Towards a reform of the research assessment system: Scoping report | Publications Office of the EU

Reforming research assessment is increasingly considered a priority to ensure the quality, performance and impact of research. Reform, however, requires cultural and systemic changes which are proving to be very complex and slow to implement. During the period March-November 2021, the European Commission consulted European stakeholders on how to facilitate and speed up changes. This scoping report presents the findings from the consultation, identifies the goals that should be pursued with a reform of research assessment, and proposes a coordinated approach based on principles and actions that could be agreed upon by a coalition of research funding and research performing organisations committed to implement changes.

UKRN position on academic publishing | UK Reproducibility Network

The UK higher education sector has invested approximately £1bn in academic publishing over the last decade (i). In our view, the principles guiding interactions between UK institutions and academic publishers should be:

Value for money.
Availability of output to all readers without subscription (e.g., open licensing).
Transparency in agreements (e.g., making costs openly available).
Support for and implementation of initiatives such as DORA.
Support for transparent research practices (e.g., around data and code).
Support for text and data mining (at no extra cost).
Active and transparent engagement with expressions of concern.

The UK higher education sector should take these factors into account in discussions with academic publishers, on the understanding that our continuing support of those who do not meet an acceptable standard is not in the long-term interests of the sector.

Opening up Education: What can Libraries do? Tue 30 Nov 2021 at 11:00 am GMT | Eventbrite

The LAI’s Open Scholarship Group is delighted to announce a one-hour webinar on the role of libraries in supporting Open Education

About this event

Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined by UNESCO as teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.

Attendees will hear from a variety of speakers who will discuss international initiatives such as the Open Education Learning Path for Librarians, as well as showcasing examples of local projects and practical actions in this area. This will be followed by time for Q&A.

This event is open to anyone with an interest in increasing access to educational resources and/or opening up teaching and learning practices.

Sind wir mit dem kommerziellen Open Access auf dem richtigen Weg – TIB AV-Portal

An 87 minute panel discussion in German on the question, “Are we on the right track with commercial open access?”

Abstract:  Are we on the right track with commercial open access? Discussion with Dr. Jens Peter Gaul (Secretary General of the University Rectors’ Conference), Prof. Dr. Thomas Grebel (Institute for Economics at the Technical University of Ilmenau), Dr. Ulrich Herb (Head of the Electronic Publications Department at the Saarland University and State Library) and Dr. Anja Oberländer (Head of the Open Science Team at the Communication, Information, Media Center (KIM) at the University of Konstanz). This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Christina Riesenweber (University Library of the Free University of Berlin). Open access to scientific publications is becoming more and more important. The focus is currently on open access models in the commercial sector, which are undergoing a paradigm shift.

In response to NFT debate

On Wednesday, November 24, Creative Commons (CC) shared an article on our social media channels from Cuseum titled How 21 Museums & Cultural Organization Engaged with NFTS in 2021.

At CC, we pride ourselves on raising issues thoughtfully and often share articles on our platforms about the digital space where we work. Many times CC staff will expand on these topics through our blog, to provide a perspective that reflects CC’s experiences around our work to support, steward and provide legal and technical assistance for the maximization of digital creativity, innovation and sharing. It is our hope that this open space of conversation will generate different viewpoints and promote civil debate. 

So it came as a surprise that yesterday a blog post shared about our nascent thoughts on NFTs dating back to May 2021 could lead to such a personal attack on myself, our Board and the CC team. We encourage healthy debate and welcome feedback but will not tolerate unfair and inaccurate attacks.  

CC has been researching and having conversations with others about NFTs, as referenced in the blog post from May 2021. We continued the dialogue during the CC Global Summit in September 2021 including sessions from stakeholders with different perspectives about NFTs.

For the record I hold no crypto currency or own any NFTs – my interest is looking into how NFTs relate to our licenses and our mission. From discussions so far, many artists and creators are benefiting from being fairly and justly compensated, whilst others have broader concerns about NFTs, which is why there should be a debate. In such a nascent space and as with any new technology, there are differing views and it is important that debate and discussion can be conducted respectfully. Sadly this was not always the case during the recent exchange online.

CC will continue to thoughtfully explore emerging and controversial issues affecting our licenses, our community and our belief in the value of open sharing. We will continue to share our views and ideas in this space and encourage civil debate both online and offline. Guided by our value of informed intention as stated in our strategy, we will continue to “take care with the work that we do, and … act with integrity, accountability, insight and humility.”

