Weekly Highlights May 8 - 15

May 08, 2023

Weekly Highlights May 8 - 15

  • Scholarly Publishing (1-7)
  • Open Access and OER (8-13)
  • Copy Right and Fair Use (14)
  • Data Sharing and Curation (15-17)
  • Digital Humanities (18-19)
  • ChatGPT and AI (20)
  • Conferences and Events (21-26)

Scholarly Publishing and Research

  1. A conversation with Ottoline Leyser
    association with Horizon Europe is extraordinarily good value for money and brings all kinds of benefits beyond the straightforward issues of cash flow. 
  2. Research theft: The tough job of safeguarding universities
  3. unearned prestige
    "the efforts towards open science and transparency have been focused mostly on individual researchers' practices, and little attention has been paid to the transparency of journals' evaluation processes. 
    in fact, many of the "top" journals don't even claim to be selecting the best science, at least not if we mean the most accurate and careful science.  many top journals openly admit that they are selecting for impact or novelty, and few do much to really ensure the accuracy or reliability of what they publish.  if journals really cared about publishing the best science, we would see many more journals invest in things like reproducibility checks, or tests of generalizability or robustness."
  4. Researchers who agree to manipulate citations are more likely to get their papers published
    Data suggest that these researchers are more willing to publish in journals that participate in such coercion.
    In February, a journal run by Dutch publishing giant Elsevier drew a lot of criticism after it stated in a rejection letter to the author of a manuscript that one of the reasons their paper was rejected was that they had not included enough citations of papers published in the journal. The case came to light after the rejection letter was circulated widely on social media
  5. Fake scientific papers are alarmingly common. But new tools show promise in tackling growing symptom of academia’s “publish or perish” culture

  6. Open Science: A Practical Guide for Early-Career Researchers

  7. Innovators and publishers join forces to make scientific articles' findings machine-interpretable
    "Knowledge Pixels, a recent startup that develops software and services, devised a framework to publish scientific findings in a way that is simultaneously human-readable and machine-actionable." 

    Open Access and OER

  8. Increasing access to open access books: SPARC Europe joins Open Book Futures (OBF) project
    Open Book Futures (OBF) project, funded by Arcadia and the Research England Development (RED) Fund.

  9. Supporting diamond open access journals. Interest and feasibility of direct funding mechanisms
    "More and more academics and governments consider that the open access model based on Article Processing Charges (APC) is problematic, not only due to the inequalities it generates and reinforces, but also because it has become unsustainable and even opposed to open access values.
    [T]he landscape of Diamond journals is rather in the form of loosely connected archipelagos, and not systematically funded."

  10. The MIT Press receives $10 million endowment gift for open access to knowledge

  11. Community survey - Diamond Open Access Journal in Geochemistry

  12. Global drive for more open, rigorous research is growing

  13. Yiddish literature scholar David Roskies’ extraordinary archive now accessible online
    a new, freely accessible Yiddish archive composed of previously unpublished teaching materials, scholarship, literature, notes and ephemera from the collections of Yiddish literature scholar David G. Roskies.

    Copy Right and Fair Use

  14. US seizes Z-Library login domain, but secret URLs for each user remain active

    Data Sharing and Curation

  15. U.S. Think Tank Reports Prompted Beijing to Put a Lid on Chinese Data
    Some reports based on publicly available information alarmed officials

  16. On June 5th, 8:00 AM (Chicago time), LIBER's Research Data Management (RDM) Working Group will host an interactive workshop on data curation practices in research libraries.

  17. Restricting Reddit Data Access Threatens Online Safety & Public-Interest Research

    Digital Humanities

  18. "Stories and systems. Exploring settlement patterns as complex systems" May 19, 7AM
    topics in digital humanities with speakers from Estonia and elsewhere.

  19. Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna


    ChatGPT and AI

  20. Predictive privacy: Collective data protection in the context of artificial intelligence and big data.
    Big data and artificial intelligence pose a new challenge for data protection as these techniques allow predictions to be made about third parties based on the anonymous data of many people. A person's predictive privacy is violated when personal information about them is predicted without their knowledge and against their will based on the data of many other people. Predictive privacy is then formulated as a protected good and improvements to data protection with regard to the regulation of predictive analytics are proposed.

    Conferences and events

  21. DOIs for Research Software: Increasing Visibility, Connectivity, Citability



  23. Exploring the Power of Open Science: Join NASA and CERN Experts for a Community Forum on May 11
    Throughout the forum, we’ll discuss a range of topics, including the benefits of open science for collaboration and discovery, the challenges and opportunities of working with international partners, and the incredible feats being accomplished by NASA and CERN using open science to further scientific discovery.

  24. DPLA Network Coffee Chat: Rights Here, Rights Now, May 15, 2023 12:00 PM
    The DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) Outreach and Assessment Working Group invites us to a conversation with copyright experts: Greg Cram (New York Public Library), Gabe Galson (Temple University), Cindy Kristof (Kent State University) and Nancy Sims (University of Minnesota).

  25. NASA and CERN to Host Open Science Summit. NASA and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) are coordinating a week-long summit July 10 to 14, 2023, to develop practical action plans to implement open science practices.

  26. Global Summit on Diamond #OpenAccess. 23-27 October 2023 📍Toluca, Mexico