Anti-Piracy Group Warns of a Problematic Textbook Piracy Culture Among Students * TorrentFreak

“This week, a Danish court convicted a 26-year-old man for selling pirated digital copies of textbooks. The seller received a suspended jail sentence and was ordered to pay damages. While this incident has been dealt with, anti-piracy group Rights Alliance signals a broader piracy habit among students that has rightsholders worried.

Free access to information is a broadly held ideal, but when students have to pay for their textbooks, it’s far from reality.

Getting a proper education certainly isn’t cheap. As a result, many students have found shortcuts in pirate sites such as Libgen and Z-Library….”

”Scholarly monographs should also be Open Access, shouldn’t they?” – Guidelines and tools to making books Open Access. Oct 28, 3pm (CEST) | Danish Network for Open Access

When we talk about Open Access (OA), we mostly do so in the context of scholarly articles in journals. The Danish National Strategy for Open Access also has a special focus on OA for journal articles. Right now, however, a number of initiatives are pushing not only to publish scholarly monographs as OA but also to make it easier for researchers to ensure that publishers are transparent and thorough in their peer-review of OA publications.

In this session, Niels Stern will present relevant initiatives including DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) and PRISM (Peer Review Information Service for Monographs) – both services that help researchers navigate the jungle of publishers of OA monographs. He will also provide some insights into what to keep in mind when looking for and selecting a publisher for a manuscript.

Niels Stern is director of OAPEN. He began his career in scholarly book publishing in 2003 with an emphasis on marketing and digital publishing. In this capacity he became a co-founder of the OAPEN project in 2008. Moving on to the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011 as head of publishing he created a Nordic open access policy and publication repository. Since 2014 Niels Stern has acted as independent expert for the European Commission on open science and e-infrastructures. He has evaluated and reviewed numerous European projects, e.g. HIRMEOS and OPERAS-D.

 

Webinar: Open Access and Creative Commons licenses – Courses & calendars – Københavns Universitetsbibliotek

“Creative Commons licenses are copyright licenses that enable free distribution of copyrighted works and permit licensees to modify and build upon the works depending on license. The licenses are also the most used licenses on research outputs such as articles and datasets. 

This webinar will give an introduction to the Creative Commons licenses and how they are used within Open Access publishing.

The webinar will focus on: 

The anatomy and features of the Creative Commons licenses. 
The Journals’ use of Creative Commons licenses. 
The Funders’ requirements to use Creative Commons licenses. 
How Copenhagen University Library supports researchers in the usage of Creative Commons licenses. …”

Uses of the Journal Impact Factor in national journal rankings in China and Europe – Kulczycki – Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology – Wiley Online Library

Abstract:  This paper investigates different uses of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in national journal rankings and discusses the merits of supplementing metrics with expert assessment. Our focus is national journal rankings used as evidence to support decisions about the distribution of institutional funding or career advancement. The seven countries under comparison are China, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Poland, and Turkey—and the region of Flanders in Belgium. With the exception of Italy, top-tier journals used in national rankings include those classified at the highest level, or according to tier, or points implemented. A total of 3,565 (75.8%) out of 4,701 unique top-tier journals were identified as having a JIF, with 55.7% belonging to the first Journal Impact Factor quartile. Journal rankings in China, Flanders, Poland, and Turkey classify journals with a JIF as being top-tier, but only when they are in the first quartile of the Average Journal Impact Factor Percentile. Journal rankings that result from expert assessment in Denmark, Finland, and Norway regularly classify journals as top-tier outside the first quartile, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. We conclude that experts, when tasked with metric-informed journal rankings, take into account quality dimensions that are not covered by JIFs.

 

Welcome – Research Portal Denmark

“The portal is an initiative to build a comprehensive national research infrastructure, dedicated to

Collecting and organising data on Danish research – input, output and impact
Building public user services that facilitate the discovery and exploration of Danish research

We’re in the early phases of this build-up. New data and features are added continuously.

Use the menu to the left to learn more about the initiative or to sign  up to receive news via email….”

