Open science and the new normal | Research Information

“There can be no doubt that Covid-19 gave a boost to open science.

There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to focus the mind on the need for openness and collaboration, and publishers and researchers quickly took unprecedented steps to reduce the barriers of access to research articles and data.

But as things begin to return to a ‘new normal’, and some of the barriers begin to reappear, it is important to consider what open science has actually gained from the pandemic, and some of the challenges that remain to be overcome in the face of other global challenges….

This is a point that ties into the theme of this year’s Open Access Week ( ‘It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity’. While it is easy to focus on the number of papers or amount of data that is being made available, it is important that we don’t ignore the issue of equity during the pandemic. Equity is about ensuring fair and impartial access to the whole of the scientific process, and typically the pandemic had the effect of exacerbating existing inequalities….”


Scaling small and opening up: how the COPIM project is opening scholarly infrastructures | 16 November 2021 | Open Publishing Fest

NOVEMBER 16, 2021, 4:00 PM UTC

Scaling small and opening up: how the COPIM project is opening scholarly infrastructures

“A presentation and discussion session on how the principles of scaling small can be used to open up scholarly infrastructures….”

From toll roads to highways: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape | 9 November 2021 | Open Publishing Fest

NOVEMBER 09, 2021, 8:00 PM UTC

From toll roads to highways: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape

“DISCUSSION event – OA Switchboard is a mission-driven, practical solution that thrives on collaboration. We want the research ecosystem to work better for everyone, such that Open Access is supported as the predominant model of publication. The tool we provide is a central information exchange hub (connecting parties and systems, streamlining the neutral exchange of OA related publication-level information), that stakeholders operationalise in their workflows and systems. We are running it as an industry-collaborative initiative, and financial resources are limited. Yet, we’re committed to a self-sustaining, not-for-profit, business model. This event will reflect on our journey from idea (2018) to being operational (2021). We’ll present our principles and POSI self-assessment, cover tough choices and will share pragmatic solutions. We’re happy to share our experiences and enter into discussion with the participants….”

Quartz OA: Just Open Access | 12 November 2021 | Open Publishing Fest

NOVEMBER 12, 2021, 2:00 PM UTC

Quartz OA: Just Open Access

“Quartz OA is building a platform cooperative bringing together independent open access academic publishers and a community of scholars and institutions willing to provide them with financial and in-kind support. Our goal is to make open access academic publishing fairer and more sustainable and help the academic community retain the value it generates. Ultimately, our goal is to facilitate the creation of an ecosystem where all parties benefit from being part of it…”

Addressing Open Science challenges in Romania – OpenAIRE Blog

“OpenAIRE Team has the pleasure of speaking to Alina Irimia, Open Science projects coordinator at UEFISCDI [Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research and Innovation Funding] in Romania. Mrs Irimia, talked about the priority to connect and engage the Romanian community to the open science dynamics through a national dedicated platform that is now under development.  …

UEFISCDI administrates the major part of the public Research, Development and Technology (RDT) competitive funds in Romania but is also actively involved in evidence-based policy making. The institution administrates the major tools that support collaboration and dialogue between Research Development and Innovation (RDI)actors involved in research and innovation: BrainMap and ERRIS. Since 2014, UEFISCDI has been contributing to the actions of the European Commission towards strengthening the policies and practices in support of open science. Through the Open Science Knowledge Hub Romania (OSKH) created in 2019, our institution is connected to the major initiatives dedicated to the development and implementation of the European Open Science Strategy and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): being the Romanian OpenAIRE NOAD, a member in the EOSC Association, a partner in the NI4OS project and the RDA Node Romania. For Open Science policies support we also collaborate with Science Europe, CoNOSC and the UNESCO Chair for Science and Innovation Policies – SNSPA. Currently, OSKH-UEFISCDI contributes significantly to the development of the national strategic framework for Open Science, part of a project financed through structural funds, developed in partnership with the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitisation….

Among the many challenges facing Open Science, three main dimensions impact cultural change and may inhibit or unblock a real transition to OS, and they should be clearly addressed in the near future in the national context: 1) career evaluation, rewards and incentives – career benefits or on the contrary, disadvantages for researchers who promote Open Science; 2) costs – Open Science is a costly process both in terms of OA publications and FAIR data; identifying the specific needs of the national context and engaging in transformative negotiations with major journals are essential, along with creating new mechanisms for collaboration and funding; 3) Open Science literacy – providing long-term opportunities for capacity building to support the systemic change….”

