What Do We Want in a Research Platform of the Future? (Session 620 at MLA 2023) – Notes from the CIT

“Instead of just critiquing major information technology (IT) platforms that higher-ed institutions commit to, panelists “lead with the solution.” They set forth visions, plans, and ethical, sustainable principles for the research IT of the future.”

Translate Science – A conversation with Victor Venema, Danny Chan and Jennifer Miller

“Translate Science is a working group that wants to exchange information, lobby, and build tools to make translations of scientific articles/reports/books,  abstracts, titles, and terms more accessible and (thus) stimulate the production of such translations.

Read more about our work at translatescience.org

We recorded this episode in mid-November 2022. Shortly after, in late December, we were notified of Victor’s sudden death. It is therefore with heavy hearts that we share this conversation with you, however, we hope his words can inspire you to agree with us on the importance of multilingualism in science and the opportunities translation of selected research output can provide for the global society….”

Recognizing Preprint Peer Review (Day 1, Part 1) – YouTube

“On December 1 and 2, 2022, HHMI, ASAPbio, and EMBO, co-sponsored a meeting, held at Janelia Research Campus, to promote community consensus and support for preprint peer review and to create funder, institutional, and journal policies that recognize both preprints with reviews, and reviews of preprints….”

F.O.R.M. – Panel 3: Open Science Capacity Building in MENA: Plans and Policies – YouTube

“The Forum for Open Research in MENA (F.O.R.M.) was organised by the Knowledge E Foundation, Knowledge E, and Gulf Conferences, with the support of our Advisory Partner UNESCO, our Host Partner EKB, and our Patron ALECSO. It brought together leading international experts and key regional stakeholders, along with open-source and open-resource solutions and technology providers, to support the advancement of Open Science. F.O.R.M. was held on the 26th-27th of October (2022) to coincide with the global Open Access Week initiative. We hope this will become an annual event hosted in a different country within the MENA region each year.

You can now access speaker presentations on our Zenodo community: https://zenodo.org/communities/forum4… Speakers: Dr. Batool Almarzouq, Honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool, the lead of the Open Science community Saudi Arabia (OSCSA) and a Content Subject Matter Expert (SME) in NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS) – “NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS): A Toolkit for Fostering Open Science Practices” Dr. Nada Messaikeh (Alliance Manchester Business School) and Reem Jamil Younis (UAE Ministry of Education) – “Open science in education sector research, how can Governments and H.E Institutions collaborate to promote relevance, accessibility, and sustainability of research endeavors?” Dr. Tosin Ekundayo, Synergy University Dubai – “Open Data: A National Data Governance Strategy for Open Science and Economic Development” ”

Enhancing India’s Open Science Infrastructure: A Case Study of I-STEM Portal | OSSAN 2022

OSSAN (Open Science South Asia Network) session description: “Background: Indian researchers, particularly those who are working as grassroots innovators, independent experimental researchers, or working with resource-poor setups in non-metropolitan cities and towns, often require scientific instruments and scientific facilities not available to them. There is a need for a gateway for innovators/researchers to locate the specific type of facility they need for their R&D work and to identify the one that is either located closest to them or available the soonest. Problem statement: This paper will focus on how an open science infrastructure in India can enhance scientific productivity and research experiments, expanding the use of scientific instruments and facilities available with centrally-funded R&D institutions. Results: During the Indian Science Congress of 2020, the Indian Science Technology and Engineering facilities Map (I-STEM) I-STEM portal was launched by the Honourable Prime Minister as the national web portal for sharing R&D facilities. This paper will be presented as a case study that evaluates the functions and usability of the I-STEM portal. Solution/Conclusion: The usability of the I-STEM portal can be enhanced substantially if more scientific institutions (both central and state-level) share relevant data on scientific instruments and facilities available with them and enlarge the user community base. The user community should also get timely information on the new additions to the portal….”


*Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

**Presidency University, Kolkata, India

Decision making procedures in data management and data stewardship for Open Science | Zenodo

Abstract:  The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a global organisation with over 12,900 members from148 countries, and is built on principles that include openness, inclusivity and transparency. The RDA was launched as a community-driven initiative in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government’s National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data.

