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A New Kind of Peer Review? - Neuroskeptic

A New Kind of Peer Review? - Neuroskeptic | Everything open | Scoop.it
Writing in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, a Dr Yvo Smulders of the Netherlands makes a proposal: A two-step manuscript submission process can reduce
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Making Open Access Everyone's Business | Margaret Heller

Making Open Access Everyone's Business | Margaret Heller | Everything open | Scoop.it
Librarians should have a role in promoting open access content. The best methods and whether they are successful is a matter of heated debate. Take for an example a recent post by Micah Vandergrift...
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How to Open Pedagogy: Tools and Techniques for Transforming Teaching

How to Open Pedagogy: Tools and Techniques for Transforming Teaching @actualham
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Successful OER Adoption Models: Academic Libraries Leading the Way - SPARC

The concept of making college more accessible and affordable with open educational resources is taking off on campuses across the country. SPARC hosted a webcast on March 29 that featured four librarians who shared their experience in supporting OER in creative ways with students,faculty, and community members.
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The DART-Europe E-theses Portal

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DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. More…
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Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) Launches with Early Success | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL®

Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) Launches with Early Success | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL® | Everything open | Scoop.it
There is fresh momentum in the scholarly publishing world to open up data on the citations that link research publications.

Six organizations today announced the establishment of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC): OpenCitations, the Wikimedia Foundation, PLOS, eLife, DataCite, and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. The Association of Research Libraries is among 33 stakeholder projects and organizations—including the California Digital Library, the Center for Open Science, the Internet Archive, Mozilla, and the Wellcome Trust—that have formally put their names behind I4OC in support of openly accessible citations.
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How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing

How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing | Everything open | Scoop.it
Open-access advocates have had several successes in the past few weeks. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started its own open-access publishing platform, which the European Commission may replicate. And librarians attending the Association of College and Research Libraries conference in March were glad to hear that the Open Access Button, a tool that helps researchers gain free access to copies of articles, will be integrated into existing interlibrary-loan arrangements.

Another initiative, called Unpaywall, is a simple browser extension, but its creators, Jason Priem and Heather Piwowar, say it could help alter the status quo of scholarly publishing.
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How Is Open Pedagogy Different?

How Is Open Pedagogy Different? | Everything open | Scoop.it
I feel like words should mean something. Especially the word “open.” Specifically, I’m deeply concerned about the way many have begun using “open” in the c
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List Of Websites Providing A Mooc Or Self Learning

List Of Websites Providing A Mooc Or Self Learning | Everything open | Scoop.it
MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which were first introduced in 2006 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012

Here We Give you The Best Websites providing Mooc And Self Learning :
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Open Access: Advocacy

Open Access: Advocacy | Everything open | Scoop.it
Widespread acceptance of open access has progressed more slowly than many advocates had hoped. One such advocate, Dr. Peter Suber, explains the barriers and misconceptions, and offers some strategic and practical advice. From its inception, the open access or OA publishing model has had two main driving forces. One is practical—a response to the ubiquitous, […]
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Download All 36 of Jan Vermeer’s Beautifully Rare Paintings (Most in Stunning High Resolution)

Download All 36 of Jan Vermeer’s Beautifully Rare Paintings (Most in Stunning High Resolution) | Everything open | Scoop.it

Imagine the scene: you uncover a painting stored away in the closet of an elderly relative’s home, coated in a blanket of dust so thick you can hardly make out anything but more dust underneath. You slide it out, begin to carefully brush it off, and find two piercing eyes peering out at you. You brush away more dust, you are covered in it, and the image slowly reveals itself: a stunning oil painting of a young woman in a blue headdress and gold tunic, her red lips parted slightly in an enigmatic, over the shoulder glance.

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OER Hub: An Introduction

OER Hub: An Introduction | Everything open | Scoop.it
Here are the slides from today’s presentation at OpenTEL at The Open University (UK).  This presentation is a quick introduction to the work of our group and our current projects.
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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | Everything open | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library's user-friendly visualization tool. It's a nostalgist's dream come true.
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Blogs and social media posts are always enhanced by graphics. More people look at and interact with posts with photos. Here's another place to find compelling graphics.

ROCAFORT's curator insight, February 7, 2:48 PM
The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
Ginger Jewell's curator insight, February 11, 12:54 PM
Wow, just wow.
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Use of Open Educational Resources in E-learning for Higher Education - Open Educational Resources (OER)

Use of Open Educational Resources in E-learning for Higher Education - Open Educational Resources (OER) | Everything open | Scoop.it
E-learning encompasses not only technology but also pedagogical and instructional strategies to configure a complete learning environment based on the Internet. E-learning is nowadays widely used in higher education as a mean for supporting learning on academic programs. Concurrently, the Open Educational Resources (OER) are becoming a valuable alternative to improve access to high-quality educational content released under open licenses by outstanding universities worldwide. The conjunction of both concepts can configure a strategy to improve the quality of the curricula in the higher education institutions, particularly in development countries, in order to equalize the learning outcomes of international academic programs and to reduce the cost associated with educational content development. This work aims to achieve a preliminary understanding of the potential of the OER availability to be used in E-learning environments. As a case study, we have conducted an exploration of the feasibility of using OER to supplement E-learning environments for Higher Education in Computer Science at Ecuador. The search of the OER suitable to be used for this purpose has been performed on all categories of OER websites, including Open Courseware projects of prestigious universities. Moreover, this paper highlights the main barriers as well as the opportunities derived from adopting OER in E-learning environments.
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Openness, Permission, Courtesy and Nuances of Licenses – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Openness, Permission, Courtesy and Nuances of Licenses – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Everything open | Scoop.it
I don’t know how common it is for folks to have to explain Creative Commons licenses for others, but it often feels like a “continuously negotiated” thing (to use Catherine Cronin’s term). So I recently had a conversation that went something like this, with a professor who wants to create an open textbook (the actual discussion was slightly more complex and with more people involved):
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Publishing and sharing data papers can increase impact and benefits researchers, publishers, funders and libraries

Publishing and sharing data papers can increase impact and benefits researchers, publishers, funders and libraries | Everything open | Scoop.it
The process of compiling and submitting data papers to journals has long been a frustrating one to the minority of researchers that have tried. Fiona Murphy, part of a project team working to automate this process, outlines why publishing data papers is important and how open data can be of benefit to all stakeholders across scholarly communications and higher education.

