Annual Meeting Report

Shared Open Source Infrastructure in Workflow


MODERATOR: Heather Staines Head of Partnerships MIT Knowledge Futures Group Trumbull, Connecticut SPEAKERS: Maël Plaine Product Manager eLife Cambridge, United Kingdom Andrew Smeall Chief Digital Officer Hindawi London, United Kingdom Jennifer Regala Managing Editor American Society of Plant Biologists Rockville, Maryland REPORTER: Lettie Conrad Maverick Publishing Specialists Los Angeles, California This expert panel was opened by Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships for MIT’s Knowledge Futures Group, who points to commercial and resource consolidation trends in the publishing industry as one driver toward adopting open source (OS) technologies. In particular, university and nonprofit initiatives are on the rise to increase flexibility and avoid proprietary lock-in, in support of research sustainability, reproducibility, transparency, data reuse and portability, as well as end-user control and privacy. The 2.5% Project is a Mellon-funded initiative that encourages university libraries to defer 2.5% of their acquisitions budgets to support OS infrastructure on their campuses. The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is a global network of associations committed to an open future for research, supporting initiatives like the 2.5% Project, as well as investing in SherpaRomeo and Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Maël Plaine, Product Manager of eLife, an STM journals publisher backed by various research funders, further addressed their motivations for building an OS infrastructure in publishing. Their mission is to leverage the power of web technologies to accelerate research and discovery across various disciplines. Proprietary infrastructure solutions risk dependence on a single provider, where maintenance and standards compliance can be difficult, demanding a […]

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