OpenCon 2015

OpenCon 2015 was held in Brussels Nov. 14-16. I didn’t catch much live because of the time difference but several talks and sessions are available online for you now. It sounds like it was an unforgettable experience for the young scholars who were selected to attend. Here are a few selections. I highly recommend Erin McKiernan and Björn Brembs sessions!

Michael Eisen’s opening keynote is fun, Wear your Open on your Sleeve, but his closing 8 minutes or so summarizes the conference nicely in 4 or 5 highpoints: Erin McKiernan’s expanded pledge, new ways to get around APCs (publication charges for open access), need to change the way people are evaluated in science, build bridges between open access, open education and open data, create Wikipedia pages in your own disciplines with links to OA content to demonstrate how open access is important and to contribute to education.

Erin McKiernan, My pledge to be open (Yeah, how’s that going?) about 30 minutes long; Erin McKiernan’s new open access pledge – she has added some points about data and code since last year; slides; she also talked a bit about her new site, Why Open Research? with many reusable graphics, FAQs and other resources.

Björn Brembs Making Open the Default – slides; talk He spoke about the challenges of sharing data and his workflow for doing that and expanded on work published earlier: Deep impact: unintended consequences of journal rank. These tweets will give you the flavor of some of it:
Brembs says “the impact factor is a made up number” and asks, “is journal prestige like astrology?”
the idea that high-ranking journals publish better data, properly-designed studies, superior results, is just NOT true!
“‘High-impact’ journals attract the most unreliable research.”
Higher impact factor –> higher retraction rate. “We’re selecting for people who publish unreliable research.”
“Statistics indicate that for the last ten or twenty years, we’ve been promoting and hiring people who have a tendency to publish unreliable research.”

Salvatore Mele (CERN, SCOAP3)- first 30 minutes – and Geoffrey Bilder (CrossRef) – minute 30-1:20. Geoff Bilder talks about the development of ORCiD principles, ideal principles for scholarly infrastructure, etc.

Martin Eve (from Open Library of Humanities) session. These aren’t the slides for OpenCon but they are slides from a recent presentation from him and a few of the slides are the same: Open Access & the Humanities: Digital Approaches. [The recording of the talk that goes with those slides is available (bottom talk)

Jimmy Wales talks about Wikipedia, concerns about future of openness on the Internet, fair use, etc.: Jimmy Wales OpenCon 2015

Blogs and tweets are another source about the conference:

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Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819