“In October 2022, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wikidata together! For this special occasion, we are creating a collaborative video that will show people from all around the world celebrating Wikidata’s birthday, sharing wishes and appreciation to the Wikidata community, and why they like Wikidata. We would love to invite you to participate in this video! You will find below more information about how to participate. In short: you can film one or several videos and send them through this form before September 18th. Please make sure that your videos have a maximum size of 1GB and filmed in 30 or 60fps. If you need help with filming the video, feel free to contact us. You can also join one of our workshops….”
Arts and humanities researchers tend to be multitasking heroes and versatility buffs. This is probably not a matter of choice. Whether we work on digital editions of literary works, analyze historical events by creating and exploiting corpora of digitized newspapers, or model archaeological sites in 3D, our research processes are often quite complex: they involve multiple steps, different tools and a combination of methods. We are no strangers to heterogeneous datasets, modular system architectures, metadata crosswalks and software pipelines. And we are increasingly aware of the importance of data sharing and the notion of reproducible research in the age of Open Science. A scholarly process may start with identifying and collecting data and end with the publication of some research outputs, but the very beginning and the very end never tell the full story of the research data lifecycle.
In this year’s DARIAH Theme Call, we are looking for proposals and projects that will explore, assess, analyze and embody the challenges of designing, implementing, documenting and sharing digitally-enabled workflows in the context of arts and humanities research from a technical, methodological, infrastructural and conceptual point of view.
What is the state of the art in research workflows in the digital arts and humanities? What are we doing well, and what should we do better? How can we evaluate the appropriateness of a workflow or assess its efficiency? What makes a workflow innovative? What does it mean for a workflow to be truly reproducible? Are there modeling or standardization frameworks that make this job easier? What kind of documentation is necessary and at what level of granularity? What are the hidden costs of our workflows? What should DARIAH do – in addition to treating workflows as a particular content type on the SSH Open Marketplace – to help researchers develop, deploy and disseminate better workflows?
“ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee is planning a topical issue of College & Research Libraries (C&RL) around new research on how the academic and research library workforce has accelerated change in the scholarly communications environment. We are particularly interested in articles on recent research that advances the three priority areas established in ACRL’s 2019 report Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future (available for download or purchase): people, content, and systems. In that report, the first section on people addresses embracing diversity and inclusion, improving the working lives of people engaged in scholarly communications, and increasing awareness concerning creators’ rights. The second section, content, acknowledges the opportunity for greater inclusion and openness by rethinking what scholarship “counts” and creating more representative and open collections. The third section on systems identifies several avenues to explore: supporting sustainable technological infrastructure, creating systems that permit more access to more people, building mission-aligned organizational and financial systems, and advancing innovation in academic libraries. To learn more about the report, view a recorded webinar from when it was first released. For this C&RL topical issue, the research may use any investigative methods appropriate to addressing the research question(s). These include but are not limited to: standard quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as critical evaluations, case studies, reflective essays, and (auto)ethnography. Articles resulting from collaborative research involving librarians and other higher education stakeholders, such as institutional researchers, faculty, administration, students, or community partners are particularly welcome. Given the focus of Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications on valuing different ways of knowing, the committee particularly welcomes adventurous scholarship, and we encourage work on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion as they relate to academic libraries and scholarly communication. Proposals Proposals should be a maximum of 750 words. They should clearly outline the methodology and findings of the research, as well as its relevance to this topical issue, specifically its connection to the ACRL report Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future, as described above. Prospective authors should submit a proposal by 5 p.m. Central on Monday, October 3, 2022, for open peer review. Submit via C&RL’s submission system (login required) and please note in your cover page that your submission is a proposal for the Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications topical issue….”
“At worst, metrics can be applied in inappropriate contexts, to answer questions we didn’t really ask, or to provide convenient, ‘objective’ quantitative evidence dressed as ‘facts’ while leaving significant bias still intact. Instead, how and where we apply metric indicators should be carefully considered and their use should align with our principles, needs and values.
‘Measuring what matters’ celebrates the responsible and values-driven uses of metric indicators in research assessment. It is a deliberately broad theme, and allows us to also explore where responsible practice isn’t happening and how practitioners can ‘right the course’ of their organisation or research community….”
ISKME and CAST’s National AEM Center invite teams of educators to learn how to use accessible Open Educational Resources (OER) to make learning more equitable and bust the barriers to learning that millions of learners experience every day. This opportunity is free to educators and you can watch an explanation here.
Our joint Accessible OER Academy series is provided at no-cost to educators and will introduce district cohorts to how openly licensed resources can be key levers for both adapting existing resources to increase accessibility and using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to design resources that are accessible for learners with disabilities from the start. The resources and engagement will occur on OER Commons and all resources will be organized into collections that can be posted to OER Commons’s partner Hubs and pushed to partner microsites.
