UNESCO supports the launch a new version of the Global Open Access Portal (GOAP.info)

The new Global Open Access Portal (GOAP.info) presents access to a wide array of Open Access resources worldwide, through an advanced user interface design.

GOAP.info allows users to browse dynamic Open Access contents via both a text-based search and a map-enabled country search option. Building on an earlier version, the new Portal includes Open Access profiles of 166 countries and highlights existing key Open Access initiatives, mandates, events and publications.

Additionally, GOAP.info incorporates dynamic content sourced from publicly available information and provides workflows to facilitate the publishing of non-commercial journals. GOAP.info gathers important resources such as open journals, repositories, articles and FAQs for trending subject domains such as Covid-19, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Another feature included is the incorporation of Open Educational Resources on Open Access, which provides learning resources for researchers and librarians responsible for facilitating and benefiting from the use of Open Access resources.

UNESCO supports Member States in their quest to build inclusive knowledge societies by leveraging new technological innovations and supporting the principle of ‘Openness’ and ‘Inclusiveness’. The new version of GOAP.info will facilitate the advocacy for openness, sharing of contents, technologies and processes that generate information and knowledge. Although Open Access is mainstreaming in developmental discourses, there is a real need for a global repository that tracks Open Access development, presents best practices, enhances capacities as well as to maintain financial accountability and transparency….”

[2109.13640] Measuring Research Information Citizenship Across ORCID Practice

Abstract:  Over the past 10 years stakeholders across the scholarly communications community have invested significantly not only to increase the adoption of ORCID adoption by researchers, but also to build the the broader infrastructures that are needed both to support ORCID and to benefit from it. These parallel efforts have fostered the emergence of “research information citizenry”, which comprises, but is not limited to, researchers, publishers, funders, and institutions. This paper takes a scientometric approach to investigating how effectively ORCID roles and responsibilities within this citizenry have been adopted. Focusing specifically on researchers, publishers, and funders, ORCID behaviours are measured against the approximated research world represented by the Dimensions dataset.


Assistant/Associate Librarian, Open Education

“The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) invites applications for an Open Education Librarian at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian. This is a non-tenure track faculty librarian position and rank will be determined upon qualifications. The Open Education Librarian will work to facilitate the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open educational resources (OER) at TAMU-CC through advocacy, outreach, and training. The Open Education Librarian will collaborate with faculty from a broad range of disciplines, as well as students, staff, administrators, and consortial partners. In partnership with the Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian, the Open Education Librarian will contribute actively to the overall scholarly communications program, which includes open access, author rights, scholarly publishing, data management, and repositories. This faculty librarian position reports to the Director of User and Research Services and will participate in departmental activities such as liaison librarianship, library instruction, and reference services.”

Wyden, Eshoo Press Big Five Publishers on Costly, Overly Restrictive E-Book Contracts with Libraries

“Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., today pressed the big five book publishing houses – Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan – for answers regarding their contracts on e-books with libraries….”

Controlled Digital Lending: Unlocking the Library’s Full Potential Tickets, Thu, Oct 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

“??Last month, Library Futures Foundation released a new policy document, “Controlled Digital Lending: Unlocking the Library’s Full Potential.”

Library Futures Foundation developed this document in consultation with the Intellectual Property and Information Policy (iPIP) Clinic at Georgetown Law. The document covers all the benefits, innovations, and goals that are the basis of any controlled digital lending system and makes the crucial connection between CDL and issues of equity. It expands beyond the legal rationale laid out in the Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) White Paper by clarifying the core principles that are the foundations of a library’s mission to provide access to materials to serve the public good.

This session will provide an opportunity to hear from the authors of the policy document, to engage in a virtual discussion, and to give your feedback on how this document may be useful to your community.”

“Qualitative Data Repository’s Curation Handbook” by Robert Demgenski, Sebastian Karcher et al.

Abstract:  In this short practice paper, we introduce the public version of the Qualitative Data Repository’s (QDR) Curation Handbook. The Handbook documents and structures curation practices at QDR. We describe the background and genesis of the Handbook and highlight some of its key content.


From Open Science to Open Synthesis: Removing Barriers to Knowledge for Evidence-based Impact | CMU Libraries

“Evidence synthesis relies on the ability to access the findings of relevant studies. Barriers to access can prevent comprehensiveness, and missed studies or incomplete data can dramatically impact the conclusions drawn from an evidence synthesis project, and thus the recommendations formed by those findings. These barriers include paywalls (for subscription journals and research databases), a lack of complete reporting of findings or statistics, inadequate information about the study methodology, unavailability of underlying data, and the reluctance to publish non-significant findings.

Fortunately, many of these barriers are addressed by the open science movement. Open science embraces open data, open methods and open access publishing. By openly sharing underlying data, meta-analyses, often a feature of systematic reviews, become more feasible. Meta-analyses statistically combine results across different but similar studies, thus making findings from many small studies more statistically meaningful. More openness in methods, including study context, can help in understanding the generalizability or specific contextual aspects of findings. Open access publishing can make it easier to find and access studies that might address the research question posed by the evidence synthesis project, and allows researchers in under-resourced settings to conduct evidence synthesis that is comprehensive and not constrained by access barriers.

