[science-at] WG: [OpenCon] March Open Access/Data/Education news and community roundup!
Michela.Vignoli at ait.ac.at
Tue Mar 31 14:26:19 UTC 2015
FASTR Refiled in the 114th Congress
On March 18th, the Fair Access to Science & Technology Research (FASTR) Act was refiled for the 114th Congress. With bipartisan support<https://lofgren.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=397888> in both the House and Senate (original sponsors includes Sens. Cornyn (R-TX) and Wyden (D-OR) and Reps. Doyle (D-PA), Lofgren (D-CA) and Yoder (R-KS)), the proposed bill is in a strong to see potential movement this year. The text of the bill remains the same as the one filed in the 113th Congress, and with the recent flurry of activity around U.S. departments and agencies issuing public access plans in response to the OSTP Directive, action from Congress to harmonize and codify these efforts is more important than ever. To take action, visit the SPARC Legislative Action Center<http://sparc.arl.org/advocacy/national/fastr/act> and contact your elected officials to ask that they support the FASTR Act.
Theme of 2015 International Open Access Week to be “Open for Collaboration”
This month, SPARC announced that the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week will be “Open for Collaboration.” The theme highlights the variety of ways collaboration can inspire and advance the Open Access movement—from partnerships within the library community among longtime colleagues, to new ways of working with students, researchers and members of stakeholder groups outside of our traditional operating sphere, to the working relationships the community has established with policymakers to deliver Open Access policies around the world. The theme also emphasizes the ways in which Open Access enables new avenues for collaboration between scholars by making research available to any potential collaborator, anywhere, any time. Open Access Week will be (October 19-25, 2015). Join the online Open Access Week community at http://www.openaccessweek.org<http://www.openaccessweek.org/>.
Wikimedia Foundation Announces Open Access Policy
In keeping with their mission of empowering people through information, the Wikimedia Foundation has publicly announced its open access plan<http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/18/wikimedia-open-access-policy/>. The plan requires researchers that receive funding from the Foundation to either publish their research outputs in an open access journal or immediately deposit the author’s accepted manuscript in a public repository under a free license. In addition, it calls for all supporting materials - including data and software - to be made freely publicly available at the time publication.
OER Amendment Adopted by House of Representatives
In the recent floor debate on the Student Success Act, a large K-12 authorizing bill, the U.S. House voted to adopt an amendment to add “the creation and distribution of open textbooks and open educational resources” as an allowable use of certain federal grant funds. Put forth by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the amendment was adopted by a voice vote with bipartisan support. SPARC worked closely with our coalition partners who operate in the K-12 space to raise awareness of the upcoming vote and the opportunity to take action. While the larger bill was ultimately put on hold for political reasons, the amendment itself serves as an important marker of the growing visibility and support for our issue.
U.S. Agencies Highlight OER
One of the most exciting outcomes from Open Education Week (celebrated earlier this month) has been the deepened engagement with OER of several U.S. federal agencies and the current Administration. The White House OSTP and Department of Education kicked off the week with a joint blog post showcasing the Administration’s current OER-related programs. The Department of Labor used the week to highlight its new “Online Skills Academy” project, and the Department of State wrote about its plans to launch OER pilot programs in both formal and informal learning. SPARC will continue to work with our coalition partners to capitalize on the growing opportunities to educate these agencies about OER, and to collaborate with them to create new programs and policies supporting the creation and adoption of OER.
Early Bird Registration extended and Additional Speakers Announced for COAR/SPARC Conference
Early bird registration has been extended until March 27th for the upcoming COAR-SPARC Conference<http://sparc.arl.org/events/joint-coar-sparc-conference>, Connecting Research Results, Bridging Communities, Opening Scholarship, to be held April 15 and 16 in Porto, Portugal. The early bird conference rates for registration before March 27, 2015 are €55.50 EUR for COAR and SPARC members (approximately $65 US) and €105.50 EUR for non-members (approximately $120 US).
The program features and exciting slate of international experts, who will speak on topics ranging from organizational models for research data management services to the international open science policy environment including, Jennifer Hansen, Manager, Information & Research Services with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian from the University of Alberta; Elisha Rufaro T. Chiware, Director of Libraries at Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Johanna McEntyre, Director for Europe PubMed Central and many others! Please check out ourwebsite<http://sparc.arl.org/events/joint-coar-sparc-conference> for the full program.
National Student Organizations Advocate for Open Access on Capitol Hill
Earlier this week, two leading national student organizations made the case for Open Access to policymakers on Capitol Hill. The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) and Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) brought more than 50 representatives from graduate student governments from across the United States to advocate for policies that affect graduate students, including Open Access and Open Educational Resources. This spring marks NAGPS’ 12th advocacy event in DC that has included Open Access. SPARC annually provides advocacy training and issue education to the NAGPS event, as well as general support for the students annual gathering in DC.
OpenCon Community Events Ramp Up
The OpenCon community events will be ramping up in the coming month with two new events. The first is an open community call on Wednesday, March 25th, at 12pm EDT / 9am PDT that will cover hot topics across Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, and provide time for those leading projects to update the community on their progress. More information and logistics on how to join the call can be found here<http://opencon2014.org/community/calls>.
The second event is the first in a new series of OpenCon Community Webcasts featuring Dr. Titus Brown who will share his story of gaining tenure as an open researcher. Titus is an Associate Professor at the University of California Davis Genome Center, and recently wrote about his experience gaining tenure as an “open” scientist. The hour-long, open webcast will be held on Friday, April 3rd, at 12pm EDT / 9am PDT. More information and a link to join the webcast is available here<http://www.righttoresearch.org/blog/new-opencon-webcast-series-and-march-opencon-commu.shtml>.
Community Calls Roundup
Full minutes from the call can be found here<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xItdBIlgUyFugqou4y5ouvNiJhvuvi1A3R6hf2I4LB0/edit#heading=h.bct2ymo3l8wq>. Thanks to everyone who came and contributed!
* About 115 countries took part in Open Education Week<http://www.openeducationweek.org/resource/>
* One of the big #winnings of Open Education week was the White House promoting it through a blog.<https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/11/open-education-week-2015>
* There was also a good piece in the NYT about open textbooks.<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/your-money/putting-a-dent-in-college-costs-with-open-source-textbooks.html?_r=1>
* A new paper about how things are being done when all data is shared has been released.<http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0121409>
* EU is making movements around copyright reform. At very high levels in Europe, they want to allow non-commercial text and data mining (a la UK). If we get our way, we might be able to swing commercial use, if you have legal access. Julia Reda is leading this.
* US Agencies are making steps towards data sharing. For example, NASA want to set the default of their research output to open. So now researchers will need to say why they want to close things. The plans are available on the SPARC<http://www.sparc.arl.org/> website
* A group of OpenCon people are talking about Open Access and the Humanities right here<http://pads.cottagelabs.com/p/opencon2014hums>! Join them, they have exciting things happening.
* A new project, http://dissem.in joined us this week. Dissemin makes depositing in repositories easy for researchers! Check out the minutes for more!
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