Q&A: An open-data evangelist preaches creative cooperation to speed drug development

“When Dr. Atul Butte thinks data, the word “big” can’t do it justice. He was honored by President Barack Obama’s administration as an “open science champion of change” in 2013 for his work at Stanford University to sift 400 trillion molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data points to find new medicines and disease-fighting insights — and to speed the process by making the data as public as possible.”

To extend neighbouring right for press publishers to scholarly publications would be a disaster for open science [interview] | DataScouting

“On the occasion of the proposed EU Copyright reform, which is currently undergoing a process in the European Parliament, representatives from three leading European libraries are asking Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament with the Pirate Party about the challenges and the impact that the proposed copyright directive will have on libraries, institutional repositories, open science and more.”

Raising awareness for Wikipedia in Nigeria – Wikimedia Blog

“With an estimated 190 million residents, Nigeria is the largest country in Africa. A remarkable 60% of Nigerians are school-aged, creating one of the largest student bodies in the world. With internet access in Nigeria quickly growing, local Wikimedians are working together to raise awareness for the platform and how Nigeria’s many students can both use and improve Wikipedia.”

Interview with PLOS ONE Academic Editor – Michael Petraglia | EveryONE: The PLOS ONE blog

“Someday, I hope that all journal articles in my field are available to researchers around the world and the public at large, and not hidden behind pay-walls. After all, scientific research is heavily supported by tax-payers, so members of the public should be able to see, enjoy and learn what is being accomplished in the ever-expanding, and exciting field of human evolutionary studies.”

?enay Kafkas, Text Miner in Literature Services | European Bioinformatics Institute

“I am a text mining specialist in the Literature Services team of EMBL-EBI. My team runs and maintains the Europe PMC database, an archive of life-science literature. Our job is to make it easy for researchers to find articles and information they need. 

I contribute to the development of the text mining infrastructure of the database. My colleagues and I develop methods to annotate articles and design searches by indexing articles based on specific search fields. We are a service-oriented team and work closely with the users to make researchers’ lives easier….”

Interview de Lawrence Rajendran | STARTUPS.CH Blog

From Google Translate: “[Question] Which will publish its results on ScienceMatters? What is your target group?

[Answer] For now we focus on the 10 million scientists and researchers on our planet. Only 1% of all these people publish more than one article per year. If they wish to publish something in an Open-Access Journal it costs about 1,500 to 2,000 USD. We want to change that. Everyone should have the opportunity to publish its results, regardless of its financial resources. This is why we ask only 150 USD….”

MQ researcher says open access keeps medical research honest – Macquarie Library Open Access week

“More broadly, I advocate for publishing research in ways that make it more accessible to the public regardless of whether it is via gold, green, as a pre-print, in an institutional repository, or even shared through social media or peer-to-peer networks. But there are other aspects of “open” in research that impact on research integrity, and this journal is likely to deal with them as it grows.”

How Open Is It? An interview with Greg Tananbaum | PLOScast

“As Open Access becomes more widespread, quantifying the range of OA options has become complex. In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Greg Tananbaum, the owner of ScholarNext, about the spectrum of Open Access, the tool available to help academics gauge the openness of an article, OA policies and emerging developments in scholarly communication. Together they discuss how machine readability is playing a role in OA publishing, issues surrounding OA funding, and how Open Access journals can work together. Greg focuses on the intersection of technology, content and academia. He’s been working with SPARC since 2007 on issues relating to Open Access and open data. If you are interested in learning more, please check out the following links …”