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Obama's US Open Data Action Plan - A giant step for Science worldwide

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The European Commission is also launching an Open Data pilot trial in its Horizon 2020 Programme. Scientists in Universities and Research Centers should wake up and get prepared for this.

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Joint COAR-UNESCO Statement on Open Access

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UNESCO and COAR warn rightfully about the growing temptation of solving the problem of scientific publication by a simple flipping from "pay to read, not to publish" to "pay to publish, not to read". The "pay to publish" is not only unethical (conflict of interest: "if I pay enough, you publish"), it is also profoundly anti-democratic, creating a variable-speed system again where the wealthiest will have access to publish in the "poshest" "journals"...UNESCO's warning reveals this consciousness of the dangers we have been talking about for a while...
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PASTEUR4OA European Project final Conference in Amsterdam, 17-19 May 2016

PASTEUR4OA European Project final Conference in Amsterdam, 17-19 May 2016 | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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A remarkable and very well attended meeting covering all European country policies on OA, with the aim of harmonizing them to build consensus and strength.#greenlight4OA
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The pressure to publish pushes down quality

The pressure to publish pushes down quality | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Scientists must publish less, says Daniel Sarewitz, or good research will be swamped by the ever-increasing volume of poor work.
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A black hole is a massive celestial object with such a strong gravity that no matter and no radiation (such as light) can get out of it. With the current increase in scientific publications, science is becoming a black hole.
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Show me the money – the path to a sustainable Research Data Facility | Unlocking Research

Show me the money – the path to a sustainable Research Data Facility | Unlocking Research | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The funders and the University are all working towards a shared goal – we are wanting a culture change towards more open research, including the sharing of research data. To achieve this we need a more aware and engaged research community on these matters. There is much advocacy to do.
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Open Science, the way forward.
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US Vice President Joe Biden Calls for Open Access, Open Data, & New Research Incentives for Cancer Research

Launched by the Administration in January of this year, the $1 billion Cancer Moonshot initiative aims to achieve ten years worth of progress in cancer research in half that time. Vice President Joe Biden has met with thousands of stakeholders across...
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Too much publicly funded research remains hidden behind paywalls today, slowing down and sometimes preventing the spread of indispensable information among those who must benefit from it.
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Open Letter to EC Carlos @Moedas on Open Science and ContentMining (TDM) | petermr's blog

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European Commissioner Moedas: "Journal papers based on EU-funded science should be free to access"

European Commissioner Moedas: "Journal papers based on EU-funded science should be free to access" | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The days of open science have arrived and it is time to move from pay-to-read to free-to-read, says the R&D Commissioner.
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"Publishers want to keep their subscriptions and applied research labs are concerned about IP".- Indeed, publishers have to worry about their subscriptions because of the change of paradigm. Every time a paradigm has changed in history, business models have had to adapt or disappear (this is why they want us to pay for publishing). And again, cost will be proportional to publisher's prestige...- On the other hand, applied research labs and industry don't have to worry about IP (intellectual property). OA has nothing to do with IP. IP rights preservation is only concerned about whether to publish or not and not at all about how to publish (traditional or OA).
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Pour une science ouverte à tous

Pour une science ouverte à tous | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Chercheurs et citoyens, nous considérons que l’accès payant aux résultats de la recherche constitue un obstacle à la large diffusion du savoir scientifique à destination de l’ensemble des disciplines, mais également des étudiants, des enseignants ...
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UNESCO’s Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online

UNESCO’s Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Arcángel Sánchez Gómez (Proyectos Archicom )'s curator insight, March 19, 2:19 PM
Atención dirección de la Escuela de Bibliotecología y Archivología de la UCV 
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France: Pour une science ouverte à tous

France: Pour une science ouverte à tous | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Tribune. Une trentaine de chercheurs appellent les sénateurs à confirmer le vote des députés en faveur d’une science librement accessible aux professionnels et citoyens.
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Amgen launches new platform to help fix scientific ‘reproducibility crisis’

Amgen launches new platform to help fix scientific ‘reproducibility crisis’ | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
In 2012, Amgen alarmed the scientific world by revealing that it had been able to reproduce the results of only six out of 53 “landmark” cancer studies. The drug company hopes to provide a new home for studies that try to replicate previous experimental results.
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Le dépôt national francais HAL offre à ses utilisateurs un "bouton" permettant le partage individuel des publications durant la période d'embargo.

