Japan Open Science Summit 2023?JOSS2023?

“Japan’s largest open science-themed conference “Japan Open Science Summit 2023 (JOSS2023)” will be held online from June 19th (Monday) to 23rd (Friday), 2023 . I will

? The Japan Open Science Summit brings together researchers in various research fields, supporters such as university librarians and URAs, researchers and developers of IT infrastructure, policy makers, people involved in companies and NPOs, and citizen scientists. It consisted of passionate sessions from various viewpoints.
? JOSS2023 will be held for the 5th time, and we are soliciting proposals for sessions in order to aim for a more participatory and active conference. I hope that we can create a place for more meaningful information exchange than ever before with new perspectives and ideas. It is also an ideal opportunity to share new initiatives and results related to open science with many people and expand community activities. We look forward to receiving your various proposals….”

CRAFT-OA/DIAMAS/Palomera Webinar, June 20, 2023 | CRAFT-OA

On June 20, 2023, CRAFT-OA will take part in a webinar in collaboration with two other HORIZON Europe-funded projects: DIAMAS and PALOMERA.

June 20, 2023 | 1 p.m CEST

The three projects work towards an equitable future for scholarly communication, with academic communities at the centre. The webinar will present this vision and introduce each project’s area of focus. The discussion will demonstrate the projects’ common goal for open and equitable scholarly publishing.

While CRAFT-OA looks at the IT systems behind journal platforms to help them upscale, professionalise, and reach stronger interoperability, DIAMAS and PALOMERA have different aims. The former focuses on developing common standards, guidelines and practices for the Diamond publishing sector. The latter, PALOMERA, is developing actionable recommendations and concrete resources to support and coordinate aligned funder and institutional policies for Open Access books.

In the session, DIAMAS will be placed in a broader context, displaying how we collaborate with other actors in the Open Access space and plan for long-term impact in the advancement of community-led publishing.

Participants will have the chance to engage with the three projects and their vision for community-driven open scholarly publishing.

Register for this webinar to be part of this conversation and help us shape the future of Open Access as a community!


For additional details and registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqf-morT4jGNa5L7IaZv5TOLGu4Z1Czi4


Remarks on barriers to Open Science for ECRs

“Yesterday was the first of four listening sessions by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. These are specifically geared towards Early-Career Researchers (ECRs), which I guess I technically would still be had I stayed in academia.

I had the opportunity to briefly participate and share some prepared remarks. Sharing those here to document my own thoughts and make them more accessible. The quality of other’s input was inspiring….”

Aspen Institute Launches Council for a Fair Data Future – The Aspen Institute

“In collaboration with Omidyar Network, the Aspen Institute is bringing together a diverse team of experts, advocates, and practitioners to imagine an equitable data economy that works for everyone. A project of the Aspen Digital program, the Council for a Fair Data Future will debate, deliberate, and collaborate on what is needed to create changes to systems and markets, and propose ways to infuse fairness and equitable benefits across institutions, technologies, policies, and social and economic frameworks….”

#ODD2023 Stories @ Namibia ?? – Open Knowledge Foundation blog

“On 21 April 21, 2023, We Are Capable (WAC) Namibia hosted Open Data Day at the Namibia Business Innovation Centre boardroom of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). The event was held with the theme “Challenges and opportunities in promoting ethical and cultural AI through open data and data sharing”. The event aimed to educate university students and citizens about the benefits and value that open data can bring to society. The event had about 25 students in attendance, most of them NUST students and others newly graduated students.”

Inclusiveness through Openness | IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section Blog

“Our assumption is that we are moving into a world in which open science and open access publishing are the rule not the exception, the norm not an experiment.  Ever since “open” became an ambition in academic libraries (one of our organizers has been an OA publisher since 1990!), we have believed and assumed that a critical benefit will be opening up science and scholarship to those who are disadvantaged in the world of high paywalls and closed systems.  The time has come to make sure the publishing and library worlds are ready to deliver on that promise.

Accordingly, this conference will start with our assumption and focus on the issues that arise and the steps that need to be taken in order to make a more open world a genuinely more inclusive world.  What mistakes must we avoid?  What strategies succeed?  What considerations do we need to keep “top of mind”?  Much of our focus will be on the global south as a region whose development and advancement will be critical to the health, prosperity, and sustainability of the human family in the coming decades.  A keynote speaker coming to Rotterdam from Zambia will set the tone and a rich variety of presentations by stakeholders and colleagues from many diverse places will frame the discussion….”

KU’s Open Access Collections for Libraries to Support in 2023 (North America)

“The year 2023 marks a significant milestone for Knowledge Unlatched’s library crowdfunding initiative, as it celebrates a decade of facilitating the publication of thousands of Open Access (OA) monographs. This landmark achievement has led to some exciting new developments at KU.