Wikidata and open infrastructure: a request for participation

“For the past month we’ve been exploring the potential of Wikidata as a public knowledge base for information about open infrastructure and its financial components. Wikidata, a sister project of Wikipedia, is a dynamic space with exciting room for growth and development.

We aim to help increase the transparency, accessibility, and availability of high-quality information on open infrastructure in a reusable, participatory, open fashion….”

An empirical examination of open source software adoption in US public libraries | Emerald Insight

Abstract:  Purpose

Similarly to Choi and Pruett (2019), which addressed open source software (OSS) adoption in the academic library context, this study aims to examine barriers and drivers to OSS adoption and to provide a snapshot of the current state of OSS adoption in US public libraries.


An online survey of the public library staff members who oversee information systems/technology in their library was conducted. A total number of 288 valid responses were used for data analysis.


A range of barriers and drivers to OSS adoption in US public libraries were revealed, but, unlike academic libraries, awareness was found to be a barrier. Additionally, the vast majority of the non-adopters showed very low levels of OSS adoption intent in the near future, more than that which was indicated by academic libraries.

Practical implications

Several practical implications tailored for public libraries are provided, such as promoting OSS awareness among public libraries in rural and town areas, the importance of the initial trial/adoption and funding and marketing towards public libraries with small service population sizes and so on.


Following Choi and Pruett (2019) which examined OSS adoption in the academic library context, this study conducted a similar online survey with US public libraries and made several contributions to the literature and to the public library field.

Updates on our latest research on the costs of open infrastructure

“It’s been a busy few months at IOI, and I wanted to provide some updates on our current research to map funding and costs of open infrastructure.

We also have (2) open positions on the team:  a Director of Research & Strategy and an Engagement Lead. These positions play central roles in operationalizing IOI’s core aim to provide funding recommendations and investment guidance for research infrastructure and working with core stakeholder groups to put that work into action. …

Over the past few months, our team has been working to map the underlying costs and flows of capital for open infrastructure projects in the sector. 

This work builds on our research from the past year to investigate available funding data and project attributes. Our approach includes building a knowledge base of existing funding, project and grants data from a variety of public data sources, as well as qualitative research to verify those findings and further expand our understanding of project costs.


The aim of this work is to model a system of reporting key data and findings to support those looking to invest and choose open infrastructure solutions….”

News – Five things you need to know to support reproducible publication practices – News – Knowledge Exchange

“The KE activity “Publishing Reproducible Research Output” has published its final report “The art of publishing reproducible research outputs – Supporting emerging practices through cultural and technological innovation.” The report represents the culmination of a 12-month project aiming to investigate current practices and barriers related to publishing reproducible research outputs and to determine how infrastructure (technical and social) can support progress in this area. 

The final report, delivered by Research Consulting in partnership with the Knowledge Exchange Task and Finish group, includes a literature review of over 130 sources and engagement with over 50 individuals from 12 different countries through focus groups and interviews. To practise what we preach, we have sought to work in a reproducible way ourselves: you can find all project outputs in our Zenodo Community! …”

Researchers positive about open science, but there are still obstacles | NWO

“Eighty-seven per cent of all researchers have a (very) positive attitude about open science. Young scientists are even more enthusiastic with a percentage of 94%. But researchers are still coming across obstacles when it comes to practical implementation. This has emerged from a poll commissioned by NWO among researchers from all disciplines.

The aim and the reality in everyday practice are most closely aligned when it comes to the open access publication of research results. Ninety-five per cent of the researchers surveyed consider this to be (very) important, while 83% actually publish their research openly, often or always. When it comes to sharing data, there is still a gap between intention and reality. Ninety-three per cent of the researchers surveyed say they consider this (very) important, but only 56% say they actually do it in practice. The lack of infrastructure, clear instructions and guidelines are mentioned as obstacles (44% and 47%), but the lack of financial resources (72%) scores highest….”

Open Position: Software Engineer, 18 month full-time or part-time. FTE Salary £24-35k depending on experience @ Open Book Publishers

One of COPIM’s consortial partners, Open Book Publishers, are looking for a software engineer who is enthusiastic about open source and Open Access initiatives, to join their small energetic team.

OBP is taking a leading role in developing open source infrastructure to support open access book publishing. They are presently:

responsible for the development of the Open Dissemination System and Archiving and Preservation services for open access books within the Research England and Arcadia Fund financed COPIM project

providing hosting services for a number of Open Access initiatives and projects

in the process of re-developing OBP’s own website to provide an open source and white label website for other Open Access book publishers to adopt

expecting to be involved in other similar initiatives over the coming months.

OBP are seeking a versatile software engineer to work alongside their existing development team across these development projects.