Advocating for Change in How Science is Conducted to Level the Playing Field – YouTube

“Open science practices have the potential to greatly accelerate progress in scientific research if widely adopted, but individual action may not be enough to spur this change.

In this webinar, a panel of experienced policy advocates discuss how to advocate for policy improvements at the institutional level (journals, funders, and universities), while providing you with the tools to do so. Open practice policies are leveling the playing field for how science is conducted, yet advocating for these improvements requires coordinated action. Join us!…”

After the Sage 10th Anniversary Assembly – Broadening Our Perspectives – Sage Bionetworks

“Though scientists take pride in operating in a data-driven and objective manner, we are humans and we can’t help operating in human ways. We unintentionally collect data in a manner that is biased toward an answer we believe to be true. We fail to consider conclusions that do not conform to conventional wisdom. We de-prioritize risky projects.

For the study of human health, this conservative, short-term perspective limits innovation. Open science was designed to help – to more broadly spread knowledge, to expand the diversity of viewpoints and perspectives in science, to support an honest assessment of the reliability and reproducibility of our observations, to help us to take more risks.

Built from the bottom up, open science is now acknowledged and embraced by a growing group of scientists, funders, and publishers. In this position, we have a responsibility to objectively evaluate the benefits and flaws in open science in order to guide continued development of the scientific infrastructure. The community is primed for the effort.

Conversation at the Assembly, led by the keynote presenters, panelists and audience, included salient points such as:

Use of open data often does not occur in anticipated ways – and this can lead to misalignment between policy, platforms, and practice.
Meaningful engagement of participants in research is evolving toward more intentional integration into clinical care.
The active involvement of communities that have not previously had an active voice in research – as participants or as researchers – requires co-design and long-term partnership….”

The availability of open access videos offered by dental schools – Dias da Silva – – European Journal of Dental Education – Wiley Online Library

Abstract. Aim


Evaluate the video content offered by UK and Republic of Ireland (RoI) Dental Schools on their YouTube channels and public websites.


Free videos offered on UK and RoI Dental schools websites and YouTube channels, were watched and set according to its purpose, as educational or non?educational. The number of views, length, category and date of publication were analysed.


A total of 627 videos offered by dental courses were evaluated. Videos were available on 83% of the websites, but only 9% was educational content. Dental courses YouTube channels received more than 2.3 million views, but less than 5% of the material offered is educational. Instructional videos found on the websites (3.2 min) were shorter than those found on YouTube (8.5 min) (p=0.03). The majority of the videos, provided by Universities, were not educational and focused on promoting the dental courses. Most websites have demonstrated a password protected area where quality content may be offered.


Students wishing to watch instructional videos will find limited educational content provided by UK and RoI dental courses. Therefore they are likely to access course related material elsewhere on the Internet that may not be necessarily peer?reviewed.

Update on open access and academic journal contracts: a presentation to the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee – Office of Scholarly Communication

“On July 17, 2019, Acting Provost and Vice Provost Susan Carlson, University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, and Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director Günter Waibel briefed the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee on open access and academic journal contracts.”