As well as the recording above, please see this post for speakers’ key takeaways, answers to attendee questions and a curated resource and comment list from the webinar chat channel.
We are pleased to announce the next OASPA webinar which will explore the question of open metadata with regard to books. What are the relations, challenges, and opportunities of thinking and developing open book metadata and open access in terms of labor, quality, persistence, standardization, accessibility, and discoverability?
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 3.15 pm – 4.30 pm UTC / GMT
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OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on open book metadata. As the open access landscape continues to evolve, its multiple entanglements with open data, open science, and open source infrastructure become increasingly clear. Open metadata are another important element of this picture. High-quality metadata are essential for publishers, libraries, and vendors alike, and their format, content, and licensing have been a matter of discussion within the open-access publishing world. Whereas the issue of open metadata has considerable traction in the journal world, its elaboration within the context of book publishing lags behind, not in the least because of the arguably higher complexity of the book value chain.
In this OASPA webinar, we intend to shine a light on the question of open metadata with regard to books. This does not only pertain to the question of what “open” means in this context (CC0-licensed as for instance defined by Plan S and Europeana), but also how to ensure the openness and quality of open metadata throughout the value chain, where multiple actors produce, ingest, edit, process, and export metadata in a multitude of formats. What, therefore, are the relations, challenges, and opportunities of thinking and developing open book metadata and open access in terms of labor, quality, persistence, standardization, accessibility, and discoverability?
The webinar will be chaired by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (punctum books) who will also speak about open metadata from the perspective of a scholar-led open access publisher. The panelists will each speak for 6 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and have an extended discussion.
Please join us live for this free webinar and contribute to the discussion by registering here.
Micah Altman (MIT), Dominique Babini (CLASCO), Mel Bach (Cambridge University), Christina Drummond (OA eBook Usage Data Trust), Jennifer Kemp (CrossRef/Metadata2020) and Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei – Chair (punctum books)
Micah Altman (@drmaltman)
Dr Micah Altman is a social and information scientist at MIT’s Center for Research in Equitable and Open Scholarship. Previously he served as Director of Research for the MIT Libraries, Head/Scientist for the Program on Information Science, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution; and at Harvard University as the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, Archival Director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.
Dominique Babini (@dominiquebabini)
Dominique Babini (Argentina) is open science advisor, and previously repository manager, at CLACSO-Latin American Council of Social Sciences, a network of 780 social science institutions in 52 countries, mainly in Latin America. She Represents CLACSO at: REDALYC-CLACSO portal of 1.015 open access SSH iberoamerican journals; Executive Board of AmeliCA-Open Knowledge; Experts Committee of the National System of Digital Repositories in Argentina; UNESCO Open Science Partnership; Comité pour la Science Ouverte, France; Open Access India; Publi.ca (Canada) and Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM).
Mel Bach (@ebookscamb)
Mel is the Head of Collections and Academic Liaison (CAL) at Cambridge University Library, overseeing research collection development and also the work of Cambridge’s ebooks@cambridge team. The ebooks team primarily support teaching and learning but also lead on metadata for all ebooks. Both authors of this recent post on OA books and metadata work within CAL. Mel herself has had far greater hands-on involvement with ebooks since the start of the Covid-related lockdowns in the UK, when the need not only for additional e-content and but also for adequate accompanying metadata has been greater than ever.
Christina Drummond (@cjsdrummond, @OAeBU_Project)
Christina currently serves as the Data Trust Program Officer for the OA eBook Usage Data Trust project having previously served as Educopia’s Director of Strategic Initiatives (2015-2017). Affiliated with Educopia since 2012, Christina has developed capacity-building resources for Educopia’s affiliated communities while managing efforts relating to digital preservation, cultural heritage workforce and leadership development, and data analytics. She previously has held research faculty and administration positions at the University of North Texas and is a data policy expert, having founded the Technology and Civil Liberties Project at the ACLU of Washington and the Applied Data Ethics Lab at The Ohio State University.
She currently acts as Co-Chair for the Professionalizing Data Stewardship Interest Group of the Research Data Alliance, sits on the Advisory Board for the Association of Rural and Small Library Leadership Institute, and serves on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Regional Data Advisory Committee.
Jennifer Kemp (@SaysJKemp)
Note that previous OASPA webinar details and recordings can be found here.