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With purchase of edX, online higher ed company 2U bets big on power of a brand – The Washington Post

“The pandemic that shuttered campuses worldwide last year also created a rare opportunity for online higher education. And a company based in Maryland just placed an $800 million bet that it can seize the moment.


For that sum, 2U Inc. bought an online course platform called edX that was created nine years ago as a nonprofit and joint venture of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The platform has a brand with prestigious origins and more than 40 million registered users around the world….

The company’s track record is not without controversy. The Wall Street Journal reported this month that an online master’s program in social work at the University of Southern California — for which 2U recruits students — had left many graduates with high student loan debt compared to their earnings. The degree had been priced at $115,000….

Some in academia believe Harvard and MIT should have held on to edX as a high-profile nonprofit venture in the growing online world. “Their decision to fold is a major, and potentially fateful, act of betrayal,” Jefferson Pooley, a professor of media and communication at Muhlenberg College, wrote in July in the Chronicle of Higher Education….

Net proceeds from the sale have gone to a new nonprofit organization under MIT and Harvard that will explore education innovation….

Anant Agarwal, an MIT professor who was chief executive of edX, has joined 2U as chief open education officer. He said edX’s university partners support the merger. “Not a single partner has opted out because of the deal,” he said….”


ReCreating Europe Workshop — Secondary Publishing Right: Exploring Opportunities and Limitations  – LIBER Europe

“Focusing on the Green road, this workshop aims to present and discuss the second (or secondary) publication right within the context of scientific publications as a key instrument to implementing Open Access (OA)….

The workshop will elaborate on the second publication right which consists of the right to re-publish and communicate a work to the public. This right could be retained by the author by means of contract negotiations (to which disbalancing conditions may apply), but it is rarely applied in the current publishing context.  


The right could also be granted by legislation which appears to be a more practicable and sustainable option. At present, only a handful of countries offer such a possibility, still with many limitations, despite the potential of such a right to rebalance the current distorted ecosystem of scientific communication (where scientific authors have little freedom and control over their thoughts and works). …”


“Today we are announcing Upstream. And if you’re reading this, you’re already a part of it!

Upstream is a community blogging platform designed for Open enthusiasts to discuss… you guessed it: all things Open. It’s a space for the whole community to voice opinions, discuss open approaches to scholarly communication, and showcase research….

Supported by FORCE11, this is a global and inclusive blog, bringing together diverse perspectives from all corners of scholarly communications from institutions to libraries to researchers to publishers to funders and policy-makers. Of course, there are lots of niche blogs out there, for example, at the university level or the stakeholder level, but our wider community has never had a central place to exchange in writing ideas about open research and all that it encompasses: open metadata; open code; open research data; open infrastructure; the culture of open; social justice and diversity in our community; open metrics; open citations; open access… You get the picture….”


Open access in geochemistry from preprints to data sharing: past, present and future

“In this short communication, we discuss the latest advances regarding Open Access in the Earth Sciences and geochemistry community from preprints to findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable data following 14f session held at Goldschmidt conference (4-9 July 2021) dedicated to “Open Access in Earth Sciences”. ”

Citizen Science Skilling for Library Staff, Researchers, and the Public, published by the LIBER Citizen Science Working Group

Part of the four part book series: Citizen Science for Research Libraries — A Guide

Section Editor Jitka Stilund Hansen


An open access and peer-reviewed book. © 2021 the authors. Licensed Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0), unless otherwise stated.

ISBN Print: 978-87-94233-59-0
ISBN eBook: 978-87-94233-60-6


A practical guide designed to assist those organising and participating in a citizen science project to get the most out of the experience. The guide will enable you to have the skills to ensure a project is well set up from the start, is able to communicate to its stakeholders and citizens, manage its data and outputs, and overall ensure research benefits. The guide has been compiled by the LIBER Citizen Science Working Group and pulls on the generous contributions of the open science community.

Paywalls Everywhere You Go? Get to the Goodies With These Two Paywall Ladder Bookmarklets – ResearchBuzz

“The thing about a lot of the news behind paywalls is that it doesn’t stay behind paywalls. It gets syndicated, sometimes to paywall-free sources. Most stories, even those paywalled, have a paragraph or so of content. To find these articles elsewhere, you could easily copy a phrase and then look for it in Google News. Or you could make a couple of bookmarklets and have a one-click, instant search for different case scenarios.


In this article we’re going for the latter option: two bookmarklets that will help you get to articles you can’t access otherwise. They won’t work 100% of the time, but I think you’ll be surprised at how short some of those paywalls are….”