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I'm going to try to use this space for my research-related stuff, rather than my usual shitposting about academic publishing (pinning this as a note to self).

Posts will also delete after a few weeks.

I've always felt that the taxpayer argument for open access -- that publicly-funded research should be freely available because the public pays for it -- is pretty weak because it implies that only those publics who fund research have a claim to it and that the claim to non-publicly-funded research is somehow weaker.

'The Clash of the Commons: An Imagined Library Commons Discourse' by Emily Benoff 

'When extracted from utopian library literature, flashy signage on library walls, and inspired opening-day press releases, the concept of the commons is implicated in a knotty history of dispossession, power relations, and nostalgia. Historical evidence a deep-rooted schism in popular perceptions of the commons: the imagined, idealized commons, land “free for all” which has been reified as an inherent fact of history, has long been estranged from the material violence and exclusionary practices that have often coincided with commons-making in Europe and North America'

Really insightful article from an MA student at UCLA on the colonial histories of the commons and its continuing impact on the fetishisation of the commons in North American library discourse.

The Office of Scholarly Communication is hiring an Open Research Community Manager. Come work with me!

'The role will establish and develop a Cambridge Open Research Community, bringing researchers across the university community together through regular online and in person events to enable exchange of expertise in open and rigorous research practices. They will develop an understanding of how research needs differ across disciplines and use this understanding to inform the development of open research policies and services as part of the University's Open Research Programme, leading projects to further develop these services. They will raise the profile of open research at Cambridge through internal and external engagement in collaboration with researchers and professional services leads across the university.'

Funding for five years in the first instance.

Anyone into #STS might find this call for papers interesting:

- Special Forum: "Futures of STS Academic Publishing"
- Deadline: 30 April 2023
- We're looking for a range of article types (2-6k words or full research articles)

I like that this interview reframes rights retention as an 'opening' of rights rather than a retention of them. I think that's a more accurate description of what rights retention (or 'non-assignment') seeks to do.

If you are interested in the study of the commons (digital and physical) and visiting Kenya, you are only 250 words away:

The International Association for the Study of the Commons global conference is June 19-24 in Nairobi. IASC is the single best place bringing Ostromite scholars and commons practitioners together.

The (short abstract) submission deadline is on Dec 12th. Submit as many as you like: there are 110 panels so far:

The functions of criticism

CFP for conference at Cambridge extended to 10 December 2022.

Confirmed Keynote speakers: Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge), Rita Felski (University of Virginia) and Jonathan Kramnick (Yale University).

@Samuelmoore An additional point, given the growing desire for and mandate for open access publishing, one could make a case for the commercial publishers as being potentially less long term sustainable business models than the diamond OA alternative.

I also have a problem with arguments for the sustainability of publishing projects, not because sustainability is in itself bad but because the term carries with it the huge weight of marketisation and the failure to imagine how publishing can be supported without recourse to commercialisation.

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'The sustainability argument or… How academic journals economic models never really last'

This is a good piece from Didier Torny arguing against the narrow view of journal sustainability as 'recurring, reliable revenue.' He writes:

'After almost three decades of existence, resisting to several “serial crises”, haven’t [Diamond Open Access journals] earned the right not to be questioned on their sustainability, but rather considered as one of the most secure ways to build a sustainable scholarly communication system, in combination with institutional archives?'

In recent years, one of my silly end-of-year traditions has been to listen on repeat to Waterson:Carthy's record of traditional advent folk music 'Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man'. Feels sad this year with the passing of Norma Waterson back in January.

This is Jolly Old Hawk, a less stuffy 12 Days of Christmas:

The continues and here's some interesting data> The highest paid UC faculty (from are the least likely to support the graduate student strike; measured by petition signing [from @BeccaRoskill and @snaidunl, from that place called twitter]

UK universities ‘systematically underpaying staff for years’

Quite a set of quotes from two uni heads:

"Michael Spence, president of UCL, told Times Higher Education...that staff had suffered as a result of the UK’s massification. “We’ve balanced the books by hugely increasing numbers of international students, by, in many institutions, not investing in adequate repairs and maintenance and, as a system, systematically underpaying our staff,” he said."

#ucu #ucuRising

Reminder that there is strike action taking place at UK Universities tomorrow over pay, pensions & equalities issues.

If you want to show solidarity don't cross the picket line (physical or digital)

Research data repositories have worked to ensure data quality for decades. They are important infrastructures that enable data sharing and reuse - but what do they mean by "data quality assurance", and what practices have they adopted?

My colleague @Maxi and I from the project re3data COREF have just published the first systematic study on the topic, based on a survey among repository operators.

#infrastructureStudies #dataStudies #openScience

Some key findings:

Of possible interest, “The Power and Promise of a Union: Labor, Printing, and Graphic Design,”
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST via Zoom:

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