Article: A guide to Plan S: the open-access initiative shaking up science publishing

Access, Document, Open Decision-Support, Research

A guide to Plan S: the open-access initiative shaking up science publishing

In 2018, an influential group of research funders announced a bold pledge: the scientists they fund should publish their peer-reviewed papers outside journal paywalls. The initiative, called Plan S, caused an instant uproar over its aim of ending journal subscription models — the means by which many scholarly publications have financed their existence. Its intended start date in 2020 was delayed, and its details were tweaked. But after much sparring over policy, the project formally began in 2021, with 25 funding agencies rolling out similar open-access (OA) mandates.

As the first papers under these mandates are published, Plan S supporters say it’s the start of a journey towards open science. But most research funders haven’t signed up yet, and negotiations over the plan have produced a complex landscape of options to avoid paywalls.

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Article: Learning how to learn is the future of higher education

Open Software, Open Source

Learning how to learn is the future of higher education

The internet makes world-class education available to anyone with a connected device these days, particularly if you want to study technology.
From Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science to Coursera’s Advanced Computer Vision with TensorFlow, free course offerings run the gamut from beginner to expert.

But where to begin? Students don’t need more content, they need curation and a framework to guide them through the maze of available courses so that they spend their time wisely, building up useful knowledge that will translate into a career.

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