DORA at 10: Looking back at the history and forward to the future of research assessment | DORA

“DORA will be 10 years old in May 2023 and we are planning to mark the occasion! We’ll be holding a weeklong celebration for DORA’s 10th Anniversary and we’re inviting you to join in by organizing an event on research assessment for your local community. We want to have conversations about what DORA has done and what we still need to do all over the globe! DORA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration will be comprised of two parts:

DORA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration will be comprised of two parts:

Two plenary online sessions to discuss the state of the field, our past decade of work, and our future plans.
A global program of local or regional events that will allow communities to share insights and challenges in reforming, innovating, and researching responsible research assessment policies and practices….”

Wikipedia is twenty. It’s time to start covering it better. – Columbia Journalism Review

“In the first years of the site, the press enjoyed noting funny instances of Wikipedia vandalism. But, as the tone of the coverage shifts toward praise, and on the site’s 20th anniversary, we feel journalism should help readers better understand Wikipedia’s policies and inner workings—in other words, improve the general public’s Wikipedia literacy. We have identified two major themes that might help reporters in this effort….

Although it is true that Wikipedia is, broadly-speaking, an openly editable project, journalists who suggest that the encyclopedia itself is a free-for-all do a disservice to their readers. Over the years, the Wikipedia community has created a large number of mechanisms that regulate its market of ideas. Perhaps the most important one is the ability to lock articles for public editing. 


Anyone can edit Wikipedia, but temporarily disabling people from editing it anonymously can go an extremely long way in preventing disinformation. Articles such as the “COVID-19 pandemic” are subject to semi-protection, meaning that anonymous IP editing is not allowed and that any contributors must register an account. Other articles have more extensive protections, such as the article on Donald Trump, which has long been subject to extended-confirmed protection, meaning that only Wikipedia editors who have been active for 30 days and who have performed at least 500 edits can directly edit Trump’s page….


Wikipedia, in the singular, does not “decide” or “ban” anything; rather, the community, or different groups within it, reach a temporary consensus on certain issues. That’s understandably hard to pack within a headline. But journalism suggesting that Wikipedia is a monolithic agent with a single point of view simply misses the mark. …


A key determinant of notability is whether the subject has received significant coverage from reliable media sources. The volunteer Wikipedia editor who declined the draft page about Strickland did so because, according to the guideline, there wasn’t enough coverage of Strickland’s work in news articles and other independent secondary sources to establish her notability. Katherine Maher, executive director of the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, later wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times headlined “Wikipedia Mirrors the World’s Gender Biases, It Doesn’t Cause Them.” Rather than cast the blame on Wikipedia or its policies, Maher challenged journalists to write more stories about notable women like Strickland so that volunteer Wikipedians had sufficient material to source in their own attempts to fix the bias. The media can do more than just call out biases on Wikipedia; it can also help address them. …”

CC at 20: CEO Catherine Stihler Reflects on 2022 and Where CC Is Headed Next

Last Friday (16 December 2022), Creative Commons proudly celebrated twenty years of CC licensing and all the groundbreaking collaboration it has enabled. As we look back on this remarkable journey, time seems to pass more quickly than ever — yet our gratitude for each milestone remains unwavering, as do words of thanks towards everyone who … Read More “CC at 20: CEO Catherine Stihler Reflects on 2022 and Where CC Is Headed Next”
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Inviting feedback from journal users on Pensoft’s 30th anniversary

“On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of our publisher Pensoft, we are excited to invite you to a short user satisfaction survey and let you share your invaluable feedback. 

Throughout December, on behalf of Pensoft, we are kindly asking you to take 3 minutes and contribute to the next big upgrade of Pensoft’s ARPHA publishing platform, including the services, features and the overall look and feel that you (will) get to know at our journal.

Come fill in the survey and don’t forget to check out the highlights from the 30-year story of Pensoft in the anniversary recap on the Pensoft blog….”

1 Million Strong! – Open Knowledge Maps

“Calling one, calling all, calling… one million? Yes, you read that right, – over 1 million knowledge maps have been created on the Open Knowledge Maps website!

Of course, we rather proudly share this achievement with our immensely multifaceted and curious users. We are grateful and send a big thank you to all the researchers, students, librarians, educators, practitioners, and purely inquisitive people. With the help of this ever-growing community, OKMaps has reached yet another extraordinary milestone in our mission of empowering the world with knowledge one map at a time!

Fun fact: the users of OKMaps hail from nearly every corner of the world. This year alone, we have welcomed visitors from 213 countries and territories. Our busiest hour is between 2pm and 3pm UTC, where users from all over join us in their quest for scientific knowledge. These diverse knowledge-seekers search for myriad terms across all disciplines, creating new maps along the way….”

Scholastica at 10: Betting on democratization over consolidation in scholarly publishing

“It’s 2022, and Scholastica is turning 10 years old this year! …

We started with our flagship peer review product and, in those early days, began working with smaller social science, humanities, and law journals. We knew we wanted to support the growing Open Access movement, so we introduced Open Access journal hosting software in 2015. More recently, we added our machine-learning-augmented article production service to make it possible for journals of any size to publish content in machine-readable HTML and XML in addition to PDF. All together, the three products now amount to an end-to-end solution for journals, from peer review to article production to publication/hosting.

