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JMU Libraries in partnership with ARL receives IMLS national forum grant
- 21 Sep 2018

James Madison University (JMU) Libraries, in partnership with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has been awarded $89,000 by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to convene a national forum of experts and stakeholders to address key opportunities and challenges in building a collective collection-development system for open access (OA) content. This 'OA in the Open' forum will engage participants in creative thinking around how a new collective funding model could be designed to minimise the creation of new membership organisations while simultaneously building community stakeholdership.

The national forum conversation is a critical step for academic libraries, whose operations, budgets, and workflows are optimised for print or licensed electronic content, including relationships with an array of service providers such as subscription agents. In contrast, OA content providers most often receive provisioning or start-up funds from grants, and then devise memberships in order to collect sustaining fees.

The OA in the Open project will include a series of focus groups in early 2019 at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington; the Electronic Resources&Libraries Conference in Austin, Texas; and the Association of College&Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. With a total of 75 people participating in six focus groups, the project team will talk to a non-random but diverse sample of the academic library community about the conditions under which they could and would participate in openly and collectively funding OA content. The project team will report its key observations in a presentation immediately after the 2019 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum in Tampa, Florida, and produce a white paper to motivate the community toward collective action.

To help ensure representation from a multitude of perspectives and academic libraries of all sizes and types, the grant includes a travel scholarship fund to enable four people to attend each conference and participate in the focus groups. ARL will administer the travel scholarships to people who identify as members of a group (or groups) underrepresented among library practitioners; who work at community colleges, minority-serving institutions (MSIs), or historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); or who could otherwise contribute to the diversity of the forum.

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Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science surpasses half-million Euro funding mark
- 15 Aug 2018

Six months past an initial funding appeal, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) has surpassed a key half-million Euro milestone having received pledges for funding totalling 680,700 Euros. The initiative, which intends to provide a framework for libraries, policymakers and other stakeholders to collectively fund and stabilise a vital infrastructure of freely available open science services, selected the Directory of Open Access Journals and SHERPA/RoMEO as beneficiaries of this pilot call for community funding.

SCOSS came about due to a growing recognition of the need to strengthen and secure critical services that enable Open Access and Open Science.

Thus far, SCOSS has attracted the support of dozens of forward-thinking institutions in Europe, Australia and North America. Among these institutions leading the charge are national libraries, individual university libraries, national library consortia, as well as funding organisations. In Australia and New Zealand, more than 64 percent of all universities have pledged funding via the Council of Australian University Libraries (CAUL consortium). This is the kind of commitment the coalition hopes to see develop internationally.

Awareness of SCOSS, and likewise interest in becoming a part of the funding network, is growing. In Europe in particular, which continues to be at the forefront of Open Science policy development, multiple consortia level deliberations are currently underway.

According to Lars Bjørnshauge, managing director of DOAJ, SCOSS as a collaboration is the critical step between recognizing the importance of these services - and actually acting to help sustain them.

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Nature Research and Yakult launch new, multi-year competitive grant programme to support human microbiota research
- 26 Jul 2018

A growing body of evidence has emerged in the last decade supporting the major role the human microbiota plays in health and disease. To encourage the development of this promising field, Nature Research and Yakult have launched a new, multi-year competitive grant programme for research into the human microbiota.

The Global Grants for Gut Health will consider proposals for research projects - whether laboratory investigations or clinical studies - that advance understanding of the impact of the gut microbiota on human health.

Applications for the first round of funding will open in August 2018. Funding is available to researchers from across the world. Three awards of up to US$100,000 per funding cycle will be made. Research projects will run for one year.

Applicants shall be employed by a university, research institute or any other not-for-profit organisation. Applicants must hold a professional or research degree (e.g. PhD, MD, PharmD) and have at least 5 years' postdoctoral research experience.

Applications can relate to: the structure, function and diversity of the human microbiome; the gut-associated immune system and the microbiota's immunomodulatory capacity; the role of the gut microbiota and nutrition in inflammatory and metabolic diseases, such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome; and the role of the microbiota in the gut-brain axis the modulation of the gut microbiota.

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel of internationally renowned researchers in human microbiota, recommended by Nature Research editors based on their knowledge and experience in this research field. The expert panel will assess proposals based on criteria including originality, importance, scientific quality, value for money and quality of the applicant or team.

Nature Research and Yakult will have no influence over the decision-making.

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MIT Press receives grant to conduct environmental scan of OS publishing
- 18 Jun 2018

The MIT Press has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct a landscape analysis and code audit of all known open source (OS) authoring and publishing platforms. By conducting this environmental scan, the MIT Press will be providing a comprehensive and critical analysis of OS book production and hosting systems to the scholarly publishing community.

The grant affords the MIT Press the unique opportunity to provide the university press community and other not-for-profit scholarly publishers with a comprehensive overview of the numerous OS publishing platforms that are currently in use or under development. These systems, which produce and host platforms for scholarly books and journals, have proliferated in the last decade. The forthcoming analysis will highlight the availability, affordances, and current limitations of these systems, and thereby encourage the adoption and continued development of OS publishing technologies. Open infrastructure could prove to be a durable alternative to complex and costly proprietary services.

The results of the environmental scan and the accompanying code audit, expected later this year, will be made openly accessible. The final report will inform the MIT Press's roadmap for the publishing platform PubPub currently being co-developed with the MIT Media Lab.

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NFAIS receives Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for the NFAIS 2018 Blockchain for Publishers Conference
- 02 May 2018

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in support of the NFAIS 2018 Blockchain for Publishers Conference to be held May 15-16, 2018. The day-and-a-half conference is being held at the Embassy Suites, Old Town Alexandria, VA.

The 2018 conference is designed to bring together members of the information services community to explore blockchain's potential application for scholarly publishing and researcher workflows-from data collection to peer review to access of published work.

Topics in the conference include how to prepare for the potential impact of blockchain-based technologies on the information economy in terms of permissions and intellectual property; how blockchain can connect scientific researchers with funding sources or manage researcher grant funding; and how blockchain can be used to improve scientific record-keeping.

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