Libraries leader participates in open science discussion hosted by White House | Penn State University

“Mihoko Hosoi, Penn State University Libraries associate dean for collections, research and scholarly communications, was among a group of librarians, college and university administrators, trainers and others invited to participate during a recent virtual listening session hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

The June 12 public listening session was part of a series called A Year of Open Science, which aims to explore perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for advancing open science in the United States and solutions that might be considered for implemention by the federal government.

During the listening session, titled “Open Science Possibilities for Training and Capacity Building: Perspectives from the Early Career Researcher-Supporting Community,” Hosoi expressed support for the Aug. 24, 2022, OSTP memo that aims to support free, immediate and equitable access to federally funded research….”

Federal Register :: Exemptions To Permit Circumvention of Access Controls on Copyrighted Works

“The United States Copyright Office is initiating the ninth triennial rulemaking proceeding under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) to consider possible temporary exemptions to the DMCA’s prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. In this proceeding, the Copyright Office is again providing a streamlined procedure for the renewal of exemptions that were granted during the eighth triennial rulemaking. If renewed, those current exemptions would remain in force for an additional three-year period (October 2024–October 2027). Members of the public seeking the renewal of current exemptions should submit petitions as described below; parties opposing such renewal will then have the opportunity to file comments in response. The Office is also accepting petitions for new exemptions to engage in activities not currently permitted by existing exemptions, which may include proposals that expand on a current exemption. Those petitions, and any renewal petitions that are opposed, will be considered pursuant to a rulemaking process that includes three rounds of written comment, followed by public hearings, which the Office intends to conduct virtually.”

COAR community consultation on managing non-English and multilingual content in repositories – COAR

“COAR welcomes your input on 16 draft recommendations for managing non-English and multilingual content in repositories. These recommendations were developed by a COAR Task Force and are meant to provide good practice advice on depositing, managing, and curating multilingual and non-English language content in repositories.

Multilingualism is a critical characteristic of a healthy, inclusive, and diverse research communications landscape. Publishing in a local language ensures that the public in different countries has access to the research they fund, and also levels the playing field for researchers who speak different languages. However, multilingualism presents a particular challenge for the discovery of research outputs. Although researchers and other information seekers may only be able to read in one or two languages, they want to know about all the relevant research in their area, regardless of the language in which it is published. Yet, discovery systems such as Google Scholar and other scholarly indexes tend to provide access only to the content available in the language of the user.

The recommendations define good practices for metadata, multilingual keywords, user interfaces, translations, formats, licenses, and indexing that will improve the visibility and discovery of repository content in a variety of languages along with implementation guidance for the repository community….”

Provide Feedback on Open Science to White House | Duke University Medical Center Library Online

“The OSTP is hosting a series of virtual public listening sessions to explore perspectives from the early career researcher community on the challenges and opportunities for advancing open science in the United States. Hosted as part of a Year of Open Science, these listening sessions aim to elevate the needs, priorities, and experiences of this community in shaping a future of open and equitable research.

OSTP is seeking input from undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as those involved in training and capacity building, including librarians, educators, and administrators. We are therefore writing to invite your community to join the conversation. We welcome your support in sharing this opportunity with your broader community/network….”

Call for Contributions: Open Consultation on Innovative Outputs in the Humanities – ALLEA

“The ALLEA Working Group E-Humanities has launched an open consultation concerning draft recommendations on recognising digital scholarly outputs in the humanities. The goal is to gather broad feedback from active humanities researchers and institutions in order to tailor the recommendations to the community’s needs.

A link to the draft recommendations and instructions for contributing are available on the Working Group E-Humanities homepage, or can be accessed directly here: …”

Federal Register :: Request for Information: NASA Public Access Plan for Increasing Access to the Results of NASA-Supported Research

“NASA seeks public input on the “NASA’s Public Access Plan, Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research” (NASA Public Access Plan). NASA has a decades-long history of providing public access to scholarly publications and data resulting from the research it supports, including through the 2014 Open Access Plan. In 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memorandum on “Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” that establishes new guidance for improving public access to scholarly publications and data resulting from Federally supported research. The NASA Public Access Plan outlines the proposed approach NASA will take to implement the new guidance, consistent with its longstanding commitment to public access.”

OPERAS on Twitter: “#PALOMERA project: Publishers & Librarians, share your thoughts on #OpenAccess book funder policies.”

Organised by the Open Access Books Network, the PALOMERA series next 2 online events call all publishers and libraries to share their concerns and challenges with OA book funder policies. Sign up for the event that works best for you:

Tuesday 16 May, 3pm BST / 4pm CEST / 10am EDT: a 90-minute PALOMERA Series engagement session with Publishers. Sign up here

Wednesday 17 May, 3pm BST / 4pm CEST / 10am EDT: a 90-minute PALOMERA Series engagement session with Librarians. Sign up here

NOT-HS-23-011: Request for Information on AHRQ Plan for Updating the Policy for Public Access to Scientific Publications and Scientific Data Resulting from AHRQ Funding

“On February 22, 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the memorandum entitled “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.” This memorandum requires federal agencies to make the results of federally funded scientific research available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community. In response, AHRQ published a plan for establishing a policy for public access to scientific publications and scientific data resulting from AHRQ funding ( in February 2015, a Policy for Public Access to AHRQ funded Scientific Publications (NOT-HS-16-008) in February 2016,) and in May 2020, a Data Management Plan Policy (NOT-HS-20-011).

