Open Research

Virtual Conference


Open research — making the entire research process more transparent, and results more accessible, in the interest of reproducibility and verification — continues to gain momentum globally. This event will look at the current state of open research around the world, examine needs across different communities, and identify next steps that might be useful in helping to meet those needs. The agenda will cover a broad range of topics, including open peer review and data-sharing,  reproducibility, and metrics for open access outputs, as well as the current and future role of publication in preserving the scholarly record.

Confirmed Speakers: Toby Green, Co-founder, Coherent Digital; Glenn Hampson, Program Director, Open Scholarship Initiative; Gabriela Mejias, Engagement Manager, Global Consortia, ORCID; Alison Mudditt, CEO, PLOS; Jason Priem, Co-Founder,; and Jennifer Regala, Director of Publications/Executive Editor, American Urological Association. 


Event Sessions

12:00 Noon - 12:15 Welcome


12:15pm - 12:45pm The Current Landscape for Open Research


Defining the foundational landscape of open research is a bit like defining the foundational landscape of “architecture.” There is a tremendous amount of diversity of form and purpose, but also some common elements. This presentation will focus on three main pillars of this foundation: (1) Understanding the definition of “open.” This word is everywhere in the scholarly communication landscape but what does it mean and how is it used by different groups? (2) Understanding the status, needs and challenges of the open universe. Where are we making progress? What needs are we meeting and what are the unmet needs and challenges? And finally, (3) Understanding the priorities for improving our open future. What should we focus on and why?

12:45pm - 1:15pm Building and Launching The Commons


Confirmed Speaker: Toby Green, Co-founder, Coherent Digital; 

1:15pm - 1:45pm Making It Work Globally


 Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are the building blocks of research infrastructure. This presentation will provide an overview on how ORCID (and other PIDs) can help improve trust and transparency in research information as well as current challenges to adoption. We'll also discuss how PIDs can help enable recognition for collaborative research across borders and Indigenous Knowledge. 

CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance


1:45pm - 2:30pm Comfort Break (45 minutes)

2:30 - 3:00 Adapting to New Practices: A Case Study


Jennifer Regala

Director of Publications / Executive Editor
American Urological Association

What does the road to open science look like? How can an organization take a step back to move in the direction of open science? This case study will allow you to learn about how the American Urological Association is examining their scholarly publications program to make their research accessible and open. By starting small and meaningfully, this program is not “checking the box” on “open”; instead, they are thinking about short- and long-term changes to meet the needs of the urological community and global scientific readership at large.

3:00 - 3:30 Build It and They Will Come


At the end of this year, Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG) will be discontinued. A free scholarly bibliographic and citation database (like Scopus or Google Scholar), MAG has quietly become an essential component of many scholarly infrastructure projects--and so its departure is a real problem for our community. OurResearch is working to solve this problem. On January 1, we're launching OpenAlex: a free, open, and comprehensive catalog of scholarly papers, authors, institutions, and more. As well as providing a drop-in replacement for MAG, OpenAlex will also add support for ORCID and ROR, a full-featured REST API, and be built on completely open-source code. I'll dig into some of the details of our approach, compare and contrast our approach to MAG's, and share our roadmap for the future. 

Shared by speaker Gabriela Mejias Posse (Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure): Who has committed to the POSI principles?

3:30pm - 4:00pm Vision Interview with Todd Carpenter


Confirmed Speaker: Alison Mudditt, CEO, PLOS (Public Library of Science)

Additional Information

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