“The theme of this symposium is convergence around ideas and implementations of FAIR. Throughout the week we will explore a range of activities which seem to be gaining influence, agreement and traction. A number of these will be introduced in Plenary Sessions 3: FAIR Convergence (Mon 30 Nov at 12:00-13:00 UTC). Watch the prerecorded presentations from the whole panel here.
The panel will discuss the central importance of FAIR Digital Objects (Luiz Bonino, GO FAIR); the contribution that can be made by FAIR Implementation Profiles (Erik Schultes, GO FAIR, and Barbara Magagna, Austrian Environment Agency); the role of FAIR Vocabularies and how these can be technically presented, maintained, governed and sustained (Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, STFC, and Simon Cox, CSIRO); the contribution which may be made by the approach taken by DDI-CDI to describing individual variable and tracking provenance (Arofan Gregory, Standards Consultant); and the fundamental need for interoperable units of measure (Bob Hanisch, NIST)….”
“UNLV Libraries and other departments across campus have recently formed the Open Educational Resources Task Force, led by Amy Tureen, head of the Library Liaison Program, to address these issues. The task force’s first webinar, titled “Why Didn’t My Students Buy the Textbook? How Some UNLV Faculty Members are Using Open Educational Resources,” recently tackled the relationship between students, textbooks, and learning. Melissa Bowles-Terry of the Faculty Center led the event sponsored by OIT, Office of Online Education, Faculty Center, University Libraries, UNLV Bookstore.
Open Educational Resources (OERs) include learning materials, such as textbooks, syllabi, lectures, assignments, projects, and papers, that are available to all for higher education. OERs are both easily accessible and serve as a collection of knowledge across multiple sources.
The webinar explored how to make college more accessible to students through OERs….”
“The scholarly journals market has undergone huge transformations in recent years with the biggest one being the move of open access from a small radical movement to becoming a core part of scholarly publishers’ journal strategy.
In collaboration with Maverick Publishing Specialists and GeoScienceWorld, panelists on the webinar will discuss: the benefits derived from publishing partnerships when transitioning onto an open access model, the services currently offered in the market, and different publishing partnership models currently available. …”
“What steps can academic journals take to help scholars and the general public (especially the mainstream media) more easily determine preprint quality and distinguish peer-reviewed preprints from unvetted ones?
We explored this question during Scholastica’s recent panel-style webinar, “Increasing transparency and trust in preprints: Steps journals can take“ as part of Peer Review Week 2020, themed “Trust in Peer Review.” …”
“Visualizations can make data come alive, uncover new insights and capture the imagination in a way that a spreadsheet never can.
Join Mike Taylor, Data Insights & Customer Analytics at Altmetric, and Fabio Gouveia, Public Health Technologist at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, for a demonstration of the exciting ways in which you can create compelling stories to explain the broader impact of academic work using the free-to-download VOSviewer from CWTS Leiden and data from Altmetric.
This actionable webinar will include an introduction to creating network diagrams with VOSviewer with your own data, extracting data from Altmetric tools and adapting it to be imported….”
“We are pleased to announce the next OASPA webinar which will provide insight, through real-life use cases, into how the OA Switchboard facilitates the fulfilment of open access strategies across business models, policies and agreements.
“Open data and its effects on society are always woven into infrastructural legacies, social relations, and the political economy.
This raises questions about how our understanding and engagement with open data shifts when we focus on its situated use. The new book Situating Open Data: Global Trends in Local Contexts sheds light on these questions, providing empirical studies of open data practices, their local implementation, and the development of open data ecosystems.
Join us for the book launch, where editors and authors (listed below) will present their insights through lightning talks, and discuss the findings with the audience!
The book can be accessed online (open access, PDF) or ordered in print here and here….”
“Work Package 2 is invested in addressing a key question: how can open access book publishers better collaborate with scholarly libraries? This is the question that we have explored over a series of project workshops – all online due to Covid – which have involved representatives from scholarly libraries in both the UK and the US. These workshops have been incredibly valuable for us, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who have participated.
We have already highlighted how the two US workshops — one in May, one in July — shed light on a range of topics, including issues of the discoverability of open access content in library catalogues, concerns about the sustainability of open access publishing, how important it is for open access initiatives to both involve stakeholders in their development and to clearly articulate their values and for these to align with those of their stakeholders, and the need to reimagine the system of scholarly communication to be more diverse and inclusive.
The UK workshop in June very much echoed these themes, and drew insights from colleagues working in the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium, University of York, University of Cambridge, University of Sussex, University of Salford, Maynooth University, Birkbeck, University of London, Loughborough University, as well as other institutional representatives who have chosen to remain anonymous in project outputs….”
“Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the importance of international collaboration in research and innovation. The impact of research has become ever more apparent during the pandemic, and so there is a renewed urgency for funders to come together and reconsider how research is assessed and evaluated.
At the GRC Responsible Research Assessment Conference 2020, participants will be invited to consider the existing sector-wide frameworks on responsible research assessment and have a global discussion on how funders can drive a positive research culture through research assessment criteria and processes. The discussions will reflect on how to support a diverse, inclusive and thriving research sector….”