrastructure. The community is primed for the effort.

Conversation at the Assembly, led by the keynote presenters, panelists and audience, included salient points such as:

Use of open data often does not occur in anticipated ways – and this can lead to misalignment between policy, platforms, and practice.
Meaningful engagement of participants in research is evolving toward more intentional integration into clinical care.
The active involvement of communities that have not previously had an active voice in research – as participants or as researchers – requires co-design and long-term partnership….”

OSFair – open-access-tracking-project-the-most-comprehensive-tool-to-stay-up-to-date-with-the-most-recent-open-access-developments

“The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) is a crowd-sourced project, aiming to provide a comprehensive Open Science (OS) feed, covering all OS subtopics, in all academic fields and regions of the world and in all languages. 

The project aims to tag new OS developments and disseminates this information to the end user in eight different types of feeds: 1) HTML, 2) RSS feed, 3) Atom, 4) JSONP, 5) Email, 6) Twitter, 7) PushBullet, and 8) Reddit. The OATP is the most comprehensive and easy to use tool where the whole OS community can contribute with tagging and capturing the open scholarly communications developments in open access, funders’ policies, copyright and open licenses, open data, research data management, and open tools and infrastructures, etc. 

Currently 80 taggers have tagged more than 77000 items in the OATP offering a comprehensive list of news items with self-sufficient summaries from experts, occasional comments, links to relevant developments and a searchable archive. Each tagged item offers also record metadata information, such as the date of the tag and the name of the tagger, while the tagged items range from blog posts, discussion forums, newspaper articles, open access books, journal articles, YouTube videos and many more. 

The OATP though is not merely an alert service, but also a classification system; it enables users to classify OS developments even when they are not new. The two most important facts about these “subtopic tags” is that they are all optional and they are all user-defined, which helps users track new items on the subtopics they care about. 

The OATP calls the OS community to become an OATP tagger by capturing OS related information that takes place in their own fields, countries and languages. …”

Transitioning Society Publications to Open Access

“Transitioning Society Publications to Open Access, or TSPOA, is group of like-minded scholarly communication workers from libraries, academic institutions, publishers, and consortia. This first year, we’ve capped ourselves at 15 people for agility purposes in getting projects underway, and we mostly work at academic libraries or academic publishers in the U.S., though we have some international representation (a shoutout here to Mikael Laakso in Finland). And of course the publisher representatives in our group have international presence. 

We’ve organized to provide support, advocacy, and referral services within scholarly society publishing, and today I’ll be talking about three things: (1) why we felt that TSPOA was needed, (2) how we formed to help address these needs, and (3) what our current projects are.”

Update on open access and academic journal contracts: a presentation to the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee – Office of Scholarly Communication

“On July 17, 2019, Acting Provost and Vice Provost Susan Carlson, University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, and Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director Günter Waibel briefed the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee on open access and academic journal contracts.”