“The Open Access 2020 week was held with the theme “Openness with Purpose”, which provided the appropriate framework for AmeliCA, UNESCO, Redalyc and CLACSO to organize the Latin American Open Access Essay Competition 2020 with the theme “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”, aimed at young Latin American researchers and students. The competition rules were published on September 30, 2020 and essays were received until December 28, 2020….”


Go To Hellman: Open Access for Backlist Books, Part II: The All-Stars

“In my post about the value of Open Access for books, I suggested that usage statistics (circulation, downloads, etc.) are a useful proxy for the value that books generate for their readers. The logical conclusion is that the largest amount of value that can be generated from opening of the backlist comes from the books that are most used, the “all-stars” of the library, not the discount rack or the discards. If libraries are to provide funding for Open Access backlist books, shouldn’t they focus their resources on the books that create the most value?

The question of course, is how the library community would ever convince publishers, who have monopolies on these books as a consequence of international copyright laws, to convert these books to Open Access. Although some sort of statutory licensing or fair-use carve-outs could eventually do the trick, I believe that Open Access for a significant number of “backlist All-Stars” can be achieved today by pushing ALL the buttons available to supporters of Open Access. Here’s where the Open Access can learn from the game (and business) of baseball….

Open Access should be an All-Star game for backlist books. We need to create community-based award programs that recognize and reward backlist conversions to OA. If the world’s libraries want to spend $50,000 on backlist physics books, for example, isn’t it better to spend it on the the Mike Trout of physics books than on a team full of discount-rack replacement-level players? …

If you doubt that “All-Star Open Access” could work, don’t discount the fact that it’s also the right thing to do. Authors of All-Star backlist books want their books to be used, cherished and remembered. Libraries want books that measurably benefit the communities they serve. Foundations and governmental agencies want to make a difference. Even publishers who look only at their bottom lines can structure a rights conversion as a charitable donation to reduce their tax bills.


And did I mention that there could be Gala Award Celebrations? We need more celebrations, don’t you think? ”

Rewarding contributions to research culture is part of building a better university | Impact of Social Sciences

“We introduced the awards to surface, celebrate and share good practice. We announced the awardees at our annual research celebration event that is hosted by the Vice-Chancellor. This event normally recognises grant awards, scholarships, and external forms of recognition such as prizes or prestigious academy membership. By including the awards in this celebration, we reinforced a broader definition of success in academia. The four winners were awarded a monetary reward to use as they wished, for example to celebrate team contributions. The awards were one initiative in a broader programme of work to advance our research culture, including research integrity, open research, support for careers, and fair approaches to evaluating research quality. The awards also sit alongside the changes made in 2019 to our promotion criteria requiring applicants to demonstrate collegiality for professorial promotion….”

Announcing the 2021 Open Publishing Awards!! : Coko

“We are proud to announce the 2021 Open Publishing Awards!

As we witness a rise in the creation of content, software, systems, and infrastructure that help share knowledge and stories globally without barriers, the Open Publishing Awards seek to recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that advance open in publishing….”

2021 Open Scholarship Awards – Electronic Textual Cultures Lab

“For 2021, we are pleased to be able to award 2 Open Scholarship Awards and 2 Emerging Open Scholarship Awards, as well as a number of honourable mentions in each category.

Open Scholarship Awards (2021), for open scholarship carried out by scholars, librarians, citizen scholars, research professionals, and administrators.


Doran Larson (Hamilton C), American Prison Writing Archive
Gretchen Arnold (St. Louis U), Nuisance Laws and Battered Women

Honourable Mentions:

Kathryn Starkey (Stanford U), Mae Velloso-Lyons (Stanford U), Danny Smith (Stanford U), and Quinn Dombrowski (Stanford U), Global Medieval Sourcebook
Mark Turin (U British Columbia), Digital Himalaya Project
Visionary Futures Collective, COVID-19 Response Tracker
Sara Humphreys (U Victoria), contributions to Why Write? A Guide for Students in Canada

Emerging Open Scholarship Awards (2021), for open scholarship carried out by undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early stage professionals.


