VOLUME 14 NUMBER 4
FALL 2013

Open Access Week Events at Boston College University Libraries

October 21-25, 2013

Monday, 10/21

Digital_Humanities presentation by Jeffrey Schnapp
4:15 - 5:15 pm Burns Library, Thompson Room

Jeffrey Schnapp is one of the coauthors on the new book, Digital_Humanities. He is a professor of Romance Languages & Literature and is on the teaching faculty of Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Dr. Schnapp is the faculty director of the metaLAB (at) Harvard and has been extensively published. A reception will follow the presentation.

Tuesday, 10/22

Taking Care of Your Data - for You and for Others - for the Social Sciences
1:00 - 2:30 pm O'Neill 307
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Taking Care of Your Data - for You and for Others - for the Sciences
4:00 - 5:30 pm O'Neill 307
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The Libraries and Research Services will provide a critical overview of "best practices" for research data management, including development of "data management plans". Funders and journal publishers are increasingly requiring submission of these plans incorporating all of these practices, along with placing greater emphasis on sharing and long-term preservation of research data. You'll learn how to safe-guard your data through recommended practices for naming, file format choice, file organization, storage, backup and documentation, as well as information about valuable university data analysis and support services. You'll learn about options for long-term archiving of your data and data sharing, including discovery of quality data repositories and creation of metadata to enhance discovery of that data. You'll also learn how to cite your data/data sets, further enhancing the discoverability and impact of your work.

Wednesday, 10/23

eTD@BC Workshop
3:30 - 4:30 pm O'Neill 307
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This workshop is intended for graduate students who expect to submit their ETD by the end of the Fall semester or shortly thereafter. Topics to be covered in this one-hour workshop:

  • Important decisions and issues, such as Open Access, embargoes, copyright
  • The submission website, including a walk-through of the submission process
  • How to ensure that a published ETD can be discovered and accessed by others
  • Where to get help

Thursday, 10/24

Publishing Strategies for Graduate Students: Open Access and Embargoes - what's best for your career?
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Gasson 100

Heated discussion erupted over the American Historical Association statement urging universities to allow PhD recipients to embargo their electronic dissertation for up to six years while they pursue a book contract. Harvard University Press responded with a blog post that made a convincing case that immediate open access could be advantageous. At Boston College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Social Work and the Lynch School of Education have all adopted new embargo policies.

The Libraries and GSAS will present a panel discussion on turning a dissertation into a book and the effect of the open access choice on publication. The discussion and a question and answer period will be followed by a reception.

Panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Knoll, Executive Editor-at-Large, Harvard University Press
  • Thomas Chiles, Vice Provost for Research, Professor and Chairperson, Biology Department
  • Prasannan Parthasarathi, Professor and Assistant Chairperson, History Department
  • Christopher Riedel, PhD Student in the GSAS, History Department, 2016
  • Thomas Wall, University Librarian, Moderator

Friday, 10/25

Wikipedia in the Classroom
Noon-1:30* O'Neill 307
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Geared primarily to faculty and grad students, the session will feature a panel of faculty who have used Wikipedia writing projects as class assignments. They will give an overview of their projects and answer questions about pedagogy, assessment, support & logistics, etc. Panelists are: Marilynn Johnson (History) and Laura Hake and Joe Burdo (both Biology). In addition to the faculty panel, there will be brief sessions on Wikipedia policy/philosophy, how to edit Wikipedia articles, and some hands-on editing time ("free play"). Pizza and soda will be provided.

* Stay afterwards to try editing Wikipedia yourself and help right some wrongs.