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7 replies, 3 voices Last updated by Tom Mosterd 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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    • #37998

      Agata Morka

      In this thread we will post announcements of all sorts: like an interesting upcoming event, a webinar worth attending etc, to draw your attention to these gems.

    • #38000

      Agata Morka

      Bring your own coffee on October 22 at 4 PM CEST/3 PM BST/ 10 AM EDT and dial in to talk to the OA books community! It will be a free flow chat, we got 40 min booked, we thought it would be a nice coffee break to have at the end of the OA Week 2020. Hope to see you there. Link to the event:


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    • #43748

      Tom Mosterd

      Hi everyone,

      I would like to invite you to participate in a short 8-10 minute survey on citizen science funding in the SSH, part of the Collaborative Engagement on Societal Issues (COESO) project.

      The survey is on citizen science funding in the SSH and the results will help the COESO project in identifying funding needs for different types of stakeholders in the SSH community for participatory research projects with and for society.

      COESO gathers 15 partners from 6 different European countries. One of its main objectives is to work with funders to innovate funding schemes for citizen science in SSH.

      Survey link

      More info can be found in this blog post. Responses can be submitted until April 15.

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    • #47327

      Eric Hellman

      We’ve opened the Free Ebook Foundation Open Access Monographs Fund!

    • #57495

      Lucy Barnes

      Hi all, Tom, Agata and I are pleased to announce that the OABN has become an OPERAS Special Interest Group (SIG), and as such it is now formally supported by OPERAS, the European Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area.

      The OABN will continue to organise ourselves and plan our activities independently as we always have (and as ever we welcome thoughts, ideas, event proposals etc from any member of the network) and thanks to this affiliation with OPERAS we will now also receive administrative support to help us better serve our communities, and we will be able to form stronger links with people and organisations in the European open research landscape.

      More details about this, including how you can get involved in the SIG if you wish, can be found here:

    • #57990

      Tom Mosterd

      Hi all,

      Sharing on behalf of the IFLA Library Publishing Special Interest Group: The IFLA Library Publishing Special Interest Group is seeking proposals for 5-minute lightning talks to be presented at its Open Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2022 in Dublin, Ireland.


      Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, how your library publishing program:
      • Promotes gender equality
      • Advocates for climate action
      • Supports quality education
      • Promotes good health and well-being
      • Creates partnerships for the SDGs
      • Advocates for peace, justice and strong institutions



      Have a look and submit your proposal – Deadline (to be extended) to the end of May:

    • #62037

      Tom Mosterd

      Hello all,

      Jisc is organising a webinar series on the topic of open access books related to the forthcoming UKRI open access policy. Please find more details below and don’t hesitate to register if interested!

      In August 2021, UKRI launched a new open access policy, which for the first time includes a provision for long form scholarly works including monographs, book chapters and edited collections published from 1 January 2024.   In preparation for policy implementation, a collaboration of UK university presses, supported by Jisc, have come together to hold three online events which will explore the wider benefits of open access for books, investigate the myths around open access for books, and address legitimate concerns and suggest ways to remove barriers to open access publishing. Please join us for the first webinar in this series which will focus on compliance vs. culture and engaging hearts and minds.  Title: Introduction to open access for monographs: compliance vs culture Date: 02 November 2022 Time: 15:00 – 16:30   Who should attend

      • Researchers/Academics, across all career levels
      • Librarians/Scholarly Communications Managers
      • Research Offices
      • Rights holders

       Contact  For further information, please contact

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