Academic Journals are Broken. Let’s Build a Better Scientific Record. – YouTube

“This session is presented in two parts. The first three speakers will provide evidence of serious and even criminal problems in scholarly publishing. The next three speakers will propose actions researchers, universities and funders are taking to move away from the old model and create a better system.”

Open yet everywhere in chains: Where next for open knowledge? Vogin-IP Lezing, March 16 2023

“My presentation will have three parts


Openness in Chains, laying out some of the problems associated with the usage of openness


Painting a different picture, showing how flourishing organisations make use of openness. In particular, showing how openness is not an end in itself, but related to the notion of agency (agentschap)


Finally, what does this different picture mean for individual institutions? What can information professionals do so that their organisations escape from the current chains and reclaim a modified sense of openness and agency…”

Der Publikationsfonds für Open-Access-Monografien des Landes Brandenburg. Verlagserfahrungen und Kostentransparenz | Zenodo

From Google’s English:  “In these presentation slides, information on the publication fund for Open Access monographs of the State of Brandenburg is presented in a broken down manner. The presentation slides were used as part of a training course held on February 22nd, 2023 by the Networking and Competence Center Open Access Brandenburg (VuK). The applications for approved publications and the Open Access cost breakdowns by the publishers, which must be submitted as part of the application process, are particularly highlighted. 

The publication fund for Open Access monographs and the work of the VuK is financed by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg.”

Join the conversation: Building the Open Global Data Citation Corpus – YouTube

“Wellcome Trust and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Partners with DataCite to Build the Open Global Data Citation Corpus

Aggregated references to data across outputs will help the community monitor impact, inform future funding, and improve the dissemination of research DataCite is pleased to announce that The Wellcome Trust has awarded funds to build the Open Global Data Citation Corpus to dramatically transform the data citation landscape. The corpus will store asserted data citations from a diverse set of sources and can be used by any community stakeholder. This webinar is the virtual kick-off and shows a conversation between DataCite, Wellcome Trust, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, EMBL-EBI, COKI, OpenAIRE, and OpenCitations. For more information, please read this DataCite blog post:…”

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

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:… 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