Introducing IOI’s Research Fellows

“With the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, we are excited to introduce IOI’s first Research Fellows: Anne Britton and Teri Wanderi. They’ll be working with us over the next few months to expand and enhance our research to support and sustain open infrastructure….”

News and Stories – Research Guides at New York University

“The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded New York University a grant of $520,503 to enable libraries and other institutions to reliably archive digital scholarship, with a focus on research code, for long-term accessibility. Vicky Rampin, NYU’s Research Data Management and Reproducibility Librarian, designed the project with her co-principal investigator, Martin Klein, Research Scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The project follows Investigating and Archiving the Scholarly Git Experience (IASGE), an extensive NYU Libraries study also funded by the Sloan Foundation and led by Rampin, examining the landscape of current research software archiving efforts and the behavior of academics using Git and Git Hosting Platforms for scholarly reasons. The findings of both facets of IASGE underscore the vulnerability of scholarship on these platforms, from lack of holistic archival practices for research code to gaps in the research software management landscape that make long-term access more difficult. As Rampin and Klein wrote in their most recent proposal: “These factors leave us with little hope for long-term access to and availability of our scholarly artifacts on the Web.” …”

NYU Wins Major Grant From Alfred P. Sloan Foundation To Expand Capabilities For Archiving Digital Scholarship

“The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded New York University a grant of $520,503 to enable libraries and other institutions to reliably archive digital scholarship, with a focus on research code, for long-term accessibility. Vicky Rampin, NYU’s Research Data Management and Reproducibility Librarian, designed the project with her co-principal investigator, Martin Klein, Research Scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The project follows Investigating and Archiving the Scholarly Git Experience (IASGE), an extensive NYU Libraries study also funded by the Sloan Foundation and led by Rampin, examining the landscape of current research software archiving efforts and the behavior of academics using Git and Git Hosting Platforms for scholarly reasons. The findings of both facets of IASGE underscore the vulnerability of scholarship on these platforms, from lack of holistic archival practices for research code to gaps in the research software management landscape that make long-term access more difficult. As Rampin and Klein wrote in their most recent proposal: “These factors leave us with little hope for long-term access to and availability of our scholarly artifacts on the Web.” …”

Reimagining Educational Practices for Open (REPO) | FORCE11

“At Jisc we’ve been committed to open research practices for years. Recent events have highlighted again exactly why all this matters. The ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis demonstrates our global connectedness and we’ve all seen that opening up research into the virus has enabled a global research and development effort to develop vaccines and treatments.

Our open research team works nationally and internationally to influence policy in favour of open scholarship. We partner with like-minded organisations around the world to develop services that support open approaches and to build the plumbing for the new processes, links, standards, workflows, policies, and incentives….”

Reimagining Educational Practices for Open (REPO) | FORCE11

“At Jisc we’ve been committed to open research practices for years. Recent events have highlighted again exactly why all this matters. The ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis demonstrates our global connectedness and we’ve all seen that opening up research into the virus has enabled a global research and development effort to develop vaccines and treatments.

Our open research team works nationally and internationally to influence policy in favour of open scholarship. We partner with like-minded organisations around the world to develop services that support open approaches and to build the plumbing for the new processes, links, standards, workflows, policies, and incentives….”

Funded Partnership Brings Dryad and Zenodo Closer | Dryad news and views

“With increasing mandates and initiatives around open data and software, researchers commonly have to make a choice about where to deposit their non-article outputs. Unfortunately, systems that are built to accommodate these objects work separately and can make the process more difficult. As a result, data, code, figures, and other outputs go to a variety of disconnected places, or improper homes (i.e. code with the wrong license or data not curated). To tackle this issue, and make open research best practices more seamless for researchers, we are thrilled to announce a partnership between Dryad and Zenodo….

To jumpstart this collaboration, we are proud to have been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant that will enable us to co-develop new solutions focused on supporting researcher and publisher workflows as well as best practices in data and software curation. By focusing on integrations between our systems, leveraging data and software expertise, we can both extend the reach of our services and open up more opportunities for broader research communities.  We are looking forward to re-imagining the submission process for researchers and how we can better support our journal publishing and institutional communities along the way….”

Coko Open Science – achieving FAIR data : Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

“The European Commission has identified the opportunity to save €10.2 billion per year by using FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). As policies begin to emerge requiring FAIR data, it’s timely to consider the open infrastructure needed to make embed FAIRness into the research and research communication workflows and outputs.  

Coko recently received a grant from the Sloan Foundation to build DataSeer, an web service that uses Natural Language Processing to identify and call out datasets associated with research articles. Datasets are often not explicitly identified, let alone made FAIR and accessible. The first step is knowing how many datasets were used in a body of work. DataSeer “reads” documents and finds mentions of dataset creation and use. Based on the context, DataSeer can offer recommendations to curate, deposit, add metadata too, or otherwise better handle datasets. DataSeer can fit into the workflows of researchers, publishers, aggregators, funders, and institutions….

Before FAIR compliance can be assessed, the full range of datasets associated with a research project must first be identified. There are often ‘hidden’ datasets mentioned in the text that are included among the ‘official’ outputs. DataSeer finds these mentions and help  to authors to identify and share all of the datasets involved in their work. …”

Open data: growing pains | Research Information

“In its latest State of Open Data survey, Figshare revealed that a hefty 64 per cent of respondents made their data openly available in 2018.

The percentage, up four per cent from last year and seven per cent from 2016, indicates a healthy awareness of open data and for Daniel Hook, chief executive of Figshare’s parent company, Digital Science, it spells good news….

For example, the majority of respondents – 63 per cent – support national mandates for open data, an eight  per cent rise from 2017. And, at the same time, nearly half of the respondents – 46 per cent – reckon data citations motivate them to make data openly available. This figure is up seven per cent from last year….

Yet, amid the data-sharing success stories, myriad worries remain. Top of the pile is the potential for data misuse….

Inappropriate sharing of data is another key concern….

Results indicated that a mighty 58 per cent of respondents felt they do not receive sufficient credit for sharing data, while only nine per cent felt they do….

Coko recently won funding from the Sloan Foundation to build DataSeer, an online service that will use Natural Language Processing to identify datasets that are associated with a particular article. …”

DPLA receives $1.5 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation | DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA a $1.5 million grant. The grant will enable DPLA to expand its efforts to provide an improved ebook experience for patrons through their libraries, building on its cultural heritage aggregation program.

Over the course of this three-year grant, DPLA will expand the DPLA Exchange, an open platform and marketplace, from pilot phase to production. DPLA will continue to work with its core partners The New York Public Library and LYRASIS to further the adoption of SimplyE, with the goal of offering libraries a full-service pathway to acquire and deliver e-content through a library-driven marketplace and platforms….”