OpenAIRE Newsletter March 2018

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Making Science More Trustworthy

ScholExplorer, a data - literature links service is now live 

1 logo big 200Reproducing elements of the research lifecycle is vital to an open and transparent way of doing science. OpenAIRE has established a service to link all research elements, providing the glue so that users can evaluate and reproduce research via linked entities, find a publication, find the underlying dataset and the software to put research in context. ScholExplorer is effectively a harmonised and de-duplicated graph of scholarly objects, openly accessible (CC-0) via search REST APIs that return links in Scholix format. It  currently provides access to 620.000 literature objects, 2.600.000 datasets, and 18.000.0000 bi-directional scholix links. Learn how to join.
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SciELO journals now compatible with OpenAIRE

Available for text mining through OpenMinTeD 

2 200SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is a bibliographic database, digital library and electronic publishing model for journals from developing countries. As of March 2018, SciELO  is indexed by OpenAIRE while providing full texts of all articles whose Creative Commons license allows derivative texts to  OpenMinTeD for text and data mining, an effort supported by an open call grant of 25 K Euros by OpenMinTeD. The presence of SciELO journal articles in the OpenAIRE and OpenMinTeD platforms will contribute to the program’s goal of promoting the visibility, use and impact of journals indexed by national SciELO Network collections and the research they communicate.
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Unlocking the hidden treasures of scientific publications

Zenodo’s Biodiversity Literature Repository is a treasure-trove of FAIR data

3 200The Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR) passes the 200,000-deposits milestone in Zenodo. BLR, a collaboration between Plazi and Pensoft publishers that opens up a wealth of scientific illustrations and data, is an open community in Zenodo. A new workflow of text and data mining biological taxonomy publications makes a previously inaccessible, and often forgotten, part of scientific publications Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). BLR currently accounts for more than 60% of all Zenodo deposits, while occupying only 1.2% of its physical space. This calls for a rapid expansion of the process to add more data. Publishers and scientists are encouraged to help to contribute to enhance a resource.
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Releasing Scholarly Communication

How will scholarly works fare, when research data becomes FAIR?

4 fairdata 200The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) aims for FAIR data and FAIR results. How about publications though? Are they FAIR? The question is therefore how to release scholarly communication from subscriptions and copyright retention by publishers to match the EOSC developments. The University of Ljubljana suggests that as the first step the European organizations (EC, CESAER, EARTO, EUA, LERU, SE) negotiate with scientific publishers on behalf of the European research performing organizations and research funding organizations for a total transformation from subscription peer-reviewed journals to open access peer-reviewed journals. If adequate agreements are not concluded in a reasonable timeframe to match the EOSC developments, then subscription agreements with publishers should be discontinued and efforts intensified to solidify other outlets of fully open scholarly communication.
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Paving the way for Text and Data Mining in Science

Official Launch of the OpenMinTeD Platform


2We live in an era of exponential growth of information in the scientific world.  To unleash the power of open access and open science, OpenMinTeD  has established a cloud-based TDM infrastructure for scientific literature. It has brought together publishers and repositories (via OpenAIRE and CORE), TDM software providers, domain discipline researchers and the industrial world through the use of a collaborative platform that allows sharing and re-using of content, TDM services on the cloud. The launch of the OpenMinTeD platform marks a new era in the way we are approaching TDM, the collaborative environment, the role of repositories. Join us in Brussels on May 24th to discuss all issues around TDM, best practices, perspectives of different stakeholders, GDPR and the future of TDM in infrastuctures, and the role within the European Open Science Cloud.
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Raising awareness against gender bias in Open Science

Five steps towards more gender equality in research

5 Toilets 200How can policies positively affect gender bias in research? What re the right awareness when developing Open Science (OS) and Open Innovation (OI) policies so as to promote gender equality and aid in eliminating potentially existing gender bias? GENDERACTION proposes five steps in OS/OI and gender policy design, implementation, and monitoring to facilitate and support gender equality: a) create policy synergies between gender equality and the OS/OI agenda to overcome gender blindness in policy making, b) advance knowledge and awareness about gender issues in OS/OI, c) evaluate practices of research funding organisations (rfos) and research performing organisations (rpos), d) assess publication practices of researchers and research performing organisations and, e) support gender inclusivity in innovative processes and firms.
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