News RoundUp: Open publishing awards and transformative Open Access agreements

What caught our eye? Here’s a small dose of the latest and greatest in Open Science over the past month. 

Projekt DEAL and Springer Nature reach understanding on world’s largest transformative open access agreement

A Memorandum of Understanding signed today between MPDL Services, on behalf of Projekt DEAL, and Springer Nature sets the scene for the world’s most comprehensive open access agreement to be finalised later this year.

Introducing the open publishing awards

Coko we will be hosting the inaugural Open Publishing Awards: a celebration of all things Open in Publishing. Nominating begins August 19, and will remain open for four weeks. Categories will be announced at the same time. 

What’s next for OpenCon: Putting equity at the core

OpenCOn have announced a shift in how SPARC will support OpenCon to reflect the OpenCon community’s evolution. Instead of hosting a global conference in 2019, they will focus on laying the long-term foundation for the OpenCon community, and will host a reconfigured global meeting in 2020.

Announcing “Mind the Gap,” a major report on all available open-source publishing software

The MIT Press has released ‘Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms’ a major report on the current state of all available open-source software for publishing. 

SPARC welcomes 2019-2020 open education leadership fellows

SPARC is pleased to welcome the 2019-2020 cohort for the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, which is comprised of 27 fellows from a diverse group of institutions spanning 17 U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Fellows include a wide range of backgrounds, spanning from OER librarians to metadata specialists to faculty coordinators. 

Third Editoria community meeting

Collaborative Knowledge Foundation together with the Editoria Community invite you to join them for their third Editoria Community meeting. This is being held on the 3rd and 4th of December 2019, in Chicago Illinois and is free of charge to attend.

SSP 41st annual meeting sessions available for streaming

Many of the sessions from the SSP’s 41st Annual Meeting in May, including keynotes, plenaries, and concurrent sessions, are now available in the SSP Library. The library is also open to the public. 

Cambridge announces open research platform

Cambridge University Press is expanding their provision of open research services with the launch of its own early and open content platform, Cambridge Open Engage. This platform will use the state-of-the-art technology behind Cambridge Core, to publish early and open research outputs including preprint papers, abstracts, conference proceedings, conference posters, grey literature, and open data. 

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