How RIO Collections help showcase research project outputs

A recent SPARC Innovator award winner , Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) was built around the principles of open research in scholarly communications. Traditionally, a research project ends up with just a few articles published in scholarly journals after many years of work. But why communicate just research articles at the end of a cycle? Research articles are just a small component of the research cycle. What about all the other project outputs - research ideas, grant proposals, methodologies...
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Embargo periods: A personal view

A guest post by Dawn Hibbert Open Access Advocacy Librarian, University of Strathclyde Embargo periods set by publishers continue to undermine, or at best, delay open access (access to scholarly research without having paid a subscription or cost to access).  Whist publishers have been quick to argue that without embargo periods libraries would no longer purchase subscriptions to their journals, and that it could potentially eat into profits due to the journals perceived “shelf life” this does n...
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Going Beyond Open: The Making of the Vienna Principles

Rich Savage , CC BY 2.0 A group of young researchers, science administrators and librarians of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA), released the first version of The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century .  The group under the leadership of Peter Kraker discussed the relationship between Open Access and Scholarly Communication intensely and with great passion. After more than a year of research, serious debate and analysis of pro and cons across the subje...
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Infrastructure is Invisible / Infrastructure is Law

As both Geoffrey Bilder and Martin Heidegger tell us, infrastructure is usually invisible and we only notice it when something goes wrong. This is profoundly problematic for scholarly communications, since infrastructure is also law – it shapes thoughts and actions. Luckily, moments of breakdown (like the SSRN sell-off) help illuminate problems with the system and call on us to change what is broken. [caption id="attachment_1000" align="alignleft" width="232"] CC BY-SA David Wright "Infrastructu...
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Openness as participation: Notes from the first international conference of the European Citizen Science Association

Whether it’s citizens gathering data of species population movements, collecting meteorological or atmospheric data , classifying and mapping out their surroundings, translating or annotating texts, analyzing or visualizing data, or bringing their own perspective to the formulation of research questions, openness in Citizen Science (CS) is about more than accessibility or transparency: it means the participation and collaboration of citizens in the scientific process for the benefit of researche...
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Openness as participation: Notes from the first international conference of the European Citizen Science Association

Whether it’s citizens gathering data of species population movements, collecting meteorological or atmospheric data , classifying and mapping out their surroundings, translating or annotating texts, analyzing or visualizing data, or bringing their own perspective to the formulation of research questions, openness in Citizen Science (CS) is about more than accessibility or transparency: it means the participation and collaboration of citizens in the scientific process for the benefit of researche...
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After SSRN: Hallmarks of trust for subject repositories

On Tuesday 17th May, the scholarly communications community on Twitter erupted at the news that publishing giant Elsevier had acquired the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) , a pre-print and publishing community focusing on social sciences and law. The acquisition seems designed to continue Elsevier’s move away from a content-driven business strategy towards one oriented on services and the monetisation of data and analytics, building on their purchase of Mendeley. Elsevier’s press release ...
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Green Light for Open Access: Aligning Europe’s OA policies PASTEUR4OA Final Conference

Open Access was in the spotlight during the PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) Final Conference “Green Light for Open Access” . The Conference was an event officially associated with the Dutch EU Presidency and attracted some 150 experts from research funding and research performing organisations, publishers, and national policy makers across Europe. It also attracted significant attention on Twitter (#greenlight4oa) with more than 1500 tweets. PASTE...
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Results Held Hostage: Hardware Design Software Licenses Holding Back Open Science

Prof. Francesco Mondada,  Mobile robots architecture & design, Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),   [caption id="attachment_896" align="alignright" width="178"] CC BY-SA 3.0 - Alain Herzog In this extended guest post, Prof. Francesco Mondada describes a dilemma facing many researchers who use proprietary CAD software in their work but want to make their research results open: although education institutions, i...
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Poland: Initial open access policy

In October 2015, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) in Poland issued a document that reflects the Polish response to the European Commission's recommendation of July 17, 2012, on access to and preservation of scientific information. The published document, entitled „ Directions of the development of open access to research publications   and research results in Poland ”, has been prepared by an expert group that had been working under the auspices of the Ministry for over half ...
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Linked Open Data Services for OpenAIRE

