Research Without Borders: Open Access in the Americas

Please join us for “Research Without Borders: Open Access in the Americas”our final event of the academic year in our Research Without Borders panel discussion series. This event will take place from 3-5pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Presidential Rooms 2 & 3 of Columbia’s Faculty House (directions here.) It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Live webcast link: /events/live-webcast/
National-level policies around open access to research differ around the world, and the issues at stake around public accessibility to research demand an international perspective. In this panel event, the current landscape of open access policy development in the USA, Canada, and Latin America will be compared and contrasted. Panelists with views from across the Americas will explore and discuss the differing national perspectives around open access to research.
Our panelists:
Heather Joseph is the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, serves on the board of the Public Library of Science (PLOS), and recently completed a term as the elected President of theSociety for Scholarly Publishing.
Michael Sinatra is Associate Professor of English at the Université de Montréal, the President (French) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities, President of Synergies: The Canadian Information Network for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and a founding member of the steering committee of Nines (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship.)
Dominique Babini is the Open Access Program coordinator at CLACSO-Latin American Council on Social Sciences, scholarly communications researcher at the University of Buenos Aires, Experts Committee of the Argentine National System of Digital Repositories, and consultant for UNESCO-Global Open Access Portal.
Our moderator:
Pamela Graham is Director of Global Studies and the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research at Columbia University. She is active in the Latin American North East Libraries Consortium (LANE) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and previously served for twelve years as Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian in the Area Studies Division of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.
This event is the final event this academic year in our speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. It is co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services‘ Scholarly Communication Program and the Digital Humanities Center. Join the discussion on Twitter at #rwob and @ScholarlyComm. To watch a live webcast of the event, and for more information about Research Without Borders, visit the Scholarly Communication Program website at 
A version of this press release can be found on the Columbia Libraries/Information Services website here.
The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) supports the global reach and impact of research produced at Columbia University. Its mission is to explore and raise awareness about new research tools, methods, and support services that are available to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. In pursuit of this mission, the SCP hosts events and workshops, curates news and resources on our Web site, and engages in innovative scholarly communication initiatives on campus and in the wider academic community. The SCP is an initiative of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, which is part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.
The Digital Humanities Center (DHC) is a research and instructional facility of the Columbia University Libraries that helps Columbia faculty and students incorporate computer-based textual, bibliographic, image, and video information into their research, study, and teaching.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of “Altmetrics” on a Changing Conversation

Research Without Borders
November 13, 2012

Is the academic community ready to employ new tools to evaluate the importance and influence of scholarly works? How do “altmetrics” services and models reflect new thinking about what types of scholarly activities should be valued? View the video above to hear a panel discussion of these questions, titled “Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of ‘Altmetrics’ on a Changing Conversation.” 

“Altmetrics” refers to methods of measuring scholarly impact using Web-based social media. Why does it matter? In many academic fields, attaining scholarly prestige, not to mention tenure and promotion, means publishing research articles in important scholarly journals. However, many in the academic community consider a journal's prestige, which is determined by a metric calculated using the number of citations to the journal, to be a poor proxy for the quality of the individual piece or of the individual author’s work. Many uses of a scholarly work–by practitioners, policy makers, and the general public, for example–do not result in citations. At the same time, hiring and promotion committees are looking for ways to determine the impact of alternate formats now commonly used by researchers such as blogs, data sets, videos, and social media.

Our panelists are all working with innovative new tools for assessing scholarly impact:

Jason Priem, Co-Founder, ImpactStory
Kristi Holmes, Bioinformaticist, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Caitlin Aptowicz Trasande, Head of Science Metrics, Digital Science

This event is part of the 2012-13 "Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication" speaker series.

Webcast Screening: Open Access and Your Publications: What’s Copyright Got To Do With It?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 523

Join us to screen a webcast of an American Library Association (ALA) webinar with Kenneth Crews, director of Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.

For librarians, researchers and many other library users, the open access movement has enabled easy and reliable access to a wide range of new publications.  However, the success of open access hinges on the terms in the agreements between authors and publishers. The copyright language that spells out whether the public will have access to specific material might be buried in a cryptic, pro forma email attachment or even a click-through agreement. Don’t let your materials stay hidden under a rock—facilitate access by learning to be proactive with the expert advice of copyright authority Kenneth D. Crews.

This is second of a series of occasional ALA webinars called Crews on Copyright.

The screening at Columbia University is part of Open Access Week 2012. It is open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing

Monday, October 22, 1:00 pm
Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 523

Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) must file their dissertations electronically, and a copy of each dissertation will be deposited in Columbia's online repository Academic Commons. This new requirement may change the way you prepare your dissertation for filing. Learn important information about your copyrights, using copyrighted materials in your dissertation, and depositing your work in Academic Commons.

