OA Week 2018 theme announced

The theme for Open Access Week 2018 was announced earlier this week – Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge. OA Week this year will be October 22nd-28th.

You can find more information about OA Week on their website.

In the past UT Libraries has participated with both online and in-person events. We’ll be participating again this year and will make announcements here over the coming months.

Swedish libraries walk away from Elsevier deal

Y’all may have already seen the announcement last week that the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden has decided not to renew their agreement with Elsevier. The Bibsam Consortium negotiates license agreements on behalf of Swedish universities, government agencies, and research institutes. The Swedish government has set a goal of immediate open access by 2026 and the Elsevier deal wasn’t helping them achieve that goal. This follows similar actions in Germany and France. There is definitely lots of movement in Europe towards greater access to research.

June brown bag discussion

For our June discussion we’ll be talking about information security, privacy, social media, and algorithmic culture and how all those things are impacting our society. If you’d like to read up on any of this before the June event, here are some helpful resources.

Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, by Siva Vaidhyanathan.
Excerpt from the book

Robyn Caplan, Content Standards and Their Consequences talk from ER&L 2018

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Antisocial Media talk from ER&L 2018

Danah Boyd, The Messy Reality of Algorithmic Culture talk from ER&L 2018

Stay tuned for more information about this session.

Petition against new machine learning journal

A large group of scholars has signed a petition protesting the creation of a new subscription journal from Nature, Nature Machine Intelligence.

https://openaccess.engineering.oregonstate.edu/home

They argue that most journals in the field are open access with no charges for readers or authors. The people signing the petition have said they will not submit to, review or edit for the journal. I’m not sure how large the machine learning community is, but the petition has over 2400 signatures (as of May 2nd).

Nature has stated they respect the opinions of the petitioners, but they feel the new subscription journal can co-exist with others by providing an outlet for interdisciplinary work that has undergone rigorous peer review.