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Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services makes first funding appeal aimed at securing the future of open science
- 01 Dec 2017

In an effort to strengthen and secure the network of non-commercial services that underpin the burgeoning field of Open Science, a newly-formed coalition of international organisations is spearheading an unconventional appeal.

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), which formed just over a year ago, is making its first funding appeal to the global academic and research communities. The appeal is a request to support two widely used services - the Directory of Open Access Journals and SHERPA RoMEO. The former is an online index of open access journals while the latter is an online resource providing analyses of publisher open access policies, along with summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of authors rights on a journal-by-journal basis.

To assess each candidate, SCOSS reviewed the data they provided regarding their technical competence, costs, details of governance, and future plans. Each made a strong case for the value of their service to various scholarly communications communities; and neither currently has long-term funding ensuring their viability. The aim is to gain three-year funding commitments from a voluntary network of institutions - the core user-base of the services.

While DOAJ and SHERPA RoMEO represent the first services to be presented for community funding, SCOSS plans to accept applications from qualified services twice a year. The next call for applications will be held in early 2018.

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New international coalition takes crowd-funding style approach to secure the future of open science
- 10 Nov 2017

In an effort to strengthen and secure the network of non-commercial services that underpin the burgeoning field of Open Science, a newly-formed coalition of international organisations, including SPARC Europe, is spearheading an unconventional appeal.

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), which formed just over a year ago, is now making its first funding appeal to the global academic and research communities; a request for funding support for two widely used services: the Directory of Open Access Journals and SHERPA RoMEO. The former is an online index of open access journals while the latter is an online resource providing analyses of publisher open access policies, along with summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of authors rights on a journal-by-journal basis.

Both services have been vetted by the coalition. The aim is to gain three-year funding commitments from a voluntary network of institutions - the core user-base of the services. While DOAJ and SHERPA RoMEO represent the first services to be presented for community funding, SCOSS plans to accept applications from qualified services twice a year. The next call for applications will be held in early 2018.

The groundwork for SCOSS was laid by Knowledge Exchange, which presented many of the foundational ideas for the coalition in its 2016 report, 'Putting Down Roots, Securing the Future of Open Access Policies.' Many organisations have helped to shape the coalition, including the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), The European Research Council (ERC), The European University Association (EUA), EIFL, The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), LIBER, Science Europe and SPARC Europe. Initial input was also provided by SPARC (US).

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Elsevier and Seven Bridges awarded NIH Data Commons grant
- 08 Nov 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specialising in science and health, and Seven Bridges Genomics have announced that The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded them a grant for the development of a comprehensive, open-source data analysis ecosystem as part of its Data Commons Pilot Phase. The project is designed to improve data efficiency and reliability for the over 70,000 biomedicine researchers in the US.

The project, 'FAIR4CURES', will provide tools, data and workflows, based on the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) principles.

Using FAIR principles, the project will make biomedical data more Collaborative, Usable, Reproducible, Extendable and Scalable (CURES), by employing a scalable infrastructure, using interoperable standards for the integration and analysis of diverse data types, and providing workspaces with secure and controlled access protocols. To this end, the project will leverage Mendeley Data, Elsevier's secure cloud-based data repository.

Ensuring the availability of reproducible data saves time and money in the research process. The Elsevier contribution will focus on an open-source tool to create and broker global unique identifiers. This component and the schema it is based on will integrate with the rest of the components developed by the FAIR4CURES team, and be interoperable with the tools and schemas developed by the other awardees, leading to a better infrastructure for reproducible biomedical data.

The FAIR4CURES collaboration is headed by Seven Bridges, a biomedical data analysis company. Seven Bridges is responsible for the overall project and will leverage its experience building the NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud and its existing cloud infrastructure for biomedical data analysis to deliver the NIH Data Commons pilot. Other participants include UK-based genomic data provider Repositive, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Boston VA Research Institute.

For Elsevier's Research Data Management group, FAIR4CURES presents a unique opportunity to collaborate with leaders in a multifaceted, multi-stakeholder project to help to shape the infrastructure for biomedical open science.

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Frontiers and Heidelberg University announce institutional agreement
- 04 Oct 2017

Heidelberg University has established an institutional membership agreement with Frontiers as part of its Open Access Publishing Fund.

Publication fees / article processing charges for manuscripts submitted to Frontiers journals can be supported by Heidelberg University's Open Access Publishing Fund according to the Fund's funding conditions. A prerequisite for this financial support is an approved funding application, which Heidelberg University researchers can submit via the University's web application form.

Those interested may send a funding application before submitting their paper or at the latest at the time of submission. If there is no granted funding application, Heidelberg University will cancel the article from the University's membership account and they will receive an individual invoice from Frontiers.

Only for articles processed in this way via the University's Publishing Fund, Frontiers grants a 5% discount on the article processing charge as part of this agreement, which is in addition to possible other discounts (e.g. Research Topic participation or editorial board members).

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American Geophysical Union coalition receives grant to advance open and fair data standards in the earth and space sciences
- 29 Aug 2017

Open, accessible, and high-quality data and related data products and software are critical to the integrity of published research. They ensure transparency and support reproducibility and are necessary for accelerating the advancement of science. In many cases, the data are one-time observations that cannot be repeated. Unfortunately, not all key data are saved and even when they are, their curation is uneven and discovery is difficult, thus making it difficult for other researchers to understand and use the data sets.

To address this critical need, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation has awarded a grant to a coalition of groups representing the international Earth and space science community, convened by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), to develop standards that will connect researchers, publishers, and data repositories in the Earth and space sciences to enable FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data - a concept first developed by Force11.org - on a large scale. This will accelerate scientific discovery and enhance the integrity, transparency, and reproducibility of this data. The resulting set of best practices will include: metadata and identifier standards; data services; common taxonomies; landing pages at repositories to expose the metadata and standard repository information; standard data citation; and standard integration into editorial peer review workflows.

The partnership currently includes AGU, the Earth Science Information Partners and Research Data Alliance, and has support from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, Science, AuScope, the Australian National Data Service, and the Center for Open Science. This effort will build on the work of The Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS.org), ESIP, RDA, the scientific journals, and domain repositories to ensure that well documented data, preserved in a repository with community agreed-upon metadata, and supporting persistent identifiers becomes part of the expected research products submitted in support of each publication. It is expected that the broader community will play a key role in the recommended guidelines and approach. A key goal is to make a process that is efficient and standard for researchers and thus supports their work from grant application through to publishing.

Scientific results are increasingly dependent on large complex data sets and models that transform these data. This is particularly true in the Earth and space sciences, where critical data increasingly provide diverse and important societal benefits and are used in critical real-time decisions. The partners will work with major Earth and space science data repositories, publishers, editorial workflow vendors, researchers, and allied stakeholders to develop common standards and workflows for submission of data, connect repositories and publishers, develop and implement tools needed for search and discovery, and enhance quality peer review. This process will help: researchers understand and follow expectations regarding data curation; publishers adopt and implement standard and best practices around data citation; and make data discoverable and accessible, including to the public.

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