New UT technology in the fight against rheumatism

Last month, the VieCuri Medical Centre in Venlo became the first hospital in the world to use a Raman spectroscope for a medical application. The idea of using a Raman spectroscope to detect rheumatic diseases such as gout was conceived by UT students and researchers. UT PhD candidate Tom Niessink is conducting research into this new application to make it easier to identify rheumatic diseases.

PKP Hires Director of Operations | Public Knowledge Project

“The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is thrilled to welcome back Kevin Stranack to the PKP leadership team. Kevin has been appointed the inaugural Director of Operations for the Public Knowledge Project in its recent designation as Simon Fraser University’s newest Core Facility. Kevin comes to this position with 20 years of leadership in academic librarianship and scholarly communication, most recently as the University Librarian at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is no stranger to the PKP family. From 2006 to 2021, he was a member of the  PKP team, working on daily operations, strategic plans, community engagement, the founding of PKP School, and other initiatives….”

OA Switchboard 2022 mid-year review: Collaboration drives growth and progress

“We’re happy to report on the huge amount of progress made so far as we reflect on how things are looking halfway through the second year of our 2021-2022 launch phase.


Our blog post OA Switchboard one year live: Community, collaboration, and delivering on the promise of PIDs detailed our achievements in 2021, the lessons learned from the first year of our launch phase and considered what is next on our agenda.

As we celebrated being fully operational for one year, we also proudly shared our end of year statistics: 84,377 messages were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia via the OA Switchboard (‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata)….”

Europeana Conference | Europeana Pro

“Europeana 2022 will take place from 28 – 30 September 2022. It will be a hybrid conference, and we hope to welcome cultural heritage professionals from around the world both in person, to the KB, National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague, and digitally. We aim to explore how we can collaboratively build a common data space for cultural heritage and raise voices from across the sector to empower digital transformation and explore the role digital cultural heritage plays in today’s and tomorrow’s world. …”

10 years from the Reproducibility PI Manifesto, it’s time to Transform to Open Science

“Ten years ago, I gave a talk at a workshop in the form of a pledge called the Reproducibility PI Manifesto. It was a public commitment to lead my research group with a consistent policy aiming to improve reproducibility practices. My simple 12-slide presentation on


has more than a thousand downloads, and nearly 10 thousand views, and it sparked many conversations since. Living up to the pledge, and in fact devoting a chunk of my professional pursuits to reproducibility over the years, has led me to the conviction that it’s time to fully transform to open science. In January 2020 there were only about a hundred known cases of COVID-19 outside China, but already the first genome sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus had been shared openly with the scientific community. The open science ethos was core to the international response to the pandemic, and accelerated the progress of science immeasurably. It was a paradigm shift in how we conduct science. If the pandemic catalyzed adoption of open science practices, leading to faster results and greater impact, why go back? Recently, NASA committed a five-year multi-million-dollar program called


(Transform to Open Science), and declared 2023 the year of open science. The agency recognized that open source software accelerates science, making us more agile and collaborative. It is committed to open data on the cloud, and to supporting an inclusive open science community over the next decade. We, the computing research community, must be part of the transformation, and examine how we operate in regards to open access, open data, open source, and even open peer review. We can tackle genuine concerns like equity and mitigation of bias with transparency and culture changes, instead of systems based on anonymity (blind reviews). It’s time to transform to open science. I will review the major strides of the last decade on transparency and reproducibility, and the challenges that remain, as well as make the case for open science broadly. I will also talk about the new policies and programs, including NASA’s, to accelerate scientific progress through open science….”

Open Market Consultation for the European Open Science Cloud Public Procurement Action | Shaping Europe’s digital future

“With the publication of the Prior Information Notice the European Commission invites potential market players from industry and the research community to participate in the preliminary market consultation for the upcoming European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) procurement. During the open market consultation, the Commission seeks, in particular, feedback on the procurement approaches, technical challenges and possible solutions….”

R220317 Open Research Manager – Jobs at Aston

“We are seeking an Open Research Manager to join the team at Aston University Library for a period of 12 months maternity cover.

As Open Research Manager you will provide direction and leadership for the Library’s Open Research Team and be a proactive member of the Library Leadership Team working on strategic priorities and service development. The postholder will work with colleagues across the university to support and promote best practice in Open Research and provide training for researcher development. …”

Scholarly Communications Officer (Metadata) – CG1967NB

“The University of St Andrews is seeking an enthusiastic individual who can bring expertise in bibliographic metadata or cataloguing to the Open Research Team in the University’s Libraries & Museums.  


The post holder will have responsibility for supporting the Scholarly Communications (Open Access) Team to provide an accurate description of the University’s scholarly record, to enhance discovery of our publications and support compliance with funder mandates, including requirements for UKRI and research assessment exercises. You will have knowledge of the academic publishing process and awareness of the open access environment in the UK and be able to apply metadata standards in the context of a research information system covering a range of subject areas.  …”

Announcement: DORA Science Policy Internship | DORA

“Since 2013, more than 21,000 individuals and organizations in 158 countries have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and committed to improving the ways research and researchers are assessed for hiring, promotion, and funding decisions. As an initiative, DORA raises awareness and facilitates the implementation of good practice in research assessment to catalyze change and improve equity in academia.

The DORA Internship is an opportunity for individuals with an interest in scholarly communications, science policy, and science diplomacy. The intern will gain first-hand experience working for an international non-profit initiative. The internship is a remote part-time position (15 – 20 hours per week; $20 per hour) for a period of 6 months. The intern will report to the DORA program director. All degree levels, including recent graduates and currently enrolled students, are encouraged to apply….”

HEAL-Link Open Access Agreements – Library and Information Centre

“HEAL-Link (Hellenic Academic Libraries Link) has a 3-year agreement (2019-2021) with various publishers for reading access and for open access publishing. TUC Library is a member of HEAL-Link, therefore TUC authors have either a discount or an exemption (waiver) on Article Processing Charges (APCs) when choosing to publish their article Open Access. More information about the OA agreements can be found here….”

EDP Sciences – Subscribe-to-Open 2022 Transparency Report for maths journals provides new metrics

“We are pleased to share the Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) 2022 Transparency Report. The annual report details costs and prices related to the EDP Sciences-SMAI Subscribe-to-Open program for the applied mathematics journals they co-publish.

As staunch advocates of open science, both EDP Sciences and the Société de Mathématiques Industrielles et Appliquées (SMAI) support the principle of transparency of costs and prices. The 2022 Transparency Report updates the range of metrics published in the 2021 transparency report such as evolution of subscription prices, renewal targets, publication costs, and other key measures. It also includes additional metrics such as publication statistics and subscription price per article. More detailed information is available to interested libraries on request….”

We’ve passed 100,000,000 verifiable observations on iNaturalist! · iNaturalist

“If you made 1,000 observations a day, every day, it would take you 274 years to generate 100 million observations. This milestone shows what people can do by working together. The iNaturalist dataset is something we’ve all made together, but it’s larger than any one of us. We hope everyone is as proud of this accomplishment as we are. Together, the iNaturalist community has created a unique window into life on Earth and hundreds of thousands of species with whom we share the planet. Thank you!

We know that even more potential for iNaturalist lies ahead. To fulfill our mission of connecting people to nature and advancing science and conservation, we’re working on a strategy to reach 100 million naturalists by 2030. This requires investing in technology improvements, so we’re now searching for two new software engineers to join the iNat team. Please spread the word to help us find great candidates….”

Knowledge Unlatched: A New Funding Round and Work with FID Benelux

“Knowledge Unlatched head of publisher relations Neil Christensen has announced a partnership with a “specialized information service” called FID Benelux Low Countries Studies, based in Münster. In this project, FID Benelux has paid to make 28 titles from the field of Dutch, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg studies available as open access. The resulting ebooks have been made openly accessible in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched (KU) and its “KU Reverse” model….”