Weekly digest: Friends of the NLM webinar, OASPA webinar and IOI call for proposals

Mark Elms

This week, we highlight the upcoming Friends of the NLM webinar on public access to research, as well as an upcoming webinar hosted by OASPA on life after transformative agreements. We read about the IOI call for proposals for the Open Infrastructure Fund, about the importance of training AI using good information, and about a transformative agreement in South Africa. Finally, we learn about what happened during day 2 of the 2023 Annual Meeting of ISMPP, and about a G7 joint statement on open science and data misuse.

To engage with:

Public access to health information: a Friends of the NLM webinar via Friends of the National Library of Medicine

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Nelson Memo mandating open access to federally funded research was a great stride towards achieving public access to published research. Consistent with the White House’s open access mandate, the Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health “ensures that the public have access to the published results of NIH-funded research”. This webinar, hosted by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), brings together open access experts from around the world to discuss the implications of the White House mandate and what else can be done to improve public access to research.

OASPA webinar on funding open access after transformative agreements via Mailchimp

The transition period for cOAlition S members funding journal open access fees through transformative agreements is coming to an end. Starting in 2025, members of Plan S will no longer fund transformative agreements, meaning that stakeholders who benefitted from these agreements must now look for alternative models for funding open access journals. This webinar, hosted by the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA), looks at the current and potential future landscape of collective and conditional open access models. The webinar is free but requires registration to attend.

To read:

Call for proposals for the Open Infrastructure Fund via Invest in Open Infrastructure | 12-minute read

Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) is an initiative that aims to improve funding and resourcing for open technologies and systems to help support open research and scholarship. As part of this mission, the IOI has announced an upcoming funding call for the Open Infrastructure Fund. This fund will award money to projects aiming to develop open research infrastructure services, which are critical to sustaining open science practices around the globe. This article provides information about the type of project proposals they are looking for and how to apply. Applications open on 22 May and close 31 July.

The importance of high-quality inputs for AI via The Scholarly Kitchen | 4-minute read

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage at the moment. The recent rise of sophisticated chatbots such as Bard and ChatGPT have shown how powerful this technology can be, especially in the publishing industry. But, as this article argues, AI is only as good as the information it is being fed. Written by Roy Kaufman (Director of Business Development and Government Relations at the Copyright Clearance Center), this article discusses the importance of using high-quality, documented data to train AI, and the consequences of using AI that relies on poor, biased or incorrect data.

Breaking down barriers to open access publishing in South Africa via IOP Publishing | 2-minute read

IOP Publishing and the South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) have agreed a 3-year transformative agreement. SANLiC consists of over 30 institutional members from across South Africa, including universities, research councils and libraries. This agreement will allow researchers associated with any of these institutions to publish their research in IOP Publishing journals with no fees at submission. It also allows them to read any IOP Publishing journal at no charge, as well as most of IOP Publishing’s partner journals.

The morning of day 2 of the 2023 Annual Meeting of ISMPP 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 second in a four-part series, this blog post provides a summary of the morning session of day 2 of the meeting, which consisted of a keynote presentation about current crises in science and communication, research presentations from ISMPP members, discussions about what GPP 2022 means for those working in medical publishing, and much more. You can also read a summary of day 1, the afternoon session of day 2 and day 3.

Joint statement from G7 science ministers on open science and data misuse via NHK World-Japan | 2-minute read

Science ministers from G7 countries met in Sendai, Japan to discuss the promises of open science, as well as the shadow of data misuse that hangs over it. Following this meeting, the G7 members approved a joint statement saying that they “will promote open science”, but they “expressed concern that some actors may attempt to unfairly exploit or distort the open research environment and misappropriate research results for military purposes”. You can read the whole G7 communication here.

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