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June 2024 Newsletter


June 2024: What’s in this issue

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

Recent writing & resources on OA

Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

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What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand

World-first data storage infrastructure solution built by Iwi Māori, for Iwi Māori

Waatea News reports that Te Kāhui Raraunga Charitable Trust (TKR) has completed 6 months of testing of a distributed data storage network to enable iwi, hapū and whānau Māori to collect, store, protect, access and control their own data. The infrastructure, named Te Pā Tūwatawata (fort defended by a stockade*) is expected to go live in early 2025.


OAA Webinar: Navigating the Open Science Infrastructure Ecosystem with SCOSS. Spotlight on Research Data Alliance and Software Heritage

Wednesday June 26th 1pm AEST

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) plays a unique role in assessing essential open infrastructures that need community funding and recommending them to potential supporters. This webinar presents the SCOSS family of open infrastructures, featuring the latest members: Research Data Alliance (RDA) and Software Heritage.

ALIA select committee submission on adopting artificial intelligence

ALIA submitted a response to the Parliamentary inquiry into the adoption of artificial intelligence. Three main recommendations were made:

1. That the government work with ALIA to fund the development and roll-out of training for library staff addressing AI literacy and pedagogy to support the community to be AI literate.

2. That the government funds ALIA to work with researchers to update and expand evidence-based media literacy programs and fund the roll-out across public libraries in Australia.

3. That Federal, state and territory governments prioritise consulting with First Nations people and organisations with expertise in matters of information governance, ICIP, and cultural collections, to understand the concerns and actions required in the adoption of generative AI.

Call for EOI for Organising Committee OAA Open Access Week 2024

Open Access Australasia is seeking individuals with a passion for open access to serve on the organising committee for this year’s OA Week events. If you are interested in being involved in planning the panels and webinars for this year’s theme ‘Community over Commercialisation’ please email contact@oaaustralasia.org

To learn more about what Open Access Australasia does for OA week check out our videos from last year

News from AuSCCoP

The Australian Scholarly Communications Community of Practice (AuSCCoP) June meeting featured guest Tom Saunders, who presented an open source OA tracking tool he has written to query OpenAlex

The current dashboard shows overall data for Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, and trends over time for the Aotearoa universities and also the Australian G8, but the code is freely available on github here for anyone to customise.

If you would like to join the AuSCCoP and attend the next meeting please email contact@oaaustralasia.org

News from AuSCCoP Diamond Open Access Publishing group.

The June meeting of the Diamond group featured guest speaker Donna Coventry, Scholarly Communications Coordinator at Te Mātāpuna Library & Learning Services at Auckland University of Technology/Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau. Donna spoke to the group about AUT’s open publishing platform Tuwhera

More information about the Diamond Publishing group and how to join

The next AuSCCoP Repositories group meeting will be held on July 18th at 1pm AEST/3pm NZST. For more information or to sign up to the group please email contact@oaaustralasia.org

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

India launches national preprint platform.

“An innovative platformdesigned to facilitate the rapid dissemination of research findings across various disciplines in India. This system allows researchers to share their work with the academic community and the public before undergoing formal peer review.” More information

Japan goes ‘green’ with government funding to establish national repository infrastructure

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has allocated ¥10 billion for the development of infrastructure to make research results available nationwide via repositories. Researchers with state funding must make their research freely accessible in institutional repositories from April 2025. More information (via Nature, ironically paywalled)

Emerging Themes and Priority Areas for the Repository Community: Outcomes of the COAR Meetings June 6 & 7 2024

“Anticipating the repository of the future”

“COAR’s vision has always been that the real power of a repository lies in its ability to participate in a larger network which can provide seamless access to content across a distributed ecosystem and offer other value added services. Over the last two decades we have seen this vision steadily come to fruition with open access content increasingly being integrated, interlinked, and reused for a wide range of purposes. With this as the backdrop, several important themes emerged from the presentations and discussions at the COAR meeting this year.” read on

DORA releases new Guidance on the responsible use  of quantitative  indicators in research assessment

The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) grew out of a need to reform research assessment practices away from reliance on misleading indicators such as the Journal Impact factor (JIF) DORA has now released a guidance document describing 5 principles that can help prevent misuse of indicators such as JIF, h-index, altmetrics and citation count.

Introducing DOAS: The Benchmark for Diamond Open Access Quality

“The Diamond OA Standard (DOAS) is a new tool brought to you by the DIAMAS project to promote quality in Diamond open access (OA) publishing. Serving as both a technical guide and a practical benchmarking resource, DOAS combines comprehensive guidelines with a self-assessment tool to elevate standards in scholarly publishing.”


OAPEN and DOAB 2023 Stakeholder Report

“The report provides details on how both OAPEN and DOAB developed in 2023 as we remained committed to achieving our mission to increase discoverability and trust for OA books, and provide open infrastructure services in support of publishers, research funders, and libraries..”

What we are reading

DOAJ’s Role in Supporting Trust in Scholarly Journals:

Current Challenges and Future Solutions

by Cenyu Shen and Joanna Ball of the Directory of Open Access Journals

“DOAJ’s challenge is to uphold trust within a constantly shifting landscape of publication standards and questionable publishing practices. We approach this by refining our criteria, improving our methods, and developing new initiatives.”

What we are reading: Keeping up with AI

by Paul Keller, Betsy Masiello, Derek Slater, and Alek Tarkowski

“What role do books play in training AI models, and how might digitized books be made widely accessible for the purposes of training AI? What dataset of books could be constructed and under what circumstances?”

The Model Openness Framework: Promoting Completeness and Openness for Reproducibility, Transparency, and Usability in Artificial Intelligence

by Matt White, Ibrahim Haddad, Cailean Osborne, and Ahmed Abdelmonsef

“…we propose the Model Openness Framework (MOF), a ranked classification system that rates machine learning models based on their completeness and openness, following principles of open science, open source, open data, and open access. The MOF requires specific components of the model development lifecycle to be included and released under appropriate open licenses. …By promoting transparency and reproducibility, the MOF combats “openwashing” practices and establishes completeness and openness as primary criteria alongside the core tenets of responsible AI. Wide adoption of the MOF will foster a more open AI ecosystem, benefiting research, innovation, and adoption of state-of-the-art models.”

What we are watching

Webinar on EDIB

A DIAMAS project webinar on Equity Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) featuring the findings of the DIAMAS Institutional Publishing Landscape survey, as well as guidelines focusing specifically on gender and accessibility. The Webinar also describes developments in EDIB in scholarly publishing from the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC).

What we are listening to

Open Science Talk Podcast

The Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics (TROLLing) published its first dataset on June 13, 2014. Since then, the repository has grown to 173 open access

datasets, with metadata explaining its contents. Two of the most frequent users of the archive, professor of Russian linguistics Laura A. Janda and postdoc of English linguistics Lukas Sönning share their experiences. A key message is how using a curated open data repository has raised the quality of their research by making it more transparent and reusable for others.

Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

Open Repositories Conference

3-6 June Göteborg, Sweden

Research Bazaar Aotearoa

8-12 July. Online. Sign up for updates

IFLA Information Futures Summit

30 Sept – 3 Oct 2024 Brisbane, QLD, Australia

2024 Open Education Conference (OpenEd24)

8-10 October 2024 Providence, RI, USA, and online

OEGlobal 2024

13-15 November 2024 Brisbane, QLD, Australia

AIMOS 2024 Conference

19-21 November 2024 ANU, Canberra, Australia

44th IATUL Conference

24-28 November 2024 Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

2nd Global Summit on Diamond Open Access

8 – 14 December 2024 Cape Town, South Africa.