We invite educators from the same district to form a cohort that will join experts in OER and accessibility. Throughout the six-week Academy series, district cohorts will receive access to a curated set of high quality resources to review and adapt for use in their own settings. District cohorts that complete all six sessions will be invited to present at a national summit alongside CAST and ISKME. Each individual participant of the Academy will receive a certificate of completion. Each team will submit one application.
We encourage multidisciplinary cohorts of 3-5 educators that represent a diversity of lived experiences, classroom expertise, and current educational roles. Consider representatives from general ed, special ed, ed tech, assistive technology, library media, and administration. Your team will produce resources that can be used with and to benefit all learners, so consider building a team that can collaborate for instructional purposes. These resources might include student-facing assignments, newsletters to families or other instructional materials.
As a result of participating in the Academy series, educators will be able to:
Understand the fundamentals of both accessibility and OER, and why synergy between the two matters for learners with disabilities.
Apply best practices to ensure OER are created with accessibility from the start.
Evaluate the accessibility of curated OER based on the principles of accessible design.
The series will consist of six 90-minute webinars with activities between each. The series is split into three levels that have two sessions per level. Each of the six sessions will feature Accessibility and OER experts, resources and group breakout work time.
101 – Fundamentals of Accessibility and OER on Sept. 27th and October 4th – 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT
201 – Adapting and Creating Accessible OER on Oct. 11th and October 18th – 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT
301 – Curating and Evaluating OER for Accessibility on Oct. 25th and Nov. 1st – 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT
Apply as a team by September 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Soriano (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joanna Schimizzi (email@example.com).
“Bringing together leading international experts and key regional stakeholders, the Forum for Open Research in MENA (F.O.R.M.) is endorsed by UNESCO, and supports the advancement of Open Research across the Middle East and North Africa by facilitating the exchange of actionable insights and the development of practical policies.
The movement towards Open Science is vitally important to ensure the long-term sustainability and inclusivity of our education systems and scholarly communities. However, Open Science is also a complex and multi-faceted concept, and it can be difficult to know how and where to start. The problem is further compounded by the negative publicity surrounding predatory publishing practices and the mistrust of Open Access which this has engendered, together with issues surrounding funding allocation and the disparity in subject-field approaches.
Providing a forum for librarians, researchers, government policy makers, universities and international experts to discuss and debate key themes and issues, F.O.R.M. will help to address these issues and support the advancement of Open Research across the region.”
“The Forum for Open Research in MENA (F.O.R.M.) is being organised by the Knowledge E Foundation and Gulf Conferences to support and promote Open Science across the Middle East and North Africa. Endorsed and supported by UNESCO, our Advisory Partner, this event is designed to foster awareness and understanding of Open Science and its benefits, and facilitate the exchange of ideas and actionable insights. Bringing together leading international experts and key regional stakeholders, along with open-source and open-resource solutions and technology providers, our goal is to provide a forum for MENA librarians, researchers, government policy makers and higher-education institutions to exchange ideas and start new cross-regional collaborations developing Open Research policies and infrastructure.
The movement towards Open Science is vitally important to ensuring the long-term sustainability and inclusivity of our education systems and scholarly communities. However, Open Science is also a complex and multi-faceted concept, and it can be difficult to know how and where to start. The problem is compounded by the negative publicity surrounding predatory publishing practices and the mistrust of Open Access which this has engendered in the MENA region (and across the world), together with issues surrounding funding allocation and the disparity in subject-field approaches.
F.O.R.M. seeks to address these issues by encouraging discussion and debate amongst leading regional and global stakeholders, facilitating the development of structural frameworks and practical policies. We hope to encourage participants to consider all the issues surrounding equitable Open Scholarship and Open Science practices, by bringing together industry leaders and global experts, and providing a mixture of outstanding talks, strategy sessions, networking opportunities and workshops….”
“We are looking for papers that report on DEIA initiatives underway, how their impacts are being measured, and the lessons being learned. Examples include (but aren’t limited to!): human resources (e.g., hiring and recruitment processes); virtual events that enable broader participation; open access, APC waivers, and other options for expanding readership and/or authorship; best practice guidelines and standards in support of DEIA (e.g., inclusive language recommendations, accessible publishing/platform remediation); DEIA committees and working groups; and more. They can be in the form of case studies, industry updates, original research, or opinion pieces. We want to know what our community is doing to address systemic imbalances; what works and what doesn’t; and what challenges you and your organizations are facing and how you are working to address them….”
“Professor Nielius Boshoff at Stellenbosch University and Dr Lai Ma are co-editing a special issue, Impact of Open Research: Challenges and Opportunities in the ‘Scientific Periphery’, to be published in Online Information Review. They invite contributions to address the impact of the open research agenda on research and scholarship in the scientific periphery, including topics such as epistemic injustice, epistemic diversity, multilingualism, decolonisation, knowledge practices, publication practices, research infrastructure and scholarly communication. The open research agenda can also be more widely interpreted, beyond open access, to address issues related to open research data and open peer review….”
