Managing Open and FAIR Research Projects – DataCite Blog

“Implementing FAIR Workflows: A Proof of Concept Study in the Field of Consciousness is a 3-year project funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. In this project, DataCite works with a number of partners on providing an exemplar workflow that researchers can use to implement FAIR practices throughout their research lifecycle. In this blog series, the different project participants share perspectives on FAIR practices and recommendations….”

Nobel laureate James Cronin’s papers open to research in Special Collections – The University of Chicago Library News – The University of Chicago Library

“The James Cronin Papers are open for research. The collection was processed and preserved in part with support from The Grainger Foundation.

James Cronin (1931-2016) was a physics professor at the University of Chicago and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1980 for discovering the CP violation. He specialized in particle physics for the first half of his career, later focusing on cosmic rays and their origin. The papers primarily document Cronin’s research and discovery of the CP violation, his research on cosmic rays, and the building of the Pierre Auger Observatory, highlighting Cronin’s dedication to science and the breakthroughs he made within the field….”

News – OLH Executive Director Caroline Edwards Elected to the OASPA Board of Directors

“We are delighted to announce that our Executive Director and co-founder of the Open Library of Humanities Dr Caroline Edwards has been elected to the OASPA Board of Directors. She and three other newly elected members will begin their 3-year term in September 2023. The other elected members include Susan Murray from African Journals Online, Sofie Wennström from Stockholm University Press, and Juan Pablo Alperin from the Public Knowledge Project, who has been re-elected.”

Sven Fund: 10 Years of Open Access at Knowledge Unlatched

“That missing link between various institutions, and one of the reasons behind of Knowledge Unlatched’s success, is its unique approach to open access: crowdfunding. Knowledge Unlatched’s crowdfunding model is called KU Select. On an annual basis, Knowledge Unlatched releases a librarian-curated selection of relevant academic books and journals, and libraries then pledge funding that enables this content to be published under open access.

According to information on the Knowledge Unlatched website, “The costs of investing in Knowledge Unlatched collections are less than the costs if all institutions were to purchase the content in traditional forms.” …”

Academic Movers Q&A: Emma Molls, Championing Open Access Publishing in the Library | Library Journal

“I’ve been doing a lot of the same work, but recently I moved into my new position. Now I’m the head of a unit within the libraries that, I think, in 2021 did not exist. It’s a department that pulls together a wider collection of expertise and services dedicated to open access and open research. My work has extended to include research, data services, information management, and open access publishing, specifically through our publishing program. I now have a little bit more of a holistic approach to open research, whereas before, it was specifically focused on publishing. I’ve backed up a little bit to look at the larger picture of all the open access and open research projects we have at the university, which is significant….”

Improving Access, Reducing Barriers Top Priorities for New Archivist | National Archives

“Dr. Colleen Shogan began her tenure as the 11th Archivist of the United States last month, launching what she intends to be a tenure focused on improving access to and expanding the reach of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)….

One word I really keep in my head is access, and I mean access in all the ways that we’ve talked about in this interview: access for people who are who are curious, who want to learn more, access for people who need the records for a particular reason, access for people that maybe find interacting with a government agency or government institution intimidating….”

Eight Things to Know About the New Dean of Libraries | J. Willard Marriott Library Blog

“I am a long-time advocate for openness: open access, open data, open science, open educational resources, the list goes on. While there are some national policies moving us in the right direction, I continue to be concerned by an environment where we give away control over our research products only to buy it back at very high prices.

This also is – as is so often the case – a time for real opportunity. I believe strongly that libraries can and should be essential partners to the research enterprise. Beyond providing easy and ready access to information resources, we are bringing our expertise and knowledge in areas like data management and access and publishing to our research community early in the research process….”

Warum ist Open Access so wichtig? – Kurzinterview mit Prof. Dr. Claudia Frick – TIB AV-Portal

From Google’s English:  “Open access is particularly important in climate research. Why does Prof. Dr. Claudia Frick (TH Cologne) in this testimonial video. The video was created as part of the BMBF-funded project 2 (16KUV014).”

Make Data Count: an Interview with Iratxe Puebla – DataCite Blog

“I have been involved in the open science space for a while, first working in open-access journals and more recently at ASAPbio, where I worked on promoting preprints in the life sciences – I shared a bit more about my professional path in this earlier post. I became interested in open data during my time implementing the data policy at PLOS ONE. The journal’s wide scope meant working through the nuances of datasets from a wide range of disciplines, and I experienced first-hand the issues that arise for rigor, reproducibility and research exploration when datasets underlying articles are not available. After pursuing my interest in open data through voluntary community efforts (e.g. as co-lead of the FORCE11/COPE Research Data Publishing Ethics Working Group), this role as Director of Make Data Count allows me to combine my interests in open data and community engagement. It is also an exciting opportunity to support the evaluation of data usage and impact, a topic that will become increasingly important in the coming years….”

