Open Science Conference

“The Open Science Conference 2020 is the 7th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. The annual conference is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure providers, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments in Open Science….”

Join Us in Washington D.C. to Celebrate Culture and Heritage on Public Domain Day

Creative Commons is pleased to be a part of the second annual Public Domain Day celebration held in Washington D.C. on January 30, 2020! 

In collaboration with the Internet Archive, the Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, and SPARC, this event will “bring together a diverse group of organizations, musicians, artists, activists, and thinkers” to celebrate the works entering the public domain in 2020 as well as highlight the “elements of knowledge and creativity that are too important to a healthy society to lock down with copyright law.”


The program includes lightning talks on a variety of topics, such as bias in algorithms, shared cultural resources, and technological innovation. There will also be a panel discussion on “how the freedom to build upon creative works can inspire and move culture” and live performances by the Bob Schwartz Quartet! 


January 30, 2020 | 5:30-9:00pm American University Washington College of Law, Grossman Hall 4300 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016


  • 5:15 – Registration Opens
  • 5:30 – Facets of the Public Domain – Public Interest Organization Showcase and Reception (featuring the Bob Schwartz Quartet)
  • 6:30 – Realizing Access to the Public Domain 
  • 6:50 – Remixing the Public Domain
  • 7:15 – Too Important to be Protected: Limits on Copyright for a Healthy Society – Presentation by former MEP Julia Reda, followed by Lighting Talks
  • 8:30 – Reception: featuring the Bob Schwartz Quartet

Interested in joining us? Register here!

If you’re not able to attend, there will be a webcast available here starting from 6:30 PM EST on January 30, 2020!

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UKeiG CPD Workshop: Open access, open monographs, open data, open peer review

“The concept of Open Access to research outputs has been common currency for many years. The rapid growth of the Internet has made different publication models easily available. More recent thinking has expanded the concept of openness even further, to Open Science, which aims to transform science by making research more open, global, collaborative, creative and closer to society. This approach is being embraced by all academic disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences. The shift is extremely important for the development and exploitation of research, and hence for the professionals who support it.

Who should attend?

Research support, information and library professionals keen to understand the impact of Open Access, Open Data, Open Monographs, Open Peer Review and Open Science on their organisations and on current and future service provision. The key aim of the workshop is to provide a state of the art overview of Open Science issues and to encourage discussion amongst library and information professionals who support research. It will benefit LIS professionals across all subjects, sectors and disciplines who are new to, interested in or needing a refresher on Open Access issues….”

How Libraries and Funders Can Drive APC Transparency

“Following the success of the first of our librarian focussed webinar series in October, we’re kicking off our first webinar of 2020 discussing How Libraries and Funders Can Drive APC Transparency. We’re joined by Ashley Farley, Associate Program Officer of Knowledge & Research Services at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ashley will share from her experience working at a major research funder and highlight the importance of working together with libraries to ensure publishers are more transparent with their Article Processing Charges….”


Open Science: How to Publish Successfully in an Open Research World Tickets, Thu 6 Feb 2020 at 15:30 | Eventbrite

“You are welcome to attend the workshop and/or the reception. Please register now for free so we know how to prepare and so we can arrange catering for the reception. Reception starts at 17:00.

This 90-minute workshop and reception is perfect for researchers at any career stage with an interest in learning more about open practices and academic publishing.

The workshop will include active discussion and presentations, designed to inspire informed and robust choices when you conduct, publish, and share your research.

You’ll leave the workshop with insights into how to publish successfully whilst adopting open research practices….”

Open Repositories 2020 – Stellenbosch, South Africa

“The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Stellenbosch University is delighted to announce that the 15th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 June 2020. The conference will be organised by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service who looks forward to welcoming delegates to the first Open Repositories Conference (OR) on the African continent….”

On the way towards Open Science: first Israeli national workshop – OpenAIRE Blog

“The event was organized by the Iseraeli OpenAIRE NOAD Dr. Simcha Meir along with the libraries and information system department of BIU. With around 180 attendees, mainly librarians and researchers from all universities, and also a large number of colleges, representatives from various funding organizations: the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC), who is responsible for funding the Israeli system of higher education, was along with the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the largest funding agency in Israel, and the Ministry of Science, with whom discussions on how to create an open science policy are ongoing, were some of the funding organizations that attended….”

Celebrate Public Domain Day 2020 | MIT Libraries News

“You may know January 1 as New Year’s Day, but it is also the day that new works shed their copyright constraints and become available for free reuse. Works from 1924 become public domain in 2020, including Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” A. A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young, and the first film adaptation of Peter Pan. The public domain allows works to be broadly read, performed, remixed, and adapted as part of our shared cultural heritage.

To contribute to the celebration of the public domain, the MIT Libraries is digitizing 10 books from 1924 from the Libraries’ collections. This year we selected works that show a glimpse of what it was like to be a woman in academia in the early 1900s. Read about early women scholars at MIT in class reunion books from the 1890s, and see what women were publishing in 1924.

The 10 new works will join the MIT Libraries Public Domain Collection later this month, where they will be freely available to read in their entirety. Look out for news posts throughout January highlighting these interesting works. You can also join us in celebrating the public domain at two upcoming events:

Join us for lunch and learn more about the public domain at the Is it in the Public Domain? IAP session on January 7.
Learn how to enhance Wikipedia using public domain materials at our Wikipedia Public Domain Day Edit-a-thon on January 15….”

Is overlay peer review the future of scholarly communications? – COAR

“You may have seen the paper published recently by COAR presenting a distributed framework for open publishing services called Pubfair (version 2, after community input), also available in Spanish.

Pubfair is a conceptual model for a modular, distributed open source publishing framework, which builds on the content contained in the network of repositories to enable the dissemination and quality-control of a range of research outputs including publications, data, and more. 

This idea is not new. It is based on the vision outlined in the COAR Next Generation Repositories report  and builds on earlier conceptual models developed by Paul Ginsparg, Herbert Van de Sompel and others. And there are already overlay journals on arXiv, such as Discrete Analysis and Advances in Combinatorics, and other platforms such as Episcience in France, that demonstrate that this can be done at a very high level of quality, for a low price.

We are proposing to expand on these initiatives by developing a highly distributed architecture for overlay services. With decentralization, comes tremendous power. It takes us beyond an environment with many silos, in which every organization maintains its own separate system; to a global, interoperable architecture for scholarly communication. This model can scale; respond to different needs and priorities related to language, region, and domain; and has the potential to set free scholarly communications….”