Repository competition for OA Week 2015

UT Libraries is having a competition to celebrate Open Access Week and to get library staff involved in using the repository. A permanent library staff member may participate by uploading content to Texas ScholarWorks (either on behalf of someone else or uploading their own content) or by talking to someone else and getting that person’s commitment to upload something.  All competition participants will receive a prize and will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize – 100% reimbursement for conference travel within the U.S. The contest runs Oct. 1st – Oct. 31st, 2015. Contact Gilbert or Colleen at tsw at utlists dot utexas dot edu for more information.


1. What is appropriate content for Texas ScholarWorks?

Content that was created here at UT Austin and has scholarly or historic importance. Examples include: journal articles, technical papers, conference proceedings, conference presentations (where applicable), posters, newsletters, event recordings or photographs, student work (undergraduate student work requires a faculty sponsor), educational resources, or data.

2. Can students workers participate in the contest?

No, only permanent UT Libraries staff members may participate.

3. Does this mean I have to upload all content for my subject areas now?

No, since the purpose of the competition is to get library staff involved in using the repository, for the duration of the competition, library staff are expected to upload their own content. After the competition ends the repository unit will resume uploading content on behalf of authors. In the event that a UT Austin unit/department wants to submit dozens of items during the competition period, please contact Gilbert or Colleen for assistance.

4. I’m not a UT Libraries staff member, but I’m interested in this competition. Is there anything I can do?

If you are a UT Austin student, faculty, researcher, or staff member you may work with a UT Libraries staff member to get your work added to Texas ScholarWorks (TSW). You won’t be able to win a prize, but you could get fame and fortune by sharing your work online via TSW. If you are unsure of which staff member to contact, please see our subject list or contact tsw at utlists dot utexas dot edu for assistance.

5. How do I record my activity for the competition?

You can use this form to record your competition activity. Each contact will count as an entry to the grand prize drawing and each entry should be recorded using the form. For instance, if you upload three of your own pieces of scholarship that would count as one activity/one entry. If you then uploaded two items on behalf of someone in a department that would count as another entry. And if you talked to someone in a department and got their commitment that they would upload something that would count as a third entry. For the example above our hypothetical participant should have completed the activity form three separate times and would be entered into the grand prize drawing three times.

Happy Birthday to You!

A district judge ruled yesterday that Warner-Chappell does not own the copyright to Happy Birthday. Warner-Chappell had been collecting licensing fees on the song that reportedly totaled 2 million dollars a year.
For more information about the ruling:


Discrete Analysis – a diamond open access journal

I just came across a blog post about a “diamond” open access journal called, Discrete Analysis. It’s being described as diamond open access because neither the readers nor the authors pay. The journal sits on top of the arXiv infrastructure but maintains the traditional peer review process. The journal will consist of short descriptions of articles and links to the content in arXiv, and will serve a filter and certification function for this subject matter within arXiv. There will be a numbering system for the articles, the journal will have an ISSN, and articles will get a DOI. To limit infrastructure and costs, the journal will not offer typesetting or copy-editing and will rely on authors to do that work themselves. Discrete Analysis will be using Scholastica software to manage the review process and to provide a homepage for the journal. Scholastica charges $10 per submission and that cost is being covered for the first couple years by a small grant from Cambridge University. Since the costs are so low, the editors anticipate being able to find funding after the Cambridge grant is exhausted. The official launch of journal will occur in early 2016.

Blog post about the journal:

Temporary website of Discrete Analsis:


How has open scholarship helped you?

The Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship (ARCS) conference happened for the first time this past spring. One of the conversations from that conference was about the negative information some people hear about sharing their scholarship more openly. You know, the “if you share your data you’ll get scooped” warning. The people who were at ARCS wanted to counter some of those negative messages with the good stories that result from being more open with your work.

To that end they are holding a competition to find compelling stories about successes that have happened because of open scholarship. Has being open helped you find a mentor, get a postdoc, secure funding, or get invited to present at a conference? If so, share you story and potentially win $1000!