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C'est une excellente nouvelle!Il ne reste plus à HAL qu'à mettre au point un moissonnage des dépôts institutionnels des universités et des centres de recherche...
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openaccess_tp's curator insight, March 13, 3:05 AM
C'est une excellente nouvelle!Il ne reste plus à HAL qu'à mettre au point un moissonnage des dépôts institutionnels des universités et des centres de recherche...
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Journal impact factors not credible, not even as a measurement of journals' prestige

Journal impact factors not credible, not even as a measurement of journals' prestige | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

The measure of scholarly impact is now being manipulated so much that it has ceased to be meaningful, editorial claims

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Impact factor is a forfeiture as an assessment tool for research teams and/or researchers' quality, but it is even no longer credible as an indicator of journal quality, because it is manipulated by publishers.

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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, January 30, 3:07 AM
Impact factor is a forfeiture as an assessment tool for research teams and/or researchers' quality, but it is even no longer credible as an indicator of journal quality, because it is manipulated by publishers.
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THE EMPIRE STRIKES AGAIN: The Open Access Social-sciences and Law preprint server is snapped up by publishing giant Elsevier

THE EMPIRE STRIKES AGAIN: The Open Access Social-sciences and Law preprint server is snapped up by publishing giant Elsevier | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The Social Science Research Network says that it will continue to offer free submissions and downloads under its new owner.
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Guess WHY the publication giant would acquire SSRN, which represents exactly what they have been hunting from the start ? �� If you don't, remember Mendeley... and keep an eye on Research Gate, ArXiv and others.
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OpenAIRE to fund APC-free Open Access journals and platforms under the alternative funding mechanism of the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot

OpenAIRE to fund APC-free Open Access journals and platforms under the alternative funding mechanism of the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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European Cloud Initiative to give Europe a global lead in the data-driven economy: open for discussion

European Cloud Initiative to give Europe a global lead in the data-driven economy: open for discussion | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The Commission today presented its blueprint for cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure to ensure science, business and public services reap benefits of big data revolution.
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A new initiative that has to be carefully looked at, discussed and questioned, not only as to its final goals but also as to the major issues that will surge on the way: precise framing, fairness, IP, trust building, durability, etc.
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Publications scientifiques, on vaut mieux que ça !

Publications scientifiques, on vaut mieux que ça ! | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Avec la future loi numérique, les chercheurs auront la possibilité de déposer leurs articles dans une archive ouverte, échappant ainsi à la mainmise des éditeurs privés sur leurs travaux.
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Registration to the OpenForum.be activity. Brussels March 10, 18:30.

Registration to the OpenForum.be activity. Brussels March 10, 18:30. | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Open Access : why so important for Society ?
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An opportunity to get updated on Open Access and to get a glimpse of the future of scientific publication. It will be quite different from what it is now...Be nice to the organisers: please register beforehand...
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Bernard Rentier on Open Access at OpenForum Thursday 10 March 2016 at 18h30

Thursday 10 March 2016 at 18h30

At the University Foundation 11 rue d'Egmont, 1000 Bruxelles.

Bernard RENTIER, Honorary Rector of the Université de Liège (ULg),  Chairman of Enabling Open Scholarship, will develop 

Open Access : why is it so important for Society ?


together with Michael BON, creator of the The Self-Journal of Science

Short abstract

Professor Bernard Rentier, as rector of the Université de Liège, has impulsed a strict policy that mandates the use of the institutional repository for research assessment. This has had a very strong impact on the availability of the scholarly papers available for anyone, resulting in much more citations of the papers of the researchers and the institution itself.

Mr Rentier will develop this case and explain its motivations for the Society at large and institutions themselves. He will also develop what can be perceived with respect to the evolution of research and its communication, as well as the necessary reform of its evaluation and the evaluation of the researchers.

Professor Rentier will also introduce a model that he finds extremely promising and interesting, that will be further developped by its founder, Michael Bon, creator of the The Self-Journal of Science, an open non-commercial repository with free journal-like services.


Participation is free but registration is mandatory at http://www.openforum.be/category/registration.html 

With the support of the Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation

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Open and Shut?: Why I won’t be doing that video interview about open access

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Is Dove a hawk ?
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U.S. Labor Department Adopts Open Licensing Policy - SPARC

U.S. Labor Department Adopts Open Licensing Policy - SPARC | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
A new rule adopted by the Department of Labor will ensure that grant-funded intellectual property is openly licensed to the public who paid for it.
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