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Openness is a mindset and culture. It creates opportunities for exponential government innovation. By embracing the values of collaboration, participation and transparency, government can instill trust and foster better and faster solutions to small and big problems.

The problem

Governments that isolate processes and decision-making from the public limit the opportunity to truly create government with, for and by the people. By taking an insular approach to service, we don’t leverage the collective wisdom and energy of the public. The opaqueness leads to ambivalence and mistrust.

The solution

A government culture of ‘open by default’ that publicly shares its information and processes and actively solicits feedback. By creating mechanisms that encourage the public to engage early and often, we develop opportunities for increased engagement in the context of trust and a sense of betterment for the entire community….”

Open Research Manager Data and Methods at Loughborough University

“Loughborough University Library is seeking applicants for the role of Open Research Manager (Data and Methods).

Reporting to the Open Research Development and Discovery Lead the post-holder will work:

To manage and promote the University’s open research service with a focus on open data and open methods (in co-ordination with the wider Library Open Research team)

To liaise with all stakeholders, both internal and external, to develop an open research infrastructure within the University…”

Assistant Repository Services Specialist

“Applications are invited for an exciting and interesting role working with the British Library’s Shared Research Repository, to support UK heritage organisations in sharing their research. The Shared Research Repository allows galleries, libraries, archives and museums in the UK to make their publications and data openly available. Currently five partners use the repository, and over the next 12 months the Assistant Repository Services Specialist will support more partners to join the platform. 

 This role forms part of the Repository Services team, which sits within our Research Infrastructure Services department. You will work alongside team colleagues to help new partner organisations joining the service to identify their research content, and use appropriate routes to create the metadata and load the content to their new repository. You will also support training and professional development of our colleagues at partner organisations, allowing transfer of ongoing responsibility for their repository administration after the on-boarding period. This is an exciting opportunity to help set up new repositories for a range of partners and support heritage organisations in making their research more discoverable….”

Read & Publish agreement with Jisc – The Company of Biologists

Our two-year cost-neutral Read & Publish agreement with Jisc from 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021 has been a great success and 29 UK institutions are participating.

We are delighted to announce that we have signed a new three-year Read & Publish agreement with Jisc from 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024 (with an annual opt out). Information is available on the Jisc website here.

A new OER Policy for the University

“In September 2021, the University’s Education Committee approved a new Open Education Resources (OER) Policy, which revises and updates our previous 2016 policy. Supported by the central OER Service, the policy encourages staff and students to use, create and publish OERs to enhance the quality of the student experience, expand provision of learning opportunities, and enrich our shared knowledge commons. Investing in OER and open licensing helps to improve the sustainability and longevity of our educational resources, while encouraging colleagues to reuse and repurpose existing open materials expands the pool of teaching and learning resources and helps to diversity the curriculum. As one of the few universities in the UK to have an OER policy, the new policy strengthens the University of Edinburgh’s position as a world leader in open education and reiterates our strategic commitment to openness and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development….”

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences joins Publications Router – Research

“The National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America is now supplying articles from its flagship journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), to Jisc’s Publications Router service for onward distribution to UK institutional repositories….”

Job: Wikimedian in Residence @ National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Are you passionate about helping people and organisations share knowledge? Do you have experience of team working, developing partnerships and managing projects?

At the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) we’re recruiting our first Wikimedian in Residence and are looking for a proactive and enthusiastic individual with excellent communication skills to join us.

This six month post is part of a pilot to help NIHR evaluate the opportunities to use Wikimedia to support dissemination of NIHR funded research. We’re looking for someone who can help us to actively engage with the Wikimedia platforms and communities, provide training and write and edit Wikimedia content. While knowledge of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia initiatives is valued it is not essential.


Duties and responsibilities:


Scoping and development work

Support the establishment of a “pilot steering committee” with key representatives from across NIHR including Central Communications, Research Design Service and NIHR Academy.
Work with NIHR CED and the pilot steering committee to identify priority areas of NIHR’s research that could enrich Wikipedia and sister projects – thereby supporting the dissemination of NIHR funded research. 
Identify and propose solutions to any barriers to promoting NIHR funded research including copyright or compliance with Wikipedia guidelines. 
Advocacy: be an advocate for open knowledge within NIHR.
Reporting: produce ongoing updates and a summary report on the outcomes of the residency.


Writing/Editing Wikipedia articles

Create/improve Wikimedia projects content for identified NIHR outputs and research
Encourage and increase the direct participation of NIHR researchers in the provision of content for Wikimedia projects, and encourage creation (and improvement) of Wikimedia projects relating to NIHR’s content.



Provide training on Wikimedia editing, best practice and Wikimedia volunteer community engagement. 
Develop guidance on the use of Wikipedia for NIHR staff addressing key issues related to copyright and Wikipedia best practice.
Organise and host workshops for NIHR staff, researchers and PPI representatives to enable them to directly contribute their knowledge and expertise to develop Wikipedia articles. 


