Weekly Highlights June 12 - June 19

Weekly Highlights June 12 - June 19

  • Scholarly Publishing (1-2)
  • Open Access and OER (3-5)
  • Copy Right and Fair Use (6)
  • Data Sharing and Curation (7)
  • Digital Humanities (8-9)
  • ChatGPT and AI (10-11)
  • Conferences and Events (12)

Scholarly Publishing and Research

  1. Predatory Journals Are Unfortunately Here to Stay

  2. The Platformisation of Scholarly Information and How to Fight It
    The commercial control of academic publishing and research infrastructure by a few oligopolistic companies has crippled the development of open access movement and interfered with the ethical principles of information access and privacy. In recent years, vertical integration of publishers and other service providers throughout the research cycle has led to platformisation, characterized by datafication and commodification similar to practices on social media platforms. Scholarly publications are treated as user-generated contents for data tracking and surveillance, resulting in profitable data products and services for research assessment, benchmarking and reporting. Meanwhile, the bibliodiversity and equal open access are denied by the dominant gold open access model and the privacy of researchers is being compromised by spyware embedded in research infrastructure. 

    Open Access and OER

  3. Opening the Future at CEU Press: an update on progress
    Central European University (CEU) Press, in partnership with the COPIM project, are proud to share the first insights into the global reach of open access (OA) titles funded by their Opening the Future (OtF) initiative. This collective subscription model gives libraries access to a selection of the Press’ backlist and uses the membership fees to publish new OA titles to increase readership.

  4. The value of a diamond: Understanding global coverage of diamond Open Access journals in Web of Science, Scopus, and OpenAlex to support an open future
    Diamond OA journals present a publishing model that is free for both authors and readers, but their lack of indexing in major bibliographic databases such as Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus presents challenges in assessing the usage of these journals. This paper provides a global picture of the coverage of diamond OA journals from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) in three data sources. 

  5. Significant acceleration of humanities and social sciences open access through Taylor & Francis and Jisc Transformative Agreement
    Six-fold increase in OA articles by HSS researchers at participating UK institutions

    Copy Right and Fair Use

  6. What’s happening with the Internet Archive?
    Big Media publishers are motivated by profits, by having a limited number of licenses available, they're able to edit, delete, and control copies with zero transparency. Libraries are forced to pay their abhorrently high licensing fees to rent these books while publishers keep cashing in. Big Media can’t pick a fight with libraries so they have their eyes set on the Internet Achieve. 
    The Internet Archive and the right to access information are vital for a functioning democracy and a free society. 

    Data Sharing and Curation

  7. The Myth of Objective Data
    When we view objectivity and subjectivity as opposites rather than complements, we distort the empirical realities of data collection.

    Digital Humanities

  8. Austrian Meeting on Digital Linguistics: Recent Developments in Austria
    Digital linguistics is a growing interdisciplinary field at the intersection of traditional linguistics, information technology, and social sciences. This can be seen by the growing number of new projects, publication series, and university courses. A central focus of digital linguistics is language data, i.e., digital artifacts that use human language as a form of expression. The range of this language data includes social media content, parliamentary transcripts, newspapers and medieval manuscripts, among others. Such data is processed, annotated, analyzed, curated, shared, archived, and reused, among other activities. Therefore, the topics covered in this field span from the creation of digital language resources (corpora, dictionaries, etc.) and their analysis, to the use of standards and research infrastructures, as well as methods for long-term archiving or reuse of language data.
    The aim of this workshop is to highlight recent developments in the research landscape in Austria and to connect different projects from the Austrian research community that work with or on methods in digital linguistics, as well as the researchers involved.

  9. Watch & Learn: Immersive Technologies Help Students Learn More About Careers

    ChatGPT and AI

  10. Generating The Future of Education with AI



    Conferences and events

  12. WEBINAR: DIAMAS with CRAFT-OA and PALOMERA,  June 20, 2023, 5AM Central Time
    register here