Lettre de la science ouverte (The beautiful stories of open science)

From Google’s English: 

“Because openness is not a utopia, nor a bunch of experts, but an essential quality of science that bears fruit on a daily basis, we wanted to show through these stories how open science benefits by its values and its operating model for knowledge and society.

We offer context articles to understand the challenges of opening up and sharing science, what obstacles it raises in accessing knowledge, what conception of research it carries. (…) ”

Impacts of the temporary National Emergency Library and controlled digital lending – Internet Archive Blogs

“Our team of librarians launched the NEL on March 24 to help those who were disconnected from their physical libraries, and the feedback our team received has been overwhelming. Almost immediately after launch, we started receiving messages from teachers, librarians, and parents who were delighted to find needed books after many schools and libraries closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, we heard from researchers and educators who found texts for their coursework and research. Feedback continues to this day, indicating that the NEL has provided a necessary service for digital learners.

As we close the NEL, we are proud of our work and how it has helped. We gathered some of the most impactful statements to show how the NEL has been used and the impact it has made while our schools and libraries are closed. We are excited that the needs of our patrons will continue to be met through traditional controlled digital lending….”

Impacts of the temporary National Emergency Library and controlled digital lending – Internet Archive Blogs

“Our team of librarians launched the NEL on March 24 to help those who were disconnected from their physical libraries, and the feedback our team received has been overwhelming. Almost immediately after launch, we started receiving messages from teachers, librarians, and parents who were delighted to find needed books after many schools and libraries closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, we heard from researchers and educators who found texts for their coursework and research. Feedback continues to this day, indicating that the NEL has provided a necessary service for digital learners.

As we close the NEL, we are proud of our work and how it has helped. We gathered some of the most impactful statements to show how the NEL has been used and the impact it has made while our schools and libraries are closed. We are excited that the needs of our patrons will continue to be met through traditional controlled digital lending….”

Welcome! · The Coronarchive · coronarchiv

“The coronarchiv is a freely accessible, open online portal that welcomes anyone’s contribution. Its purpose is to collect, archive, contextualize and exhibit personal memories and memorabilia from the time of the coronavirus pandemic. The archive can include anything that is available in a digital or digitizable format: texts (journals, letters, emails, poems, newspaper and magazine articles, shopping lists, reports, signs, warnings, regulations), photographs, drawings, illustrations, videos, chats, social media posts, voice messages, songs, lectures and anything else that is relevant.”

My Journey to Open Science

“My desire to do science has never diminished. I am still driven by the same curiosity and desire to explore—to discover new things that might improve the quality of people’s lives. That is why it means so much to me to be recognized now by my peers for my discoveries and my position on open science. The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award is an extraordinary honor that gives a special meaning to my entire career. When I was asked by Cell to contribute a story, I decided the most important one is my journey to open science. It begins back in the mid-1980s, when I was a graduate student in Genetics at Harvard University. A good friend, a post-doc named Anil, also loved stories, especially stories about well-known scientists. One was about Tom Maniatis. We’d all heard of him. He’d written what was then considered the bible of molecular biology, Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual, a three-volume text we simply called ‘‘Maniatis’’ (Figure 1). According to Anil, Maniatis would freely share any information or reagents with anyone who wanted them. When asked if he was worried about being scooped, Maniatis would shrug and say, ‘‘I’m okay if someone scoops me, because it means science is moving forward faster.’’ This anecdote—and Maniatis’s attitude toward sharing—has guided me in my career as a scientist. At the time, the Open Science movement did not yet exist, but Maniatis’s philosophy lies at its heart. As I see it, open science is the early sharing of information and reagents with no restrictions….”

Q&A With Cynthia Willett and Julie Willett: Open Access and Engaging in Global Conversations | Authors Alliance

“As a part of our series of open access success stories that spotlight noteworthy openly accessible books and their authors, we’re featuring Cynthia Willett, Professor of Philosophy at Emory University and Julie Willett, Associate Professor at Texas Tech University….

Authors Alliance: Can you tell us why you opted to make Uproarious openly available?

