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“The 2022 Open Science Awards focus on societal engagement. Do you have an example of how you have engaged with society and/or societal partners as part of your research process(es) that you want to share to inspire others?

Please submit your use case by 3 June 2022 by completing this form and saving it as a PDF. Next you can upload your PDF to Easychair.

The Open Science Awards recognise and reward researchers or research students who have used Open Science to make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. This year the focus is on Societal Engagement, one of the key pillars of Open Science. The call is open to all researchers and PhD students from Dutch universities/ universities of applied sciences and research institutes. …”

Nomination of Open Access India for WSIS Prize Contest

“For creating awareness among the graduate students, early career researchers, professors, research managers and the policy makers on opening up of the access to the publicly funded research in India, ‘Open Access India,‘ a community of practice advocating Open Access, Open data, Open education in India has been formed.

The community members believe that Open Access would increase the availability and accessibility of the public funded research outputs, and the Open Data, the government data or the public funded research data when freely available to the public would help in the development of new knowledge and tools for the public good. And the Open Education resources would help in affordability of education.

Anyone who have interests in Open Access, Open Data and Open Education are invited to join the community and take forward the open access movement in India by participating in the discussions/initiatives which would influence the policy makers, managers, researchers, scholarly societies to adopt Open Access policy for their research outputs.”

Knowledge Unlatched Presents Open Access Heroes 2022

Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the international initiative for Open Access (OA), is pleased to announce OA Heroes 2022, highlighting the countries, institutions, publishers, disciplines and scholarly titles seeing the most usage worldwide. The number of total user interactions (including downloads and views) for KU titles has grown year on year by 16 percent and now stands at a total of 16.2 million. On average, each title unlatched through KU gets 5,450 user interactions.

Ouvrir la Science – Remise des prix science ouverte du logiciel libre de la recherche

From Google’s English:  “For the first year, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation is awarding the Open Science Prizes for Free Research Software. Ten software developed by French teams are rewarded for their contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

As part of the second National Plan for Open Science, the open science prizes for free research software highlight projects and research teams working on the development and dissemination of free software and contributing to the construction of a common good of prime importance. Their objective is to recognize the important contribution made by the production of free software and to draw the attention of the scientific community to exceptional or very promising achievements, which can serve as a model for the next generations of researchers and engineers. The prizes were awarded on the decision of a jury of experts chaired by Daniel Le Berre (Lens Computer Science Research Center, University of Artois-CNRS)….”

2022 Open Scholarship Awards | Electronic Textual Cultures Lab

Sponsored by the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute and its partners

For 2022, we are pleased to be able to award 2 Open Scholarship Awards and 2 Emerging Open Scholarship Awards, as well as a number of honourable mentions in each category.

Open Scholarship Awards (2022), for open scholarship carried out by scholars, librarians, citizen scholars, research professionals, and administrators.


Electronic Literature Lab (ELL) Team (Washington State U), The NEXT
Martin Paul Eve (Birkbeck, U London), Open Library of Humanities

Honourable Mentions:

Rebecca Frost Davis (St. Edwards U), Matthew K. Gold (CUNY), and Katherine D. Harris (San Jose State U), Curating Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities
Sridhar Gutam (ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research), Open Access India
Mary Chapman, Jean Lee Cole, Joey Takeda, and Sydney Lines (U British Columbia), The Winnifred Eaton Archive

Emerging Open Scholarship Awards (2022), for open scholarship carried out by undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early stage professionals.


Davis McKenzie (Toxw oxw [Becoming Clear] Communications), contribution to As I Remember It: Teachings (??ms t???w) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder
Ananya Pujary, Khushi Gupta, and Muskaan Pal (FLAME U), The Indian Community Cookbook Project

Honourable Mentions:

Yohanna Joseph Waliya (U Calabar) and Alexander Boyd (U Central Florida), Multilingual African Electronic Literature Database & African Diasporic Electronic Literature Database
Ceyda Elgul, Fatih Asan, Eyup Tugay Bahar, Belemir Topcuoglu, Aynur Erzenoglu (Bo?aziçi U), Lives in Turkish
Sylvia Fernández-Quintanilla (U Kansas), Huellas Incómodas / Uncomfortable Footprints

Open scholarship incorporates open access, open data, open education, and other related movements that have the potential to make scholarly work more efficient, more accessible, and more usable by those within and beyond the academy. By engaging with open practices for academic work, open scholarship shares that work more broadly and more publicly.

OpenCitations receives the Open Publishing Award in Open Data | OpenCitations blog

“We are proud and humbled to count the Open Publishing Award in Open Data among the acknowledgements so far received by OpenCitations. Despite the term “award”, the Open Publishing Awards, in fact, don’t aim to proclaim winners, but rather to “shake the hands” of some projects which seem to be following (and tracing) a right path towards a more open knowledge. All the projects awarded help by defining more concretely what “open”means, and at the same time their example encourages awareness on the variety of the open publishing projects, and a reflection about the common values and goals that gather so many different people, institutions and organizations.”

FAIR Data Fund Autumn Call 2021:Meet the grantees  – 4TU.ResearchData

“The FAIR Data Fund offers researchers a budget (up to €3.500) to cover the costs of making their data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR data principles). Researchers from TU Delft, TU/Eindhoven and the University of Twente are eligible to apply for the fund.”

Here are the eight winners for Fall 2021.

Winners of Open Publishing Awards 2021Announced

The intention of the awards is to bring stories to you about the amazing diversity of open projects that exist today in publishing. If you tweet, blog, or you are a reporter or researcher we hope that you will join us and use your tools to explore and amplify each of these amazing stories about open publishing to the world.

Paul Ginsparg – Einstein Foundation Berlin

“Paul Ginsparg is Professor of Physics and Information Science at Cornell University, USA. In 1991, he created the arXiv (“The Archive”), a document server for preprints, on which scientific findings are published without review and paywall restrictions. Preprint servers are online archives for scholarly publications which allow the scientific community to discuss and compare research findings immediately, transparently, openly, and globally. They also allow researchers to share original data, computer simulations, and other information. has set the standard for a number of these platforms in almost every scientific field. Today, the portal holds almost two million scientific articles from the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering, systems science, and economics. Paul Ginsparg has been the driving force behind developing and maintaining the arXiv, pioneering the use of new technologies in automated quality control.”


Einstein Foundation to present the inaugural €500,000 Award for Promoting Quality in Research

“The Einstein Foundation Berlin is honoring the American physicist Paul Ginsparg and the Center for Open Science with the inaugural Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research. Paul Ginsparg is the founder of the preprint server, the first platform to exchange scientific discoveries among scientists immediately, openly and globally without review- and paywall restrictions….”

The Center for Open Science receives the Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research

“The Center for Open Science (COS) has been selected as the inaugural institutional recipient of the Einstein Foundation Award for Promoting Quality in Research.

The award “aims to provide recognition and publicity for outstanding efforts that enhance the rigor, reliability, robustness, and transparency of research in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, and stimulate awareness and activities fostering research quality among scientists, institutions, funders, and politicians.”

COS is a nonprofit culture change organization founded in 2013 with the mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. COS takes a systems approach to supporting research culture change. COS builds and maintains a free, open source infrastructure for all disciplines of research, called the Open Science Framework (OSF), that enables the adoption of open practices across the research lifecycle. OSF flexibly integrates with other tools and services to make it efficient for researchers to plan, conduct, report on, and discover research within their current workflows. COS collaborates with grassroots organizations that support training and changing communities’ norms toward openness and integrity and provides solutions that empower communities to customize and promote open practices from within. COS works with funders, publishers, societies, and universities to shift incentives and policies to foster culture change toward rigor and transparency. Finally, COS investigates the state of research practices and evaluates the effectiveness of culture change initiatives. These interdependent activities incorporate a theory of change to create sustainable improvements to science as a social system.

The Einstein Foundation’s jury offered its official statement about the institutional award winner: “The Center for Open Science (COS) catalyzes global research culture change via a unique integrated behavior change model. By offering the Open Science Framework (OSF), collaborating with grassroots communities to grow engagement, advocating with stakeholders to adopt new policies and incentives, and evaluating effectiveness, COS helps to make open science the default. The Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, launched by COS in 2015, and supported by over 5,000 signatories, along with all of the major publishers, have initiated an overdue transformation in the publishing culture.”…”

University of Helsinki gives recognition to promoters of open and reusable research data | University of Helsinki

“The annual University of Helsinki Open Science Award is granted in recognition of exceptional work in promoting open science. The theme of the 2021 Open Science Award is accessibility and reusability of research data. The goal of this year’s award is to highlight the importance of accessible and reusable research data to science and to the academic community.

Nominations were requested from University units, and from the University community via the Flamma intranet. For the award, nominations were sought of research projects or research infrastructures that have significantly promoted the accessibility and reusability of research data in their own field.

The nominations were assessed by the award jury that consisted of Vice-Rector Paula Eerola, University Librarian Kimmo Tuominen, IT Manager Minna Harjuniemi, Director of the Finnish Museum of Natural History Aino Juslén, and Senior Advisors Tiina Käkelä and Marko Peura.

The jury decided to grant the award to two nominees, who both represent long-term grassroots work in enabling and promoting the use of valuable research data. The award was given to the Language Bank of Finland, and especially its Donate Speech data, and to research coordinator Kati Lassila-Perini’s work in utilising the open data of particle physics in research and education.  …”

Ground-breaking Computer Science Resource Wins 2021 UCT Open Textbook Award | Digital Open Textbooks for Development

“University of Cape Town Deputy Vice-Chancellor Lis Lange has announced that the 2021 UCT Open Textbook Award goes to Associate Professor Maria Keet for her groundbreaking resource, An Introduction to Ontology Engineering.

The award, which recognises outstanding open textbooks written by UCT staff and students, is an initiative of the DVC in collaboration with the DOT4D and carries a value of R30 000.

The UCT Open Textbook Award is a symbol of institutional commitment to supporting the production of open educational resources that promote social justice and innovation. In line with this approach, the award recognises open textbook development efforts that address any of the following areas: curriculum transformation, pedagogical innovation, inclusion of students and marginalised voices, disability access, relevance to local context, multilingualism and technical innovation….”