In this webinar, Alexandra Brown and Elaine Lambert will provide an overview of the new OA collections that libraries can support until the end of 2023. The webinar will also highlight the significant changes made to KU’s multi-disciplinary collection, KU Select, which now exclusively focuses on HSS subjects aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This shift aims to provide greater value to institutions and researchers and enables libraries to support timely, relevant, and sought-after OA content.”

We accelerate the transition to Open Science | EOSC Association

“How to accelerate the transition to Open Science? Join us!

Join us for an upcoming event at the Nordic House in Brussels, on June 12th.

As part of the build-up to the Swedish Presidency conference on “The Potential of Research Data”, the EOSC Association, alongside its esteemed Swedish members, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Swedish Research Council (VR), will be hosting a remarkable joint session on Accelerating the Transition to Open Science: the possible pathways for impact to accelerate the transition to Open Science as the norm for scientific publishing.

This highly anticipated gathering will take place after work on Monday, 12 June, at 17:30, and is hosted at the EOSC Association headquarters located at Rue du Luxembourg 3 in Brussels….”

Virtual Training – The Very Latest in Open Access in China and Around The Globe

“The focus will be on the latest in open science, open research, open data, OSTP and Europe’s cOAlition S, and look ahead to future initiatives and prospects of open access (OA) across China. 

Who should attend?

This training, delivered by three scholarly experts, is aimed at scholarly publishers who are based in China. It will also be relevant to those who do business with Chinese publishers….”

Open Access of Humanities Monographs | NISO Humanities Roundtable | June 20, 2023

“This day-length conference continues in the tradition of the previous 20 years by drawing on the expertise of scholarly associations, university presses, librarians, researchers, and more to provide participants with exciting discussions around the needs of those working in the humanities. This year’s program will examine how the transition to open access and the emergence of new technologies will shape the future of these disciplines. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes and expert panels, the event will include plenty of time for interactivity and discussion, providing a forum for stakeholders to come together and identify trends, share best practices, and set priorities that reflect the needs of the humanities community….”

Knowledge Bites #15 : How to integrate an Open Science service or data-source into the EOSC portal? – EELISA

“European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) offers researchers, innovators, companies and the general public a federated and open multi-disciplinary environment. Using the e-infrastructure of this environment, users can publish, search and reuse data-sets, various tools and services for research, innovation and education. Data and related services in EOSC are established on FAIR principles.

In this presentation, we will give a short introduction to EOSC and show the process by which the providers – organizations like universities – of services can register themselves and then onboard their respective services. Some of the examples of such services will be shown. We will also present the benefits that the users of the EOSC gain by using the tools and e-infrastructure of the EOSC….”

A look at CC’s Open Culture Roundtable in Lisbon

“Group photo at CC’s Open Culture Roundtable in Lisbon” licensed CC BY 4.0

As part of our Open Culture Program, we at Creative Commons (CC) are exploring avenues to build momentum towards a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Culture. On 11 May, 2023, we hosted our first in-person Open Culture event, in Lisbon, Portugal. In this blog post, we look back at the day’s highlights and map out next steps.


Over the past decade, the open movement has made incredible strides in the cultural sector — take a look at some of the pioneers — yet it is still facing major barriers and challenges. But challenges are opportunities in disguise. In September last year, UNESCO declared culture a global public good at Mondiacult 2022. With the successes of the 2019 UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources and 2021 Recommendation on Open Science, the world looks to UNESCO’s leadership to create the necessary international framework that would unlock the possibilities of equitable, ethical, and respectful sharing of cultural heritage in the digital age: a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Culture. For an explanation of useful terms related to open culture, take a look at the glossary developed by the CC open culture platform.

Meeting highlights

Recognizing that such an international instrument requires deliberative, inclusive community consultations, the in-person event focused on the foundational work of gathering community input. Structured around a co-created agenda and under the able guidance of Abdul Dube and Mona Ebdrup, facilitators at Visual Confidence, just under 40 experts gathered to exchange views and open initial discussions on the need to realize open culture as a global public good. 

Participants came from far and wide across the open movement and beyond, spanning the fields of law, library science, policy, design, anthropology, history, museum curation, international organizations, and many others. Attending from CC’s team were Brigitte Vézina, Director of Policy and Open Culture; Connor Benedict, Open Culture Coordinator; Jennryn Wetzler, Director of Learning and Training; and Jocelyn Miyara, Open Culture Manager. 

During convivial, engaged, polyphonous and cross-pollinating conversations, we exchanged our diverse perspectives; explored potential common grounds on backgrounds and contexts, core issues, and key principles; built a common understanding of what we collectively want to achieve; and elaborated a skeleton of a shared vision for “open culture.” Issues discussed included the role of copyright over access to cultural heritage, the impact of artificial intelligence, the “platformization” of culture, a sense of a generational shift in the open movement, the need to account for ethical sharing, the economics of open culture, open beyond “GLAMs” (galleries, libraries, archives and museums), the need for diversity and inclusivity in global and local contexts (including traditional knowledge and Indigenous rights), a vision for open culture in 100 years, and a lot more!