Bring your questions!

Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office
Rob Hilliker, Academic Commons Manager

This event is part of Open Access Week 2012 at Columbia University. It is open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Bountiful Harvest? Collection-building Opportunities With Open Access

Open Access Week 2012
October 23, 2012 

How is open access changing the way libraries build their collections? Has it caused greater shifts in opportunities in the sciences or humanities? What are the most pressing challenges it presents? Watch a lively debate on how librarians can support open access and use it to enrich the collections and services they offer.

Matthew Baker, Collection Services Librarian, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Pamela Graham, Director of Global Studies and Director, Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services
Megan Wacha, Research and Instruction Librarian for Media and the Performing Arts, Barnard College

This event was part of Open Access Week 2012 at Columbia University.

Live Webcast: “Addressing Author Misconduct: The Role of Researchers, Journals, and Institutions:

The live webcast of "Addressing Author Misconduct: The Role of Researchers, Journals, and Institutions" starts at noon EST on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

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Addressing Author Misconduct: The Role of Researchers, Journals, and Institutions

Research Without Borders
Thursday, September 20, 2012

We hold the published scientific record in such high regard because we expect that it accurately reflects the results of research. But what happens when researchers tinker with their results, either with good or bad intent? Join us for “Addressing Author Misconduct: The Role of Researchers, Journals, and Institutions” to explore these questions and more. This panel discussion will take place on Thursday, September 20, at noon in Columbia’s Faculty House. The event is free and open to the public.

Though not a new issue, academic author misconduct has been in the spotlight due to recent high-profile cases such as that of Dutch psychologist Diederik Stapel. Many are calling for more coordination among journals, research institutions, and research leaders across the globe in dealing with the range of issues broadly described as “misconduct.” At the same time, a high volume of submissions, alongside widely available digital publishing software, has put increasing pressure on journals to inspect papers for signs of questionable practices or even data manipulation. How can journals and institutions best educate researchers about misconduct and coordinate their efforts to address it? Are there ways to take more advantage of the post-publication review processes and open discussions that are occurring organically on the Web? And when misconduct is discovered, how can the digital scientific record best be corrected?

The panel will consider the issue from diverse perspectives. The panelists are:
Liz Williams is Executive Editor of The Journal of Cell Biology.
Martin Frank is Executive Director of the American Physiological Society.
Katja Brose is Editor of the journal Neuron.
Naomi Schrag is the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance at Columbia University

This event, cosponsored by the Columbia University Office of Research Compliance and Training and Scholarly Communication Program, is the first event this academic year in the speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. Watch the live webcast here: /events/live-webcast/. You can also follow the discussion on Twitter at or by using the hashtag #rwob.

Check back soon for 2012-13 events

We will be posting information about upcoming events as they are confirmed.

Born Digital: Personal Digital Archiving Week

April 24, 25, and 26, 2012
No video available
Preserving digital information is vital in a new era in which we create personal material daily such as photographs and emails that are ‘born digital’, and thus have no physical counterparts. In order to ensure that we the Columbia community can effectively preserve our personal digital histories and advise others on how best to do the same, the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services sponsored Born Digital: Personal Digital Archiving Week at Columbia, to discuss the ever-changing formats, technologies, and techniques within digital preservation and brainstorm the challenges, strategies, and action planning that lie ahead.

Events included Jeffrey Lancaster, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, discussing New Technologies in Personal Archiving; Robert Hilliker, Digital Repository Manager, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, talking with CUL/IS staff about Personal and Research Archiving Support; and a panel discussion for CUL/IS staff on Challenges Our Patrons Face in Personal and Research Archiving.

Invisible College: THATCamp as Scholarly Society

Research Without Borders
April 5, 2012

How are THATCamp gatherings informing collaborative work between scholars and others interested in the digital humanities? 

THATCamp (or The Humanities and Technology Camp), is an open, low-cost, collaboratively planned gathering for humanists, technologists, and others interested in working together on timely projects. THATCamp is an initiative of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University. Tom Scheinfeldt, Managing Director of CHNM, offers his take on the 40 plus THATCamps that have taken place around the world and discusses the forthcoming Proceedings of THATCamp—featuring output from these meetings—which will be built using a publishing tool developed in the same collaborative spirit.

Tom Scheinfeldt is Managing Director of the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) and Research Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Tom has lectured and written extensively on the history of popular science, the history of museums, history and new media, and the changing role of history in society, and has worked on traditional exhibitions and digital projects. In addition to managing general operations at CHNM, Tom directs several of its online history projects, including THATCamp, Omeka, and the September 11 Digital Archive.

This event, cosponsored by the Columbia University Digital Humanities Center and Scholarly Communication Program, is part of the Research Without Borders and Digital Humanities Center speaker series.