In the run up to OpenCon 2015, we’re holding a series of three pre-conference webcasts to update the community on the conference’s issue areas. We’ve already covered Open Access and Open Data, and we’re excited to announce the Open Education webcast is coming up tomorrow 4th November at 9am EST / 3PM CET.
In the run up to OpenCon 2015, we’re holding a series of 4 pre-conference webcasts to update the community on Open Access, Open Data, Open Education and the basics of the EU political system. We’ve invited Amye Kenall, BioMed Central’s Associate Publisher of Open Data initiatives and journals to discuss the state of Open Research Data globally. Amye will discuss what progress has been made toward establishing open as the default for Open Data over the past year touching on social, economic and political aspects.
Seasons are starting to change regardless of which hemisphere you’re on, and it was great that the August Open Con Call enjoyed a swath of new faces joining us for the first time. Our ‘news’ section at the start of the call, where we hear general events from the open world, was full of new policy developments (not least of which was the continued momentum of the FASTR legislation in the USA which would require that all federally funded research be made freely accessible online) as well as summaries of useful new publications and blogs (including an editorial from the Nature Publishing Group suggesting that trust in open access publications is increasing).
Open Access Week 2015, to be held from October 19th to the 25th, is an important time of year for the Open Access movement. Originally launched by students in 2007, the week has grown from students on a handful of campuses working together into a truly international event. This year, the theme of the week is Open for Collaboration, so what are we doing?
The June edition of our Community Call once again saw a great mix of old and new faces, ready to build on discussions started on our increasingly buzzing discussion list (new participants always welcome!) and Twitter.
In May we welcomed Kevin Smith, Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University Libraries, to the OpenCon Community Call to talk about Elsevier’s recent update to its article sharing policy. It was great to hear from someone so knowledgeable on what the impact of this policy change could mean for those publishing in Elsevier journals – in summary, the policy claims to increase sharing whilst actually restricting access.