Seed Awards | open&

“Our call for the Second Round is now live!

Submit your proposal before December 15, 2023

Open scholarship can speed up discoveries, close information gaps, and promote reproducibility and innovation.

However, it’s not evenly distributed. To address this, the ORFG created the Open Scholarship Seed Award to support open scholarship activities within under-resourced contexts….”

Public Domain Day 2024 Remix Contest: The Internet Archive is Looking For Creative Short Films Made By You! | Internet Archive Blogs

“We are looking for filmmakers and artists of all levels to create and upload short films of 2–3 minutes to the Internet Archive to help us celebrate Public Domain Day at our celebrations on January 24 (in-person screening & party) & January 25 (virtual celebration), 2024!

Our short film contest serves as a platform for filmmakers to explore, remix, and breathe new life into the timeless gems that have entered the public domain. From classic literature and silent films to musical compositions and visual art, the contest winners draw inspiration from the vast archive of cultural heritage from 1928. We want artists to use this newly available content to create short films using resources from the Internet Archive’s collections from 1928. The uploaded videos will be judged and prizes of up to $1500 awarded!! (see details below)….”

The Winners of the 2023 Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research – Einstein Foundation Award

“Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) advocates for ethical, transparent, and reproducible research in the social sciences in order to address the credibility crisis in the sciences and ensure that political decisions are based on robust data. BITSS develops the infrastructure required to support transparent social science research practice, such as the Preprint Service MetaArXiv and the Social Science Reproduction Platform (SSRP), which crowdsources attempts to assess and improve the reproducibility of social science research. The Initiative also conducts its own meta-research to validate scientific findings. BITSS has reached tens of thousands of social scientists across the world through its training and learning materials on Open Science practices. The Initiative was founded at the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California in Berkeley in 2012 and has developed into one of the world’s most active organizations in the field of Open Science in the social sciences. The winner of the Institutional Award receives €200,000.”

Winners of the 2023 Open Education Awards for Excellence – OEGlobal

“On September 13, 2023, Open Education Global (OEGlobal) announced the winners of the 2023 Open Education Awards for Excellence as an OEG Live webcast. If you missed the excitement, you can watch it anytime….

This year the program received and shared nominations for more than 170 people and projects received from 38 different countries. The 20 member committee consisting of previous award winners and the OEGlobal Board of Directors reviewed the nominations to yield the shortlist of finalists and this collection of 16 Award Winners for 2023….”


Open Science FAIR – Monitoring Open Science in the context of incentives and rewards for Open Science

“The workshop aims to establish the context for Open Science Policy and Research Assessment and to provide a brief overview of the importance of monitoring Open Science practices and policies, and to offer insights from the collective efforts of the OPUS, GraspOS, and PathOS projects….”


The Long Shortlist of Finalists for the 2023 OEAwards – OEGlobal

“Now in its 13th year, the Open Education Awards for Excellence again provides recognition for the people, resources, and practices in Open Education through a community-driven process.

From an open call for nominations that opened in May, we collected 172 nominations across the 16 award categories, representing people and projects from 38 countries. Next, our review committee, which includes 20 former award winners combined with the input of the OEGlobal Board of Directors, gets us to the current stage. It’s time to meet the finalists for the 2023 OEAwards! …”

Dataset Upload Contest | IEEE DataPort

“IEEE’s mission is to advance technology for the benefit of humanity, and today, climate change is one of the most significant threats to humanity. This is why IEEE DataPort is focused on making research in this area available so the global technical community can do what it does best – innovate for the greater good. To that end, IEEE DataPort is hosting a dataset upload contest specifically for research focused on evaluating the impact of and finding solutions for climate change.  

This dataset upload contest is designed to encourage authors and researchers to bring their climate change research to the forefront of the global technical community. Anyone who uploads a qualifying dataset to IEEE DataPort between August 1 at 12:00 am EDT and October 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST, will have the opportunity to enter the 2023 dataset upload contest for a chance to win one of three cash prizes:

First place: $10,000
First runner up: $5,000
Second runner up: $5,000”

Announcing: the inaugural UCL Open Science & Scholarship Awards! | UCL Open@UCL Blog

“UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship and the local chapter of the UK Reproducibility Network are excited to announce the first Open Science and Scholarship Awards at UCL. UCL has been a pioneer in promoting open science practices, which include Open Access Publishing, Open Data and Software, Transparency, Reproducibility and other Open Methodologies, as well as the creation and use of Open Educational Resources, Citizen Science, Public Involvement, Co-production and Communication.

With these awards, we want to recognise and celebrate all UCL students and staff who embrace, advance, and promote open science….”

Sci-Hub’s Alexandra Elbakyan Receives EFF Award for Providing Access to Scientific Knowledge | TorrentFreak

The Electronic Frontier Foundation will award Alexandra Elbakyan, founder of the ‘pirate’ library Sci-Hub, for her efforts to provide access to scientific knowledge. According to EFF, Elbakyan’s site is a vital resource for millions of students and researchers. Some medical professionals have even argued that the site helped to save lives.


Open Research Case Studies | Open Research | The University of Sheffield

“Open research is the practice of making the processes and outputs of research transparent and freely accessible, whenever possible. 

The case studies below, gathered from the winners and runners up of the University of Sheffield’s Open Research Prize (first held in 2021 and most recently in 2023), demonstrate some of the excellent practice in open research taking place across the University. ???”

Swapping Data Management Recipes – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine

“The 2023 DataWorks! Prize Challenge is underway, building off the successes of its first year. The challenge is sponsored by the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy, in partnership with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

The 2022 DataWorks! Prize saw over 100 teams, consisting of over 500 individuals, register to compete for the most innovative approaches to data sharing and reuse. It wasn’t just researchers who were excited about this challenge: Over 2,100 members of the data science community voted for their favorite projects, two of which were awarded the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) People’s Choice award.

This year’s challenge builds on the successes and insights from the 2022 prize. This challenge has the potential to make an enduring impact on the field of data science. Instead of novel data management techniques, this year’s prize will focus on best-practice “recipes” that advance biological and biomedical research activities by prioritizing practices that enable robust data management during the research process. This will enable the creation of an ongoing archive of best practices and resources that can be used by researchers to facilitate better data storage, sharing, and reuse.

This year’s prize offers up to 16 NIH-funded monetary awards, totaling up to $500,000, and up to two People’s Choice Awards, as determined by FASEB. Submissions will be evaluated based on:

Excellence in Data Sharing and Reuse
Innovative Impact on Human Health
Excellence in Communication and Adoption of Practices Outside of Original Context….”

Electronic Frontier Foundation to Present Annual EFF Awards to Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan, Library Freedom Project, and Signal Foundation | Electronic Frontier Foundation

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is honored to announce that Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan, Library Freedom Project, and Signal Foundation will receive the 2023 EFF Awards for their vital work in helping to ensure that technology supports freedom, justice, and innovation for all people….

Kazakhstani computer programmer Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan founded Sci-Hub in 2011 to provide free and unrestricted access to all scientific knowledge. Launched as a tool for providing quick access to articles from scientific journals, Sci-Hub has grown a database of more than 88.3 million research articles and books freely accessible for anyone to read and download; much of this knowledge otherwise would be hidden behind paywalls. Sci-Hub is used by millions of students, researchers, medical professionals, journalists, inventors, and curious people all over the world, many of whom provide feedback saying they are grateful for this access to knowledge. Some medical professionals have said Sci-Hub helps save human lives; some students have said they wouldn’t be able to complete their education without Sci-Hub’s help. Through Sci-Hub, Elbakyan has strived to shatter academic publishing’s monopoly-like mechanisms in which publishers charge high prices even though authors of articles in academic journals receive no payment. She has been targeted by many lawsuits and government actions, and Sci-Hub is blocked in some countries, yet she still stands tall for the idea that restricting access to information and knowledge violates human rights….”

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….”

ALPSP Impact and Innovation Awards 2023: Shortlists announced

“The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), is pleased to announce both shortlists for the two ALPSP Awards 2023.

New for this year, the ALPSP Impact Award celebrates significant initiatives, projects or collaborations within scholarly communication and academic research that are making a positive difference. The well-established ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing, recognises any new development, product, service, launch or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication.

The ALPSP Impact Award finalists for 2023:  

Africa Commons: As the global librarian community works to decolonize library collections, Africa Commons is one resource to help close the representation gap.
eLife: A new publishing model has been officially launched by eLife, eliminating binary accept/reject decisions after peer review and instead focusing on providing quality public reviews and assessments.
IOP Publishing (IOPP): The first society publisher to combine double anonymous peer review and transparent peer review.
Original Études for the Developing Conductor: A peer-reviewed, freely-available, Creative Commons licensed collection of supplemental études designed to enhance contemporary conducting pedagogy by amplifying the voices of composers from historically excluded groups.

The ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing finalists for 2023:  

BMJ Impact Analytics: The first research impact tool focused on health and social care.
Cassyni Journal Seminar Series: The new product enables publishers and societies to participate in the rapidly growing research seminar ecosystem, opening up new channels to engage researchers and build online communities around research topics.
Medwave and Kriyadocs: A technology-based workflow for bilingualism from submission to publication for a medical journal.
Schol-AR: The innovation uses augmented reality (AR) and web-based technologies to ‘layer’ digital data directly onto articles, converting standard documents into fully interactive digital media….”