The story continues. After I posted the whole public conversation about problems in InvestInOpen’s
Code of Conduct, I got immediately banned from their Slack. Luckily, made all important screenshots.
Wrote a thread about the company SPARC which funded Open Con that banned Jon Tennant, will be happy if you will share this with your colleagues:
Banning people from #OpenScience organisations is a normal practice. Funny coincidence: usually it comes from communities linked to US-based @SPARC_NA, a company which unites university libraries that bring money to commercial publishers. A loooot of money💰
During last 22 years @SPARC_NA promotes making scientific results publicly available in #OpenAccess. After 22 (!) years, US libraries are still paying millions of to publishers. While scientists are forced to pay thousands of to publish + spied on. Good job, guys
It is all started in 2018 when #OpenScience activist Jon Tennant received a PRIVATE ban for sexual harassment from the @Open_Con conference funded by @SPARC_NA.
A disclaimer: I never met Jon, I did not know him personally, my opinion is based on facts and witnesses.
After that in 2019 @Protohedgehog got a PUBLIC ban which @Open_Con posted on Twitter that was followed with a massive mob. People were enjoying it . But no other explanation or proof was provided by @Open_Con. Jon’s reputation was destroyed.
Almost in the same time in 2019 Jon got another PRIVATE ban from @force11rescomm community. Jon’s sister @Rebeccatennan10 suggested this ban came from his conference presentation where he publicly critised commercial publishing company Springer Nature.
Jon never hided his opinion on publishers and on the system. He was sure that all the problems in sci communication were coming from publishing oligarchy. He organised a lot of initiatives starting from educational and repository projects finishing by complaints against Elsevier.
@OpenScienceMOOC which Jon founded was one of a very promising #OpenScience communities. But after he left it and tragically died, this community is no longer active as it was before. Sadly, as a new member of the steering committee, I can confirm it.
A lot of Jon’s friends, supporters and family were asking for truth and evidence from @Open_Con. Of course, it hurt their reputation. I think they needed rebranding, and while @OpenScienceMOOC is no longer popular due to the sex scandal and Jon’s death, they can occupy a niche.
From 2019 @SPARC_NA started to support @InvestInOpen, a new community which gathers funders to invest in Open Infrastructures. Investments💰look attractive for people because none wants to fund #OpenScience initiatives. You know, money helps to get people together easily.
And maybe @InvestInOpen could be a nice community if they would not adopt @Open_Con’s code of conduct which seems to be made to silence unwanted people by appreciating anonymous reporting, imaginary comfort and a very manipulative definition of harassment.
The same thing happened to me: @InvestInOpen censured me because my opinion on publishers was unconstructive and destructive (see unwanted). They are not ready to welcome questions about publishers’ toxic influence and agressive marketing.
I could not imagine what will happen if there will be not me alone questionning this but hundred independent journalists hard-talkers. They also will be banned from @InvestInOpen? All together ?
Then great, this hundred dissenters will appear soon - they will storm your offices, also massively create “uncomfortable conditions” for your bosses and… destroy your reputation until your parasitic structure collapses. Get ready!
Guys, @SPARC_NA, if you are creating elitist money-laundering closed communities just mention about it. Do not use words “open”, “transparent”, “fair”, “diversity” etc. They are certainly not about you and are reserved for others.