Details for OpenCon2015 have been announced. Under the title Empowering the Next Generation to Advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data, the congress will take place in on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium and bring together students and early career academic professionals from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data. More details here.
And if some are still wondering why open access matters, recent research suggests a large part of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could have been prevented, had the European research been freely accessible to local scientists. The paywalls for the articles in question are high even today, about half a weeks salary for physicians. Read the article on techdirt.
What can we learn from the UK’s progress towards gold open access? Nature looks at the RCUK review on open access in Great Britain and concludes: it’s still lonely at the top. Read the full article here.
PLOS has commissioned a survey to investigate how researchers are collaborating to transform scientific communication in an Open Access environment. John Udell has found that new unforeseeable modes of collaboration, are emerging in a variety of scientific subcultures. Read in full here.
As a researcher you have a variety of options for sharing your work online. At the end of the day the most important question is usually “How are interested readers going to find my work?”. A video published on the U Windsor blog provides an overview of strength, weaknesses and connections between platforms. View it here.