Since 2012, we’ve grown on many fronts:

1,100 journals now use Scholastica’s peer review software, together receiving hundreds of thousands of submissions each year
200 Open Access journals have published 25,000 articles on Scholastica’s OA hosting platform
50 journals use Scholastica’s article production service to generate XML, PDF, and HTML versions of their articles
Our team has grown from the three co-founders to 16 full time and 4 part time employees, all based in the US. It’s amazing to look at those early hires and see them still with the company: George, Danielle, Anna, Raquel, Tatum. More members of our team are now approaching their 5-year anniversaries, and it’s heartwarming to see their professional growth over time….”

Celebrating an open access knowledge and information repository for CGIAR research | International Livestock Research Institute

“In late 2009, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) established a digital repository to act as a complete open archive of the information and publications generated through its research. This was driven by ILRI’s aim to have its knowledge travel by making it open access, by publishing it in full, by giving it permanent identifiers, and by providing reliable access through robust open repositories and other communication channels. The goal was to have the information taken off unreliable websites, given permanent identifiers , and made easier to find and share through new digital and web services.

Over time, the repository has evolved from its initial ILRI focus into a collaboration involving seven CGIAR research centers, several CGIAR research programs and platforms and other initiatives and projects. The CGSpace repository is now the largest single collection of CGIAR-associated research outputs (read about CGSpace origins and early developments)….

Last month, the repository added its 100,000th unique item, reaching an important milestone on the route towards making CGIAR knowledge widely accessible….”

Celebrating 10 Years of the UCSF Open Access Policy – Panel Presentation and Reception – LibCal – University of California, San Francisco

“Come celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the UCSF Open Access Policy and hear from three visionaries about the impact and future of open access publishing. This event takes place on Friday, October 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm at Mission Bay, followed by a reception. It will also be broadcast online.

UCSF passed the first Open Access Policy at the University of California in 2012. The policy ensures that faculty can post their final accepted article manuscripts without paying a cent to the publisher, so that their work can be freely accessed by all. UCSF’s policy influenced the passing of a UC-wide policy for faculty in 2013 and for all other scholarly authors in 2015.

Our three panelists will talk about:

The catalyst for an Open Access Policy and how UCSF became the first UC to have one
The impact of the UC OA Policies and open access publisher agreements on the publishing landscape
What the future holds for open access publishing…”

ORCID at 10: 10 years of ORCID in the PID infrastructure

“Join us as we celebrate ORCID at 10!

To fulfill the promise of a robust, inclusive web of scholarly communications, two things are critical: a unique, persistent-identifier (PID) system for digital items, such as published works, and another such system for the people creating those works. With that twin PID foundation in place, discoverability and credit attribution would improve dramatically, opening new channels for collaboration and for tracking and assessing the impact of research across the globe. This has been the vision of ORCID from the beginning! In this webinar, we’ll reflect on ORCID’s first decade: how iD was created, how our use cases have evolved over time, and the challenges we faced (and overcame!) We’ll also share some of our biggest surprises and lessons learned as PID infrastructure has evolved to continue generating trust in research. Finally, we’ll look ahead at what the future may hold for ORCID, PID infrastructure, and the entire research ecosystem. …”

Anniversary of re3data: 10 Years of Active Campaigning for the Opening of Research Data and a Culture of Sharing | ZBW MediaTalk

“re3data, the largest directory for research data, is celebrating its tenth birthday. We interviewed two re3data team members about milestones achieved, their personal re3data highlights, and their vision for the service’s future….”

‘A Decade of Data’: Celebrating 10 Years of the Research Data Alliance | RDA

“In 2023 the Research Data Alliance will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. We’re excited to commemorate this important milestone with our community by organising a series of international and regional events and activities that meet the following objectives:

1. To reflect on the past, present and future of the RDA

2. To reinforce our mission, vision and guiding principles

3. To recognise our community members, partners and funders

4. To celebrate the community’s successes with the wider research data community. …”

500,000 OSF Users: Celebrating a Global Open Science Community

“Ten years ago, open science was an unfamiliar concept and the only practitioners were innovators seeking to do science in a more rigorous, transparent, and inclusive way. These innovators engaged research communities across the world around open research practices, and now we celebrate 500,000 registered users on the Open Science Framework (OSF), one of many indicators that open science is now mainstream.

OSF has experienced non-linear growth every year since it launched in November 2012. In early 2013, OSF was a self-funded lab project with just 371 users. Since then, OSF gained critical support from private funders such as Arnold Ventures to become a robust public goods infrastructure to enable open science behaviors. This kickstarted a culture change process enabling grassroots communities to advance new norms by increasing the visibility of open science and offering peer-to-peer training on how to get started….”

Wikidata:Tenth Birthday/Celebration video | by 18 September 2022

“In October 2022, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wikidata together! For this special occasion, we are creating a collaborative video that will show people from all around the world celebrating Wikidata’s birthday, sharing wishes and appreciation to the Wikidata community, and why they like Wikidata. We would love to invite you to participate in this video! You will find below more information about how to participate. In short: you can film one or several videos and send them through this form before September 18th. Please make sure that your videos have a maximum size of 1GB and filmed in 30 or 60fps. If you need help with filming the video, feel free to contact us. You can also join one of our workshops….”

Five Years of ChemRxiv: Where We Are and Where We Go From Here | Chemical Education | ChemRxiv | Cambridge Open Engage

“ChemRxiv was launched on August 15, 2017 to provide researchers in chemistry and related fields a home for the immediate sharing of their latest research. In the past five years, ChemRxiv has grown into the premier preprint server for the chemical sciences, with a global audience and a wide array of scholarly content that helps advance science more rapidly. On the service’s fifth anniversary, we would like to reflect on the past five years and take a look at what is next for ChemRxiv.”