KEL and SPARC Launch “Unsettling Knowledge Inequities” Podcast – SPARC

“SPARC has partnered with the Knowledge Equity Lab to launch a new podcast called Unsettling Knowledge Inequities, which will explore issues related to the politics of knowledge production, exchange, and circulation as well as the structural, global power dynamics that shape it.

Launching today with its first episode and new episodes each Tuesday, the project will have an initial 5 episode season featuring conversations with diverse and multigenerational knowledge holders from Canada, Peru, Nigeria, Uganda, the US, and more. 

What do equitable systems for creating & sharing knowledge look like? Which types of knowledge are valued? Which are excluded? Who decides? These are just a few of the questions that the podcast will discuss in upcoming episodes….”

LibriVox Celebrates 15,000 Audiobooks! | LibriVox LibriVox Celebrates 15,000 Audiobooks! | free public domain audiobooks

“In 2020, LibriVox welcomed an amazing amount of new volunteers, one of the few positive side-effects of the Covid19 pandemic. Consequently, we could finish many more books than usual, so it took us only 9 months since the last milestone to celebrate LibriVox audiobook # 15.000!…”

Everything Hertz: 122: Reoptimizing scientific publishing for the internet age (with Michael Eisen)

“The internet should have transformed science publishing, but it didn’t. We chat with Michael Eisen (Editor-in-Chief of eLife) about reoptimizing scientific publishing and peer review for the internet age.

Here what we cover and some links:

How Michael co-founded PLOS
The book Dan mentioned on the history of the scientific journal
Why did eLife launch? What did it offer that other journals didn’t?
Nature’s recently proposed $11k article processing fee proposal
eLife’s new “author-driven publishing” approach, in which all submitted papers have to be posted as preprints
Part two of our conversation will be released on January 4, 2021 …”

Insight #21: Meredith Niles on the importance of open access – In Common Podcast

“Today’s ‘Insight’ episode is from full episode 32, our interview with Meredith Niles.

Meredith is a multidisciplinary scientist working in socio-ecological and food systems. Currently she is an assistant professor in food systems and policy at the University of Vermont in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

In the clip, Courtney asks Meredith about her advocacy for open access publishing, why it is important, and resources for those looking for more information. …”

Hopkins OSPO Featured on ‘Impactful Open Source’ Podcast – The Sheridan Libraries & University Museums Blog

“Sheridan Libraries associate dean for research management Sayeed Choudhury, the Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center, was interviewed for Impactful Open Source, a podcast by open source advocate Richard Littauer that shares stories of open source that moved beyond the code through universities, cities, governments, and the world to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Choudhury discusses the Johns Hopkins Open Source Program Office (OSPO) that the Sheridan Libraries launched last year—the first academic OSPO in the US—and its great potential as an alternative pathway for internal and external collaborations. He also discusses the OSPO’s collaboration with the St. Francis Neighborhood Center in West Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins COVID map, and the university’s new Institute for Applied Open Source….”

Publisher Lawsuit Against Internet Archive Puts Future of Book Ownership In Question | WDET

“The newly-launched library serviced a temporary collection of books — about 4 million in total, many in the public domain — with a targeted focus of supporting remote teaching, research activities and independent scholarship. For this service, students paid nothing. 

This Open Library is now at the center of a lawsuit filed by major publishing corporations, including HarperCollins, Hatchett, Wiley and Random House, against the Internet Archives, a nonprofit website, alleging that the Open Library concept is a “mass copyright infringement.”

The lawsuit is scheduled for a federal court trial in 2021.  The publishers are seeking to have the Open Library permanently shut down….

In an op-ed written for The Nation, journalist and new media pioneer Maria Bustillos took a critical look at the lawsuit, the concept of an open library and what ownership means when major publishers seek to change what it means to own a book….”

Scholarly Communication: An Interview With Joerg Heber Of PLOS New Books Network podcast

“Open Access is spelled with a capital O and a capital A at the Public Library of Science (or PLOS, for short), a nonprofit Open Access publisher. Among PLOS’s suite of journals, PLOS One is the nonprofit’s largest in number of articles published and its broadest in coverage, ranging as it does over all topics in the natural sciences and medicine, to include, as well, some in the social sciences, too. PLOS One appears only online, a format the staff bring into service to foster Open Access Science, whether they do this through initiatives for Open Citations and Open Abstracts, or through Transparent Peer Review, or also through PLOS One’s newest endeavor, registered reports.

Since its inception in 2006, PLOS One has been at the forefront of Open Access publishing. And today, against the trend to equate Impact Factors with journal names, PLOS One does not promote their own Impact Factor because the measure has been shown to be, at best, only an approximate indicator of research significance. However, in true PLOS fashion, PLOS One offers an alternative in various Article-Level Metrics. These ALMs (as the abbreviation goes) make a closer, tighter fit between value of research and quantifiable measures.

Joerg Heber is Editor-in-Chief of PLOS One. When you track Joerg Heber’s career in publishing, you get the sense of a clear mission: (1) provide access to good science and (2) make providing that access not only viable, but enviable….”