 

Cynthia Willett & Julie Willett: Our reconceptualization of humor draws from feminist stand-ups and other post-9/11-era comics. Just as our claims are driven by popular culture, we think open access too helps us engage in global conversations. In an era with the fortunes of academics and educational institutions caught up in growing social inequality, we also hope that open access allows our research to be more accessible not only to students at elite institutions but also to those who lack resources yet often drive the conversations on trending fields like humor….

CW & JW: Perhaps the most unexpected result has been the contacts and conversations we are having with stand-up comedians who help us think about the new directions for this field of study. We have also enjoyed wider interest for our work from the media, including an interview on Free Speech TV….”

“Sharing stories to drive open scholarship” by Rachel Samberg and Anneliese Taylor

“We believe these formats were essential for collaboration, and that using a storytelling framework was an effective way to demonstrate empathy and build trust across institutions, thus driving change. Indeed, following OATIP, nearly all participants signed a public affirmation to “advocate broadly, and work with our stakeholders both locally and in existing consortia, to advance these common goals.”22 We are excited to follow where these journeys will lead.”

Spotlight on Open Access Monographs: Collecting Stories from LIBER Libraries – LIBER

To investigate the activities and strategies already in place across LIBER’s network, we have created a survey to capture the many ways in which libraries work with OA books among the communities we serve.

We invite respondents from LIBER libraries to address questions such as:

  • How can libraries create workflows and funding mechanisms to encourage OA book publishing?
  • What kind of training is needed for library staff to adapt to the developments?
  • Can you support OA book publishing without starting your own university press?

Please submit your responses to the survey by the end of 17 May 2019….”

How I made my own open-access “research portal” – Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre

It is difficult – but not impossible – to access academic articles if you don’t have access to journal subscriptions. In this blog, I go through my experience in trying to gain access to academic articles and data while working at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), and how I tried to make the process as easy and efficient as possible. I hope that by sharing the story, and sharing the research portal that I created, that researchers without access to journal subscriptions have more of a chance to find the information they need.

The portal aggregates over 750 sources of online, open data, academic and government articles and makes them searchable through a customisable Google search tool. Most of the work was in finding these resources; putting them in the custom Google search tool was simple. I provide a link to an Excel sheet with all the sources below….”

Publishing Your Philosophy Book with Open Access – Daily Nous

“I recently published an open access book with OUP, using grant money to pay for the substantial open access fee. This isn’t something OUP has done much in philosophy, and it’s certainly an experiment for me, so I want to make up my mind about whether it’s a good use of funds….”

Publishing Your Philosophy Book with Open Access – Daily Nous

“I recently published an open access book with OUP, using grant money to pay for the substantial open access fee. This isn’t something OUP has done much in philosophy, and it’s certainly an experiment for me, so I want to make up my mind about whether it’s a good use of funds….”

High Prices Cost Lives: Matt Might’s Plea for Open Research – SPARC

The Mights’ story is one of many that highlight the impact of open science and open access.  It’s through access to the latest research that patients and their families can find the best care and support.

Once his son’s condition was given a name, Might set out to learn all he could to help Bertrand. “To find answers, we needed more patients and we didn’t have time,” he says.

Might wrote a blog about Bertrand’s condition that he hoped would go viral and rank high when someone searched on Google.  Within two weeks of posting, another patient was identified.  Over time, Matt helped build a community of patients, researchers and doctors to focus on how to treat and cure Bertrand’s rare disease. It enabled the group to form a foundation and raise money for research.  Members of the patient community then volunteered to participate in the research trials….

With Might’s help, Bertrand’s disease has gone from the unknown to a condition with multiple treatments….

At UAB, Might has helped develop a tool to digest abstracts from medical literature using artificial intelligence.  This can help patients connect the dots with what might be therapeutic for a given condition. The powerful reasoning tool (mediKanren) was successfully prototyped about a year ago with funding from the National Institutes of Health and is available free to the public….

As the Mights experimented with treatment options for Bertrand, they continued to do research and then share it with others. “I’m very much an open book, anything I find I publish,” Might says. “I’m very pro open science and beyond into open source. If there is code that backs up a paper, I also make that open source and publicly available.” …

“Restricting access to the full medical literature is going to cost lives,” says Might….”