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2017 SSP Focus Group – Washington, DC

January 31, 2017
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The onset of “open”: Investigating the Value and Impact of Open Data, Science, and Digital Scholarship in Scholarly Publishing

The 2017 SSP Focus Group broadens its panelist members to represent stakeholders across the scholarly communications landscape.
The day will consist of panel presentations, small group discussion and reporting, and open discussion between panelists and the audience.

What is “open science/open digital scholarship?” “Open” — whether narrowly understood as access or more broadly understood as transparency — has increased journal readership, citations, alternative metrics, and online attention, but it goes beyond getting more eyeballs on research. It’s also about social justice and giving tax payers — patients, family members, concerned citizens — access to the research they fund while increasing public literacy.

The evolution of “open” in all things scholarly publishing (from datasets to digitally native research outputs) has forced all stakeholders in the research life cycle to rethink how they disseminate and consume scholarly information. “Open” broadly speaking refers to accessibility, methodology, metrics and evaluation. Does this mean making peer review “open?” Lab notebooks and curricula “open?” Tenure/promotion evaluations “open? How does the move to “open science/data and open digital scholarship” force publishers to rethink how they augment and enhance the content they disseminate? Where are the opportunities for publishers to broaden their services and support for researchers committed to this kind of information access? What are the unintended consequences of moving into a more “open” ecosystem? What will be the role of government and public/private funders?

Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development, Altmetric

Kristen Ratan, Co-Founder, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
Philip Bourne, Associate Director for Data Science, NIH
Meghan Byrne, Senior Editor, Public Library of Science
Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services in the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Jean Bauer, Associate Director, Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University

Includes networking lunch 12-1pm

Tentative Agenda:
10-10:15am: Introductions/Overview for the day
10-10:40am: Intro to “Open” Where did we come from and where might we go?
10:40-11am: “What are your organizations doing to go ‘Open’?”
11-11:30am:Trials and tribulations of “Open” across the disciplines
11:30-11:50am: Open discussion with panelists and audience
12:00-1:00 Networking Lunch
1-1:15pm: Overview for the afternoon
1:15-2pm: Small group break out discussions with panelists

Moderated roundtable discussions on:
1. Funders as a lever for preprints, embargoes, data management plans, and more – Phil Bourne
2. Open access/open source – Kristen Ratan
3. Library as an Open Publisher – Dot Porter
4. Reuse of open data, including meta-analysis and data mining – Jean Bauer
5. Open data across disciplines – Meg Byrne

2-2:30pm: Small group reporting
2:30-3pm: Open discussion
3-3:15pm: BREAK
3:15-3:40pm: Panel discussion: Where is “Open” heading next?
3:40-4pm: Final group discussion and closing