One of the major issues with institutional repositories is that it is difficult to get researchers to self-deposit their work. Assuming one could wave a magic wand and solve that, institutional repositories still have another barrier to overcome – the discovery barrier. With content scattered across thousands of sites, one would need an aggregator site to provide a one-search across of all them. Fortunately, Institutional (and subject) repositories were not only designed to collect deposits on a local level but it was envisioned that aggregators could be built to centralize all this work together using OAI-PMH. The unfortunate problem is that this proved to be not a simple thing. Continue reading “Open access and the versioning issue – do we need to solve this?”
With 2017 drawing to a close, it seems like the right time to reflect on what the year brought us at Hindawi. Continue reading “2017 in review: 12 months of new initiatives”
For anyone based in Europe: we have a 4 to 5 month, full-time, paid opening at the Open Library of Humanities early next year! Should be a good public speaker and be enthused about open access. Drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RT!
An emerging duopoly for the new class of scientific research workflow products could marginalize publishers large and small to the benefit of the Big Two. This first of two pieces provides the strategic context, while tomorrow we will review options for those publishers at risk of being left behind.
The post Workflow Strategy for Those Left Behind: Strategic Context appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.
Musings for the future-
The infrastructure underpinning the access of scholarly publications will be defined less by database packages & more by decentralized repositories hosting OA versions. Tools like UnPaywall and OAbutton will form the bridges on which the system depends.
Input from more than a dozen consultants portrays an industry struggling to adapt to a dramatically different and rapidly changing information economy.
The post A View from the Outside — Trends and Challenges Consultants See in Scholarly Publishing appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.
I was recently interviewed for Read, Write, Participate about my Mozilla Open Leaders project to create an open science toolkit for astronomers: Resources for Open Science in Astronomy (ROSA). As part of my application for the program, I submitted a session proposal for Mozilla Festival 2017 relating to my project — I wanted to get input on what researchers would actually find useful in an open science toolkit. Continue reading “What resources do we need to break down barriers to open science? #MozFest 2017 session recap”
This post was originally written for and published on the University of Manchester Library’s Research Plus blog here.
I applied to attend OpenCon 2017 to be inspired by and network with other pioneers of the Open Movement. There were thousands of applicants for this year’s event from over 175 countries, but there were only a few hundred places at the conference to represent our global community. I was wait-listed to attend based on my main application (which you can read on my GitHub here along with the response from the OpenCon 2017 Organising Committee). This was pretty good considering the odds, but I was still gutted. However, I was lucky enough to see that the University of Manchester Library was holding a competition to sponsor a student or staff member to attend. I therefore remixed my main application to answer the University of Manchester-specific questions (which you can read on my GitHub here) and submitted it to the competition. I was very happy when it was announced that I won the sponsored place! Continue reading “OpenCon 2017”
I’ve been lucky to represent the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) and the University of Manchester (UoM) at a number of open science conferences and events over the past few months — the first Open Science Fair in Athens, the first Open Research Forum here by the UoM Library, the 8th Mozilla Festival in London and the 4th OpenCon in Berlin. This post includes brief reflections on each of these experiences. Continue reading “Reflections on the Open Science conferences of 2017”
The benefits of publishing research open access are numerous and well-known. Allowing a paper to be available to all can increase citation rates and drive public engagement. But is the same effect seen when the open access model is applied to academic books? Springer Nature has published over 400 freely available books on their SpringerLink platform. In a recent press release, the publisher announced results of a major comparative analysis which demonstrated that the ‘open access effect’ appears to be real for scholarly books as well. Continue reading “The ‘open access effect’: freely available academic books”
Content mining, machine learning, text and data mining (TDM) and data analytics all refer to the process of obtaining information through machine-read material. Faster than a human possibly could, machine-learning approaches can analyze data, metadata and text content; find structural similarities between research problems in unrelated fields; and synthesize content from thousands of articles to suggest directions for further research explorations. In consideration of the continually expanding volume of peer-reviewed literature, the value of TDM should not be underappreciated. Text and data mining is a useful tool for developing new scientific insights and new ways to understand the story told by the published literature. Continue reading “Unrestricted Text and Data Mining with allofPLOS”
The fight for open access is almost 15 years old now. Has it made real gains? Open access (OA) remains controversial and obviously threatens commercial journal publishers that profit from expensive paywalls and subscriptions. A new large-scale study by Piwowar et al. investigates the prevalence and features of OA usage, namely of green OA, gold…
In honor of this year’s Open Access Week, here’s a personal reflection of my engagement with open access over the 10 years of my career in academic libraries. I also consider the question “”Can you be a librarian without being an open access advocate”.
Many of you may find my personal reflection of my journey in open access to be of little interest, so please feel free to jump ahead to my discussion of “Can you be a librarian without being an open access advocate?” Continue reading “In honor of this year’s Open Access Week, here’s a personal reflection of my engagement with open…”