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If you are a scholar who is on the fence about whether or not to get on the Open Access bandwagon, then consider this: It's your ethical duty as a researcher to share your research. As authors John Willinsky and Juan Pablo Alperin explain in their article, "The Academic Ethics of Open Access to Research and Scholarship,"
The ethics of access have to do with recognizing people's right to know what is known, as well as the value to humanity of having one of its best forms of arriving at knowledge as widely shared as possible. The level of access is often reduced by the financial interests of publishers in a market in which there is little sense of rational order, given huge discrepancies in prices for similar products.
Last updated by lacym on 04/25/2014
On April 11th, members of the Digital Scholarship Team presented initial work in analyzing the text of the Indianapolis Recorder at IUPUI Research Day. The Indianapolis Recorder is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent African American newspapers, and the University Library has a digitized collection covering the vast majority of issues published between 1899 and 2005. The full text of more than 96,000 pages is currently available for export from the ContentDM platform as a tab delimited or XML text file (1.3GB).
Last updated by andjsmit on 04/25/2014
Last updated by jdodell on 04/18/2014
In 2007 IUPUI University Library partnered with the IUPUI Graduate Office to begin providing open access to students’ theses and dissertations. In our promotional activities we focused on the benefits to students. Their scholarship is:
Last updated by klpalmer on 04/17/2014
Spring is in the air in Indianapolis, a perfect time to turn our attention to the exciting changes in wildlife that this time of year brings. And, with spring comes the annual influx of migratory birds. Amazingly, some of these bird species return to our state from tropical wintering grounds as far away as the South American continent.
Brock’s Birds of Indiana, part of the IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship’s Cultural Heritage Collection, contains a wealth of information of the birds that can be found in our state. This information packed resource contains historical notes as well as population and distribution information for bird species occurring in Indiana. One can also find details of when to expect the arrival and departure of Indiana’s migrant birds. This is truly a treasure trove of information for nature enthusiasts, bird biologists, or anyone interested in learning more about the birds in our state.
Last updated by esnajdr on 04/11/2014
The first quarter of this year has been a good one for IUPUIScholarWorks. While upgrading our version of DSpace, we also rebuilt our community list on the home page. Currently, thirteen IUPUI schools have collections in ScholarWorks. (We hope that the few remaining schools will create collections before the end of the year.) While making improvements to the website, we were also busy posting new submissions to the repository. Here's what's new in IUPUIScholarWorks for the first quarter of 2014:
Scholarly Articles: 125
We're well on our way to providing open access to over 1,000 new items in the year 2014!
Last updated by jdodell on 04/04/2014
The staff of IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship spent a great deal of time (rightly so) toiling over: 1. Defining digital scholarship and, 2. What services we would focus on in connection with this definition. We struggled with describing digital scholarship similarly to others, wanting to ensure some cohesion with our national and international colleagues. We also wanted to create a mission and suite of services that was unique to and served our university. Creating a mission statement is precarious enough, add to this a yet solidly defined area of study and prepare to see a group of structure craving librarians squirm.
Last updated by klpalmer on 04/04/2014
A few years ago Dean Lewis implemented a fund to assist faculty who are interested in developing digital collections that will enhance and advance their research agenda. Faculty can use the fund to explore new modes of analysis, creation and dissemination where technology plays a significant role.
In 2011 I began working with Dr. Bob White to create an online and open-access collection that offers resources for students, teachers, and scholars that are interested in Irish History, Irish politics, social movements, political activism, and “terrorism.”
According to Dr. White, “The Irish Republican Movement Collection provides unique resources for the understanding the transformation of Provisional Irish Republicanism and for understanding those who opposed that transformation, including contemporary ‘dissident’ Irish Republicans."
The collection includes 4 Irish Newspapers and a streaming video created by Dr. White.
Last updated by jdodell on 04/03/2014
Admittedly, I spend more time thinking about project management than I would like, sometimes to the detriment of actually getting stuff done. On the other hand, I have realized that the processing through the organizational issues helps me to map out and articulate what it will take to complete a particular project. Since I've found the workflows and tools posts from other professionals helpful, I'll share my approach and hope that this helps someone else besides me.
I tend to take on too many projects, mostly of my own creation, so I try to inject a dose of realism into the scoping process. This helps me to figure out if I can actually accomplish what I want and helps to determine the timeframe. This sounds more formal than it really is. Basically, I try to sketch out the following on a single page:
Last updated by hcoates on 03/24/2014
Last week, I helped lead a workshop for humanities faculty on campus who were looking for ways to document their impact for P&T purposes. While the workshop mostly focused on documenting traditional forms of scholarship (journal articles, books, etc.), I encouraged faculty to consider documenting their teaching impact as well. By openly sharing learning objects – syllabi, assignments, classroom activities – or teaching materials (e.g., textbooks, online tutorials, presentations), faculty can transform teaching in their field. Imagine if there were a peer-reviewed open introductory textbook to writing. Imagine, if it were well done, how much it would be used and shared.
Last updated by lacym on 03/18/2014