Quarterly OA Digest – June 2020 – Jisc scholarly communications

“As we move towards what we hope will be a loosening of lockdown and a reduction in the risk from the coronavirus itself, we are starting to see the wider damage that has been done to our HE sector and our economy as a whole. We do not know what the new normal will be, or when that stability will arise. Institutions have different ideas as to how they might work over the next year, but prominent amongst all of them is an increased reliance on remote access, remote presence, and serious and sustained cost saving. There will be increased pressure on libraries to show enhanced support at reduced cost. Open access is at the heart of all of these issues. We will continue to work hard to give our members the best value we can in our services to save them time and money in dealing with open access issues. As reported here, Jisc is returning to renegotiate national publisher contracts in line with the changed environment. We have completed the first round of supplier evaluations for the repository dynamic purchasing system to try and identify the best value for members. We are working across services to help members in policy compliance and improve system efficiency and workflows. As ever, contact us if we can assist you through our services, advice, relationships or information and we will do our best to help….”

Plan S: Taking stock of the current situation and new developments

“The OpenAIRE Policy and Legal Task Force is organising a webinar focusing on recent developments around Plan S. In particular, the webinar will cover the mapping exercise of a national Plan S compliant OA Policy in Ireland. We will also discuss new developments in Plan S, and we will offer practical advice to national stakeholders in complying with Plan S provisions.

OpenAIRE is happy to welcome as guest speakers Niamh Brennan and Johan Rooryck….”

NOW AVAILABLE: DSpace 7.0 Beta 1 – Duraspace.org

“The DSpace Leadership Group, the DSpace Committers and LYRASIS are proud to announce that DSpace 7.0 Beta 1 is now available for download and testing.  Beta1 is the first of several scheduled Beta releases provided for community feedback and to introduce the new features of the 7.0 platform. As a Beta release, we do not recommend installing this version in production. Rather, we ask that you consider installing it in a test environment, try it out, and report back any issues or bugs you notice….”

On the way towards Open Science: first Israeli national workshop – OpenAIRE Blog

“The event was organized by the Iseraeli OpenAIRE NOAD Dr. Simcha Meir along with the libraries and information system department of BIU. With around 180 attendees, mainly librarians and researchers from all universities, and also a large number of colleges, representatives from various funding organizations: the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC), who is responsible for funding the Israeli system of higher education, was along with the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the largest funding agency in Israel, and the Ministry of Science, with whom discussions on how to create an open science policy are ongoing, were some of the funding organizations that attended….”

Greek OpenAIRE NOADs contribution to the development of institutional Open Science policies in Greece – OpenAIRE Blog

“The Library & Information Center of the University of Crete was the host of the 25th Panhellenic Academic Libraries Conference “Academic Libraries and Open Science” that was held on 10-11 October 2019 at the University of Crete (Rethymno). In addition, on Wednesday, October 9, an OpenAIRE pre-conference workshop took place titled “Workshop on Open Science Policies at Higher Education Institutions: From Theory to Practice”….

Elli focused on five basic areas: (a) Open Science: definition and benefits, (b) The European institutional framework and the recent developments, (c) The OpenAIRE role in Europe and in Greece, (d) Open Science in Greece: the present and the future, (e) Next steps.

The next presentation held from Iliana Araka (HEAL-Link/ OpenAIRE). Iliana spoke about the “Rectors’ Conference Declaration on Open Science in Universities, HEAL-Links’ and librarians’ role into the formation and implementation of open science policies”.

In other worlds, she tried to explain paragraph by paragraph the decision of the Rectors’ Council, which is the first formal Declaration on open access in Greek universities. Additionally, she attempted to link the meaning of “open access”, “open research data”, “citizen science” and “open science” to the role of the modern library….”