International Day of Women & Girls in Science

#February11, 2021
United Nations Headquarters, Virtual

With great momentum and interest to accelerate progress in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda and its 17 Global Goals, the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly is organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), and Permanent Missions of Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Hungary, Kenya, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia -to the United Nations and co-sponsored by Permanent Missions of Costa Rica, Montenegro and San Marino to the United Nations, as well as the African Union, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the World Intellectuals Property Organization (WIPO).


The 6th Assembly theme is “Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society”, with a special focus on the value of the social aspects and cultural dimensions in Science, Technology and Innovation to enhance sustainable development programs.


The Assembly will feature for the first time Our Blind Fellow Scientists, through a High-level panel entitled Writing Science in Braille. The panel aims to raise the international community’s attention towards the rights of blind and visually impaired individuals – particularly women and girls – in science, education and literacy, equal opportunities, as well as their inclusion in sustainable development programs as agents of change, not only its beneficiaries.


Furthermore, the 6th Assembly will promote a holistic approach to discuss “How to Drive Innovative Economy in the Post-COVID Era”. The five thematic focus areas of the 2021 Assembly highlight:

– Aligning Science with the Innovation Economy

– Water Economics for Inclusive Innovative Green Growth

– Women in Science for the Oceans: Celebrating the beginning of the Oceans Decade

– Creativity of Science for Reviving Economy: Celebrating the International Year for Creative Economy

– Women in Science and Diplomacy: Celebrating the International Year of Peace & Trust.

https://www.womeninscienceday.org/

Open Education Week (OEW) 2021

What is Open Education Week

An annual celebration, Open Education Week (OE Week) is an opportunity for actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education worldwide.

Started in 2012 by the Open Education Global as a collaborative, community-built open forum, Open Education Week seeks to raise awareness and highlight open education efforts worldwide. OE Week provides practitioners, educators and students an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world.

https://www.openeducationweek.org/

Introducing Pressbooks Directory

Enabling the 5Rs with a powerful tool for searching and sharing books

When Pressbooks educational product manager Steel Wagstaff heard from a long time client, “I wish there was a single place where all Pressbooks content could be found,” a proverbial apple hit him on the head. It would be really nice to have a directory of all public books created by the generous, smart, and resourceful faculty and librarians who use Pressbooks. The community of Pressbooks users is a powerful force that can solve many of the challenges facing higher education. What if we harnessed that power in one directory? And so the Pressbooks Directory was born.

The Pressbooks Directory is free for anyone to use. 

Instructors, librarians, administrators, and even students can search thousands public books created on the Pressbooks Authoring & Editing Platform. The Directory includes public domain literature, CC BY open textbooks, and a vast variety of open educational resources (OER) published all along the license spectrum. More resources are added every day as Pressbooks users continue to do the good work of open education. 

Source (Read More): https://pressbooks.com/2020/12/02/introducing-pressbooks-directory/

Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms

Mind the Gap
A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms

John W Maxwell, Erik Hanson, Leena Desai, Carmen Tiampo, Kim O’Donnell, Avvai Ketheeswaran, Melody Sun, Emma Walter, Ellen Michelle

Simon Fraser University / July 2019

The number of open source (OS) online publishing platforms, i.e. production and hosting systems for scholarly books and journals, launched or in development, has proliferated in the last decade. Many of these publishing infrastructure initiatives are well-developed, stable, and supported by a small but vigorous distributed community of developers, but promising new ventures have also recently launched.

The notable increase in the number of OS platforms suggest that an infrastructure ‘ecology’ is emerging around these systems. Distinguishing between systems that may evolve along competitive lines and those that will resolve into a service ‘stack’ of related, complementary service technologies will help potential adopters understand how these platforms can or should interoperate.

In 2018 the MIT Press secured a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to conduct a landscape analysis of open source publishing systems, suggest sustainability models that can be adopted to ensure that these systems fully support research communication and provide durable alternatives to complex and costly proprietary services. John Maxwell at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver conducted the environmental scan and compiled this report.

https://mindthegap.pubpub.org/

Credits: John W Maxwell, Erik Hanson, Leena Desai, Carmen Tiampo, Kim O’Donnell, Avvai Ketheeswaran, Melody Sun, Emma Walter, Ellen Michelle | Simon Fraser University / Jul2019

Open Access Books Toolkit

The OAPEN Foundation has launched a new open access (OA) books toolkit for researchers and academic book authors. The toolkit is a free-to-access, stakeholder-agnostic resource that aims to help authors better understand OA for books, increase trust in OA book publishing, provide reliable and easy-to-find answers to questions from authors, and to provide guidance on the process of publishing an OA book.

The toolkit was created in collaboration with Springer Nature and The University of Glasgow and has been written by a global group of stakeholders from the academic community and scholarly communications organisations. “Thanks to the efforts and help of nearly 70 individuals we have been able to create this public resource”. says Eelco Ferwerda, Director at OAPEN Foundation. “We hope this toolkit will prove useful to book authors and the OA books community around the world.”

This toolkit will help book authors to make their work OA, and enable more institutional support teams to identify the right information to help their researchers.

Access the toolkit www.oabooks-toolkit.org

Source: https://oapen.org/oapen/article/10705775-launch-of-the-oapen-open-access-books

Initiative for Open Abstracts

The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, infrastructure organizations, librarians, researchers and other interested parties to advocate and promote the unrestricted availability of the abstracts of the world’s scholarly publications, particularly journal articles and book chapters, in trusted repositories where they are open and machine-accessible. I4OA calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their published works, and where possible to submit them to Crossref.

https://i4oa.org/

A Humanist’s Cookbook for Natural Language Processing in Python

initial release of an open educational resource. – A Humanist’s Cookbook for Natural Language Processing in Python.

The project is presented as a series of notebooks, a series of Python 3 recipes for common problems and issues associated with preparing data for text analysis and natural language processing. The target audience is students—intermediate programmers who have begun to learn their way around Python but who need a little help pulling the pieces together to get something done.

The project has two main goals:

  • Present code blocks for common problems.
  • Contextualize those blocks with humanists in mind.

Brandon Walsh and Rebecca Draughon. “A Humanist’s Cookbook For Natural Language Processing In Python”. Published September 10, 2020. https://scholarslab.lib.virginia.edu/blog/a-humanists-cookbook-for-natural-language-processing-in-python/.

Open Publishing Fest

Open Publishing Fest celebrates communities developing open creative, scholarly, technological, and civic publishing projects. Together, we find new ground to share our ideas.

This is at once a collaborative and distributed event. Sessions are hosted by individuals and organizations around the world as panel discussions, fireside chats, demonstrations, and performances. We connect those points to bring them in conversation with one another and map out what’s next.

We seek to build networks of resilience and care for people working on new ways to develop and share knowledge.

Calendar: https://openpublishingfest.org/calendar.html