Eric Gonzaba (California State U, Fullerton) and Amanda Regan (Southern Methodist U), Mapping the Gay Guides
Alix Shield (Simon Fraser U), contribution to The People and the Text

Honourable Mentions:

Chelsea A. M. Gardner (Acadia U), Sabrina C. Higgins (Simon Fraser U), Melissa Funke (U Winnipeg), Megan J. Daniels (U British Columbia), Carolyn M. Laferrière (U Southern California), and Christine L. Johnston (Western Washington U), Peopling the Past
Jonathan Reeve (Columbia U), Open Editions
Sarah Zhang (Simon Fraser U Library) and Allan Cho (U British Columbia Library), Hacking the Historical Data: Register of Chinese Immigrants to Canada, 1886-1949

Open scholarship incorporates open access, open data, open education, and other related movements that have the potential to make scholarly work more efficient, more accessible, and more usable by those within and beyond the academy. By engaging with open practices for academic work, open scholarship shares that work more broadly and more publicly….”

HTRC Awards 4 SCWAReD ACS Projects | | HathiTrust Digital Library

“HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has selected four projects to participate in its special round of Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Scholar-Curated Worksets for Analysis, Reuse & Dissemination (SCWAReD) project.

The projects will seek to build HTRC worksets drawn from materials related to historically under-resourced and marginalized textual communities, and in doing so, to identify gaps in the HathiTrust collection where such communities are not represented in the digital library. The worksets will be analyzed using text and data mining techniques. The worksets, derived data outputs, and associated documentation will be shared at the end of the projects as illustrative research models of the text and data mining process. The four research models will join a flagship model that is being developed concurrently in collaboration with co-PI Maryemma Graham and her History of Black Writing project at the University of Kansas.

The four awarded projects are: …”

How data sharing is accelerating railway safety research

“Andre?’s dataset was shortlisted for the Mendeley Data FAIRest Datasets Award, which recognizes researchers who make their data available for the research community in a way that exemplifies the FAIR Data Principles – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable. The dataset was applauded for a number of reasons, not least the provision of clear steps to reproduce the data. What’s more, the data was clearly catalogued and stored in sub folders, with additional links to Blender and GitHub, making the dataset easily available and reproducible for all….”

Award ceremony for the best PhD theses during the IwZ’2020 ? Lewoniewski

“In the 23rd Edition of the Scientific Competition of the Economic Informatics Society in the group of doctoral dissertations, the third place was awarded to the work “The method of comparing and enriching information in multilingual wikis based on the analysis of their quality“. Author of the thesis: Dr. W?odzimierz Lewoniewski; The thesis supervisor: Prof. Witold Abramowicz; the auxiliary supervisor: Prof. Krzysztof W?cel.

The doctoral dissertation presents methods and tools that allow to determine the values of quality measures on the basis of data in various formats and with the use of various sources. As part of scientific research, data with a total volume of over 10 terabytes were analyzed and over a billion values of information quality measures were obtained from the multilingual Wikipedia. The automatic quality assessment models presented in the doctoral dissertation can be used not only to automatically enrich various language versions of Wikipedia, but also to enrich other knowledge bases (such as DBpedia, Wikidata) with information of better quality….”

Heather Joseph Named As NISO’s 2021 Miles Conrad Awardee 

“We are thrilled to announce that Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will be the recipient of the 2021 Miles Conrad Award, a lifetime achievement award for those working in the information community.

A well-known and highly respected member of the global information community, Heather will join a long list of industry leaders, innovators, and opinion-makers who have received this prestigious award. She will deliver the Miles Conrad Lecture during the NISO Plus 2021 conference, on February 24 at noon (Eastern Standard Time US & Canada), so be sure to register now and mark your calendars!…”