OA Task Force Draft Recommendations

These draft recommendations aim to support and increase the open sharing of MIT publications, data, software, and educational materials. They are available for public comment until April 17.
by MIT OA Task Force
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New Discussion on Apr 11
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Nancy McGovern: It would be a great community contribution to determine whatgood practice would look like for a right-sized and content-appropriate preservation strategy for the digital content in this scope
New Discussion on Apr 10
Marcio von Muhlen: A great way to experiment :). Another option could be to require preprint deposition in an open access preprint server. The program team at CZI (my employer) has experience with this more increment...
New Discussion on Apr 10
Marcio von Muhlen: Could this statement be stronger with a reference to timing? e.g. “openly and promptly”.
New Discussion on Apr 8
Edwin Khoo: This is extremely important for encouraging researchers, especially graduate students who are just starting their research, to view sharing of data and code as productive.
New Discussion on Apr 8
Edwin Khoo: In my opinion, this is the one of the most critical steps. Getting buy-in from faculty across all ranks will be critical to ensure success and continuity of the OA policy.
New Discussion on Mar 31
Amy Brand: Is it worth mentioning how well aligned and supportive of these recommendations the MIT Press is? Some faculty have asked, incorrectly assuming the OATF proposals would be threatening or damaging t...
Chris Bourg: We should consider adding a section in this intro that addresses the perception that OA is a threat to scholarly publishers, and can specifically highlight MIT Press as a counter example to that pe...
New Discussion on Mar 31
Amy Brand: The MIT Press can also help with this.
New Discussion on Mar 31
Amy Brand: The discoverability and tagging of open educational materials is also foundational.
New Discussion on Mar 31
Amy Brand: This should be more clearly defined to exclude works intended for trade distribution.
New Discussion on Mar 21
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Ye Li: Would you please consider adding ChemRxiv (https://chemrxiv.org/) as an example here too? I understand that we cannot list all kinds of preprints as examples and this one is run by society publishe...
Edwin Khoo: There is also a list of preprint servers backed by the OSF at https://osf.io/preprints/.
New Discussion on Mar 21
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Ye Li: Is “Develop” here referring to creating new types of license or adopting a set of existing ones?
New Discussion on Mar 21
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Ye Li: It may be better to cite the permanent link of the Wikipedia page in the footnote ( https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Monograph&oldid=888386286 )
New Discussion on Mar 21
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Ye Li: In addition to support new repositories and open databases, this fund could also support the effort in developing STANDARDS and promoting their adoption in the “long tail” disciplines.
New Discussion on Mar 19
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Stuart Buck: As per one of my comments above, it would be great if the federal government (NIH, NSF, DOD, etc.) could encourage and facilitate a portion (say, 3 to 5 percent) of each grant to be dedicated towar...
New Discussion on Mar 19
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Stuart Buck: Could job ads be written so as to reward a prior demonstration of open science practices? Here’s an example from the University of Oregon: https://dsn.uoregon.edu/join/
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Felix Schönbrodt: A larger collection of job ads which already require an open science statement can be found here: https://osf.io/7jbnt/
New Discussion on Mar 19
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Stuart Buck: It is unclear how the Open Access Infrastructure Fund would itself be funded, but perhaps the Office of Sponsored Programs could start regularly building in a small percentage of federal grants to ...
Amy Brand: I like that idea for sustainability. For the launch of MIT’s own open infrastructure consortium — see https://kfg.mit.edu/ of which PubPub is a part— we’ve so far been relying on private/foundatio...
New Discussion on Mar 19
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Stuart Buck: It would be good to include interoperability and consistency with other such efforts.
New Discussion on Mar 19
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Stuart Buck: This would be a good section to call for a commitment to the FAIR principles, so that data can find maximum usefulness. Perhaps MIT could join up with the GO FAIR Initiative, https://www.go-fair.or...
New Discussion on Mar 18
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Cable Green: Recommend adding a new recommendation / bullet below: “We recommend that MIT authored scholarly articles be made available under an appropriate Creative Commons license.”
New Discussion on Mar 18
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Ashley Farley: I’m not sure if this is an appropriate place for this but I would be curious (knowing this is very, very early days) if transformative agreements within Plan S are under consideration here.
New Discussion on Mar 18
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Ashley Farley: I am biased but I think that this is a great idea. I would be happy to share the grant language that we use.
New Discussion on Mar 18
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Ashley Farley: I am curious as to how this workflow would work - I would like to see that a detailed explanation is provided and that the OA Taskforce can push back on it or provide recommendations on how to ensu...
Katharine Dunn: Hi Ashley, thanks for your comments! Waivers/opt outs are already part of the OA policies we currently have. (See https://libraries.mit.edu/oapolicy. The language is: The Provost or Provost’s desi...