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EIFL comments on Namibian copyright bill

Mon, 29/11/2021 - 14:56

Following a National Stakeholder Conference to discuss the new draft Copyright and Related Rights Bill under development in Namibia, EIFL submitted written comments on the Bill to the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA), the body that administers IP (Intellectual Property) rights in Namibia.

e-IRG Workshop under Slovenian EU Presidency

Fri, 26/11/2021 - 17:11

EIFL is to participate in this workshop that highlights the critical role of e-Infrastructures, which need to be reliable, resilient, reconfigurable and highly available, being able to respond to different kinds of requests from governments, and crises like COVID-19, earthquakes and extreme weather conditions. The workshop is organized by the e-IRG (e-Infrastructure Reflection Group) under the Slovenian EU presidency.

EIFL welcomes UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

Thu, 25/11/2021 - 10:32

EIFL welcomes the formal adoption of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science - the first-ever international standard for open science - at the 41st session of UNESCO General Conference on 23 November 2021.

Webinar on Marrakesh Treaty in Kenya

Wed, 24/11/2021 - 12:50

EIFL, and our partner consortia in Kenya and Zimbabwe, are proud to partner with the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) for a webinar on access to reading material for people with print disabilities in Kenya.

Open Access Week Côte d’Ivoire

Mon, 22/11/2021 - 21:06

L’Université Virtuelle de Côte d’Ivoire (UVCI) and EIFL’s partner library consortium, Consortium des Bibliothèques de l‘Enseignement Supérieur de Cote d‘Ivoire (COBES-CI), are co-organizers of Open Access Week Côte d’Ivoire, with  the West and Central Education and Research Network (WACREN/LIBSENSE) and Commission Nationale Ivoirienne pour l’UNESCO. 

WIPO Copyright Committee (42nd session)

Mon, 22/11/2021 - 17:58

The 42nd session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will take place in Geneva from 9 - 13 May 2022. 

EIFL participates in discussions on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives, education and research, and a proposed treaty for the protection of broadcast organizations. At its last session, the Committee decided to hold an information session at SCCR/42 on the impact of the COVID pandemic on the cultural, creative and educational ecosystem.

WIPO Assemblies 2022

Mon, 22/11/2021 - 17:07

For the first time the WIPO Assemblies, the main policy and decision making bodies of WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization), are taking place in July instead of the usual time of year in October.

Items of special interest to EIFL are the Report on the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the Assembly of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, as well as general statements where countries set out their position on all the issues under consideration.

Coalition for Networked Information

Fri, 19/11/2021 - 14:27

Romy Beard, EIFL Licensing Programme Manager, with Curtis Brundy, Iowa State University, and Sara Rouhi, Public Library of Science (PLOS), have prepared a pre-recorded project briefing to be screened during the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall Membership Meeting. The briefing is titled, ‘A Call to Action: The Imperative for Libraries and Publishers to Better Share/Understand the APC Waiver Process’.

EIFL renews agreements with Duke University Press

Thu, 18/11/2021 - 14:43

EIFL has renewed agreements with Duke University Press for the e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collection and the Euclid Prime Collection.

The e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collections provides online access to 64 Duke University Press journals in the humanities and social sciences.

The Euclid Prime Collection is a collection of journals in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics hosted by Project Euclid. The 2022 collection includes 49 titles. 

Ukrainian National plan for Open Science

Thu, 18/11/2021 - 13:59

The Working Group at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine will share the draft National Plan for Open Science at a panel discussion during the 10th International Youth Science Forum ‘Litteris et Artibus’.

The forum, hosted by Lviv Polytechnic National University, brings together researchers at different career stages from diverse fields to boost interdisciplinary collaboration.  

EOSC Future Open Days

Wed, 17/11/2021 - 19:21

The EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) Future project is hosting its first series of open days from 23-25 November 2021. During this virtual event, participants will have a unique opportunity to ask questions about the inner workings of the EOSC Future project, recent developments and priorities going forward. Topics include - 

EIFL webinar for repository managers

Wed, 17/11/2021 - 13:56

In this webinar, the EIFL Licensing and Open Access programmes will present the outcomes of recent discussions with publishers on providing guidelines for how authors can retrieve the Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAMs) that can be deposited in institutional repositories. 

Technology boost for public libraries in Uganda

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 15:06

Ugandan public libraries, staffed by public librarians with training skills, are becoming the go-to places for people who want to learn digital skills. The libraries are winning recognition, attracting trainees from all walks of life, and they are receiving new donations of computers, internet connections and data packages.

Experts panel, Busitema University

Tue, 16/11/2021 - 14:42

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will moderate a Panel of Experts discussion at Busitema University, Uganda, on the topic ‘It Matters How We Open Knowledge: A panel discussion on challenging established norms to enable researchers in the developing countries to benefit from open access’.

OPTIMA project workshops

Mon, 15/11/2021 - 18:17

EIFL is one of 11 partners taking part in the OPTIMA project, which promotes openness and transparency in research in Ukraine by fostering open science practices and open peer review among early career researchers and others who are interested. 

EIFL renews agreement for IMechE journals

Mon, 15/11/2021 - 17:02

EIFL has renewed its agreement with SAGE Publishing for access as well as open access publishing terms for the IMechE Journals until 2024. The IMechE collection of 18 journals includes the 16-part Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), as well as The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design and the International Journal of Engine Research.

Institutions in seven EIFL partner countries are eligible to subscribe to the collection for free:

Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Senegal, Sudan, Uzbekistan

ETD 2021

Fri, 12/11/2021 - 20:03

ETD 2021 is a virtual conference, hosted and organized by the United Arab Emirates University and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). There will be two pre-conference workshops, and the conference will be followed by a series of regional workshops that EIFL will host.

15 November: Pre-conference workshops

DSpace 7.1 user documentation sprint

Fri, 12/11/2021 - 15:56

Join us for the DSpace 7.1 user-facing documentation writing sprint from 15 November to 28 November 2021!

During these two weeks, writing teams, coordinated by the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT), will work asynchronously (and in planned, optional co-working sessions) to produce DSpace 7.1 documentation for repository, community and collection Administrators and Submitters. 

This is NOT technical documentation and your experience with previous versions of DSpace is sufficient to participate.

Opening up climate and biodiversity research

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 17:19

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, introduces and discusses a new project that will promote open access to climate and biodiversity research.