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OpenCon to bring together students and early career researchers to advance Open Access, OER, and Open Data.

Last November, seventy five students and early career researchers from thirty five countries gathered in Berlin to advance campaigns led by the next generation for an open system of academic publishing.  The results of their collective effort since have been extraordinary.

In the wake of the meeting, national-level campaigns were launched in Tanzania, Nigeria, and Nepal, with the latter two establishing chapters in nearly all of the medical schools in each country. Students helped to pass open-access policies at institutions such as the University of Cape Town and to integrate Open Access into the orientation for students at places like the University of Hong Kong.  A student-led project called the Open Access Button that launched at the meeting has since mapped over 9,000 individual collisions with paywalls and been covered in Scientific American and the Guardian.

From helping to found Open Access Week in 2007 to now, the next generation of researchers has played an ever-increasing role in transforming scholarly communication.  This year’s Open Access Week will celebrate these efforts with the theme Generation Open, and this Fall, the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC will launch OpenCon, a new conference to support, connect, and catalyze student and early career researcher-led projects across Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.  The meeting will be held on November 15-17 in Washington, DC.

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How ‘Google Science’ could transform academic publishing

Google is allegedly working on a free, open access platform for the research, collaboration and publishing of peer-reviewed scientific journals.

At least, that is apparently what one individual wants us to believe.

Wired.co.uk is in possession of a document, sent anonymously, detailing how “Google Science” would bring together existing services such as Google Docs, Google Plus, YouTube and more to create a platform that challenges the paid-for model of scientific publishing and provides academics with an opportunity to connect with each other more efficiently. The document was allegedly given to a handful of academics in Berlin this week by Google executives — so says the email sent to this establishment and a number of other sources.

A name appears in one of the screenshots purporting to exhibit Google Science in action — Dieter Krachtus — and Wired.co.uk contacted him to find out if the document is in fact false and mocked up. (There’s also a smiley winky face somewhere in the presentation, and a typo, so we were not totally sold…) Krachtus has since responded to deny sending Wired.co.uk the document, but reveals that the presentation did in fact belong to a 2011 “Google Science project” he prepared for “a couple of friends and acquaintances at Google”. The document, is exactly the same — bar a date change. 

A Google spokesperson is currently looking into the validity of a burgeoning “Google Science” project, but so far has been unable to find anything and has no comment. Krachtus believes the whole thing is a prank being played on him. 

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