Harnessing the Open Science infrastructure for an efficient African response to COVID-19 [preprint] | Zenodo

“IntroductionThe international publishing landscape is currently undergoing a drastic shift towards OpenScience practices and COVID-19 related research activities are all being made openly accessible for a rapid community driven research and assessment effort (Akligoh et al. 2020;JOGL COVID19 project, Open Letter: Contact Tracking and NHSX). In an opinion piece for Financial Times, Ethiopian Prime Minister and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Abiy Ahmed shed a spotlight on the importance of concerted global efforts to fight the pandemic summarizing: “[I]f the virus is not defeated in Africa, it will only bounce back to the rest of theworld”. The economic and political dimensions which Ahmed focuses on must be groundedin sound scientific research – locally unique, while globally connected. Opening research in developed economies will thus not be enough, we must in addition support, enhance andconnect existing pockets of expertise in Open Science on the African continent…”

 

Harnessing the Open Science infrastructure for an efficient African response to COVID-19 [preprint] | Zenodo

“IntroductionThe international publishing landscape is currently undergoing a drastic shift towards OpenScience practices and COVID-19 related research activities are all being made openly accessible for a rapid community driven research and assessment effort (Akligoh et al. 2020;JOGL COVID19 project, Open Letter: Contact Tracking and NHSX). In an opinion piece for Financial Times, Ethiopian Prime Minister and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Abiy Ahmed shed a spotlight on the importance of concerted global efforts to fight the pandemic summarizing: “[I]f the virus is not defeated in Africa, it will only bounce back to the rest of theworld”. The economic and political dimensions which Ahmed focuses on must be groundedin sound scientific research – locally unique, while globally connected. Opening research in developed economies will thus not be enough, we must in addition support, enhance andconnect existing pockets of expertise in Open Science on the African continent…”

 

Next Generation Library Publishing Infrastructure ProjectRequest For Ideas Survey

“The Next Generation Library Publishing project (NGLP) has a grant from Arcadia to invest in existing, emerging, and new infrastructure for library publishing, and we need your help in deciding how and where to invest those funds. This is your chance to help shape the future of library and other nonprofit publishing by identifying specific ways we might focus our project resources toward improvements large and small. 

Based on your experiences with existing publishing technologies and workflows, we request your input on how to improve the scholarly communication publishing infrastructure. Infrastructure projects might include new tools, improvements to existing tools, bridges between tools, hosted solutions, or even work on shared practice and standards. We are also interested in projects or initiatives that relate to this effort.
  
We are eager to see all your ideas, from single sentence wishes to brief proposals for already well-formulated plans. It may be something that you or your organization wants to work on or something that you wish others would do to make your life easier. No idea is too big or too small! …”

Encouraging Adherence to Values and Principles in Scholarly Publishing | Educopia Institute

“Through the Next Generation Library Publishing project (2019-2022), Educopia Institute, California Digital Library, and Stratos, in close collaboration with COAR, LYRASIS, and Longleaf Services, seek to improve the publishing pathways and choices available to authors, editors, and readers through strengthening, integrating, and scaling up scholarly publishing infrastructures to support library publishers. In addition to building publishing tools and workflows, our team is exploring how to create community hosting models that align explicitly and demonstratively with academic values. …”

Next Generation Library Publishing | Educopia Institute

“In this project, Educopia, California Digital Library (CDL), and Strategies for Open Science (Stratos), in close partnership with LYRASIS, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and Longleaf Services are working to advance and integrate open source publishing infrastructure to provide robust support for library publishing. Our project goals include:

Creating a more balanced, effective academic publishing ecosystem that aligns with academic values and increases choice, opportunity, and innovation via compelling library publishing solutions;
Developing tools and standards that allow better integration of campus repository systems and publishing workflows across the lifecycle of scholarly research;
Establishing sustainable, community-governed, open solutions that rival best-of-breed commercial tools and advance scholarly communication in important ways….”

The power of data in a pandemic – Technology in the NHS

“To execute a coordinated and effective COVID-19 response, the government has commissioned NHS England and Improvement and NHSX to develop a data platform that will provide those national organisations responsible for coordinating the response with secure, reliable and timely data – in a way that protects the privacy of our citizens – in order to make informed, effective decisions.

NHS England will create a data store to bring multiple data sources into a single, secure location. This is what we are calling the backend or initial store. Data needed to inform the Covid-19 response will come from across the NHS and social care and from partner organisations. It will include data such as 111 online/call centre data from NHS Digital and Covid-19 test result data from Public Health England….”

The power of data in a pandemic – Technology in the NHS

“To execute a coordinated and effective COVID-19 response, the government has commissioned NHS England and Improvement and NHSX to develop a data platform that will provide those national organisations responsible for coordinating the response with secure, reliable and timely data – in a way that protects the privacy of our citizens – in order to make informed, effective decisions.

NHS England will create a data store to bring multiple data sources into a single, secure location. This is what we are calling the backend or initial store. Data needed to inform the Covid-19 response will come from across the NHS and social care and from partner organisations. It will include data such as 111 online/call centre data from NHS Digital and Covid-19 test result data from Public Health England….”

Coko announces one-year contract with NCBI : Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

“Coko has received a one-year contract from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a center within the US National Library of Medicine, to build a content management system to support its Bookshelf resource.

Bookshelf, which provides free online access to books and documents in the life sciences and in healthcare, is in need of a new content management system because its existing CMS is built on Microsoft Silverlight, which will no longer be supported by Microsoft after October 2021. For this reason, NCBI reached out to Coko for some help conceptualizing and building a new, open source content management system to support Bookshelf….”

European Commission awards contract for setting up an open access publishing platform | European Commission

The European Commission has awarded a contract for the setting up of an open access publishing platform for scientific articles as a free service for Horizon 2020 beneficiaries. The launch of the ambitious EU open access initiative is planned for early 2021.  

The platform will be a peer-reviewed publishing service to support Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries to publish their research in open access free of charge (i.e. without article fees), if they so wish, during their project or after it has ended. The platform will support beneficiaries to meet the open access requirements of  Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, and of its successor Horizon Europe. It will also support open access publishing as the main mode for publication of research in the years to come.

The platform will operate under the highest scientific and publishing standards and will have a Scientific Advisory Board to steer the publishing of research of the highest quality. It will manage the entire publication process, from submission to publication, comprising open peer-review, post-publication curation and preservation.

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Research Square

“Research Square is a preprint platform that allows you to share your work early, gain feedback and improve your manuscript, and discover emerging science all in one place….

Research Square features all the characteristics of a traditional preprint server, but with some notable differences:

All preprints are displayed in HTML. The full text is indexed and machine-readable so that it is more discoverable by search engines.
Authors can demonstrate to the community they meet established standards in scientific reporting by purchasing assessments in integrity, reproducibility, and statistical rigor. Badge icons are displayed on their article page for assessments they pass. Learn more about our badges here.
Video summaries can be added to the article page to communicate your research to a broader audience.
Readers can comment on a paper using our custom-built commenting system or the hypothes.is annotation tool.
Figures are rendered using a lightbox that allows for zooming and downloading. …”