Collaborating with Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia volunteer community

Support collaboration between NIHR, Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia community – potentially leading to a sustainable relationship and joint projects in the future. Do this in collaboration with NIHR CED and other NIHR staff, relevant partner organisations and volunteers from Wikimedia movement. 
Establish links between NIHR staff, Wikimedia volunteers and others, helping NIHR with Wikimedia volunteer engagement.
Share Wikimedia’s values and act as an advocate for its mission and ethos.

Briefing for library directors: Publishers and the textbook market in the higher education sector – publishers-and-the-textbook-market-in-he-library-directors-briefing.pdf

Yhis briefing paper created by the Jisc Learning Content Group provides an overview of the current e-textbook  licensing landscape within higher education institutions. It outlines current practices and their impact on the library and suggests ways in which the sector can exert influence on publishers to change their pricing and access models

Library Lending Fit for the 21st Century? Controlled Digital Lending in the UK – Research Libraries UK

“While some have been thinking about issues around Controlled Digital Lending for many years, there is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way we view the digital.  The shutting of university buildings suddenly cut off access to physical copies for a prolonged period of time (most notably in the UK during our first lock-down last year). This lack of physical access shone a powerful spotlight on the compromises that we had been living with in terms of the balance between physical and electronic texts. Pre-pandemic we had rather muddled-through, aware of the problems caused by unsatisfactory and unaffordable business models and terms and conditions that limited use and reuse, but not seeing a clear way through.

The pandemic engendered a shift in the way in which we think about CDL. It begun a move from CDL being seen as a rather theoretical and esoteric topic – discussed and debated mainly by copyright specialists – to increasingly being viewed as a potentially key tool that allows librarians to connect information with readers. We can see this move in at least three areas:

Firstly, there are an increasing number of high-level statements and resources in support of CDL. An example of the former is the strong statement of support for CDL issued this summer by IFLA. And of the latter is the work from the US of the Library Futures Foundation and their Controlled Digital Lending: Unlocking the Library’s Full Potential.

Secondly, there have been technological changes. It is only one example, but I note the news last month from ExLibris of the release of a new tool as part of Alma to enable CDL and to view physical and digital holdings as part of the same collections and not separate.

And thirdly, CDL works and is seen to work. On a large scale, at the start of the pandemic the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library proved to be hugely valuable. As was the Hathi Trust Emergency Library, which was widely used – mainly in the US, but also by at least one UK HE institution. This fortifies the shift in thinking about CDL from a theoretical ‘nice-to-have’ to a concrete tool….”

Assistant Repository Services Specialist

“Applications are invited for an exciting and interesting role to support UK heritage organisations in sharing their research. The British Library’s Shared Research Repository allows galleries, libraries archives and museums in the UK to make their publications and data openly available. Currently five partners use the repository, and over the next 12 months, the Assistant Repository Services Specialist will enable more partners to join the platform. 


As the Assistant Repository Services Specialist, you will work within the Repository Services Team to manage the shared repository, and take responsibility for bringing in a number of new partner organisations, helping them to identify and load theirresearch content, while ensuring best practice and repository policies are followed. You will also support training and professional development of our colleagues at partner organisations, allowing transfer of ongoing responsibility for repository administration after the on-boarding period….”

Higher Author Fees in Gastroenterology Journals Are Not Associated with Faster Processing Times or Higher Impact | SpringerLink

Abstract:  Background

Publications are an important component of academic careers.


We investigated the financial costs to authors for submitting and publishing manuscripts in gastroenterology (GI) journals in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), and elsewhere.


This was a cross-sectional study carried out from 11/1/2020 to 12/31/2020. We used the SCImago Journal and Country Rankings site to compile a list of gastroenterology and hepatology journals to analyze. We gathered information on the journals’ Hirsch indices (h indices), SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), Impact Factor (IF), and base countries as of 2019, processing and publication fees, open access fees, time to first decision, and time from acceptance to publication. We used t-testing and linear regression modeling to evaluate the effect of geography and journal quality metrics on processing fees and times.


We analyzed 97 GI journals, of which 51/97 (52.6%) were based in the US/UK while the other 46/97 (47.4%) were based elsewhere. The mean IF (5.67 vs 3.53, p?=?0.08), h index (90.5 vs 41.8, p?<?0.001), and SJR (1.82 vs 0.83, p?<?0.001) for the US/UK journals were higher than those for non-US/UK journals. We also found that 11/51 (21.6%) of US/UK journals and 15/46 (32.6%) of non-US/UK journals had mandatory processing and publication fees. These tended to be significantly larger in the US/UK group than in the non-US/UK group (USD 2380 vs USD 1470, p?=?0.04).


Publication-related fees may preclude authors from smaller or socioeconomically disadvantaged institutions and countries from publishing and disseminating their work.

Scholarly Communications Officer (LIB209A)

“The post will form part of the Directorate of Digital & Information Services within the University’s Professional Services. With approximately 1,500 staff, professional Services consists of several student and academic focused areas as well as other corporate and support areas.

Based in the University Library the postholder will work with colleagues across the University to support the implementation and development of an inclusive and supportive research culture, with the focus on providing guidance to the research community on open and responsible research publishing practices and incorporating the principles of responsible research assessment into University policy and practice….”