On August 25, 2022, the White House OSTP released a memorandum on “Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” (2022 Memo). The 2022 Memo establishes new guidance for improving public access to scholarly publications and data resulting from federally supported research. Accordingly, AHRQ updated its Public Access Plan that outlines the proposed approach AHRQ will take to implement the new guidance, consistent with its longstanding commitment to public access….”

[SPARC response to the NIH public access plan]

“SPARC strongly supports the OSTP Memorandum’s emphasis on ensuring equity in contributing to, accessing, and benefitting from the results of federally funded research, and we appreciate NIH’s specific attention on how to ensure equity in publication opportunities for its funded investigators. As the research process has shifted to the digital environment, a wide variety of channels designed to support more rapid, frequent, and iterative communication of research findings have emerged. It is vital that researchers have compliance options that do not present them with financial barriers. To that end, NIH should make it clear that investigators can fully comply with its public access policy by depositing their author’s accepted manuscripts into PubMed Central (PMC) or any other agency-approved repository—and that there is no charge to do so. In its guidance, it is important for NIH to make clear that any fee that investigators may be asked to pay is a publication fee, and not a fee required by NIH to comply with its policy. It is critical that investigators do not conflate compliance with article processing charges (APCs), which create significant barriers for less-well-resourced investigators and institutions to make their research available….”

What we are working on: 2023-04-28 | Invest in Open Infrastructure

“…Want to join the IOI Team? We have four open vacancies. We are seeking talented individuals to fill four new open positions: Product Lead, Engagement Coordinator (Infrastructure), Research Data Analyst, and Django Developer. These new team members will support the further development of our Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs) prototype as well as the exploration of new models to attract additional investment into open infrastructure globally. These roles are fully remote – applicants worldwide can apply. Visit our website for a detailed look at the job descriptions and apply if interested!

We need your input to help shape our collective funding pilot. IOI is gearing up to launch the calls for proposals for a 130,000 USD pilot fund to support and increase the adoption of open, community-led infrastructure services for research and scholarship. As part of our resolve to advance more open, transparent, and participatory funding of open infrastructure worldwide, we are running a design survey to help further refine the calls for proposals for three areas, including grant size and eligibility. The deadline to participate in the survey is May 8, 2023, and we would love to hear from you!

Who we are talking to: Wole Abu, Liquid Intelligent Technologies, on potential mechanisms of engaging for-profit entities in Africa to reinvest in open infrastructure initiatives. Kim Parker and Martin Mogga, Research4Life, to learn more about their work in facilitating institutions in low-and middle-income countries with online access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content as potential future collaborations between R4L and IOI. Amanda Casari, Google Open Source, on some emerging questions looking at funding and resourcing for open source software and infrastructure….”

OASPA response to NIH RFI 2023 – OASPA

“This is OASPA’s response to the Request for Information based on this policy (with revisions) from the NIH as released on 21 Feb 2023.

OASPA (the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association) represents a diverse community of organizations engaged in open scholarship and encourages and enables open access as the predominant model for scholarly outputs. 

OASPA wishes to ensure that open access is equitable and inclusive and is keen to explore with its publisher members and library stakeholders ways to increase equity in open access publishing. Why? Because the inclusion of all researchers, including authors from developing and transition countries, and indeed from all backgrounds and life stages, is essential for advancing human knowledge and also for a successful transition to open access. Without the development of new and more equitable approaches to open access, we will not benefit from its full potential….”

[COGR comments on the NIH public access plan]

“COGR is an association of over 200 public and private U.S. research universities and affiliated academic medical centers and research institutes. COGR concerns itself with the impact of federal regulations, policies, and practices on the performance of research conducted at our member institutions. As recipients of a significant portion of NIH extramural research programs, COGR’s member institutions value the opportunity to respond to this request. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo1 sets forth requirements to increase access to publications and data resulting from federally funded research, and the NIH RFI NOT-OD-23-091 outlines NIH’s plans to address this directive. As recipients of federally funded research, ensuring public access to publications and research data resulting from supported research is core to our mission as research institutions and a responsibility we take seriously. COGR looks forward to continuing to engage with the community and the agencies on this important topic and offer the following comments….”

ARL Comments on NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to Results of NIH-Supported Research – Association of Research Libraries

“On February 21, 2023, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) released “Request for Information on the NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research.” The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to offer the following comments in response to this request….”

Piloto de Financiamiento Colectivo: el diseño de una convocatoria de financiamiento | Invest in Open Infrastructure | Apr 21, 2023

English translation: “At our Funders Summit last year, we started our collective funding pilot with the goal to experiment with and learn from building a more collective, open and transparent funding process, in which we serve real community needs through centring the voices of those who are most impacted by/under-represented in funding decision-making.

We are now launching a design survey for this next phase of the pilot. We would like to invite everyone, particularly those voices mentioned above, to fill in the survey to help inform how this funding will be distributed. The survey is also an opportunity for anyone to express interest in joining the advisory panels for the funding calls that we aim to launch in mid-May….”

Re: NIH RFI on Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research | Blog

“tl;dr: The NIH should directly oppose a for-profit APC-driven publication system and cloud research infrastructure, and instead focus efforts on building truly public information infrastructures.

This is a response to: Request for Information on the NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research, an RFI for NOT-OD-23-091 and the 2022 Nelson open access memo….”