Giving Researchers Credit for their Data – or ‘Data2Paper’ as we’re now more snappily calling it – is a cloud-based app which uses existing DataCite and ORCID-derived metadata to automate the process of compiling and submitting a data paper to a journal without the researcher having to leave the research space or wrestle directly with the journal’s submission system (an occasional source of frustration)
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Smithsonian Digitizes & Lets You Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art

Smithsonian Digitizes & Lets You Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art | Everything open | Scoop.it
Art lovers who visit my hometown of Washington, DC have an almost embarrassing wealth of opportunities to view art collections classical, Baroque, Renaissance, modern, postmodern, and otherwise through the Smithsonian’s network of museums. From the East and West Wings of the National Gallery, to the Hirshhorn, with its wondrous sculpture garden, to the American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery—I’ll admit, it can be a little overwhelming, and far too much to take in during a weekend jaunt, especially if you’ve got restless family in tow.
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CUNY, SUNY plan major expansion of OER efforts

CUNY, SUNY plan major expansion of OER efforts | Everything open | Scoop.it
The City University of New York and State University of New York systems are preparing for the conversation about college affordability to shift to the cost of textbooks as the state rolls out its free-tuition plan.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators announced Saturday they had reached a deal that will make tuition free at CUNY and SUNY. Known as the Excelsior Scholarship, the program could help as many as 940,000 families afford higher education, according to one estimate.
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Announcing Unpaywall: unlocking #openaccess versions of paywalled research articles as you browse

Announcing Unpaywall: unlocking #openaccess versions of paywalled research articles as you browse | Everything open | Scoop.it
Today marks the official launch of Unpaywall, a web browser extension that links users directly to free full-text versions of research articles. Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem of Impactstory, the team behind Unpaywall, report on the successful pre-release phase, and explain how two decades of investment, a slew of new tools, and a flurry of new government mandates have helped build a powerful momentum behind green open access.

Today we’re launching a new tool to help people read research literature, instead of getting stuck behind paywalls. It’s an extension for Chrome and Firefox that links you to free full-text as you browse research articles. Hit a paywall? No problem: click the green tab and read it free!
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Our Library needs to begin using this.
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Pedagogy & OER resource for educators 

Pedagogy & OER resource for educators  | Everything open | Scoop.it

"How can you use OERs in your classroom to improve your teaching? What does it mean to incorporate open pedagogy in your course? Here are some suggestions to make collaboration and sharing an integral part of your teaching."


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Open Educational Practice: An Introduction | Services

Open Educational Practice: An Introduction | Services | Everything open | Scoop.it
Open education has the focus of sustained research, teaching, and media over the last fifteen years; with 2017 recognised internationally as ‘The Year of Open’. The notions of widening participation in education, reducing costs to students and institutions, and improving the quality of teaching and learning are deeply embedded into open culture.  In many ways, openness is simply an extension of academic values and existing culture – one additional approach to practice that can be used for specific contexts.
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Putting the OA into interlibrary loan – openaccessbutton

Putting the OA into interlibrary loan – openaccessbutton | Everything open | Scoop.it
For the past year, the Open Access Button has been working to integrate our service with library catalogs and interlibrary loan systems — to surface accessible copies of articles directly through library discovery systems and fulfill interlibrary loan requests instantly when accessible copies are available in repositories. We’re excited about the possibilities that this integration creates to bring interlibrary loan closer into researchers’ workflows, improve the number of articles available to users, and accelerate the speed at which users can access research all while saving libraries time and money.
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From OER to Open Pedagogy – Blended Librarian

From OER to Open Pedagogy – Blended Librarian | Everything open | Scoop.it
I had read about open pedagogy but was not all that familiar with what it actually meant. That changed with I attended Open Ed 16.

It exposed me to multiple examples of open pedagogy. Now, I would refer to it as the next frontier in open learning and open culture.
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7 Places to Find Free Music & Sound Effects for Multimedia Projects

7 Places to Find Free Music & Sound Effects for Multimedia Projects | Everything open | Scoop.it
Creating your own music and or sound effects to use in videos or podcasts is one way to avoid violating someone's copyright rights. Another option is to look for music and sound effects that are either in the public domain or have been labeled with a Creative Commons license.
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Controversial website that lists ‘predatory’ publishers shuts down

Controversial website that lists ‘predatory’ publishers shuts down | Everything open | Scoop.it
Librarian Jeffrey Beall won’t say why he has unpublished his widely read blog.
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A new chapter: ‘Open Educational Resources’

A new chapter: ‘Open Educational Resources’ | Everything open | Scoop.it
Having decided quite a while ago that I needed to set up a new blog, I didn’t have quite the right impetus to do it until now. My old one has been more about work-in-general, whereas this one should focus on work-in-progress, specifically in the open education space. My hope is to put digital pen to paper more often to discuss developing ideas. So this new blog is a new chapter in that sense for me, but the main point of this post is also to mark the publication of a literal new chapter, which I am excited to share at last. I will also take this opportunity to say a few thank yous and explain the approach taken.
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