Another important open science practice that contributes to a more open evidence ecosystem is pre-registration or registered reports. This involves the publishing of one’s study plan and protocol prior to conducting the research. This can be done either through a formal peer-review process in a journal (registered report) or more informally in a platform such as Open Science Framework (pre-registration). By doing this, researchers make clear the methods they intend to use for gathering and analyzing data, including all outcomes they intend to measure. This can call attention to ongoing, but not yet complete, research that might be relevant to an evidence synthesis question. It also adds transparency that reduces outcome reporting bias, a problem often encountered in evidence synthesis in which researchers only report results for measured outcomes that yielded significant results. Knowing whether something had no effect on an outcome is equally important when making decisions that impact people, communities and society….”

Transforming Scholarly Publishing With Blockchain Technologies and AI: An Interview with Darrell Gunter – The Scholarly Kitchen

“My view is that we are in the stone age. If you look at AI and semantic search — it hasn’t taken off. Folks are still using a standard boolean search. AI can be used in so many different ways. Blockchain is very early days and has so much great promise. Unfortunately, it is equated to cryptocurrency, but it’s not about that at all. 

This is my caution to publishers. You don’t want to be Telerate. Telerate had 100% of the market before Bloomberg. Bloomberg had better analytics, better customer service, better user experience. Unfortunately, the Bancroft family took a multibillion-dollar bath with Telerate. A lot of publishers are very hesitant to try Blockchain. Someone will create a better mousetrap that will make publishing so much more effective than it currently is. 

I remember speaking with a librarian in 1999, as we were rolling out ScienceDirect, who insisted that the internet would go away and print would resurge. We’ve had so many panels about whether ebooks will ever come to fruition. In this industry, we make the error of ignoring so much new technology — it’s great to challenge it for efficacy — that debate is always worthwhile, but any new technology shouldn’t be dismissed outright….”

No Fear Fair Use: Practical Fair Use for Cultural Institutions

“Imagine if all creators had to wait for a copyrighted work to be in the public domain before they quoted that work? Or if users always had to seek permission, and that permission could be denied with no recourse? Copyright law’s fair use doctrine provides flexibility in the copyright system, allowing use of copyrighted materials during the copyright term without permission from the copyright owner.


The famous fair use four factors outline the ambit of this right, but there is still uncertainty about how to apply the factors in practice. This uncertainty often leaves cultural institutions with policies that are either overly restrictive, limiting patron services and discouraging new creations, or overly permissive, potentially subjecting the organization to liability.


This class aims to dispel the myths surrounding fair use and empower, enhance, and increase attendees’ confidence when handling the wide array of fair use focused questions and policies….”

Honorary doctorates UT for IPCC-cochair, cybersecurity expert, science visionary and entrepreneurial Prince

Four honorary doctorates will be awarded by the University of Twente, on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. They will go to IPCC co-chair Debra Roberts, cybersecurity expert Jaya Baloo, physicist and science policy maker Wim van Saarloos and Prince Constantijn. They all stand for the sustainable, fair and digital society the University of Twente is aiming at. The doctorates will be awarded during the ‘Dies Natalis’, UT’s anniversary celebrations on 26 November.

Transforming Scholarly Publishing With Blockchain Technologies and AI: An Interview with Darrell Gunter

Today we feature an interview with Darrell W. Gunter, the editor of a new book on Transforming Scholarly Publishing With Blockchain Technologies and AI.

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Your Input Needed: Barcamp Open Science

oscibar The Barcamp Open Science has a survey running to look at how to shape its future for you. Please take a moment to fill out this short questionnaire. The Barcamp Open Science has run several partnership events over 2021 as well as its annual barcamp that accompanies the Open Science Conference in Berlin, which took place in February 2021. You can read about the Berlin Open Science Barcamp…


UMass Amherst Libraries Announce Publication of Openly Licensed Textbook, Tutt* a tavola! | UMass Amherst Libraries

“The University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries are pleased to announce the publication of the openly licensed textbook, Tutt* a tavola! Dr. Stacy Giufre and Dr. Melina Masterson were 2020 recipients of two Open Education Initiative grants that are funded by the Provost’s Office and University Libraries.

Tutt* a tavola! is a two-volume textbook for Elementary Italian (Italian 110 and 120, over two semesters)….

Accessible, online versions of the volumes are available at the University Libraries open books website: https://openbooks.library.umass.edu/tutt-a-tavola-vol-1/ and https://openbooks.library.umass.edu/tutt-a-tavola-vol-2/. …”

Law Library of Congress and Government Publishing Office Digitize Records of Congress, Release First Selected Volumes Online | Library of Congress

“The Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Government Publishing Office, has digitized 287 volumes of the United States Congressional Serial Set and made them available on the Library’s website.

The release is part of a decade-long partnership to digitize more than 15,000 volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set — the reports and documents of the House and Senate, including proposed legislation, committee reports and issues under investigation — dating back to the first volume published in 1817. The Law Library and GPO began this multi-year digitization effort two years ago….”

NSF establishes new institutes for harnessing the data revolution

“The U.S. National Science Foundation announced a $75 million investment to establish five new Harnessing the Data Revolution Institutes. The institutes support convergence between science and engineering research communities, bringing together expertise in data science foundations, systems, applications and cyberinfrastructure. Together, they will enable breakthroughs through collaborative, co-designed programs to formulate innovative data-intensive approaches for addressing critical national challenges. …”