“A chat [by Cameron Neylon] with Amy Brand and Claudio Aspesi about their recent piece in Science, ‘In pursuit of open science, open access is not enough’, and how infrastructure for scholarly communications needs more attention.”
“The 9th of April Jon Tennant passed away. He was tragically killed in a motorbike accident in Indonesia while on a research residency at the IGDORE campus. Jon had been a tireless advocate of Open Science and friend to all in the Open Science community. At Generation Research we were honored to have him as a founding member of our advisory board.
Open Science had become Jon’s driving passion as an intellectual and as an activist which brought him to being a public figure in the Open Science movement. He had a talent for communicating the importance of access to knowledge and bringing people together to work on making the cultural change happen for Open Science. Jon had made the switch from being a paleontologist to an Open Science advocate, although it had remained a rival passion. He had completed his PhD in 2017 at Imperial College UK in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, and had been awarded the Janet Watson Award for research excellence.
Jon’s contribution was about making Open Science happen with a conviction that showed mettle and tenacity in the need for social justice in our current knowledge systems and to highlight its systemic inequalities. Jon advocated for the UN Sustainable Development Goals as are put forward often in responsible research and innovation and saw the value of the ‘free to publish — free to read’ Open Access policies advocated by for example AmeliCA….”
“DOAB is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Mosterd as its new Community Manager. In this new role, Tom Mosterd will be working closely with the DOAB community on an open and inclusive future for the DOAB and OAPEN infrastructures. He will be responsible for communications, campaigns and is the contact point for institutional prospects and customers. His primary focus will be to manage the SCOSS fundraising campaign for DOAB and OAPEN….”
“While a considerable proportion of journal articles are now available in open access, only a few scientific monographs are currently openly accessible. Recently, however, more activities have been started and a number of reports have been published. We spoke with Olaf Siegert about the state of open access for monographs and about the activities of libraries….”
“Let’s talk Open Science!
In this Star Trek inspired video, we interview Wouter Los who shares his idea of Data Marketplace. To explain what is meant by Data Marketplace and why is it needed, he uses an analogy of competing starships, that end up in agreeing on sharing data. How can competition and data sharing become harmonized? Why do we need Open science? How would a data marketplace look like? Why is this relevant for Earth science? Come, ask and comment here on Youtube or on @ENVRIcomm Twitter channel using #OpenScienceTrek hashtag. The ENVRI community open science fleet is powered by ENVRI-FAIR project. ENVRI-FAIR has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824068….”
“Now, I know there is a whole complex debate running about Open Access (OA), mostly journals, but it’s coming to academic books. So, it’s not as simple as saying if a publisher asks you for money as an author, they are to be avoided. So let me say instead: if a publisher asks you for money to publish your book, take a careful look.
At the moment, ‘Gold’ OA – authors pay to make their books OA online – is not on our radar. If OA continues to gather strength in the academic market, it may be something we will look at. But if we do, it will be an option – publish conventionally, or publish OA, and find a way to cover our costs. And I think if you have an option as an author – I can choose to pay for one service, or I can publish for free with a different service – that should reassure people about predatory behavior.
If you are a small or new-entrant publisher operating a compulsory Publishing Charge, you are going to have your motives questioned. My advice would be: don’t do it! Find a way to make it pay, as we do, without publishing charges, or go do something else. If you are an author, look very carefully at any compulsory Publishing Charge….”
“She’s an author of crime fiction. A college librarian. A recently retired faculty member at a small liberal arts college in Minnesota. For more than 30 years, Barbara Fister has felt the opposing pull from her publishers and the call of open access; from the need for books to make money and the desire for her published work to live on into the next century. Plus, this author and librarian has authored five books now available in the National Emergency Library. …”
“It is with immense sadness and shock we hereby confirm that our dear colleague Dr. Jonathan P. Tennant (Jon) passed away in a motorcycle accident in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, during the early morning of April 9th, local time. Jon was not yet 32 years old. Our most heartfelt condolences go to his family and we wish them all the strength possible in living through the pain of losing their loved one.”
“The Open Library of Humanities, or OLH, is an open access publisher dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed open access scholarship in the humanities, based at Birkbeck, University of London. We’re a scholar-led, not-for-profit publisher and all of our 28 academic journals are both free to read and free to access, with no article processing charges. Our mission is to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities – for free, for everyone, for ever.
The OLH model was established to spread the costs of open access publishing fairly and collectively. Initially funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and from OpenAIRE, part of the European Commission, the OLH is funded by an international consortium of libraries and institutions which each contribute an annual membership. Rates are banded according to the institution’s size, and are kept low to ensure affordability, while smaller institutions pay less.
We’re incredibly grateful to our supporters for their help; as a supporting institution, the University of Groningen is part of an international community of nearly 300 supporters from 18 countries. Each of our supporters plays an invaluable part in keeping the OLH working – so a huge thank you to the University of Groningen from us all at OLH. Each supporting member is entitled to a voting position on the Library Governance board, with the ability to vote on the inclusion of new journals, allowing the OLH to be collaboratively governed by its supporters….”