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The European Commission’s Revised Recommendations on Access and Preservation

On the 25th of April 2018, the European Commission published C(2018) 2375, “Commission Recommendation on Access to and Preservation of Scientific Information,” which updates and replaces Recommendation 2012/417/EU published on the 17th of July 2012. Part of the reason for the new set of recommendations is that in EC has set out on a very […]

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Beta release of an updated OpenDOAR service

OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held. What’s changed? We’ve been working with our user experience experts and our users to develop a simplified and streamlined website […]

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What might the Facebook business model do to academic research?

Facebook has been in the news a lot recently, and rarely in a good way. This post is not about Facebook, but it is about that business model, critiqued brilliantly by Jaron Lanier in a Politico post last week. It is clear now that it is possible to have very negative effects with a business […]

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Collective action for scholarly infrastructures

Today I’m rather belatedly picking up on Cameron Neylon’s January post, which itself was a response to David Lewis’s proposal that libraries devote 2.5% of their budget to pay for shared scholarly infrastructures. I’ve been concerned about the sustainability of scholarly infrastructures for some time, for example working with arXiv on developing their model a […]

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The changing role of research funders in open science?

Over the Easter weekend, the European Commission released a call for tenders for “Open Research Europe”. This is to be a new publishing platform that enables recipients of H2020 research grants to publish their research open access without paying an APC. It follows similar initiatives by the Wellcome Trust, UCL, Health Research Board Ireland, the […]