Open Publishing Fest 2021

At Sciety, we held 2 events focusing on open review and curation. These events were in different formats, allowing for variety in levels of participation.

5 months ago   •   2 min read

By The Sciety Team

In November, the Coko Foundation held their annual Open Publishing Fest, a 2-week global event providing a platform for various open science activities and related resources to be showcased. Organisations from across the world facilitated their own activities within the framework provided by the organisers.

At Sciety, we held 2 events focusing on open review and curation. These events were in different formats, allowing for variety in levels of participation. Both offered the audience space to share their work and exchange ideas. Below you will find a few short summaries of the events. For more information, we’d encourage you to watch the videos we’ve published.

  1. New ways of open preprint review

This event was a panel discussion, with Q&A at the end. It brought together evaluating groups on Sciety as well as those not on Sciety. The core link between the panellists was that they have been innovative in the open review of preprints. The 4 participating groups each have a unique approach to enhancing preprints with evaluation, thereby elevating them to the position of first-class research outputs. Represented on the panel were:

Peer Community In (PCI)
Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium (NCRC)
Giga Science
ScreenIT

You can watch their discussion in the video below.

  1. Curation in the preprint Landscape

The second event was an open and interactive session that allowed participants to respond to set questions in an engaging style. The discussion, aided by Miro board activity, was insightful. Exploring questions such as ‘what are the benefits of curation?’, we were able to unearth where people’s perspectives differed as well as where they overlapped. If you follow our blog, you might remember that we also ran this event during Peer Review Week in July, and wrote a detailed post on it. This time, however, we have a short video below of the discussion which we hope will help you explore the topic more.

  1. Other contributions

We also took part in 2 other activities. In one of them, Paul Shannon, our Head of Technology & Innovation, was interviewed about his experience in building open source software and for the other, he was a panellist on the topic of DocMaps, a community-endorsed framework for capturing valuable context about the processes used to create documents in a machine-readable way.

Let us know what you think. And if there is a topic you will want us to host, or if you want us to contribute to an event you are holding, feel free to drop us a line.

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