Take a look at the meeting’s graphic record, offering a visual summary of the diverse perspectives that felt most resonant within our breakout groups and that surfaced in plenary debriefs.

A hand drawn flowchart depicts the agenda for the day with “Snap Shot: Visual Agenda” in a speech bubble at the top. Beginning at the top with a smiling face coming through a doorway; two stick figures greeting each other, and arrows pointing to our three movements as described in the caption. All of this leads to a globe encircled by arrows and an opening question “what are you here to help achieve?”Our work together was organized in three flows or movements. Flow #1: Mapping our Collective Knowledge, Flow #2: Context Mapping, and Flow #3: Bold Steps. These movements were designed to help us gather our collective knowledge, and hold multiple perspectives and truths at the same time. © Creative Commons / Abdul Dube and Mona Ebdrup, CC BY 4.0This graphic recording is a hand-drawn representation of our conversations. With a bold black line framing the box, there is a speech bubble around “#01 Flow” next to the words “History of Open Culture”. In the center of the diagram is a globe with Africa centered. Themes with doodles orbit the globe. Clockwise from the top - “focus on western references and achievements”, “Pessimism or optimism” with a question mark, “new opportunities emerging in a quickly changing context” with an arrow pointing away from the globe, “AI comes with risks and benefits” with two lap tops chatting with each other, “different places but together”, “Missing global south perspectives” with speech bubbles, one colored orange, “negative actors: lack of clarity and infrastructure…risk of being illegal when working within open culture” with a skull and crossbones saying “who owns what?”, “History can mean many things” with a timeline, and “focus on ownership and access”.In our first flow, participants were divided into five groups to discuss the History of Open Culture, and then came back together to identify key themes. This is a visual representation of some themes that were discussed, including ownership, western references and achievements, emerging opportunities in a quickly changing context, missing global south perspectives and the emergence of AI with its risks and benefits. © Creative Commons / Abdul Dube and Mona Ebdrup, CC BY 4.0This graphic recording is a hand-drawn representation of our conversations. With a bold black line framing the box, there is a speech bubble around “#02 Flow” next to the words “Context Mapping”. In the center of the diagram is a piece of paper with the words “open culture” and a globe with arrows pointing to it. Around the piece of paper are the themes discussed with doodles to accompany them. Themes include “What’s the role of open culture?” with an arrow to “clear goals”, “who uses OPEN”, “blurriness around legal safety”, “AI concerns - what/how/where/when”, “Need to expand memory institutions”, “emergent technologies”, “activism: direct, hacker, subvert platformization”, “Digital barbershops”, “what is info literacy?”, “build bridges” written in the shape of a bridge, “How do we accommodate all the different needs” with a big drawn question mark, “internet know how”, “false!! Universality”, “NB boundaries for the greater goods”, “bad actors”, “license trolls”, “the traps of open: ethical concerns to fuzzy times..” with an open eyeball, “more access but gated” with a drawn wall with a gate, “identifying gaps” with arrows to “technical knowledge, generational, stakeholder needs”, “the rise of conservatism and its affects on culture”, “what are we supposed to do” with arrows to “choosing battles, allies in other forms of monopoly, ethics of open culture needs an update”. In Flow #2, groups met again to discuss the context around open culture, including the political climate, internal and outside trends, economic climate, tech factors, stakeholder needs and uncertainties. A few major themes were the desire to build bridges, the need to accommodate diverse needs of diverse stakeholders, the desire to identify what our shared goals are and better define the role of open culture. © Creative Commons / Abdul Dube and Mona Ebdrup, CC BY 4.0This graphic recording is inside a bold black framed box, with a speech bubble at the top “#03 Flow” surrounded by “Bold steps…towards open culture”. Underneath is a sun rising on the horizon with a road narrowing towards it. Surrounding this are all some of the major themes with doodles accompanying them. “What are the opportunities for cultural change”, “bold steps are also known steps'' with a stick figure going up a staircase, “Assumption that we have shared values and sense of urgency”, “we can be more ambitious” with a stick figure atop an exclamation mark holding a sign that says “copyrights”, “strong opinions on platforms” surrounding a stack of flat rectangles, “meeting with more diverse stakeholders”, “UNESCO global fair use recommendation for culture; ethics open to local interpretation”, “TAX the RICH: taxation that supports cultural creation”, “need of different voices still…” with a heart drawing, “need for economic resources” with a big exclamation mark, “long term intentionality: centuries vs. decades vs. 100 year strategies”, on a theater stage “power of cultural literacy” on top and “space for telling stories” on the stage, a laptop with the words “investment for building different infrastructure” on its screen, “we don't’ really know why we really want open culture”, a venn diagram with private and public in two circles and “division between” below - “can we build sustainable and reliable relationships?”, a three-part venn diagram encircled by the worlds “partnerships with private sector” surrounding it and “can there be detachment from commercial interests” below. “Commercial platforms role in cultural creation” with a stick figure standing on an exclamation mark with an open eye above, “limited liability for cultural heritage institutions/public interest institutions”. In our third and final flow, we discussed “Bold Steps toward Open Culture”. By focusing on our values, supports, and challenges, we discussed what bold steps we might make toward our shared vision of the future of Open Culture. Major themes included discussions around partnerships between public and private actors; division between public and private interests and the need to build sustainable and reliable relationships, need for economic resources to support open, and the desire to meet with more diverse stakeholders. © Creative Commons / Abdul Dube and Mona Ebdrup, CC BY 4.0

Participants appreciated the opportunity to meet peers and build new relationships, and got a sense of the possibilities of going down a common path together. While in-person meetings such as this cannot include all of the perspectives needed, participants noted the value of in-person discussions to probe various approaches to open culture deeply. We aim to offer additional avenues to include more perspectives in follow-up activities.

Here’s what some of the participants shared about their experience: 

“The CC Open Culture Roundtable was an opportunity to meet and engage with open culture experts and advocates around the world and see how, despite the many contextual differences, there are meaningful ways for us to collaborate and shape nuanced, context-mindful perspectives for projects and policies aiming at a shared and open culture.”

Mariana Valente, Assistant Professor in law, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Associate Director, InternetLab (Brazil).


“It was a great opportunity to hold first discussions about the initiative, and it allowed me to reflect on possible options further.” 

Gašper Hrastelj, Secretary General, Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO


“The CC Open Culture Roundtable was a perfect opportunity to meet in person to discuss Open Culture, and it allowed me to enlarge my view and learn other perspectives.”

Deborah de Angelis, Chapter Lead, Creative Commons Italy


The CC Open Culture Roundtable was a great opportunity to meet people from diverse organizations and parts of the world, and it allowed me to see different perspectives on IP and ‘openness’ as a concept and movement.”

Matt Voigts, Copyright and Open Access Policy Officer, IFLA


“It was an excellent opportunity to bring different open culture stakeholders together and reignite and expand important discussions among them. And it allowed me to reflect on the possibilities in my reach to contribute more effectively to the progress of open culture, both locally and globally.”

Fátima São Simão, Chapter Lead, Creative Commons Portugal


“It was an inspiring opportunity to share ideas of the open culture and notice that there are a lot of people trying to solve similar questions from different angles, and it allowed me to meet many new and interesting people and to enjoy working together.”

Johanna Lilja, Director of Services, National Library of Finland, and IFLA Cultural Heritage Advisory Board


“For me, it was an opportunity to do a historical reflection exercise where we were able to look at how we have grown as a movement. And it allowed me to collaborate in the construction of a more or less common concept or idea of what is understood in different corners of the world as “open culture”. It also allowed me to connect with people who are doing amazing projects.”

Ivan Martinez, Coordinator, Creative Commons Mexico


“The CC Open Culture Roundtable was a first step on a exploratory journey on how GLAMs could be better supported through open approaches to public domain material. It allowed me to understand the diversity of stakeholders’ perspectives on the issue.”

Lutz Möller, Deputy Secretary-General, German National Commission for UNESCO


“The CC Open Culture Roundtable was a pitstop for ongoing discussions around the importance of open culture, and it allowed me to reconnect to the wider international community.”

Maarten Zeinstra, Owner, IP Squared and Member, Creative Commons Netherlands


“It was firstly a chance to meet people who are actively involved in the movement, particularly from different contexts, it allowed me to better see somewhat paradoxically the boundaries of open culture, and have the space to start to think about what openness means for knowledges outside of the legal frameworks of IP.”

Abira Hussein, Advisor, Whose (Digital) Archives? and Lab Partner, GLAM-E Lab


“The CC Open Culture Roundtable was a warm gathering of fellow travelers and it allowed us to imagine new ways to act together.”

Fiona Romeo, Senior Manager, Culture and Heritage, Wikimedia Foundation 

Next steps

We are excited to take the outcomes of our Lisbon event forward. We are already planning to continue the conversation at the CC Summit in Mexico in October, and hopefully at GLAM Wiki 2023 in Montevideo, Uruguay in November this year. We will also organize multiple virtual opportunities to contribute as we engage more community members in our work on open culture.

Interested in knowing more about CC’s work in the field of open culture? Join our open culture platform or write to us at info@creativecommons.org

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