Weekly digest: open data article, library project and fake images

Jo Gordon

On the menu this week, we present an article on the barriers to open data archives. We hear about an open publishing pilot scheme and fake images in scientific publications, and we highlight a call for racial justice in open education. Finally, we present a webinar marking ORCID’s 10-year anniversary.

To read:

Data and code in public archives ‒ the perceived barriers and benefits via The Royal Society Publishing | 15-minute read

Members of Society for Open, Reproducible, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology’s working group published this article examining the reasons researchers fail to adopt open data and code practices. These real or perceived barriers to data sharing are presented under three broad categories (knowledge, reuse and disincentives) alongside counterpoints in favour of open data. The authors hope that the resource will promote alignment of the scientific community with the goals of open science, and that their recommendations will empower and incentivize all readers to bring about change.

Progress towards Open Publishing for NGLP project via SPARC | 4-minute read

A community-led project is in development by Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP), which aims to provide libraries with open access resources and enable equitable access to high-quality publishing. The project has been piloted across several library groups in North America, including a journal portal pilot involving the University of North Carolina Press and Longleaf Services. The NGLP team are now seeking additional funding to scale up the required open-source infrastructure.

Fake images in scientific research via The Publication Plan | 10-minute read

Science integrity consultant and blogger Elisabeth Bik is interviewed about her unique role checking published scientific photos for signs of manipulation. To date, her work has led to 951 retractions and 956 corrections. Elisabeth discusses the most common issues encountered in photo data and the proportion of manipulated images in publications that are likely to be deliberate acts of misconduct. She also outlines the limitations of current journal photo authenticating systems and predicts how the research integrity landscape may change in the next 5 years.

Call for greater focus on racial justice at the 2022 OEC via SPARC | 4-minute read

A keynote speaker at the Open Education Conference (OEC), Kamille Gentle-Peart, called for an intentional focus on racial justice during her presentation at the 2022 Open Education Conference. Kamille is a professor, author and advocate and stated that open education practitioners need to be introspective because “being open doesn’t automatically mean you are anti-racist” and that the open education movement needs to be informed and deliberate in their actions.

To watch:

Webinar for ORCID’s 10-year anniversary via ORCID | 50-minute watch

Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) founders and developers reflect on the organization’s first decade during their webinar “ORCID at 10: 10 years of ORCID in the persistent-identifier infrastructure”. Presenters discuss how the organization was created and evolved, including the challenges and successes along the way, before they consider the future of the platform in the context of the entire research ecosystem.

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