Here’s information about the contest:

Share your success story, help inspire others to be more open, and maybe win some money!

Travel Scholarship Available

Are you interested in creating better access to research and educational materials? Do you want to help make that a reality on the UT Austin campus? If so, please consider applying for a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015. OpenCon is an academic conference for students and early career researchers about open access, open education, and open data. It takes place November 14th-16th in Brussels, Belgium.

The chosen applicant will receive a $2500 scholarship to attend the conference. Conference planners have designed the conference so that $2500 will cover all expenses. This conference is an excellent opportunity to learn more about open access, open education, and open data, and to learn how to advocate for these issues. The program includes keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops, and hackathons. Last year there was an opportunity to lobby at the US Congress and conference planners are trying to plan something similar this year with the international organizations in Brussels. It truly is an international conference – last year’s conference included attendees from 5 continents!

The UT Austin applicant chosen to attend OpenCon 2015 will be expected to share what they’ve learned once they return to Austin. The attendee may choose to host a presentation and/or panel discussion in either fall 2015 or in spring 2016. Library staff will be available to help coordinate the event, but the attendee is expected to do most of the content planning. The attendee will also be expected to give reports on the conference to both Student Government and to Graduate Student Assembly.


UT Austin graduate student or postdoc. Attendee must be able to travel internationally. Attendee agrees to coordinate a presentation and updates to undergraduate and graduate student government upon their return.

To apply:

Please send a 500 word essay detailing why you would be a good candidate to attend OpenCon2015. You may include any experience you have with open access, open education, or open data, and any ideas you might have for an event upon your return. Submit your essay and resume/CV to by August 15th, 2015. Applicants will be notified with a decision by Monday, August 31st. If you have questions about the conference or about the application process, please contact Colleen Lyon, 512-495-4244, or

UTDR will be renamed…

Texas ScholarWorks!

The contest to rename the UT Digital Repository has ended. The winning suggestion, Texas ScholarWorks, was submitted by a UT Libraries’ staff member, and that person won a $50 Visa gift card. We did a drawing from participants for two additional prizes – a $25 HEB gift card and a $25 Amazon gift card. Participant winners were Stacy Poplawski (UT Libraries) and Paul Blobaum (Governors State University).

Many thanks to everyone who participated – we had 49 suggestions!

The rebranded and upgraded repository will be unveiled in August. Until then, please enjoy the current UT Digital Repository.

Help rename our repository!

We are upgrading the UT Digital Repository (UTDR) and as part of the upgrade we want to rename it. We’re looking for a name that will be easy to remember and reflect the amazing work being done by faculty, students, and staff all over campus. We want your help in deciding what UTDR should be called!

The UTDR is an online archive that provides open access to the scholarly work being done at UT Austin. The UT Libraries manage the repository and are committed to the long-term preservation of deposited items.

Contest Rules:

  • Anyone may enter the contest. You may submit your suggestions via Twitter to @utdigitalrepo or you may email them to
  • Contest will end on Friday, June 12th.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by a committee within the library. That committee will decide on the winning submission.
  • The person who suggests the winning submission will receive a $50 Visa gift card and recognition via social media.
  • Two other submitters will be chosen at random and will receive $25 gift cards (Amazon and HEB).
  • The submitters agree to relinquish any intellectual property associated with their submission.


UT Austin now using EZID

UT Austin faculty, students, and staff can now request digital object identifiers (DOIs) and Archival Resource Keys (ARKs) for their research products  – articles, datasets, posters, etc. DOIs and ARKs are persistent identifiers that allow you to reliable point other people to your work – improving the research process and making it easier for others to cite you.

Requesting a persistent identifier is easy. Simply email and request your DOI or ARK. Not sure what you need? We can help with that too!

For more information about persistent identifiers and about EZID please see:

New chart outlines public access policies

Science has just published a short news story about public access policies at federal agencies. They have a really nice chart showing U.S. science agencies, their budgets, their model of dissemination of research articles, estimated # of articles per year, and when the policy starts.



For the full news article: