Last week I had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Heather Joseph – a representative of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) – to hear about some of the great open access journal publishing initiatives taking place. There are a variety of publishing platforms that have emerged as of late that offer their own unique way of promoting open access and supporting research sharing. I thought I would share with you some of the initiatives that Heather highlighted in her talk.
To extend the discussion into the realm of open access data, I also want to discuss a few of the data sharing initiatives I have found while working on my current projects. I believe that these data sharing resources represent an ideal future for research and data publication; they offer platforms where investigators can share data, collaborate and modify data with other researchers and even use software to transform their datasets into education materials. To access each resource, click on the images to link to their respective webpages.