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Sustaining Openness: Ensuring the Long-Term Viability of Open Science, OER, and More

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 Noon – 4:00pm (US, Eastern)


Current thinking is that scientific research should be readily reproducible, discoverable, and openly accessible. There is also significant drive to develop open educational resources in the interests of easing economic burdens on student populations. The challenge then for libraries, content providers and platform providers is how best to implement strategies, technologies and practices in support of those concerns.


But there are questions that must be addressed in discussing open science, open educational resources, open access monographs, etc. What supports are necessary in bringing this open approach into reality? What may be feasible in building an inclusive and collaborative knowledge infrastructure in this environment? What are key elements or best practices? What fiscal models or arrangements might be needed to ensure sustainability? Which sector (academic, government/public, commercial, etc.) is best positioned to muster the necessary resources?


Confirmed speakers for this event include: Judy Ruttenberg, ARL Program Director, Association of Research Libraries; Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies; Geoffrey Bilder, Director of Technology & Research, Crossref;  Mark Hahnel, CEO and Founder, Figshare; Kathy Essmiller, Visiting Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University; sand Mike Taylor, Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science. 


Here’s what just two of those speakers will be addressing next week:


Abstract:  Progress in the growth of Open Access journals has fueled a much broader vision for open scholarship.  What will it take to achieve an open, sustainable future – for research and for educational content?  Government and private funders have played a key role in accelerating OA with requirements for access to research.  State legislatures have supported Open Educational Resources in an effort to reduce the high cost of textbooks for students.  Libraries are embracing new roles in publishing and supporting data management.  Publishers are experimenting with new approaches to peer review.  With all this activity there is still much to be done.  How can existing resources be realigned to provide the necessary financial and cultural changes that will support a sustainable future?  Asking the key questions will help us succeed.


Abstract: The move towards Open Access journals has been underway for almost two decades: even so, the further we progress, the more we realize how much further there is to go. In contrast, the movement towards Open Access books has barely started, and to add to the challenge, they need to fit into a world largely defined by the needs of OA articles. The challenges that monographs face are substantial: funding, discovery, evaluation, and business models. All of these need to be adapted to support the growth, discovery and management of OA monographs. To add to the complexity, the monograph environment is much more diverse than the journal. They are dominated by outputs in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, they are more international, they are disproportionatly represented in non-English languages, and there are 10,000s of small, independent publishers.




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