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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.

Fostering bibliodiversity: A call for action!

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 17:37

EIFL has co-authored a paper calling on researchers, universities, libraries, policy makers, funders and infrastructure providers to work together to support greater diversity in scholarly communications - referred to as bibliodiversity.

The paper argues that diversity is an essential characteristic of an effective scholarly communications system that can address complex challenges faced in today’s world. 

Webinar: Pursuing open at Iowa State University

Thu, 28/05/2020 - 12:26

In this EIFL webinar, guest speaker Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections at Iowa State University, will share his experience of how the university is supporting openness through principles, strategy and agreements with publishers. The webinar will cover:

2019 EIFL Annual Report

Tue, 26/05/2020 - 12:59

We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2019 Annual Report. The report celebrates our programmes, telling the stories of some of the people who have benefited from our work. In 2019 we also marked EIFL’s 20th anniversary, and EIFL-PLIP’s 10th anniversary. 

Thank you to the many people, past and present, who have helped to build and shape the organization over the years.

OR2020: Virtual meetings

Fri, 22/05/2020 - 17:34

The Open Repositories 2020 (OR2020) conference has been postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place, the OR2020 Steering Committee has organized a series of virtual meetings and workshops from 1 - 4 June 2020. EIFL will host the virtual meetings.

OR2020: LIBSENSE virtual workshop

Fri, 22/05/2020 - 17:12

Join this virtual LIBSENSE workshop and take part in discussions about strategies for open access and open science policy and infrastructure development in Africa.

The workshop brings together the African community of open access repository managers; open science and open access advocates, and others involved in supporting and providing open access services. It is co-organized by WACREN, UbuntuNet Alliance, ASREN, EIFL, COAR, AfricaConnect 3, OpenAIRE and GÉANT. The three main topics to be covered are:

EIFL comments on Kenya’s IP Bill

Thu, 21/05/2020 - 15:20

EIFL has provided comments to the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) on the draft Intellectual Property Bill, 2020, which aims to consolidate existing laws relating to intellectual property.

Webinar: Subscription cancellations and alternative access options

Mon, 18/05/2020 - 18:28

This EIFL webinar will cover subscription cancellations and alternative access options. Our guest speakers Colleen Campbell, Partner Development at OA2020, and Britt-Marie Wideberg, Coordinator of Bibsam, the Consortium of University and Research Libraries of Sweden, will discuss why the libraries and consortia decided to cancel some of their journal subscriptions, how they secured stakeholder buy-in for the cancellation, how they planned for it, and how they communicated it to users - and what alternative access options are available to their users.

Webinar: Developments around Plan S

Mon, 18/05/2020 - 15:50

EIFL will host the webinar, on behalf of the OpenAIRE Policy and Legal Task Force. It will cover the mapping exercise of a national Plan S compliant OA Policy in Ireland and also discuss new developments in Plan S, offering practical advice to national stakeholders in complying with Plan S provisions.
We invite research funders, national contact points for Plan S, vice-rectors, research administrators and managers, librarians and others who are interested in this topic.