Open Access week 2015: Wed. Oct. 21st

During the international Open Access Week 2015, themed “Open for Collaboration”, the Belgian universities, with the support of the Royal Library, jointly organize a two-day event entitled “Research Impact through Open Access: Explore new opportunities”, on 21st and 22nd October 2015 at the Royal Library in Brussels. Continue reading “Open Access week 2015: Wed. Oct. 21st”

Open Access Week 2015 – “Open for Collaboration”

Open Access Week 2015 – “Open for Collaboration”
Research impact through Open Access: explore new opportunities
21-22 October 2015

You are researcher, PhD student, postdoc, professor, assistant or simply interested by the topic?
You want to know more and engage actively in providing Open Access to research results?

Participate in the Open Access workshops, organized by the Flemish and French-speaking universities of Belgium, at the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels on 21-22 October 2015.

Registration is free of charge but mandatory.

Practical information and the full program:

  • for Wednesday 21 October: coming soon (organized by the Flemish universities).
  • for Thursday 22 October: here (organized by the French-speaking universities).

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FOSTER seminar ‘Embracing Data Management – Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice’ June 4th 2015, Brussels

The Flemish Interuniversity Council, VLIR, organized a Foster workshop on Open Science and Research Data Management. The conference lived up to its name covering a wide variety of topics on Open Data and Data Management, ranging from policies and legal aspects to case studies, researcher’s experiences and useful applications. Continue reading “FOSTER seminar ‘Embracing Data Management – Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice’ June 4th 2015, Brussels”

FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot

With Open Access publishing on the rise, new business models emerge.  Some journals choose to charge the author a fee to cover publishing costs. Although not all Open Access Journals ask an Article Processing Charge (APC), researchers may have to pay for the publication of their article. Because articles are often published after the research project is finished, this cost is generally not covered by funding. Continue reading “FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot”

Publishers, where is the added value?

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It’s nearly two years since Alexander Brown wrote Open access: why academic publishers still add value for the Guardian, in which he listed ways that he feels publishers make a contribution. I wrote a lengthy comment in response — long enough that it got truncated at 5000 characters and I had to post a second comment with the tail end. At the time, I intended to turn that comment into an SV-POW! post, but for some reason I never did. Belatedly, here it is.

I’m a bit nonplussed by this article, in which a publisher lists a lot of important services that they claim to provide, nearly all of which turn out to be either not important at all (if not actively harmful) or provided for free by academics. Let’s go through them one by one, and see how they measure up against the average cost to academia of $5333 per…

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Boo(s)tCamp Open Science – KU Leuven 24 October

Boost Your Research – Go Open!

Open Science, just another buzz word to you? Most probably not. You do know about Open Access (either through your funder or through your institution). And you surely have heard about Open Science (think the Human Genome Project, Digital Humanities, NASA Earth Exchange and many others). Continue reading “Boo(s)tCamp Open Science – KU Leuven 24 October”