OE [Open Education] Day at UTA [U of Texas at Arlington]

Abstract:  We’ll define open educational resources (OER), examine the impact of OER use in higher education, discuss copyright and open licensing, and explore avenues for identifying existing OER that can be remixed and reused. The presentation will cover updates on federal and state OER initiatives and highlight support for open educational practices at UTA, including access to and technical support for Pressbooks, a web-based publishing platform.

Second Big Deals survey: Preview of the results

“EUA has published a preview of the results of the latest edition of its Big Deals survey. The large-scale initiative covers 31 consortia in Europe, representing universities and other organisations, responsible for the negotiation of Big Deal contracts with publishers. 

The preliminary results show that more than one billion euros are spent every year across Europe in electronic resources, of which more than 700 million go to periodicals alone. These numbers are subject to an average annual increase of 3.6%. Notably, universities support about 72% of these costs. 

The survey results illustrate EUA’s contribution to increasing transparency in the publishing area, particularly from the point of view of universities. This aim is also in line with the recent complaint that EUA presented to the European Commission, DG Competition, on the lack of transparency and competition in the academic publishing market in Europe and beyond. 

Conducted in 2018, this is EUA’s second Big Deals survey. The first edition was published early last year. Not only has the number of surveyed consortia increased from 27, but the quality of the data gathered has improved greatly. EUA will link the outcomes of this survey with other key areas in its work, namely institutional policies on Open Access, research assessment methodologies and its impact analysis of Plan S . 

The full survey report will be published in April 2019 on the occasion of the EUA Annual Conference….”

Open Access to Research Data in H2020

“This presentation provides an introduction to the Open Research Data Pilot in Horizon 2020. It explains why research data management and open data are important, what the requirements of the open research data pilot are and how OpenAIRE can help you to manage your data, open it up and comply with your funders open research data policy. 

– EC guidelines on open research data for H2020 project including the H2020 DMP template http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/oa_pilot/h2020-hi-oa-data-mgt_en.pdf 
– Online DMP tool with a template for H2020 projects https://dmponline.dcc.ac.uk/ 
– How to comply with the H2020 Open Research data requirements https://www.openaire.eu/how-to-comply-to-h2020-mandates-for-publications-2 
– What is a data management plan and how to write one? https://www.openaire.eu/what-isa-data-management-plan-and-how-do-i-create-one 
– For further questions and help, contact us at: https://www.openaire.eu/support/helpdesk 
– For further information, check: https://www.openaire.eu/ …”

DORA, Plan S and the (open) future of research evaluation

“Slides from a talk [by Stephen Curry] given to the general assembly of Science Europe in Brussels on 22 Nov 2018. Gives an overview of the problems of over-metricised research evaluation and how this might be tackled, in part through initiatives driven by DORA, and how they are linked with drives such as Plan S to promote open science….”

Publishing infrastructure: the good, the bad, and the expensive

“Shared open infrastructure would transform research communication to make it faster, more open, and more complete. But the publishing industry continues to rely on closed, proprietary legacy platforms that put their data and business at risk. This is resulting in a lack of innovation at a time when we need research to speed up and be more accessible. Investment in open and shared infrastructure would radically improve scientific and scholarly communication….”