Congratulations to the GSS Open Access Award recipients! | SFU Library

SFU Library and the Graduate Student Society are pleased to announce the 27 recipients of the 2018 GSS Open Access Award.

The students each received a $130 award for publishing their scholarly work in open access journals and making the products of their research available to the broadest possible community. In addition to publishing their work in a fully open access journal which does not require paid subscriptions to access any of the journal content, each of these students also placed their work in Summit, SFU’s institutional repository, which fulfills the requirements of the SFU Open Access Policy.

The award aims to increase the visibility of students and researchers/scholars who publish their work openly. We want to put the authors in the spotlight and say thank you for their contributions as SFU graduate students….”

Announcing the Winner of Junto March Madness 2019 « The Junto

Without further ado, the winner of Junto March Madness 2019 is…


Harvard’s Colonial North America project. Initially just a 2-seed, the CNA project busted some brackets on its way to the top. But it’s easy to see why! The project will digitize nearly half a million pages of archival and manuscript materials in Harvard’s collections. This project is bound to provide an incredibly valuable resource for historians of early America for years to come….”

Meet Mozilla’s Latest Open Science Awardees

Today, we’re announcing our latest Mozilla Science Mini Grant awardees: eight projects from six different countries that merge open-source values with scientific research.

Among the projects receiving funds: a community-owned publishing platform for research. A three-day hackathon for scientists in the life sciences, and open-source protocols for analyzing the yeast DNA in beer.

These grants are part of Mozilla’s larger Fellowships and Awards work. They are made possible by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust….”

Robert-Jan Smits Sets New Bar for Open with Bold Plan S – SPARC

In early 2018, Robert-Jan Smits found himself in the right place at the right time. Open Access had garnered widespread support in Europe and the moment had come to capitalize on it. The transition needed to be accelerated and Smits was uniquely qualified to broker a deal.

The long serving policy manager and advocate of science took the job of Open Access Envoy of the EC last March. Smits says he relished the opportunity to devote himself to one issue for one full year.
“Open is something we desperately need,” says the 60-year-old from the Netherlands. “Science has no borders. It’s important that we share.”

Smits was a leading force behind the creation of Plan S, an initiative for open-access science publishing that requires scientists and researchers who benefit from state-funded research organizations and institutions to publish their work in open repositories or in journals that are available to all by 2020. It was launched in September by Science Europe as an initiative of cOAltion S, a consortium developed by the European Research Council and major national research agencies and funders.

For his contributions to promoting Open Access, SPARC has honored Smits with its January 2019 Innovator Award….”

Making Research Knowledge Public Award | Interview with recipients Hannah McGregor and Juan Pablo Alperin – scholcommlab

“What does “making research knowledge public” look like to you? 

Juan Pablo Alperin: I see open access as a very basic, initial step toward making research knowledge public. We never know who in society might care about our work, regardless of how niche an audience we might have in mind. My own research and other evidence points to the fact that there are members of the public who want to know. Even if faculty don’t want to change anything else about what they do, they can make sure that their research is at least accessible to anyone who wants to see it. For me, making research knowledge public is about enabling and supporting an ecosystem in which that becomes the norm. 

Hannah McGregor: I think open access should be the default and baseline, particularly for journals. But access goes beyond just paywalls; it also has to do with language and discoverability. Journals—open access or not—still circulate within particular systems of discoverability that are available mostly to people who know how universities work. 

The side of things that I have been working on is what my colleague Jon Bath calls public-first scholarship. I’ve been thinking about what it means to do your work in the public from the get-go, rather than doing it within the university and then making it public later. I’m making podcasts, because podcasts are not a university medium. They are a medium that has their own logic, a logic that is inherently open and inherently public-facing. I want the audience for my work to not be precluded by people who have access to scholarship….”

Benjamin Mako Hil – Research Symbiont Award Speech – YouTube

Speech by Benjamin Mako Hill that was recorded for the presentations of the Research Symbiont Awards on January 6, 2019. The General Symbiosis Award “is given to a scientist working in any field who has shared data beyond the expectations of their field. For example, we seek applications from symbiotic scientists working in sociology, ecology, astrophysics, or any other field of science.”

A sad story: The conference was held in Hawaii and Mako couldn’t attend. They showed this recording instead….”

The Global Benefits of Open Research | MDPI Books

A collection of 36 essays.

“The 2018 MPDI Writing Prize invited early stage researchers who are not native English speakers to write on the subject of “the global benefits of open research”. Six prizes were awarded, however there were many more entries. This book collates many of those entries and contains inspiring, thought-provoking and original viewpoints of open science through the eyes of those conducting research on a daily basis….”

Economics Nobel laureate Paul Romer is a Python programming convert — Quartz

“Romer believes in making research transparent. He argues that openness and clarity about methodology is important for scientific research to gain trust. As Romer explained in an April 2018 blog post, in an effort to make his own work transparent, he tried to use Mathematica to share one of his studies in a way that anyone could explore every detail of his data and methods. It didn’t work. He says that Mathematica’s owner, Wolfram Research, made it too difficult to share his work in a way that didn’t require other people to use the proprietary software, too. Readers also could not see all of the code he used for his equations.

Instead of using Mathematica, Romer discovered that he could use a Jupyter notebook for sharing his research. Jupyter notebooks are web applications that allow programmers and researchers to share documents that include code, charts, equations, and data. Jupyter notebooks allow for code written in dozens of programming languages. For his research, Romer used Python—the most popular language for data science and statistics.

Importantly, unlike notebooks made from Mathematica, Jupyter notebooks are open source, which means that anyone can look at all of the code that created them. …”

The University of Cambridge, SPARC Europe and Jisc announce winner of the Data Engagement Management Award

“The very first Data Management Engagement Award, a competition sponsored by SPARC Europe, the University of Cambridge and Jisc to elicit new and imaginative ideas for engaging researchers in the practices of good Research Data Management (RDM).

The accepted proposal is to link RDM with the open science movement via the Wikimedia suite of tools….”