Weekly digest: Evidence Week, DOAJ webinar and persistent identifiers

Mark Elms

This week, we highlight the upcoming Evidence Week in Parliament and an upcoming webinar hosted by DOAJ. We hear about a movement towards a national strategy for persistent identifiers in the USA, about the Zenodo repository’s 10th anniversary, and about reports of an EU mandate on open access publishing of publicly funded research. We also read a summary of day 1 of the 2023 Annual Meeting of ISMPP, as well as an overview of the main results of the State of Scholarly Metadata: 2023 review. Finally, we hear about new open access agreements with DOAJ in Canada.

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Evidence Week in Parliament via Sense about Science

Evidence Week in Parliament returns for 2023 and will take place between 3 and 7 July. For good policy making, the elected members of parliament need to fully understand the scientific evidence that underpins policy decision-making. Organized by Sense about Science and The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, Evidence Week provides an opportunity for researchers and the public to discuss important scientific topics directly with members of parliament and other researchers. The week will open with online questions from the public about how Parliament uses evidence, before a number of in-person events in Westminster – the governmental heart of the UK. The week will finish with training sessions for parliamentary staff provided by experts in the fields of technology, science and statistics about how best to use scientific evidence for policy making.

DOAJ hosts its first ever webinar via DOAJ

The Directory of Open Access (DOAJ) will be hosting a series of online webinars to mark its 20th anniversary. The first of the three webinars will take place on 15 June 2023 and will focus on progress made towards making open access the rule rather than the exception. Moderated by Abeni Wickham (Founder and CEO of SciFree), the webinar will feature the open access experts Mikael Laakso (Associate Professor at Hanken School of Economics), Lars Bjørnshauge (Director at Infrastructure Services for Open Access CIC) and Nadine Tulloch-Buckland (Senior Lecturer at the University of West Indies) as they discuss the current landscape of open access and what they want to see happen in the future. The webinar is free to attend, but registration is required.

To read:

A national strategy for persistent identifiers in the USA via GO FAIR US | 2-minute read

A number of American organizations, such as GO FAIR US, the National Information Standards Organization and the Open Research Funders Group, have taken part in recent discussions about the implementation of a national strategy for the use of persistent identifiers in research in the USA. Read this summary to learn more about these ongoing discussions and join the conversation by attending upcoming webinars or by contacting GO FAIR USA.

Ten years of Zenodo via Zenodo | 2-minute read

Like DOAJ, Zenodo is also celebrating a significant anniversary this year. Ten years ago, the Zenodo repository was launched by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and OpenAIRE to allow researchers from around the world to store research articles, data, software and much more. Since then, Zenodo has been used by approximately 300 000 researchers from more than 7500 research institutes across the world.

Are EU ready for open access without APCs? via Research Professional News | 6-minute read

The European Union (EU) is reportedly set to adopt a mandate whereby papers reporting publicly funded research will need to be made immediately open access with no publication fees for authors. Additionally, EU member states will provide support towards non-profit publishing models, such as diamond open access. According to reports, these decisions have been agreed “at a technical level” and look set to be approved at an EU Council meeting on 23 May 2023. This article looks at what this may mean for scholarly publishing in Europe and what the initial reception to the plans has been.

Day 1 of the 2023 Annual ISMPP meeting via The Publication Plan | 25-minute read

The 19th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) took place in Washington, DC, at the end of April and was marked by record-breaking attendance across the 3-day event. The first part in a three-part series, this blog post provides a summary of day 1 of the meeting, which consisted of a keynote presentation about involving patients and patient advocacy groups in research and publications, roundtable discussions about a variety of topics, a total of 71 posters with abstracts published in CMRO and much more. You can also read a summary of day 2, and a summary of day 3 is in the works.

The state of scholarly metadata in 2023 via The Scholarly Kitchen | 5-minute read

At the end of 2022, the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and Media Growth Strategies undertook interviews with representatives from research institutions, publishers, funders, service providers, persistent identifier providers and industry to create a picture of the state of metadata and persistent identifiers moving in 2023. The findings from these interviews have been collated to create the State of Scholarly Metadata: 2023 review, which is freely available for anyone to read. This article, written by Jamie Carmichael, Jessica Thibodeau and Roy Kaufman from CCC, provides of summary of the review and its main findings.

Canadian organizations and DOAJ sign new open access deals via STM Publishing News | 2-minute read

DOAJ has announced new open access agreements with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Council of Atlantic Academic Libraries – Conseil des bibliothèques postsecondaires de l’Atlantique (CAAL-CBPA). CRKN and CAAL-CBPA are major institutional consortia in Canada, with CRKN representing 79 libraries and five research institutes, and CAAL-CBPA including the top research and teaching libraries in Atlantic Canada. These agreements will allow any libraries connected to CRKN or CAAL-CBPA to support the open access work being done by DOAJ, boosting the sustainability of open access infrastructure in Canada and around the world.

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