Twitter Open Access Report – 14 September 2015

Michael Eisen is “shocked to see @wikipedia working hand-in-hand with Elsevier to populate encylopedia w/links people cannot access”. Indeed, it does seem rather opposite to everything Wikipedia stands for. The Elsevier article is here.
Source: @mbeisen

Europe’s Open Data Incubator (ODINE) has announced the first startups to receive development awards, including Sickly, which produced an app that tracks the spread of infectious disease among children, and InSymbio, an online portal that will link companies that produce bio-leftovers to companies that can make use of them. Read all about it. ODINE is still accepting proposals; interested startups can register at

Joel Gurin has a summary of a World Bank policy paper that shows how open data is making for better medical care, more effective farming, better urban planning, and economic growth.  Read it here or check out the policy paper itself (pdf).
Source: @OpenDataRD

Now here’s an interesting development: EdX now has a GROOC – a MOOC for groups, rather than individuals – called Social Learning for Social Impact, about how to collaborate to promote social change.

A post on Class Central uses Learning Analytics to examine high MOOC drop-out rates, and observes that week 4 seems to be the critical point. The writers suggest shorter courses, recognition of intermediate steps, and using suspense to reduce the number of drop-outs. More details here.

Recent Conferences

The fifth PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference took place in Vancouver from August 11-14th. Videos from the conference are now up on the Program page, and Adrian Stanley has a recap of the conference up at Digital Science. Check out #PKP5 on Twitter for more on the conference.
Source: @digitalsci

The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers held their annual conference from 9-11 September this year. Their blog has some good summaries of the panels, including one on revenue streams and another on peer review, and you can follow participants’ reactions on Twitter at #alpsp15.

The Association for Learning Technology’s annual conference ran from 8-10 September. Here is the program. Check out #altc on Twitter for links to conference reports and blog posts as they come up.

Open Access Tage Zürich was held from 7-8 September. The program page has links to abstracts and presentations for some of the talks (most of them in German).

The 19th International Conference on Electronic Publishing took place in Malta from 1-3 September. Proceedings can be found here: looks like some very interesting stuff on citizen science and open access, among other things.

Upcoming Conferences

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association’s annual conference will be held this week from 15-17 September in Amsterdam. Here’s a look at their preliminary program, and the Twitter hashtag is #COASP.

The 32nd Österreichischer Bibliothekartag (Austrian Librarians’ Day) will also take place this week in Vienna from 15-18 September. Check out the program here, and keep an eye on #oebt15 for frequent updates.

The 2016 Open Education Global Conference will take place in Krakow next April; the theme is “Convergence through Collaboration”. Check out the call for papers here. The deadline is 16 November.

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