The University of Texas Libraries wants to send you to OpenCon 2017 in Berlin, Germany!
If you are a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher with an interest in open access (OA), open educational resources (OER) or open data who wants to help shape the future of research and education at UT, consider applying for a travel scholarship being provided by the Libraries to attend this year’s OpenCon. OpenCon is an academic conference for early career researchers taking place November 11th-13th, 2017 in Berlin. OpenCon is an excellent opportunity to learn more about open access, open education and open data, to learn how to advocate for these issues, and to network with people from across the globe. It truly is an international conference – since 2014, people from 176 countries have applied to attend! The program includes keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops, hackathons, and there is usually an opportunity to lobby government officials. The UT Austin scholarship winner will be fully funded to attend the conference.
The scholarship winner will be expected to share what they’ve learned once they return to Austin. We are open to what that engagement may look like – for instance, the attendee may choose to host a presentation upon their return or they may decide to push for more open access in a particular area on campus. Library staff will be available to help coordinate events and meetings, but the attendee is expected to do most of the content planning.
Please send a statement (no longer than 500 words) discussing how you might like to engage our campus in open agenda discussions. This statement is not binding, but it is an opportunity to brainstorm ideas that can be further refined later. Submit your statement and resume/CV to Scholarly Communications Librarian, Colleen Lyon, email@example.com, by Friday, July 7th, 2017. Applicants will be notified with a decision by July 21st, 2017. If you have questions about the conference or about the application process, please contact Colleen Lyon.
If you are interested in being more open in your research practices, but don’t quite know where to start, check out this one week Open Science course being offered at Utrecht University: Open Science and Scholarship: Changing Your Research Workflow. The course is open to researchers from all disciplines and career levels.
INRIA, a national research institute in France, has started a GitHub page that compiles a list of helpful resources for open science.
If you don’t see your favorite tool or resource listed, you can add it.
As part of our “Year of Open,” UT Libraries hosted CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch for a public presentation. Titled “Evolving Scholarly Practice and the New Challenges for Scholarly Communications, ” Dr. Lynch discussed multiple topics pertaining to digital scholarship, including data management, digital curation, research replication, and data packaging. He also held a special meeting with UT Librarians to discuss these topics in more depth. Learn more about Clifford Lynch.
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It’s my pleasure to announce that our long awaited scholarly publishing site is now live: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/scholarly-publishing
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: http://arcscon.tumblr.com/post/128354918117/the-rewards-of-being-open-how-did-open
Share your success story, help inspire others to be more open, and maybe win some money!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
OpenCon 2014, the student and early career researcher conference on open access, open education, and open data, is now accepting applications to attend. The conference will be held November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Application available here: http://www.opencon2014.org/apply
Stanford University is offering a public, online course this fall called, OpenKnowledge: Changing the global course of learning. Weekly topics include: technological change, digital identity, citizen journalism, citizen science, IP, copyright, open science, open data, open educational resources, evaluating open collections, scholarly publishing, student publishing, information literacy, global perspectives on equity, and the future of open knowledge.
The course is free. Registration and additional information available: https://class.stanford.edu/courses/Education/OpenKnowledge/Fall2014/about.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy has released an update on the federal government’s work towards making research, including data, more openly available to the public. It specifically provides an update on agency plans for complying with the White House directive. While those plans are still not public, it appears they may be in the next few months. It looks as though some federal agencies will be taking advantage of the infrastructure surrounding PubMed Central.