New website for Open Access India

To reach out to the world beyond Facebook, the new website www.openaccessindia.org has been set up. This website would now be officially launched in early 2015 when the Open Access India community of practice would be formally registered as body.

The community is now part of GODAN “an initiative that seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritional data available, accessible, and usable for unrestricted use worldwide” and had committed itself to work for Open Access, Open Data and Open Education in India.

The future plans form the community is – first formal registration by forming working group and bylaws and then call for membership and formation of executive committee by election.

Call for Participation: OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite Event at CSSP, JNU, India, on 25 Nov 2014

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OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite Event

Date: November 25, 2014, at 14:00 – 17:00

Venue: Room No. 227, CSSP, SSS-1 Building, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi – 110067, India

Registration Fee: Nil

Theme: Open Science, Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data held during November 2014 at Washington, DC. It was organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

The meeting had convened students and early career researchers from around the world who serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon’s three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

OpenCon 2014 Delhi Satellite event is being held in partnership with the main conference (more on OpenCon 2014 here). As it is important to allow more of those interested to participate, this satellite event is being organized locally to reflect the fact that the conversation around these issues can be very different depending on where they’re had.

OpenCon 2014 Delhi will feature leading speakers from across the Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data movements, including a combination of live speakers and videos from the OpenCon 2014 Washington event.

The talks will be interspersed with interactive group discussions themed around the session topic.

Format of the event

OpenCon 2014 Delhi is a half-day event hosted at Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by Open Access India in collaboration and support with CSSP, JNU Central Library and Rock Your Paper.

14:00 – 14:15 : Arrival and registration

14:15 – 14:20 : Welcome and Introduction

14:20 – 15:00 : Session 1: Open Access – talks and video session (#227, CSSP)

15:00 – 15:15 : Coffee Break

15:15 – 15:45 : Session 1 group discussions (#227, CSSP)

15:45 – 16:00 : Session 2: Open Education & Open Data – talks and video session (#227, CSSP)

16:00 – 16:15 : Coffee Break

16:15 – 16:45 : Session 2 group discussions (#227, CSSP)

16:45 – 17:00 : Summary and end of day

To secure your place please register for a free ticket – and we look forward to seeing you on the 25th Nov. 2014!

About OpenCon 2014 (Washington main event)

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data being held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

The meeting will convene students and early career researchers from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon’s three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

See the OpenCon2014 website for more details.

Paperity. Keep on top of recent discoveries and never hit a paywall

With the beginning of the new academic year, the first multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers has been launched. Paperity will connect authors with readers, boost dissemination of new discoveries and consolidate academia around open literature.

Right now, Paperity includes over 160,000 articles from 2,000 scholarly journals and growing. The goal of the team is to cover 100% of Open Access literature in 3 years from now. In order to achieve this, Paperity utilizes an original technology for article indexing, designed by Marcin Wojnarski, a data geek from Poland and a medalist of the International Mathematical Olympiad. This technology indexes only true peer-reviewed scholarly papers and filters out irrelevant entries, like student assignments or drafts that easily make it into other aggregators and search engines.

The amount of scholarly literature has grown enormously in the last decades. Successful dissemination became a big issue. New tools are needed to help readers access vast amounts of literature dispersed all over the web and to help authors reach their target audience.

Moreover, research today has become interdisciplinary. The most ground-breaking discoveries tend to happen on the crossroads of different disciplines. Scholars need broad access to literature from many fields, also from outside of their core research area. This is the reason why Paperity covers all subjects, from Sciences, Technology, Medicine, through Social Sciences, to Humanities and Arts.

There are lots of great articles out there which report new significant findings, yet attract no attention, only because they are hard to find. No more than top 10% of research institutions have good access to scholarly communication channels and can share their findings efficiently. The remaining 90%, especially authors from developing countries and early-career researchers, start from a much lower stand and often stay unnoticed despite high quality of their work – says Wojnarski. He adds that it is not by accident that Paperity partners with the EU Contest for Young Scientists, the biggest science fair in Europe. With the help of Paperity, the Contest will improve dissemination of discoveries authored by its participants – top young talents from all over the continent.