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Open access research is the future, Wiley VP says

Furthering the public’s access to academic research means treating an open-access journal article like a consumer product, carefully considering the user experience and rebuilding digital systems to scale up, Jay Flynn, the executive vice president at the academic publishing house Wiley, told EdScoop. But that rethinking poses a challenge for small academic associations and publishers that lack the resources to rebuild their digital processes for open research, a movement that’s picked up momentum during the pandemic. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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U. of Arkansas plans to decommission three-decade-old business software

The University of Arkansas shut down the mainframe for its Business and Administrative Strategic Information System on Monday, the latest step in decommissioning a system launched before many of its undergraduate students were born. The university on Tuesday estimated that turning off the mainframe that runs BASIS, a software suite designed in 1991, will save an estimated $1 million. The university also announced plans to celebrate the team behind BASIS with a ceremony when the hardware is hauled away next spring. Emily has it.

North Carolina colleges plan to hire regional cyber directors

The North Carolina Community College System last week announced several new technology investments following approval of the state budget last month. Among them, it’s planning to hire nine regional cybersecurity officers for its 58 community colleges, so that cybersecurity strategy can address the specific needs and services of each area, system Chief Information Officer Patrick Fleming told EdScoop. The regional officers are an additional layer of cybersecurity management for the system, which hosts the third-most state community colleges in the country. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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