Peter Suber’s high-priority recommendations for advancing OA.
As the new PLOS CEO, I’ve spent my first months assessing the organization and planning for a thriving future. We are in the midst of shaping our next innovative steps in pursuit of maximal openness and transparency in research communication, and assessing what changes we need to make as an organization. Some of these changes will likely go unnoticed outside of PLOS. Others may cause speculation. For clarity and transparency’s sake, I’ve chosen to write an open letter to the communities PLOS serves, so we can encourage open dialogue and so that you can share in our continuing evolution.
“The starting point will be approximately 1,000 human kinase inhibitors carefully selected from a library of chemical compounds donated to the partnership from eight pharmaceutical companies. The set will be distributed without restriction to scientists studying other plants and traits, thus serving as a broadly useful platform. The team has agreed to operate under open access principles —specifically prohibiting filing for IP on any of the results and will communicate the results widely….”
“The office suite for reproducible research
The calls for research to be transparent and reproducible have never been louder. But today’s tools for reproducible research can be intimidating – especially if you’re not a coder. We’re building software for reproducible research with the intuitive, visual interfaces that you and your colleagues are used to….”
“Are you an #openaccess project in need of programming help? Are you a programmer or programming team willing to donate time to an OA project?
Either way, please list yourselves on the new page at the Open Access Directory set up match OA projects with programmers.
“Student programmers are donating programming time to a major #openaccess initiative (https://unglue.it) as a senior capstone project:
“Two teams of Computer Science students from Stevens Institute of Technology are working with us on Free Ebook Foundation projects. One team of five is working to renovate the http://Unglue.it user experience. As their senior-year capstone project, they’ll be implementing a responsive web framework that will make http://Unglue.it easy to use on mobile phones, tablets, and on desktops….”
(I’m quoting an email update from Unglue.it. Unfortunately I can’t find the same update online, or I’d link to it here.)
Someone should start a web site to match OA projects in need of development support with student programmers (or more generally, any programmers) willing to donate their time. If no one else can arrange it, I’ll do it. If people or projects in either category send me their names and contact info, I’ll post them to a wiki page as a makeshift until someone can devise a better way to match them up.”
“We have been developing a new platform for the rapid and collaborative development of books. Its called ‘PubSweet’ and will be released under an Open Source license shortly. It is a very lightweight framework for online book development and is intended to be very modular and very simple to use and extend. We have been using it for a while and will clean up the design and a few bugs and get it out there….”
“PubSweet is a free, open source toolkit for building state-of-the-art publishing workflows.
It’s designed to be modular and flexible, consisting of a server and client that work together, components that can modify or extend the functionality of the server and/or client, and a command-line tool that helps manage PubSweet apps.
PubSweet is being used for book publishing, and academic journal production and preprint management services are in development. By drawing on the growing library of components, PubSweet can be used to rapidly create bespoke publishing systems. If the existing components don’t completely meet your needs, you can focus development on building new components to provide just the new functionality needed. Join the PubSweet community and help us build a common resource of open components for publishing by contributing components back….”
“PubSweet is a framework for building applications for knowledge production. Today we’re announcing its latest iteration. A few months ago we announced an alpha release of PubSweet and an example application built with it, the PubSweet Science Blogger. Since then we’ve made really big steps to make PubSweet more powerful and easy to use….”
London-based, open access publisher Hindawi Limited announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko) to develop open source publishing tools.
Hindawi joins the Coko community’s work on the PubSweet framework, an open source platform for scholarly journals. Hindawi becomes the latest major partner in the PubSweet initiative, following earlier announcements from the University of California Press and eLife.