Christoph Lange and   Sahar Vahdati , Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), University of Bonn  We’re happy to announce that the OpenAIRE Linked Open Data (LOD) Services are now available as a beta version at  http://beta.lod.openaire.eu/ . OpenAIRE already makes its data freely available for re-use via APIs . In line with its commitment to openness, OpenAIRE has been busy mapping OpenAIRE’s data onto suitable standard vocabularies in order to make OpenAIRE’s data available as Linked Open Data. ...
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First OPR-Module for repositories

Converting open access repositories into functional evaluation platforms Bringing back quality control to the scientific community Supported by OpenAIRE , Open Scholar has coordinated the development of the first Open Peer Review Module (OPRM) for open access repositories. Find out more about the features this module can bring to your repository: Quality control through enhanced evaluation: Common open access repositories already offer different, mostly quantitative, metrics like the number of v...
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First OPR-Module for repositories

Converting open access repositories into functional evaluation platforms Bringing back quality control to the scientific community Supported by OpenAIRE , Open Scholar has coordinated the development of the first Open Peer Review Module (OPRM) for open access repositories. Find out more about the features this module can bring to your repository: Quality control through enhanced evaluation: Common open access repositories already offer different, mostly quantitative, metrics like the number of v...
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OpenEdition and OpenAIRE - experiments in open peer review

 As part of OpenAIRE2020, OpenEdition , in association with the Couperin consortium and the environmental science journal VertigO , is carrying out experiments in the areas of open peer review and open commentary. Although the experiments are still ongoing, we are here able to share an update on progress, along with some preliminary findings. The journal chosen for the experiments, VertigO, is a popular environmental sciences journal that receives a large number of submissions. In addition to th...
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Dutch Universities reach agreement with Elsevier

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and scientific information provider Elsevier have reached an agreement in principle  that continues to provide academics at Dutch universities with access to all Elsevier journals and allows them to publish through gold OA in a selection of Elsevier journals at no additional cost to the corresponding author.  The Dutch universities aim to make 30% of their researchers’ publications Open Access (OA) by 2018. For the first time in history t...
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Conference “Open Science - the 21th century benefits for researchers” - Riga, Latvia

The conference “Open Science - the 21th century benefits for researchers” took place during the annual International Open Access week. This conference, which had financial support provided by the European Union`s FP7 program`s project FOSTER , was organized by three institutions – the National Library of Latvia, the University of Latvia and Technical Riga University. The conference was attended by more than hundred scientists and research managers, creaters of research policies and librarians. T...
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RDA 6th Plenary highlights

The RDA 6th Plenary meeting recently took place in Paris, 23-25 September, with the theme " Enterprise Engagement with a focus on Research Data for Climate Change" . It was a full week for OpenAIRE, with our Advisory Board meeting taking place in Paris on the 21st and a pre-plenary workshop with the theme “ Data and computing infrastructures for open scholarship ” organised by our Director Natalia Manola on the 22 nd  (full report to follow - watch this space!). We here present some highlights o...
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Ljubljana Conference on Open Access and Licensing of Toll Access Journals

The Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport hosted the conference on best practices of managing open access to publications and research data and on toll access to publications, with a view of enabling open science. The event took place on 1 October 2015 and was attended by approximately 130 participants in the hall as well as by 596 spectators of the video streaming. The presentations are available at event webpage and the video at Arnes Video portal . The welcome address was deliver...
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Developing the first Open Peer Review Module for Institutional Repositories

Why aren’t articles on arXiv or any other open access repository formally credited as publications? What is it exactly that separates open access repositories from publishers? The simple answer is that publications in journals come with an amorphous quality indicator associated with the journal’s perceived prestige. Articles posted on a repository on the other hand, are considered to be “provided at the reader’s own risk”, as they are not accompanied by any measurable guarantee of their scientif...
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“Not Just APCs”: the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot's alternative APC-equivalent funding mechanism

The identification of Gold Open Access with the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) is a widespread misunderstanding that has often led this alternative route for OA implementation to be dismissed as commercial publisher-friendly and prone to double dipping. However, Gold OA means publishing in any Open Access journal, and it's a well-known fact that over two thirds of the OA journals hosted in the DOAJ charge no APCs to their authors. This is the reason why when discussing the way the ...
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