Open Repositories 2019 – Hamburg, June 10-13, 2019

The 14th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2019, will be organized in Hamburg, Germany, June 10-13, 2019. 

This year’s conference theme is “All the User Needs”. The aim is to provide the attendees an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories interact with their users. In addition to the overall user-centered theme there are also a number of sub-themes, which address many of the current issues related to digital repositories and their role in open scholarship and open cultural heritage…”


The University of North Texas Libraries and the UNT Dallas College of Law invite proposals for presentations for the 10th annual UNT Open Access Symposium, to be held May 17, 2019, at the UNT Dallas College of Law. This year’s theme is “Is Open Access an Answer for Access to Justice?”.

The legal profession seeks to ensure equitable access to justice for low-income people and an increasing number of members of the middle class. Similarly, the open data, open government, open development, and open access movements seek to ensure that resources created by information professionals are as widely available as possible, without barriers to reuse of data, documents, and other resources.

We invite brief proposals for presentations and interactive sessions to address questions such as:

  • Is open access to primary legal sources necessary for access to justice? If so, what is required?
  • Is open access to legal analysis and guidance necessary for access to justice?
  • What is the role of information professionals as mediators of resources to best serve their communities?
  • What are best practices for courts, the bar, and legal aid providers to use open access to legal information to promote access to justice?…”

Call for Papers: Evolving Ecosystem Dynamics in Journal Publishing | Scholarly and Research Communication

Scholarly and Research Communication welcomes proposals for scholarly contributions focused on evolving journal-publishing dynamics. Our planned special issue is intended to highlight both achievements and challenges of social science and humanities journal publishing in Canada; however, proposals that bring forward developments worldwide and across all disciplines are also welcome. Contributions are invited from innovators, researchers, and those involved in journal publishing. SRC publishes a wide range of formats that together provide widespread opportunities for the presentation of knowledge (articles, technical reports, field notes, interactive engagement, and commentary)….

Publications | Special Issue : New Frontiers for Openness in Scholarly Publishing

Open Scholarship (also often called Open Science) is reshaping the scope and nature of scholarly publishing in its technological, social, legal, economic, and ethical dimensions. However, while more and more transparency is now often expected of researchers, major elements of scholarly publishing processes and the policies that govern them remain relatively opaque. Peer review and editorial selection remain largely hidden from view, business models and operating costs often lack transparency, proprietary platforms and technologies create walled gardens for research, licensing and metadata restrictions limit re-use, and data about all these processes are usually kept closed. How might the wider scholarly publishing ecosystem benefit from increased interoperability, transparency, and accessibility of processes and data?

Here, we welcome contributions that seek to investigate how increased interoperability, transparency, and accessibility of processes and data could aid scholarly publishing to best serve the needs of scholarship and wider society. Equally, critical views that engage with the benefits of ‘closed’ or proprietary systems are encouraged. Our intention is to increase the critical discourse surrounding this rapidly evolving landscape, and we encourage submissions from the global research community.

This issue especially welcomes contributions that address the following:

  • Open and interoperable infrastructure, platforms, services, and tools
  • De-centralisation, open-source or community-driven efforts
  • Benefits and drawbacks of transparency and harmonisation of policies for peer review, preprints, ethics, data-availability, licensing, etc.
  • Transparency of costs (e.g., APCs, subscriptions, big deals)
  • Business models for publishing
  • Openness in editorial processes, including peer review and editorial selection
  • Interoperable metadata, for instance, openness of citation data and other sources for metrics
  • Data-sharing to optimise editorial processes
  • Social, political, and economic arguments for the different aspects of ‘open scholarship’
  • Publishing’s place in the evolving scope of research in modern society
  • The intersection of scholarly publishing and (changing) research norms….”

OpenCon Boston 2018 CFP

“Boston College and Boston University Libraries invite you to submit proposals for the upcoming OpenCon Boston satellite event on November 9th at Boston University.

We are currently seeking proposals for the following:
• 20 – 25 minute presentations about Open Access, Open Data, or Open Educational projects currently in planning or underway
• 2-5 minute lightning talks
• Breakout sessions with work to be completed in-person by attendants

OpenCon Boston 2018 is not organized around any specific theme. All proposals will be reviewed. However, special consideration will be given for proposals that address the following:

• Openness in Promotion and Tenure processes
• Tracking OA citations and impact – especially integrating that into grant proposals
• Collaborating with Open Access outside of academia (e.g. open government data groups, civic engagement groups, activism, etc.) …”

Rebus Projects – Marking OER Courses: Best Practices and Case Studies

“The “Texas Toolkit for OER Course Markings (a living guide)” is a living document that can help colleges and universities develop and implement processes to share information with students about courses that use open education resources (OER). This project expands the toolkit to include case studies representing a variety of approaches to OER course markings, brief stories from the perspectives of various stakeholders, and a more robust analysis of stakeholders, options, and barriers. Items slated for further exploration include platform specs, talking points for stakeholder groups, graphic illustrations and flow charts, communication opportunities and roadblocks, branding considerations, and impact….”

#ELPUB2018: Deadline Extended to 31 January – Everything is Connected

“Deadline for submission of extended abstracts for full papers and other presentations is being extended to 31 January 2018. International Conference on Electronic Publishing 2018 (ELPUB) Connecting the Knowledge Commons: From Projects to Sustainable Infrastructure June 22-24, 2018 University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada Full disclosure: I am a member of the programme committee. ELPUB 2018 marks the 22nd edition of the International Conference in ELectronic PUBlishing and the 10th anniversary of the meeting being held in Toronto….”