Call to Action: Share Your Feedback on Controlled Digital Lending | Authors Alliance

“Authors Alliance is gathering feedback from authors about Controlled Digital Lending (“CDL”) in order to strengthen our advocacy work and better represent your interests. Several of our members have already shared their views on how CDL helps authors and researchers, and we are now asking you to add your voice by completing this short form. …”

Open Science Center Launches | Data Science

“The new Center for Open and REproducibile Science (CORES) aims to develop and nurture transparency and reproducibility in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data across all domains of scientific activity. The Center will focus on two core objectives. The first is to develop resources and support activities that promote the adoption of open science practices at Stanford and beyond. The second is to foster methodological innovations that can enhance the adoption and effectiveness of open science practices….”

‘An army of open science evangelists’: Professors launch Center for Open and REproducible Science | The Stanford Daily

“Dozens of professors from Stanford’s science, engineering and humanities departments have come together to launch the Center for Open and REproducible Science last week, an initiative that seeks to increase the transparency, reproducibility and openness of science.

The Center, also known as CORES, is encouraging early adoption of open science practices at Stanford, which include data sharing and study pre-registration. Eventually, it hopes to become the “gold standard” for open science, a fundamental shift that makes science more inclusive by emphasizing accessibility and dissemination of data, methods and tools, rather than just results….”

UKCORR – United Kingdom Council of Open Research and Repositories

“UKCoRR is an independent body for repository managers, administrators and staff in the UK that:

Promotes repository management as a recognised and respected profession
Provides a forum for discussion and exchange of experience
Represents the views and concerns of those who work with repositories in organisational, policy and strategic development…”

The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge

“In The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge, MIT Open Learning’s Peter B. Kaufman describes the powerful forces that have purposely crippled our efforts to share knowledge widely and freely.

Popes and their inquisitors, emperors and their hangmen, commissars and their secret police – throughout history, all have sought to stanch the free flow of information. Kaufman writes of times when the Bible could not be translated – you’d be burned for trying; when dictionaries and encyclopedias were forbidden; when literature and science and history books were trashed and pulped – sometimes along with their authors; and when efforts to develop public television and radio networks were quashed by private industry.

In the 21st century, the enemies of free thought have taken on new and different guises – giant corporate behemoths, sprawling national security agencies, gutted regulatory commissions. Bereft of any real moral compass or sense of social responsibility, their work to surveil and control us are no less nefarious than their 16th- and 18th- and 20th- century predecessors’. They are all part of what Kaufman calls the Monsterverse….”

MLIS alum is on a mission for open access | Information School | University of Washington

“As the program manager of knowledge and research at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Farley is part coach, part traffic cop, ensuring that all Gates-funded research is freely available to the public. She is the lead advocate for the Gates’ open access policy, which requires unrestricted access to all research funded by the organization. She oversees a $6 million annual budget that she uses to advocate for open access, ensure that researchers understand and adhere to the policy, and build tools to help them disseminate their work.

In addition to setting policy for the Gates Foundation, Farley frequently gives presentations about open access and is an outspoken advocate for it on Twitter. She sees herself as an educator and motivator, extolling the benefits of publishing research openly….”

United Academics Foundation | Connecting Science & Society

“Join us to give global society free & reliable access to scientific articles they need to expand their knowledge horizon, develop their institutional capacities and grow their business….

The United Academics Foundation (UAF) is a not-for-profit organization. It was founded in January 2013 by Louis Lapidaire, Robert Paul Kuiper and Anouk Vleugels. The Foundation is based in Amsterdam, but our team is international, with a group of dedicated people working remotely on several continents….

The mission of the United Academics Foundation (UAF) is to connect science and society: creating a world where scientific research results are accessible for all, so that knowledge can be easily spread and built upon….”


GRN · German Reproducibility Network

“The German Reproducibility Network (GRN) is a cross-disciplinary consortium that aims to increase trustworthiness and transparency of scientific research by investigating and encouraging the factors that contribute to robust research. We promote training activities and disseminate best practices, conduct and support meta-scientific research, and work with stakeholders to ensure coordination of efforts. GRN’s activities span multiple levels, including researchers, institutions and other stakeholders (e.g., funders, publishers, and Academic Societies)….”

Library Futures: New Nonprofit Launches to Support a Technology-Positive Future for Libraries – Internet Archive Blogs

“A coalition of advocacy and public interest groups has joined forces to launch the Library Futures Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) committed to upholding the right of libraries to provide users with materials in the new digital environment. 

The new organization launched its website on January 25 and will work to empower libraries to fulfill their mission of providing equal and equitable access to culture for the public good. …”