European university presses and the transition to open access – Stockholm University Press Blog

“Amsterdam University Press is an example of a University Press that has found a business model for open access publishing, by requesting high author fees, or Book processing charges (BPC’s), for open access publishing with CC-licenses. This is very common and also what most commercial publishers do. Here I find that Stockholm University Press (SUP) and other Ubiquity Press Partners, have a priceworthy business model for our authors.”

How Do You Know Which Medical Information on Wikipedia to Trust? | KQED Future of You | KQED Science

“Reworking Wikipedia health entries is not a trivial task. A 2014 study found about 25,000 pages of English-language health-related articles. That number is now up to 32,000, Heilman says. The health pages worldwide attracted almost 4.9 billion pageviews in 2013. A 2012 survey of several hundred medical students found 94 percent use the site for health information.

But despite its popularity, the reliability of Wikipedia’s medical content has often been questioned.”

Does open science matter at proposal evaluation

“‘Winning Horizon2020 with Open Science’ (doi 10.5281/zenodo.12247) brief was integrated in Marie Curie ETNs and Societal Challenge 2 & 5 proposals in order to test whether Open Science can give applicants a competitive edge. These slides offer preliminary extracts from 2015-2016 Evaluation Summary Reports (ESR).”

Another kind of #openaccess mandate.

“Not because the funder or employer requires it, but because a court requires it to serve the public interest: ‘The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that trade secrets are not an excuse for refusing to divulge information on biocides released into the air, water, soil and plants.’ …”

Open data and the importance of the geographic data | gvSIG blog

“It’s worth to review MELODA (MEtric for reLeasing Open DAta), a metrics to calculate how much the data are reusable (and now there’s an alfa of an API), where the importance of the geographic component is totally demonstrated when we speak about Open Data.

In fact, MELODA analyzes six dimensions, one of which is the “geolocation” of the information. For each dimension there are 5 levels of reusability that have been considered.”

L’Inra se lance dans l’Open science et l’open-data

“INRA strengthens its policy of open access to scientific results”

“L’Inra publie sa charte pour le libre accès à ses publications et données scientifiques. Les orientations de la Commission Européenne en faveur de « l’open science » et les récentes lois françaises encouragent les chercheurs à aller plus loin, notamment en matière de diffusion des données.”

From Google Translate: “INRA published its charter for the free access to its publications and scientific data.The guidelines of the European Commission in favor of “open science” and the recent French laws encourage researchers to go further, especially with regard to dissemination.”

Exploring Possibilities for Transforming Established Subscription-based Scientific Journals into Open Access Journals

Abstract:  Background: Based on today‘s information and communication technologies the open access paradigm has become an important approach for adequately communicating new scientific knowledge. Objectives: Summarizing the present situation for journal transformation. Presenting criteria for adequate transformation as well as a specific approach for it. Describing our exemplary implementation of such a journal transformation. Methods: Studying the respective literature as well as discussing this topic in various discussion groups and meetings (primarily of editors and publishers, but also of authors and readers), with long term experience as editors and?/or publishers of scientific publications as prerequisite. Results: There is a clear will, particularly of political and funding organizations, towards open access publishing. In spite of this, there is still a large amount of scientific knowledge, being communicated through subscription-based journals. For successfully transforming such journals into open access, sixteen criteria for a goal-oriented, stepwise, sustainable, and fair transformation are suggested. The Tandem Model as transformation approach is introduced. Our exemplary implementation is done in the Trans-O-MIM project. It is exploring strategies, models and evaluation metrics for journal transformation. As instance the journal Methods of Information in Medicine will apply the Tandem Model from 2017 onwards. Conclusions: Within Trans-O-MIM we will reach at least nine of the sixteen criteria for adequate transformation. It was positive to implement Trans-O-MIM as international research project. After first steps for transforming Methods have successfully been made, challenges will remain, among others, in identifying appropriate incentives for open access publishing in order to support its transformation.