Postdoc in Equitable Science Education | Department of Science Education, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhage

The Department of Science Education, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen calls for applications for a 3 year postdoc position beginning 1st of September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

The project GATE
The postdoc position will be part of the research project GATE (Gender Aware Teaching for Equity in Science and Engineering), funded by The Grundfos foundation. The project strives to understand why the majority of young women who in upper secondary have selected a science study program refrain from continuing into post-secondary science and engineering. Science teaching has been pointed out as a key medium for understanding the gendered in- and exclusions of young women and how these mechanisms set the scene for their higher education choices. GATE thus aim to understand the gendered in- and exclusions within the disciplins (content, teaching, participation) with a specific focus on physics A, chemistry A and technology A.

The postdoc will be responsible for an independent work package within GATE. Empirically a group of young women will be followed with longitudinal interviews throughout second and third year at Danish Upper secondary school (stx and htx). The cohort of young women who continues into the A-level subjects will be followed more intensively into their third year through an ethnographic approach. Classroom observations of teaching and focus-group interviews with a broader groups of students will be conducted to ensure an extensive focus. Focus will be on ‘celebrated identities’ in science settings, how they are performed and how they relate to young women and their experiences with science, their life in general and how their thoughts of the future develop throughout upper secondary.

GATE aims to contribute with results relevant for practice, national knowledge and international research. Theoretically, GATE aims to contribute with combining a close focus on selected science disciplines with research in equity and gender-studies. Based on the project results and international experts connected to GATE, a group of upper secondary school teachers will work closely with the senior researchers in the project on developing, testing, evaluating and implementing a Gender Aware Teaching for Equality-approach in their science teaching. More information on GATE can be requisitioned by writing to Henriette Holmegaard (hh@ind.ku.dk) or Lene Møller Madsen (lmmadsen@ind.ku.dk).

The role of the Postdoc 

Project management:

Attend and contribute actively to regular research group meetings both in GATE and in the research group SICS. Moreover, contribute to the department’s upper secondary school group.
Manage the contact with schools and coordination of empirical activities.
Support the GATE reference-group that entails key stakeholders.

Empirical work

Plan, conduct, and analyse qualitative data.

Publications, presentations

Disseminate results through key international journals in the research field, some in collaboration with the senior researchers in the project and some individually.
Present results at international conferences some in collaboration with the senior researchers in the project and some individually.
Participate at key national events with project-presentations and publish a few national papers.

Communication

Keep the GATE twitter account updated, contribute to a podcast.
Find ways of communicating research results nationally in collaboration with the GATE-project group.

Who are we looking for?

As the postdoc will conduct empirical work in Danish gymnasium, the candidate must speak a Scandinavian language and be willing to learn Danish within a short timeframe. However, everyday work-language at the department can be English.

We seek a candidate with experience in several of the qualifications below. However, we strongly encourage all candidates to apply also if they do not meet all of the below categories.

The ideal candidate:

Have substantial experiences with planning, conducting and analysing qualitative data in particular ethnographic studies.
Hold experiences with doing research at upper secondary-level or researching young people ideally where science education have played a significant role.
Holds a Ph.D.-degree within science education or in other disciplines e.g. anthropology, geography, pedagogy or sociology.
Have published papers in international peer reviewed journals.
Documented familiarity with the literature on gender and equity in science education.
Appreciate working in a research group where research is both jointly yet at the same time individual.
Are a good communicator and can present the project nationally as well as internationall

Registration for LIBER Annual Conference 2022 | 6-8 July | Odense, Denmark | Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche

“LIBER Annual Conference 2022 Odense, Denmark

The LIBER annual conference will be held in Odense, Denmark on 6 – 8 July 2022.  You will be asked during sign up if you would like to participate in the newcomer session, pre-conference workshops, and conference dinner on Wednesday 6 July, the conference reception on Thursday 7 July, and the social programme excursion on Saturday 9 July.   Early bird registration for the conference is possible for all LIBER members before 1 May 2022. Please note: Payment is by credit card only.  At least one author of each accepted abstract must register and attend the LIBER Annual Conference 2022 in Odense. …”

Little mermaid, long copyright, big absurdity – Walled Culture

“The reason the heirs were able to bring the case is because Eriksen died in 1959, and so under Danish law his work remains covered by copyright until 2029. The statue was unveiled in 1913, which means that the sculptor’s heirs are still claiming payments well over a hundred years after it was made. Copyright is supposed to be an incentive to create, but it’s absurd to claim that artists are motivated by the thought of earning money for decades after they have died….”

Wiley and the Royal Danish Library Sign Open Access Agreement | John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

“Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new four-year agreement with the Royal Danish Library (RDL) which will enable more open access research to be published by Danish researchers while allowing authors to retain copyright of their articles without embargo. Through this arrangement, scholars will have immediate and open use of published research, serving to accelerate academic discovery….”

Forside – Dansk Open Access-Indikator

From Google’s English:  “The indicator is produced and launched annually by the Danish Agency for Education and Research, which is part of the Ministry of Education and Research. The indicator monitors the implementation of the Danish Open Access strategy 2018-2025 by collecting and analyzing publication data from the Danish universities.

Main menu:

OVERVIEW – National strategic goals and the realization of them at national and university level.
OA TYPES – Types of Open Access realization at national and local level.
DATA – Data for download as well as documentation at an overview and technical level.
GUIDANCE – Information to support the Danish universities’ implementation of Open Access, such as important dates and guidelines.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions….”

Open access-publicering og Plan Speed

From Google’s English:  Open access means that scientific articles that are quality assured in peer review and included in a scientific journal must be able to be read and distributed without financial, technical or legal restrictions. Since 2018, Denmark has had a national strategy for open access to ensure that we get the maximum effect from the research via free access to research-based knowledge. From 2025, the goal is to promote unhindered, digital access to all peer-reviewed research articles from Danish research institutions – with a maximum of 12 months delay, what we today call green open …

[Only part of the abstract is OA.]

Podcast: How ‘open access’ helped SMK Denmark to increase reach & audience engagement

“Over the last decade, many museums around the world have adopted an open access policy. From the US to Europe, the opening up of museums has meant that anybody can use, reuse, remix collections without any copyright restrictions. At the core of open access is the commitment to make heritage accessible for people regardless of conduct social or geographical barriers. For museums, this move has contributed immensely to brand-building and added social value. But how?

The National Gallery of Denmark (the Statens Museum for Kunst, aka SMK) in Copenhagen is one of the premier art museums of the country and home to several European art treasures. In this podcast, I spoke with Jonas Heide Smith – Head of Digital at SMK about their approach, learnings and challenges. Give it a listen or read on for the key takeaways….”

The Knowledge Exchange and Transitional Open Access for Smaller Publishers | Jisc scholarly communications

“The KE partner countries share the vision of Open Scholarship and immediate access to all publicly-funded research and have launched initiatives to help small publishers with their efforts to make a transition to Open Access and/or comply with the recommendations in Plan S. Below are some of the activities undertaken in five of the six partnering countries….”

Comments on “Factors affecting global flow of scientific knowledge in environmental sciences” by Sonne et al. (2020) – ScienceDirect

Abstract:  There are major challenges that need to be addressed in the world of scholarly communication, especially in the field of environmental studies and in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, Sonne et al. (2020) published an article in Science of the Total Environment discussing some of these challenges. However, we feel that many of the arguments misrepresent critical elements of Open Access (OA), Plan S, and broader issues in scholarly publishing. In our response, we focus on addressing key elements of their discussion on (i) OA and Plan S, as well as (ii) Open Access Predatory Journals (OAPJ). The authors describe OA and Plan S as restricting author choice, especially through the payment of article-processing charges. The reality is that ‘green OA’ self-archiving options alleviate virtually all of the risks they mention, and are even the preferred ‘routes’ to OA as stated by both institutional and national policies in Denmark. In alignment with this, Plan S is also taking a progressive stance on reforming research evaluation. The assumptions these authors make about OA in the “global south” also largely fail to acknowledge some of the progressive work being done in regions like Indonesia and Latin America. Finally, Sonne et al. (2020) highlight the threat that OAPJs face to our scholarly knowledge production system. While we agree generally that OAPJs are problematic, the authors simultaneously fail to mention many of the excellent initiatives helping to combat this threat (e.g., the Directory of Open Access Journals). We call for researchers to more effectively equip themselves with sufficient knowledge of relevant systems before making public statements about them, in order to prevent misinformation from polluting the debate about the future of scholarly communication.