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Open Science Summer School

Wed, 15/07/2020 - 13:33

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will give a keynote address at the University of Zurich Open Science Summer School on the Fundamentals of Open Data, Research Data Management, and Open Access. 

Kuchma’s address will take place on 28 August, on the topic OpenAIRE and Open Science

Find out more about the Summer School.


Open science practices in Africa

Tue, 14/07/2020 - 12:55

June was a busy month for the LIBSENSE Initiative - a collaborative space through which libraries and research and education networks (RENs) are advancing open access and open science in Africa.

Webinar: IR management

Mon, 13/07/2020 - 16:11

EIFL and our partner consortium in Ghana, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana  (CARLIGH), are co-hosting a webinar on institutional repository management. 

Institutional repository managers and librarians, faculty members, researchers, IT staff, university administrators from Ghana, and others who are interested in scholarly publishing, are welcome to attend. 

WIPO Copyright Committee (41st session)

Fri, 03/07/2020 - 16:05

The 41st session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) takes place in Geneva from 30 November to 4 December, 2020.

EIFL will participate in the session when delegates from WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) member states discuss limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives, education and research, and a proposed treaty for the protection of broadcast organizations, among other topics.


Internet Governance Forum 2020

Fri, 03/07/2020 - 15:56

EIFL will take part in the 15th Internet Governance Forum 2020 (IGF 2020) which will be held online this year as part of international efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The overarching theme of IGF 2020 is ‘Internet United’. The main thematic tracks are Data; Environment; Inclusion; Trust

Webinar: E-resources during COVID-19 - copyright and licensing issues

Thu, 02/07/2020 - 19:07

EIFL is delighted to present the webinar, ‘E-resources during COVID-19: copyright and licensing issues’, in cooperation with the association of African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA).

The webinar is free and open to all library and information professionals. 

EIFL and OpenEdition renew agreement

Thu, 02/07/2020 - 12:11

OpenEdition is a French open access publisher, run by Cleo, the centre for open electronic publishing. Through the agreement with EIFL, OpenEdition provides free institutional access to its Freemium for Journals collection of 175 journals, published by university presses and small academic publishers until December 2022.

The journals cover the subjects of humanities and social sciences. About 80% of the publications are in French, and half of the journals regularly publish articles in more than one language, including English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

RDA COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations

Wed, 01/07/2020 - 13:42

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) COVID-19 Working Group has released the final version of its guidelines and recommendations on how data from multiple disciplines inform responses to a pandemic and can be shared under the present COVID-19 circumstances.

COVID lessons - copyright and online learning

Mon, 29/06/2020 - 16:11

In Part I of this two-part blog, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager Teresa Hackett looks at the immediate challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has posed for the copyright and licensing framework as education moves online. In Part II, to be published in July, we will examine the implications of the pandemic on the right to research, the right of preservation by cultural heritage institutions, and how the global copyright community should best respond.

Webinar: OA journals and publishers

Fri, 26/06/2020 - 19:16

EIFL and our partner, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH), are co-hosting a webinar on how to identify credible open access journals and avoid predatory ones that charge authors publishing fees but do not provide peer review or editing services.

Librarians, researchers and faculty, university administrators, journal editors and all others interested in scholarly publishing are welcome to attend. 

OR2020 Ideas Challenge

Fri, 26/06/2020 - 19:09

Join this virtual meeting and discuss how to pitch ideas, recruit a team and brainstorm topics for the OR2020 (Open Repositories 2020) Ideas Challenge 2020-21. 

Date and time:  30 June, 2pm UTC.

To join the meeting, using ZOOM: 

EIFL responds to UNESCO Open Science consultation

Wed, 24/06/2020 - 13:50

In May, the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences of UNESCO invited EIFL to join the UNESCO Open Science Partnership and to contribute to a global consultation that will result in a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. 

EIFL endorses Open COVID Pledge

Tue, 23/06/2020 - 18:06

EIFL has pledged its support for the Open COVID Pledge that seeks to remove barriers to the use of intellectual property (IP) to help end and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide

Thu, 18/06/2020 - 19:04

Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Manager, is one of two presenters at this Gibabit Libraries Network (GLN) online event exploring internet access, digital services, physical materials and social infrastructure in libraries. 

The theme of the event, which is one of a series organized by GLN, is ‘DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide’.

Webinar: OpenAIRE Citizen Science activities in Education

Wed, 17/06/2020 - 17:33

People engaged in citizen science, librarians, educators, and others working with school students are invited to join this OpenAIRE webinar, hosted by EIFL, about the OpenAIRE Citizen Science initiatives and activities

Specific topics to be addressed are - 

OpenAIRE virtual coffee break

Wed, 17/06/2020 - 17:23

Involved in open science training and looking for ways to optimize your online training delivery? Join this virtual coffee break discussion, hosted by EIFL. No presentations, just an informal experience sharing discussion - as you would during your coffee break. 

  • Date and time: 29 June, 11:00 CEST
  • To register: Please register in advance. Click here to register.

We will use Zoom meeting - please make sure that your video is on. 

WIPO Conversation on IP and AI

Mon, 15/06/2020 - 17:59

EIFL will attend the second session of the WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence to be held over three days from 7 - 9 July 2020 as a virtual meeting. To allow the broadest possible global audience to attend, there are three daily sessions from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST, and the virtual meeting is open to all interested parties.

In addition to patents, designs and trade secrets, the meeting will discuss general policy issues for copyright, copyright authorship and ownership, and copyright infringement and exceptions. 

Ghana open science trainers’ meet-up

Mon, 15/06/2020 - 17:52

EIFL and our partner, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH), are co-hosting an online meet-up of e-resources and institutional repository librarians who are open science trainers at 11 CARLIGH member libraries.

The trainers will share updates, success stories and challenges faced in progressing openness at their institutions. The aim of the meeting is to assist EIFL and CARLIGH develop plans for supporting open science, open access and open data in future.

Webinar: OpenAIRE report, 'Towards Sustainable Cooperative and Non-APC Publishing Models'

Mon, 15/06/2020 - 16:37

EIFL Open Access Programme Manager Iryna Kuchma will present the results of the OpenAIRE report, 'Towards Sustainable Cooperative and Non-APC Publishing Models', in this 90-minute webinar organized by the library of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL).

Co-designing OA publishing infrastructures

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 15:38

Editors and publishers, researchers, librarians and tool builders - join us in this LIBSENSE online meeting on co-designing open access (OA) publishing infrastructures in Africa.

This is the first in a series of four online meetings on the topic ‘Co-designing collaborative free and open source OA publishing infrastructures in Africa’ organized by the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), EIFL and the Coko Foundation. The focus of the first meeting will be on the audit of needs and tools.