Atlas of open science and research in Finland 2019 : Evaluation of openness in the activities of higher education institutions, research institutes, research-funding organisations, Finnish academic and cultural institutes abroad and learned societies and academies. Final report

“This evaluation of the openness of Finnish research organisations, research-funding organisations, academic and cultural institutes abroad and learned societies and academies was completed by the Ministry of Education and Culture to assess the openness of operational cultures and to evaluate progress for the organisations evaluated in previous years. This evaluation covers the activities of Finnish higher education institutions, research institutes, research-funding organisations, the Academic and Cultural Institutes abroad and Learned Societies and Academies in 2019.

This evaluation examines the key indicators chosen to assess the performance on openness. Key indicators are used to provide some insights on the competences and capacity of the research system in supporting progress towards openness. Barriers and development needs are discussed, with suggestions for improvement….”

Atlas of open science and research in Finland 2019 : Evaluation of openness in the activities of higher education institutions, research institutes, research-funding organisations, Finnish academic and cultural institutes abroad and learned societies and academies. Final report

“This evaluation of the openness of Finnish research organisations, research-funding organisations, academic and cultural institutes abroad and learned societies and academies was completed by the Ministry of Education and Culture to assess the openness of operational cultures and to evaluate progress for the organisations evaluated in previous years. This evaluation covers the activities of Finnish higher education institutions, research institutes, research-funding organisations, the Academic and Cultural Institutes abroad and Learned Societies and Academies in 2019.

This evaluation examines the key indicators chosen to assess the performance on openness. Key indicators are used to provide some insights on the competences and capacity of the research system in supporting progress towards openness. Barriers and development needs are discussed, with suggestions for improvement….”

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….”

 

Job Application for Science Program Manager, Open Science at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

“Our mission is to support science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Interdisciplinary teams of physicians, biologists, computational scientists, and engineers can expand our understanding of the human body and illness — the very science behind medicine. CZI fosters collaboration between scientists and engineers, develops tools and technologies, and builds support for basic scientific research. 

Open science—the practice of sharing data, methods, software, and results in the open in a timely and effective manner, so that other scientists have the ability to learn and build on them—is core to our vision. We believe open science is key to empowering more people to engage in research and accelerate the pace, robustness, and reproducibility of science. In order to achieve this goal, we will invest in platforms and initiatives that can shift incentives and culture in scientific communities towards early, open sharing and collaboration. 

We are supporting the scientific open source software ecosystem through a dedicated grant program (EOSS), as well as in-house software development through our software engineering and computational biology teams. We are supporting large-scale open data initiatives like the Human Cell Atlas, a global project to create a complete reference map of all the cells in the human body. We have invested in platforms like bioRxiv and Protocols.io to accelerate sharing and linking of research outputs and we are building Meta, a biomedical research discovery service.

As a Science Program Manager for Open Science, you will drive the execution of open science initiatives in the scientific communities CZI serves. You will manage and assist the development and operations of grant programs to support open science, including programs in progress, planned, or future programs to be developed. You will coordinate closely with the rest of the CZI Science team and the external community. You will be a public advocate of CZI’s mission and our priorities in open science and you will contribute to shaping our strategic directions in this area. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of open science practices, how open source software, open data, and collaborative platforms are used in science, and how open communities function….”

Research published in pay-and-publish journals won’t count: UGC panel | India News,The Indian Express

“Suggesting sweeping reforms to promote the quality of research in India, a UGC panel has recommended that publication of research material in “predatory” journals or presentations in conferences organised by their publishers should not be considered for academic credit in any form.

They include selection, confirmation, promotion, appraisal, and award of scholarships and degrees, the panel has suggested. The committee, which submitted its 14-page report to the UGC recently, has also recommended changes in PhD and MPhil programmes, including a new board for social sciences research….

Last week, the UGC launched the Consortium of Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) to approve a new official list of academic publications….”

Open Research Funders Group Reaffirms Support for Open Science | Open Research Funders Group

With news that the United States may be considering a shift in their national open access policy, the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) reaffirms its support for the sharing of research outputs as widely and quickly as possible. The ORFG, a partnership of 16 philanthropies with assets in excess of $100 billion, believes that open access (along with open data and broader open science activities) benefits society by potentially accelerating the pace of discovery, reducing information-sharing gaps, encouraging innovation, and promoting reproducibility.  

From a practical standpoint, open access demonstrates a tangible return on taxpayer investment. Federal funds that support research have their highest impact when the results of this labor are shared, discussed, tested, and built upon with as few restrictions as possible.

SPARC Statement on Rumored New White House Open Access Policy

“Like others, we have heard rumors about a possible new Administration Open Access Policy. As a coalition of more than 200 academic and research libraries on college and university campuses across the country, SPARC has long advocated for a federal policy that would make the results of taxpayer-funded research immediately available for the public to freely access and fully use. We wholeheartedly endorse updating current policy and eliminating the unnecessary 12-month waiting period for the public to gain access to the outputs of taxpayer-funded scientific research, including data, articles, and the supporting computer code.

Ensuring full open access to articles and data reporting on the results of publicly funded research will deliver important benefits to all by improving scientific productivity, generating new uses and applications for research, empowering startup ventures and businesses, and giving patients and their families hope of finding cures to rare and currently untreatable diseases. Without a zero-embargo policy, the U.S. stands to fall substantially behind many other nations that have already introduced strong open access policies.”

[STM Association open letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy]

“STM publishers support all models and approaches that have the potential to lead to a more open scholarly communication environment and a greater empowerment of researchers. We continue to work diligently with stakeholders across the research ecosystem to build towards a future where quality, rigor, replicability, reproducibility, and integrity of research can be sustained while meeting the access needs of researchers and the public in an open and collaborative manner. We were therefore alarmed to learn that the Administration may be considering a precipitous move to require immediate access to any article that reports on Federally funded research, without due consideration of the impact of such a policy on research and discovery and the costs to the taxpayer of a shift to open access….”

Possible Executive Order on Open Access Alarms Academic Publishers | EdSurge News

“Academic publishers are worried about an executive order the Trump administration is said to be considering that would impose new open access requirements on federally funded science research.

Over the weekend, several draft letters addressed to President Trump circulated among and collected signatures from leaders of scientific societies and academic membership associations. One, provided to EdSurge by a representative of the nonprofit Research!America, expressed concerns about proposed changes that may require publishers to “immediately make federally funded scientific discoveries published in their journals freely available to the global market.” …”