Hopkins partners with Harvard and MIT to launch Public Access Submission System (PASS) and support open access – The Sheridan Libraries Blog

“Johns Hopkins University’s Sheridan Libraries, in collaboration with the Harvard University Office for Scholarly Communication, the MIT Libraries, and with inspiration from Jeff Spies, formerly of the Center for Open Science, have developed the Public Access Submission System, or PASS. The innovative web application helps researchers comply simultaneously with the open access policies of both their funders and their institutions….”

Announcing the Top 10 FAIR Data Things Global Sprint

Join us on 29-30 November 2018, for the Top 10 FAIR Data Things Global Sprint! The Sprint is being organised by Library CarpentryAustralian Research Data Commons and the Research Data Alliance Libraries for Research Data Interest Group in collaboration with FOSTER Open ScienceOpenAireRDA EuropeData Management Training ClearinghouseCalifornia Digital LibraryDryadAARNet, and DANS….

We are using this Sprint to develop Top 10 FAIR Data Things resources by research disciplines and/or themes. We’ve created the following primer (instructions) to help you plan and develop your resources:

The objective is to create brief guides (stand alone, self paced training materials) that can be used by the research community to understand FAIR in different contexts as well as some initial steps to consider….”

rOpenSci | pubchunks: extract parts of scholarly XML articles

“The goal of pubchunks is to fetch sections out of XML format scholarly articles. Users do not need to know about XML and all of its warts. They only need to know where their files or XML strings are and what sections they want of each article. Then the user can combine these sections and do whatever they wish downstream; for example, analysis of the text structure or a meta-analysis combining p-values or other data.

 

The other major format, and more common format, that articles come in is PDF. However, PDF has no structure other than perhaps separate pages, so it’s not really possible to easily extract specific sections of an article. Some publishers provide absolutely no XML versions (cough, Wiley) while others that do a good job of this are almost entirely paywalled (cough, Elsevier). There are some open access publishers that do provide XML (PLOS, Pensoft, Hindawi) – so you have the best of both worlds with those publishers….”

Announcing new Europe PMC Beta!

“We are always listening to what our users have to say. And this week we are happy to present you a Beta version of Europe PMC with lots of improvements based on extensive user feedback. 

Europe PMC Beta will be available alongside the current Europe PMC website throughout October and November. You can access it at any time using the Beta link in the header of the current site….

All design changes on Europe PMC Beta are based on user research findings and feedback. In 2017 we asked 12 researchers to complete a diary documenting their literature searches over one week, to better understand how and why they carried out literature searches in the context of their day-to-day work. We also carried out several rounds of usability testing, to evaluate how well Europe PMC works for the people who use it. If you are curious to see it, the results of our user research are published on Figshare.

We would love to hear your thoughts on Europe PMC Beta! Please use the Feedback button to leave your feedback, or email helpdesk@europepmc.org. If you would like to take part in future Europe PMC usability testing, to help us continue to improve the website, please contact helpdesk@europepmc.org….”

Community call: Open source technology development for science communications and publishing | Events | eLife

“In this community call, at 11am New York | 4pm London on October 24, 2018, we invite the developers and the users of technology for science communications and publishing from all corners to join in and share projects that are underway, learn more about what others are up to and how they’ve solved tricky problems, and consider where collaboration can contribute to the path forward….”

Harvard upgrades DASH DSpace repository | Atmire

Harvard just upgraded its DSpace repository, DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard). 

Quoting Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication: “We’re very happy with the upgrade to DASH. For nine years we’d been using an early version of DSpace, heavily customized for our needs. It gave us exactly what we wanted and worked beautifully. But the constant tweaking took its toll. The upgrade embraces all our major customizations, reduces our maintenance load, makes it easier for new developers to join the project, and adds features we couldn’t easily have added on our own.”

Open Library Environment (OLE)

“OLE is a global library community that empowers libraries to collaborate on innovative and open solutions by pooling resources and insights….OLE empowers the library community to re-examine business operations and develop new workflows that reflect the changing nature of scholarship; OLE liberates libraries from outdated models and proprietary technologies through creative collaboration and open source development; OLE collaborates on open source initiatives that strengthen libraries’ capacity to innovate and meet the needs of their users; OLE builds inclusive partnerships focused on financial support, collaborative functional and technical design, software development, and support for OLE partners.

Connecting Africa to the Knowledge Commons: From Project to Sustainable Infrastructure

“Open access in Africa faces several challenges related to maintain open access digital platforms and how to keep them updated. In most of the cases, public resources are not enough. Also, there is a prevailing challenge on human resources professionalization on publishing practices in the digital environment….

Open access in Africa initiative aims to promote the Open access research in Africa by Africans, and also contributors from all the world. This initiative will collecte information on open access challenges in Africa. The website designed for this initiative will allow to users to have information freely by language, location, and research field….

We need all information and databases on open access lunched in Africa and how Open access can be successfully impacted career of researchers in Africa. Our next priority is to design a website that will allow users from Africa to access freely to databases by location, language, academic discipline, and researcher type….”

Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) — Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW)

“The Research Group Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) is hosted by the Chair of Business Information Systems (BIS) of the Institute of Computer Science (IfI) / University of Leipzig as well as the Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI).

Goals

  • Development of methods, tools and applications for adaptive Knowledge Engineering in the context of the Semantic Web
  • Research of underlying Semantic Web technologies and development of fundamental Semantic Web tools and applications
  • Maturation of strategies for fruitfully combining the Social Web paradigms with semantic knowledge representation techniques

AKSW is committed to the free softwareopen sourceopen access and open knowledge movements.”