“With support from the Wikimedia Foundation, we are excited to announce the first-ever Wikimedia+Libraries International Convention, to be held in Maynooth, Ireland, 23-24 July, 2022. While a limited number of scholarships are available, individuals do not need to be awarded a scholarship to participate. As the inaugural conference for professionals working at the intersection of Wikimedia and libraries, we seek proposals that engage all aspects of libraries and information literacy work happening in and alongside the Wikimedia movement. Wikimedia’s core-knowledge projects (especially Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikisource, and Wikimedia Commons) provide the community, resources, and technical infrastructure that enable free educational content on a global scale. To reach their full potential, however, these projects need participation from library leaders and their communities. To that end, we seek proposals that demonstrate practical, scholarly, and/or speculative engagement with Wikimedia across a diverse range of topics, including but not limited to:
Advocacy and outreach in local contexts
Tutorials and training on Wikimedia’s core-knowledge projects (Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons)
Experience sharing panels
Future research – What are the initiatives/research that will move us forward?
Publication and research at the intersection of Wikimedia+Libraries
27 May – 21 June, 2022: Share the call for proposals with your networks!
21 June, 2022: Deadline for proposal submission
22 June – 2 July, 2022: Programme committee reviews proposals
5 July, 2022: Decisions on proposals and publication of programme draft
23 July – 24 July, 2022: Conference event…”
“Submissions are invited for the 17th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing, 29 November–1 December 2022! The Munin Conference is an annual event on scholarly communication, primarily revolving around open access, open data and other aspects of open science. Held two years in a row as a digital event, this year the conference will be both digital and on-site at the Tromsø campus of UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
This year the Munin conference has a special focus on interactivity and discussions. Submissions will be published before the conference to allow for a “flipped conference” format. Participants will have to get acquainted with the content of submissions before the conference, whereas during the conference the focus will be on discussions and other interactive work with the content.
We invite papers (up to 2500 words), presentation videos (up to 10 minutes) and posters on the following three main topics for this year’s Munin conference:
Economics and equity in Open Science infrastructures
Open Science policies
Connecting the building blocks of Open Science…”
“The Open Library of Humanities journal (OLHJ) is currently seeking new Special Collections to join our wide array of published research in the Humanities.
OLHJ has published quality, peer-reviewed research across 40 Special Collections since 2016, with subjects ranging from ‘The Working-Class Avant-Garde’, to ‘Representing Classical Music in the Twenty-First Century’, and more recently ‘The Politics and History of Menstruation: Contextualising the Scottish campaign to End Period Poverty’.
There are many benefits of publishing a Special Collection with OLHJ, including: ….”
“The 2022 Colorado OER Conference will return in-person on Friday, June 24 in Denver at History Colorado. The conference will also be partially streamed with virtual sessions on Zoom. Registration for the conference is free.
The call for session proposals is open until Friday, April 28. The conference committee seeks session proposals that focus on the following areas: creation of OER and Open pedagogy, sustainability of OER and/or Colorado OER grants, diversity equity and accessibility in OER, and OER community building and engagement. Session proposals may be for in-person sessions or virtual sessions to be held on Zoom….”
“Responding to the challenges of sustainable development implies fundamental commitments by all actors for the planet and for societies. Because of their vulnerability, the least developed countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, are particularly concerned by the impact of the commitments made. By aiming at the unhindered dissemination of scientific productions, the open science movement seeks to make the scientific process more transparent, inclusive and democratic.
In 2019, the first international symposium Open Science in the South (Dakar) led to the production of the Declaration for Sharing and Opening Research Data for Sustainable Development, which sets out goals for good data management, valorisation and sharing, as well as data governance principles.
Three years later, the 2022 edition of the “Open Science in the South” conference aims to provide an overview of approaches to the management and opening of research data in Africa, particularly in French-speaking Africa, and to share and promote good practices. It will be structured around cross-experiences, success stories and workshops on the following themes
Recommendations and requirements of governments, institutions and research donors for open science
Data management, sharing and dissemination systems: practices, benefits, obstacles
Ethical and legal issues, editorial and economic models…”
“HathiTrust Community Week is back! Members asked and we listened, so we’ve reserved the week of July 11-15 for members to go deep on all things HathiTrust — from what their library is doing with the services and collection to what users are finding that enables their teaching, learning, and scholarship. HathiTrust Community Week is dedicated to giving space for members of our wider community to share projects, research, and workshops (and anything else related to HathiTrust) with other members of the community.
This year, we invite participants to step outside the webinar box and consider other ways to bring people into the HathiTrust world — whether it’s building a joint collection in Collection Builder in real time, teaching a research 101 course using HathiTrust, or inviting in students and faculty to help illustrate the role of HathiTrust in teaching and learning. …”