Lindsay Cronk named Tulane University’s new Dean of Libraries | Tulane News

“An internationally recognized expert in scholarly communication strategies, Cronk’s library leadership has delivered impactful and highly valued services for researchers across the globe. Her colleagues applaud her ability to operationalize a vision with her signature alchemy of optimism, creativity and pragmatism.

Cronk comes to Tulane from the University of Rochester, where she worked for the past six years, including the last two as the assistant dean for scholarly resources and curation. She also held the positions of director for collection strategies and head of collection strategies.

While at Rochester, Cronk oversaw seven departments, including digital initiatives, scholarly communication, metadata and rare books, special collections and preservation. She successfully implemented a variety of campus-wide initiatives and community partnerships, including establishing the libraries as the licensing clearinghouse of the university, initiating the campus affordability Access to Course Textbooks Commitment, co-authoring the university’s open access and copyright policies and supporting multiple web and system migrations. 

Cronk established the Open Educational Resource Grant Program, a course material program for instructors and students, and sponsored library support for the Rochester Education Justice Initiative prison education program….”

In a Tipster’s Note, a View of Science Publishing’s Achilles Heel

“Whatever the merits of the allegations surrounding Manogaran and his collaborators, ample evidence suggests a systemic problem in the publishing industry and its recent expansion into special issues. The problem affects publishers at all levels of the industry, including respected and established houses like Elsevier and Wiley. It also extends to newer players, including publishers of freely available, open-access online journals such as Frontiers, MDPI, and Hindawi, which was acquired by the publisher Wiley in 2021.

Of these, Bishop says it’s a common perception that all three publishers have made special issues an important part of their business model, but none quite as much as MDPI, which now says it’s the biggest publisher of open-access articles in the world. In 2013, the company published nearly 400 special issues; a decade later, it opened up nearly 56,000. MDPI’s revenues have also exploded from around $15 million per year in 2015 to more than $300 million in 2021, according to some estimates. The rejection rate for papers published at MDPI journals has also been decreasing, even as the time between submission and publication has shrunk — suggesting to some critics that quantity is taking precedence over quality….”

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams – OE Awards for Excellence

“Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is a leading figure in the international Open Educational Resources (OER) research community and currently holds the first ever UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice.

Formerly the PI of the large-scale, cross-regional Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, Cheryl has made a substantial contribution to growing research capacity in and advancing a theoretical understanding of open education and OER. In her capacity as a researcher and mentor, she has been instrumental in supporting a network of Global South scholars and ensuring that a diversity of voices is profiled in the global OER  conversation.

Always operating with a critical and rigorously conceived big-picture perspective as well as deep compassion, Cheryl’s leadership has bolstered the developing country research presence in the global OER conversation. Her inclusive, critical leadership style has been instrumental in promoting research interventions of the highest standard while always promoting a caring, context-sensitive approach to working with researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and portraying the complexity of the Global open education landscape….”

<strong>Using Open Monograph Press for open access book publishing at Scottish institutions</strong> – Open Access Books Network

“Scottish Universities Press (SUP) is a new fully open access and not-for-profit press owned and managed by 18 Scottish academic libraries, co-ordinated through the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL). The Press aims to provide a clear and cost-effective route for researchers at Scottish HEIs to make their work freely available to a global audience. We will initially focus on publishing monographs, mainly due to changing funder requirements around OA for books (e.g. the UKRI policy). In this part of the blog post I will discuss why SUP decided to use OMP as our platform and talk about our experiences of using the platform so far….”

Athena Unbound: An interview with Peter Baldwin – Open Access Books Network

“I hope to make OA a subject where the first question people ask when told you’ve written a book about it is NOT, “What is that?”  Afficionados know everything about OA, most people are largely ignorant.  I had a colleague – a multi-published well-known history professor – who recently, when in this scenario, said, “Oh, is that where you don’t get paid for your books?”  He didn’t know much about it and what he knew, he didn’t like one bit.

Secondarily, my ambition is to convince those who are engaged in OA that it is not a black/white issue, that there are lots of ambiguities, that far from every author is in favor of it, and, nonetheless, that much has been done already and even more can be achieved to push towards the goal of making at least scholarly knowledge accessible….”