The RDA has a grass-roots, inclusive approach covering all data lifecycle stages, engaging data producers, users and stewards, addressing data exchange, processing, and storage. It has succeeded in creating the neutral social platform where international research data experts meet to exchange views and to agree on topics including social hurdles on data sharing, education and training challenges, data management plans and certification of data repositories, disciplinary and interdisciplinary interoperability, as well as technological aspects.

The RDA Foundation provides the core business operations of RDA and represents RDA globally.

Webinar recording: Rights Retention for Books and Book Chapters, November 23, 2022 | OASPA @ YouTube

Rights retention is gaining traction as a way to achieve open access without having to pay author-facing publication charges, for example by enabling the distribution of manuscripts through institutional repositories.

There are at least two common methods of rights retention – the Harvard approach (first adopted in 2008) and the Plan S approach (first announced in 2020)– practised by institutions or individual authors worldwide. A more recent development is the national implementation of rights retention, such as the 2022 decree in the Republic of Slovenia stipulating that exclusive authors’ rights of publicly funded research can no longer be transferred to publishers.

The focus of such rights retention policies tends to be on articles in scholarly journals. Is there a good reason why we would not consider doing the same for the manuscripts of books or book chapters? Do publishers object more to rights retention for these types of publication than for article manuscripts? Would it not be a good idea to make haste with a more general rights retention policy for books and book chapters now that more and more funders demand open access for other publication types than journal articles?

The webinar was chaired by Sally Rumsey (cOAlition S) and speakers include Lucy Barnes (Open Book Publishers), Per Pippin Aspaas (University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway) and Peter Suber (Harvard University).

Webinar structure (60 minutes)

Introduction by chair, Sally Rumsey
Panelist presentations 

Peter Suber (Harvard University)
Per Pippin Aspaas (University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway)
Lucy Barnes (Open Book Publishers)

Discussion and Q&A


Partizipation durch Open Access — ein nur teilweise eingelöstes Versprechen | Zenodo

Abstract:  This is a talk I gave for the third day at Open Access Tage 2021. It focusses on participation via Open Access. My argument is that participation shouldn’t just mean access to content as that would mean we accept any form of OA, offered by stakeholders with their own agenda. Instead we should identify more as being an epistemic community that can and should bring change. One of the changes should be to bring civic society more into the picture — not just by granting access to scientific results, but instead by turning RPOs more into functions of the civic society.

Edinburgh Open Research

“Open research (a.k.a. “open science” or “open scholarship”) refers to a collection of practices and principles around?transparency, reproducibility and integrity in research. As an active member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and a signatory of DORA, Edinburgh is committed to making open research the new normal by supporting and encouraging the adoption of good open research practice throughout the University. This represents a significant change in the way research will be conducted, and how the next generation of researchers will be trained. That is why we are launching this new conference.

The University’s Library Research Support Team and grassroots organisations Edinburgh ReproducibiliTea/Edinburgh Open Research Initiative?(EORI) joined forces on 27th May 2022 to hold the 1st Edinburgh Open Research Conference. The conference was free to attend and open to those within the University of Edinburgh as well as external attendees, from all disciplines, backgrounds and roles.The 1st issue of this journal contains the presentations and posters from this event. We hope that future issues will showcase Open Research work being done at the University of Edinburgh as well as the outputs of future events and conferences….”

“The Handy IR Manager: A Toolkit for Recruitment, Intake, and Promotion” by Melody Herr, Jessica Kelly et al.

Abstract:  You seek fresh strategies for recruiting new collections for your institutional repository (IR). You strive to improve intake workflows and expedite metadata creation for hosted collections. You wonder how to attract users to repository content. If you see yourself in any – or all – of these scenarios, come to this session for inspiration and practical tools.

The Scholarly Communications team will present successful strategies that we’ve developed at the University of Arkansas for recruitment, intake, and promotion, using examples from our work with research centers and student journals.

Octopus: The New Primary Research Record for Science

“Octopus is a new platform, launching in spring 2022, which is designed to be the new primary research record for science. Instead of being a platform for the publication of papers, it is designed for easy and rapid sharing and assessing of work, in smaller units. Octopus will be where researchers can record every piece of work that they have done, as they do it, to assert their priority and for it to be assessed and critiqued by their peers. Octopus has a unique structure to encourage a collaborative approach to the scientific process, with publications building on each other over time, regardless of authorship. In this talk, its creator will explain more about how it will work, and why it was designed the way it was.”