The many recommendations from OSI2016 and OSI2017 participants (as summarized in the OSI2017 final report) are being carefully considered and prioritized. The OSI summit group will meet in March 2018 to finalize OSI’s action plan for 2018 and 2019 based on these recommendations. Until then, OSI will move forward with the preliminary action plan developed by the OSI director and vetted by the OSI steering committee, summit group and participants. The top priorities in this action plan are as follows:
Many studies and other information gathering efforts are needed to fill in gaps in our understanding of key scholarly communication processes and questions (embargos, global flip, more). OSI will search for ways to get these efforts underway,
OSI’s main tool to start reforming the culture of communication in academia will be RScomm.net (the Research & Scholarly Communication Network website), which will include new resources for the rscomm community, new tools, outreach on definitions, best practices and standards, and more. Coming January 1, 2018.
Improve coordination and collaboration between stakeholders and groups toward common goals.
Other actions that will be pursued, as time and budget permit, include improving the standards, best practices and common language in scholarly communication (some of this will be attempted as part of the RScomm.net effort); experimenting with and piloting new solutions; coordinating high-level policy development meetings; and more. Please see the OSI2017 summary report for details.
OSI participants have recommended taking a closer look at a handful of topics. Small discussion groups peeled off during 2017 to work on these; some may end up becoming future workgroup topics or OSI spin-off products or projects:
A common refrain from OSI2017 was that OSI’s communication channels need to be improved. While the OSI listserv has been a conspicuously active, rich and informative information space, it was never intended to be a decision-making tool for this group. Additionally, as a discussion space it isn’t ideal since many individuals prefer more time to weigh in and don’t always want to engage in contentious conversations. Here’s what’s been proposed for late 2017 and beyond: