Event: ReproducibiliTea@KULeuven journal club on open data

The next ReproducibiliTea@KULeuven journal club will take place online on Thursday 17 June (15h00-16h30). Two papers related to open data will be discussed, you can find the papers on the OSF page and Zotero library of ReproducibiliTea. Both staff and students from KU Leuven are welcome to attend (register here). Upon registration, you will receive an e-mail with a link needed to enter the online meeting. More information can be found here (KU Leuven intranet page). ReproducibiliTea is a grassroots journal…

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Event: Integrating Citizen Science at Universities: From ‘What’ to ‘How’

On 2 and 4 June, LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) will organize a Citizen Science workshop at KU Leuven. The workshop will be of a highly participatory nature, with participants required to work in small groups during their own time. The first session will take place on the 2nd of June from 10.00-11.30 (CEST), followed by a second session on the 4th of June from 14.00-15.30 (CEST). Important to note: once registered, you are required to…

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Vacature: Informatiespecialist onderzoek met focus op digital scholarship in the humanities

Voor het team onderzoek binnen KU Leuven Bibliotheken Artes zijn we op zoek naar een nieuwe informatiespecialist onderzoek met focus op digital scholarship in the humanities. Kom jij ons team versterken? Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 12 april via de online sollicitatietoepassing. We zijn op zoek naar iemand met uitstekende IT skills met een specifieke focus op het kruispunt tussen IT en Humane Wetenschappen. Werkervaring in een academische omgeving en kennis van het Open Scholarship landschap strekken…

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Not Only Transformative Agreements

More and more institutions and consortia of libraries conclude so-called read-and-publish deals or transformative agreements with legacy publishers. But this new incarnation of the big deal is not without its critics. The hard line opposition argues that transformative agreements hamper  progression and should therefore be avoided at all cost. A less radical approach is to make sure that the available budget is not spent exclusively on transformative agreements but is also used to support alternatives, fostering diversity of business models…

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Event: KU Leuven Open Science Study Day on 3 May

Would you like to discuss Open Science from a researcher’s perspective? Register for the online  study day that will take place on 3 May.  KU Leuven researchers will share their views on topics like reproducibility in research, citizen science, responsible open research and data sharing. Keynote speakers for this event will be Johan Neyts and Dorothy Bishop, professor of developmental neuropsychology at Oxford. Also have a look at the programme on the Open Science website.

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Event: Open Science Discovery for PhD Students at KU Leuven on 25 March

If you’re curious about the ins and outs of Open Science, from open data to open access publishing and citizen science, check out the free Open Science Discovery for PhD Students event on March 25. Please register before February 28! WHY WE NEED OPEN SCIENCE At the end of a research project, we simply publish a paper with results and conclusions. How can we know that the research is reliable based on the paper alone? Transparency is needed about the…

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Open Access Books Toolkit: A guide to OA book publishing

Do you want to publish your monograph in Open Access but you are not sure where to start? The freely accessible OA books toolkit will help you to navigate the landscape of OA book publishing. Launched by the OAPEN Foundation, in collaboration with Springer Nature and The University of Glasgow, the toolkit aims at increasing the understanding of OA books, while at the same time promoting trust in OA publishing. The toolkit consists of numerous articles that address common concerns…

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Unpaywall plug-in

Unpaywall, a service that indexes OA content from scholarly repositories and archives, offers a browser extension that allows you to read millions of scientific papers which are normally locked up behind a paywall. Sounds too good to be true? On the contrary, Unpaywall operates on a completely legal basis. How it works is that Unpaywall harvests papers from OA repositories (such as our own institutional repository Lirias) from all over the world, which have been self-archived by authors with the…

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What’s in a number? A closer look at Open Access readership data

Whereas academic journals that offer Gold OA options have become widespread in the last decade, the transition to Open Access for academic books is lagging behind, despite the fact that monographs are still the leading publishing format in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In order to boost the publication of OA books, KU Leuven Libraries reserved a substantial part of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access, established in 2018, to help finance OA books published by Leuven University Press (LUP). We…

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Interview: Why Open Science? There can be no public trust in scholarship without openness

Mathematical engineer Joos Vandewalle, emeritus professor at the Faculty of Engineering Science (ESAT-STADIUS), is the very first Open Science ambassador at KU Leuven. Katrien Bollen, from KU Leuven’s Press Office and Policy Communications, interviewed Prof. Vandewalle about his views on Open Science. The general public needs to trust scientists, and that requires openness. “In fact, without public trust, science loses much of its value. The corona crisis is a good example of this, but the same goes for research into,…

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